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UN Drone Investigator: U.S. Must Explain Civilian Deaths

States have a duty to protect civilians—and that requires transparency when they're hurt or killed, the UN special rapporteur on human rights argued.<p>After a year long study of the use of drones to kill people, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Ben Emmerson has released his final report. It's a …

Families: Cellphones of missing passengers still ring

Family members of a few passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 are pushing the airline to search for the GPS location of their loved ones' cellphones after saying they'd successfully placed calls to missing passengers' mobile phones.<p>But industry experts say ringing phones don't …

Syria crisis: Number of children in need doubles to 5.5 million

<b>The number of Syrian children in need has more than doubled in the past year to 5.5 million, the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) says.</b><p>Up to a million are living under siege and in areas that the agency and other humanitarian organisations cannot access, according to a new report.<p>Children in …

Guantánamo hunger-strikers endure 'water cure' torture, federal court hears

Hunger-striking Guantánamo detainees are being subjected to a form of torture known as the “water cure” that was widely used in the Spanish Inquisition, lawyers are claiming, in the first legal challenge to force-feeding at the military base brought before a US federal court.<p>The case was lodged on …

Cancer Will Be Leading Cause Of Death In U.S. By 2030, Report Says

Cancer will be the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. by 2030, according to a new report from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.<p>According to the most recent data from 2010, the current leading cause of death in the U.S. is heart disease, followed by cancer and chronic lower respiratory …

Read the Pentagon’s $59 Billion ‘Black Budget’

The U.S. military has billions of dollars’ worth of secret projects it doesn’t want you to know about. Too bad—here they are.<p>President Obama proposed …

Only 10 Percent of Uninsured People Have Signed Up for Obamacare

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Two surveys released Thursday found that only ten percent of uninsured people who qualify for …

March 'critical month' for Syria disarmament

March will be a "critical" month for Syria if it is to maintain its timetable for dismantling its chemical weapons arsenal, according to the United Nations official entrusted with overseeing the mission.<p>The remarks by Sigrid Kaag, special coordinator for a joint mission by the UN and the …

Russia may find ally in China -- albeit a passive one for now

Vladimir Putin is seeking China's support in Russia's standoff with Western powers over Ukraine. In a rare phone conversation, Putin briefed his counterpart in Beijing, President Xi Jinping, on "Russia's position on the issue and measures Russia had taken to tackle the crisis," the state-controlled …

Tracking Exactly How Much Air Pollution You're Exposed To

Does California Rain Mean the Drought Is Over?

Recent storms bring respite to the parched state, but real relief may be a year away.<p>For the first time in over a year, a deep trough of low pressure is sweeping across California's skies, bringing soaking rainfall all the way from San Diego to the Oregon border. Finally, western hills show a tinge …

World's oldest person celebrates 116th birthday in Japan

Plenty of sleep and a varied diet are the secrets to a long and healthy life, according to Misao Okawa, the world's oldest person, who celebrated her 116th birthday on Wednesday.<p>Okawa, who became the world's oldest person last June following the death at 116 of fellow Japanese Jiroemon Kimura, was …

Boeing's New Self Destructing Phone is Ideal For Those Who Need to Keep Secrets

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Boeing is set to release an smartphone that can self-destruct, but the device's security features …

The Senator's Letter that Suggests the CIA Spied on Staffers Writing a Torture Report

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>While the Senate Intelligence Committee was preparing a 6,000-plus page report on the Central …

China announces surge in military spending

China continues years of double-digit rises in military spending to alarm of Asian nations and US<p><b>China</b> has announced a 12 per cent increase on its military, already the largest in the world, sparking concerns among its Asian neighbours and the US.<p>Beijing has for years been raising spending on the …

Oscar Pistorius Covers His Ears During Shooting Testimony

Oscar Pistorius covered his ears today as his attorney challenged a witness, at one point arguing that his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp could not have …

29 Photos That Will Awaken Your Inner Explorer

The world is just awesome, and there are some photographers who are lucky enough to live in and travel to these astonishing places. If you can't visit these places yourself, here's the next best thing!<p>1. An ice cave in Iceland<p>Exclusively in Winter (Ice Cave) by Jacky CW on 500px<p>2. Leshan Giant …

Climbers to Stop Trashing Everest

Beginning this April, Nepalese officials are requiring climbers on Mount Everest to haul 8 kilograms (17.6 pounds) of garbage off the mountain in an effort to clean up decades of trash buildup. The new regulation does not include personal trash collection, turning future mountaineers into mandatory …

A sliver of the #moon starts to show above the Namibian landscape at the tail end of an incredible #sunset. Photo by @magnumji http://bit.ly/1dizUjf

Ukraine crisis: 'facts on the ground' are 'deeply troubling,' Obama says

Contribute with Guardian Witness<p>Summary<p><b>• Russian forces in Crimea urged Ukrainian forces to give up their weapons and stand down,</b> as the number of Russian troops and boats on the peninsula continued to grow. Russia built up forces on both sides of the ferry connecting it to Crimea and sent troops …

Climate forecast for Australia: hot days, higher fire risk, more severe droughts

Australia’s temperature will continue to warm leading to decreases in rainfall in southern Australia, increasing numbers of hot days and higher fire risks and more severe drought conditions, according to the 2014 State of the Climate report.<p>The report is a joint undertaking by the CSIRO and Bureau …

Behind U.S. budget cease-fire, the same festering problems

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When he releases his budget proposal on Tuesday, President Barack Obama will be able to celebrate the smallest deficit since he took office in 2009. He also will be able to enjoy a cease-fire in the fiscal battles that have paralyzed Washington for the past three years.<p>U.S. …

This Pacemaker Membrane Can Keep A Heart Beating Perfectly

The pacemaker of the future looks crazy<p>You're looking at what might be the pacemaker of a decade from now: a custom-made membrane, developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Washington University in St. Louis, that slides over a heart and keeps it regulated by a …

Iraq Death Toll Tops 700 In February

A bloody February in Iraq led to at least 700 civilian deaths in the course of the month, as the violent Sunni-Shiite clashes that have worsened …

Teens' Brain Structure May Be Altered by Smoking

It’s no surprise that smoking for years can change the way the brain processes nicotine, creating a well-worn pattern of craving and satisfaction …

Scientists Find Unprecedented Black Hole

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Scientists have discovered a "fast and furious" super-powered small black hole, the first that …