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Russian helicopters and military vehicles 'destroyed by Islamic State'

Dozens of Russian military vehicles and attack helicopters deployed to Syria may have have been destroyed in an apparent attack by Isil.<p>Images released on Tuesday by Stratfor, the American intelligence think tank, show what appear to be the blackened remains of four attack helicopters and dozens of …

Russian Military

Russian opposition activists beaten in airport assault

MOSCOW — In an attack reflecting rising political violence in Russia, pro-Kremlin activists on Tuesday beat members of an opposition advocacy group led by a prominent whistleblower, injuring six people and leaving one hospitalized.<p>Aa group of Cossacks — wearing their signature fleece hats and …

Russia

Turkish prosecutor drops charges against alleged killer of Russian pilot

The alleged killer of a Russian SU-24 pilot downed by the Turkish Air Force has had all charges against him dropped by a Turkish prosecutor. This …

Great Barrier Reef damage: 'We've never seen anything like this before'

Scientists in Australia have revealed the “tragic” extent of coral bleaching across the Great Barrier Reef, releasing maps which show damage to 93 per cent of the famous 1,500-mile stretch of reefs following a recent underwater heatwave.<p>Warning that the reef is now in a “precarious position”, …

Germany train crash: Controller 'distracted by computer game'

<b>A German train controller has been arrested over the February rail crash that killed 11 people in Bavaria, as prosecutors suspect he was distracted by a computer game at the time.</b><p>According to prosecutors he was playing the computer game on his mobile phone and made a signalling error, then dialled …

Trains

Why China’s latest power play may roil Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) shakes hands with Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai (L) as Chinese President Xi Jinping looks on during a group photo for the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Shanghai, May 20, 2014. REUTERS/Ng …

Geopolitics

France says Syrian refugee intake insufficient, vows to double efforts | Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - France acknowledged on Tuesday that its intake of Syrian refugees had been slow and insufficient, but vowed to double efforts to meet commitments in light of a deal agreed between the European Union and Turkey.<p>A migrant pushes a wheelbarrow in a muddy field at a camp of makeshift …

North Africa

North Korea fires another 'projectile' amid threats

North Korea fired a projectile believed to be a short-range missile Tuesday, the nation's latest rebuke of sanctions and military exercises being conducted by the United States and South Korea.<p>The launch comes amid increasing tensions with Pyongyang over repeated missile tests, a nuclear test and a …

North Korea

South Sudan journalist kidnapped and tortured

Reporter who criticised goverment is attacked soon after being released from detention by security services as media crackdown intensifies<p>A South Sudanese journalist has been abducted, tortured, burned and dumped near a graveyard, according to local media reports, in the latest attack on the media …

Africa

Egypt Concedes That Terrorists Caused Sinai Plane Crash

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Sinai Peninsula

Study: Air Pollution Heightens Risk of Obesity and Diabetes

Exposure to air pollution was shown to increase the risk of obesity and diabetes in rats, according to a new study.<p>Researchers from Duke University …

Diabetes

Bad News For Traffickers, Terrorists...and Germans

Time is running out for the ‘currency of choice’ for money-launderers, human traffickers and terrorists.<p>And no, it’s not Bitcoin or any other …

Central Banks

Russia 'dominated' global defence budget increases in 2015, says think tank

The Kremlin accounted for 20 per cent of the world's extra defence spending last year, says IISS, and Russia is developing a "revolutionary" new tank<p>Russia “dominated” global defence budget increases last year, accounting for 20 per cent of the world’s extra military spending, the International …

Investors Should Worry About China's Debt-Burdened Cities

High rates of debt growth by local governments are a cause for concern in any country. In China, where recent turmoil in the equity and …

Economics

Afghan forces to receive Russian arms as Moscow seeks expanded role

Russia is concerned that extremist factions in Afghanistan could increasingly spill over the northern borders into former Soviet Central Asian countries where Russia has a major military presence.<p>The decision also bolsters Russia's role in a nation that was a Cold War-era ally and the scene of …

Russia

Russia security paper designates Nato as threat

<b>Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an updated national security paper describing Nato's expansion as a threat to the country.</b><p>The paper says Russia's "independent domestic and foreign policy" has triggered a "counter-action" from the US and its allies.<p>It accuses these countries of striving …

Russia

Russia’s payback against Turkey over shoot-down may turn deadly

Russia’s diesel-electric submarine Rostov-on-Don sets sail in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Black Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, December 13, 2015. REUTERS/Murad SezerIt was a clash with ominous Cold War overtones. Turkey’s recent destruction of a Russian Su-24 jet was the first time in 63 years a …

Middle East

Beijing air pollution reaches 'red alert' for first time ever

The first ever ‘red alert' for poor air quality was issued for Beijing, China, by the city government due to heavy smog, multiple sources report.<p>This alert began on Tuesday morning and will be in effect until Thursday Reuters said.<p>"High pressure over the area has provided almost calm winds, …

Pollution

Japanese women suffer widespread 'maternity harassment' at work

Half of short-term workers discriminated against after becoming pregnant, survey says, as harassment complaints rise 18%<p>Almost half of Japanese women who work on short-term contracts suffer harassment after becoming pregnant or giving birth, according to a government survey.<p>Evidence of widespread …

Maternity