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Posted at 19:49 on Monday 26 December 2016<br>Currently has 6,771 notes<br>Reblogged from flyngdream / Originally by flyngdream

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Record number of refugees opt to leave in 2016

Nearly 55,000 migrants and refugees who were not eligible for or were likely to be denied asylum left Germany voluntarily in 2016, up by 20,000 from the number who left of their own volition in 2015, according to government officials.<p>Germany has toughened its stance on immigration in recent months, …

Middle East

Series of earthquakes hits near California-Nevada border

A series of moderate earthquakes rocked the California-Nevada border Wednesday, shaking residents in both states but producing no reports of major damage or injury.<p>The first temblor, with a magnitude of 5.7, occurred at 12:22 a.m. PST near Hawthorne, Nev. It was followed by a second 5.7 quake and …

Natural Disasters

How the U.S. came to abstain on a U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements

On Dec. 21, amid his morning workout, an afternoon round of golf and a family dinner with friends, President Obama interrupted his Hawaii vacation to consult by phone with his top national security team in Washington. Egypt had introduced a resolution at the U.N. Security Council condemning Israeli …

Israel

U.S. preparing retaliatory steps against Russia over hacks

The Obama administration is preparing retaliatory actions against Russia for its alleged involvement in cyber-attacks on Democratic Party institutions in order to interfere in the presidential election, two senior U.S. officials confirmed to NBC News.<p>As early as Thursday or Friday, a 2015 Obama …

Russia

\'We are living in the midst of the greatest turning of Muslims to Christ in history\'

Despite the daily news of the persecution of Christians around the world by Islamist groups, there is another, lesser-known story of growing numbers …

Iraq: Baghdad car bombs kill 80

<b>(CNN) —</b> <b>[Breaking news update, posted at 4:46 a.m. ET]</b><p>The death toll from Saturday's suicide bombing in Baghdad has risen to 200, the deputy head of the security committee of the Baghdad Provincial Council, Mohamed al-Rubaye‎, said in a televised phone interview Monday.<p><b>[Previous story, posted at</b> …

Extremism

American universities mourn students killed in Bangladesh terror attack

Two prominent American colleges on opposite sides of the U.S. were plunged into mourning Saturday after learning that their students were among the victims of Friday's terror attack on a restaurant in the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka.<p>Emory University in Atlanta announced that students Abinta Kabir and …

Brain-eating amoeba found at unusually high levels at water park

<b>(CNN) —</b> Levels of the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri, which killed an Ohio teen, were unusually high in water samples taken from the U.S. National Whitewater Center and were probably caused by the failure of the water sanitation system, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

Environmental Health

Overnight flash floods kill 30 people in northern Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Heavy monsoon rains overnight triggered flash floods that killed at least 30 people in a remote village in northern …

Floods

Brutal and prolonged heat wave about to hit the Southwest

Residents of the Southwest U.S. are gearing up for what could be the worst heatwave to strike the region since 1990.<p>From Sunday through Wednesday, …

North Korea fires two missiles, South Korea says

<b>(CNN) —</b> North Korea fired two missiles Wednesday morning from its eastern coast, according to South Korean and U.S. officials.<p>Both are believed to be Musudan intermediate-range missiles, fired from the North Korean port city of Wonsan, said Cmdr. Dave Benham, spokesman for the U.S. Pacific …

North Korea

California wildfires: teams battle flames on outskirts of Los Angeles

Emergency empties 770 homes in foothill city of Duarte, while blaze near San Diego continues to pose threat but Santa Barbara mountain fire is pegged back<p>Wildfires have forced new evacuations of hundreds of homes in California, with firefighters beating back blazes looming over suburban Los Angeles.<p>…

California Wildfires

New crop varieties 'can't keep up with global warming'

<b>Crops yields around the world could fall within a decade unless action is taken to speed up the introduction of new varieties.</b><p>A study says temperatures are rising faster than the development of crop varieties that can cope with a warmer world.<p>In Africa, researchers found that it can take 10-30 …

Climate Change

Record-setting heat wave leads to blackouts in L.A.

Thousands of Los Angeles residents lost power Monday as scorching temperatures kept people inside while running fans and air conditioners that strained the power grid, officials said.<p>As of 9:30 p.m., about 6,200 Department of Water and Power customers lost electrical service, department spokeswoman …

Heat Waves