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'We have caught (them) in the act': Beavers are invading Alaska, the final frontier

Ken Tape, an associate professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, was studying moose. And moose were neat, indeed, because up until about 1950 …

Nature

Here are all the Republican leaders and conservative activists Maria Butina met

And is this the unnamed American who helped Russia infiltrate the NRA?<p>Monday’s bombshell Department of Justice complaint accusing Maria Butina, a …

Russia

Donald Trump’s Turnberry firm paid £50,000 by US Government for weekend visit

Donald Trump personally profited by more than £50,000 from his weekend stay at his lossmaking Turnberry resort, with the US government footing the …

Donald Trump

UK has passed 1,000 hours without coal this year

Earlier this year, the UK passed 72 hours without burning any coal. This was an impressive feat, but could it be sustained? Apparently so.<p>The …

Wind Power

EU, US relations sinking further after divisive Trump tour

BRUSSELS (AP) — After a week of the worst barrage of insults yet from U.S. President Donald Trump, the European Union is looking westward toward the White House less and less.<p>Making it worse, Trump spent Monday cozying up to EU adversary Vladimir Putin in an extraordinary chummy summit with the …

Europe

Trump just offered one of the boldest lies of his presidency

Trump on Russia and the 2016 US election: You gonna believe me or your lying ears?<p>President Donald Trump just issued what was arguably the most bald-faced lie of his entire presidency — and that’s saying something.<p>Following massive bipartisan condemnation of Trump’s disastrous Monday press …

Donald Trump

'Putin's poodle': newspapers declare Trump a traitor after Helsinki summit

Newspapers around the world have reacted to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin’s performances at the Helsinki summit, and are united in their assessment of which world leader came out on top.<p>In the US, several papers went in hard on Trump. The New York Daily News accused the president of treason. Its …

Donald Trump

Trade war puts the hoof into U.S. pig part exports to China

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Before the U.S.-China trade war, American pig processors exported nine out of every 10 pigs' feet and heads they shipped overseas to China and Hong Kong - for prices higher than they would fetch anywhere else.<p>Those parts and others that most Americans won't eat - hearts, …

Agriculture

Trump officials embarrassed by Putin show

President Trump sucking up to Vladamir Putin after the summit in Helsinki yesterday was such an unbelievable, indelible moment that many deflated …

Donald Trump

Trump Shows the World He’s Putin’s Lackey

No matter how low your expectations for the summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on Monday, it was hard not to be staggered by the American president’s slavish and toadying performance.<p>On Friday, the Justice Department indicted 12 members of Russia’s military intelligence service for a …

Donald Trump

GOP to the world: What would you like us to do?

Driving the Day<p><b>REPUBLICANS TO THE WORLD: WHAT DO YOU WANT US TO DO?</b> There was a general consensus in the Capitol yesterday: <b>PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP</b> thoroughly embarrassed the United States standing next to Russian President <b>VLADIMIR PUTIN</b> on the world’s biggest stage.<p><b>SEN. TOM COTTON (R-ARK.),</b> a …

Foreign Policy

Massive tree die-off brings unprecedented danger as wildfire burns near Yosemite

The Ferguson fire burning through Mariposa County has already charred nearly 10,000 acres and killed a firefighter working the front lines.<p>But its true destructiveness might lie ahead as it burns a path through a tinderbox already primed for disaster.<p>On either side of the Merced River, hillsides …

Forests

Floating park built from recycled plastic waste debuts in the Netherlands

In a futuristic European port city that's already unleashed trash-eating aquatic drones to clean up its harbor, you might wonder what could possibly …

South Bank

Blue Marble: Eastern Hemisphere

This spectacular “blue marble” image is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date. Using a collection of satellite-based …

Why Won’t Donald Trump Speak for America?

The last time President Trump claimed that “both sides” were responsible for bad behavior, it didn’t go well.<p>That was nearly a year ago, after a march of neo-Nazis descended into violence and a white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of peaceful protesters, killing a woman.<p>On Monday, Mr. Trump …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump's UK visit is a triumph for protesters - and a PR disaster for the President

Tens of thousands of ordinary people who protested Trump's visit deserve a pat on the back, according to Mail Opinion.<p>Well, that went well then, …

Donald Trump

Europe’s Dependence on the U.S. Was All Part of the Plan

Postwar U.S. statesmen designed our world order as it is for a reason. They had lived through what happened without it.<p>As feared, the president of the United States arrived at last week’s NATO summit in a mood of preposterous spleen, profound contempt and shocking rudeness. He insisted on sharing …

Geopolitics

Oops! Federal officials divulge secret info about Native American artifacts

<b>A cliff dwelling preserved for millennia by the dry high-desert climate was included in a March 20 lease sale for oil and gas companies in southeast Utah. Officials from the federal Bureau of Land Management published confidential information online about locations and descriptions of almost 900</b> …

Forests

Republicans Release Bills To Effectively Dismantle Endangered Species Protections

<i>Washington, DC--</i> Today, the House Western Caucus introduced nine bills, all of which would effectively dismantle the Endangered Species Act. Taken …

Wildlife

Trump tells blatant lie about NATO, then takes credit for Obama-era agreement

Fake news.<p>Trump began his news conference at the end of the NATO summit in Belgium on Thursday with a blatant lie about what percentage of the …

Geopolitics

Republicans Thought Peter Strzok Would Be a Punching Bag. He Just Knocked Them Out.

He was supposed to be a key in the imaginary conspiracy Trump’s congressional lackeys and media fantasists have desperately tried to write as …

Donald Trump

Trump's Reality Star Approach To The Real World

President Trump left the NATO summit in Brussels this week a full 180 degrees from where he came in.<p>At breakfast with the NATO secretary-general on Wednesday, he called allies "delinquent" over their defense spending and rocked the summit with the charge that "Germany is a captive of Russia" …

Donald Trump

Can Norway help us solve the plastic crisis, one bottle at a time?

Tens of thousands of brightly coloured plastic drinks bottles tumble from the back of a truck on to a conveyor belt before disappearing slowly inside a warehouse on the outskirts of Oslo.<p>As a workman picks up a few Coke bottles that have escaped, Kjell Olav Maldum looks on. “It is a system that …

Sustainability

‘Forest bathing’ draws people to immerse themselves in nature

The cure for what ails you emotionally, spiritually and even somewhat physically doesn’t require a referral or medical insurance — not even a co-pay. …

Hiking

At NATO, Trump claims allies make new defense spending commitments after he upends summit

BRUSSELS — President Trump jolted a NATO summit on Thursday with a last-minute demand that leaders immediately pour billions into their military budgets, raising questions about his commitment to the alliance, before he reiterated that the United States would still fight on behalf of its Western …

Geopolitics

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McConnell says not worried about Trump withdrawing U.S. from NATO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Republican in the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell, on Wednesday said he was not worried that President Donald Trump will withdraw the country from NATO, as Trump, who has a history of fiercely criticizing and occasionally scrapping international agreements, traveled to a …

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White House doesn’t deny report Trump made secret deal with Kennedy over retirement, replacement

It's not supposed to work like this.<p>During an CNN interview on Tuesday morning, White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah did not deny an NBC …

Donald Trump