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Report: Defense Department Sitting on $1.5 Billion for Afghanistan Reconstruction Projects

Charles S. Clark, GovExec<p>April 27, 2015, 7:52 a.m.<p>After 14 years in Afgh­anistan, the De­fense De­part­ment has suc­cess­fully trans­ferred 813 U.S. …

Kerry, Iran FM hold nuke talks in NY as Senate weighs move

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration moved on two fronts Monday to advance its nuclear diplomacy with Iran, with talks between top U.S. and …

South Asia

UN: Israeli military killed 44 Palestinians at UN shelters

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. inquiry has found that at least 44 Palestinians were killed and at least 227 injured by direct mortar strikes and other …

Israel

Six authors withdraw from PEN gala in protest of Charlie Hebdo award

Six authors have withdrawn as literary hosts of the N.Y.-based PEN American Center gala in protest over the pro-free speech group's decision to give the controversial French magazine Charlie Hebdo a "Freedom of Expression Courage" award.<p>Writers Peter Carey, Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner, Michael …

Kazakhstan ruler, lauded by Bill Clinton for democratic and human rights gains, wins re-election -- with 98 percent of vote

Former President Bill Clinton, already under the microscope for reportedly traveling to Kazakhstan with a Canadian investor seeking a uranium deal there, also gave the nation's longtime strongman a thumbs-up on democracy -- though it appears he's won re-election with a stunning 98 percent of the …

Syrian rebels hail fall of Jisr al-Shughour as sign of growing strength

In June 2011, a Syrian regime crackdown on Jisr al-Shughour was hailed by its supporters as a sign of its strength.<p>Four years later, the capitulation of loyalist forces to advancing rebels in the same city is being seen as evidence that Bashar al-Assad’s hold on Syria may now be weaker than at any …

Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes should die, prosecutors to tell jury

The trial of James Holmes for the 2012 cinema shooting in Colorado begins on Monday<p><b>Batman shooting: Watch James Holmes' trial live</b><p>James Holmes, <b>the gunman who killed 12 people and injured 70 at a cinema in one of America's worst mass shootings</b> will finally stand trial in Colorado on Monday.<p>After a …

New guidelines allow Japan to defend U.S. and other countries

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The United States and Japan announced big changes Monday to the guidelines that will govern the defense relationship between the two countries going forward.<p>Under the new guidelines, Japan will be able to defend other countries -- like the United States -- that come under attack, …

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Nepal troops ready aid for remote quake-hit villages

GORKHA, Nepal (AP) — Preparing to make a push into the most isolated parts of quake-devastated Nepal, soldiers on Tuesday were readying food, water …

Natural Disasters

Freddie Gray's Funeral Spurs Calls For Calm In Baltimore

In Baltimore, the funeral of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died after being arrested, was held Monday. Gray's family and many public figures are calling for peace, after a weekend that saw violence and arrests.<p>"We must not allow an already tragic situation to tear our community …

'Bali Nine' Convict Andrew Chan Marries in Indonesia Hours Before Possible Execution

CILACAP, Indonesia — An Australian death row convict married his girlfriend in prison on Monday, a day before his possible execution by an Indonesian firing squad for drug offences.<p>Andrew Chan, who was convicted in 2006 along with fellow Australian Myuran Sukumaran for trying to smuggle heroin out …

US to exhume remains from Pearl Harbour attack

As many as 388 "unknown" US military members killed will be exhumed more than 70 years after the USS Oklahoma sank when it was hit by torpedoes during the assault in December 1941<p>The United States military is to exhume the remains of up to 388 servicemen killed at Pearl Harbour in an unprecedented …

Why happiness is infectious: you can actually smell joy

Utrecht University in the Netherlands found that odours produced by our bodies can communicate happiness to others<p>It is said that happiness is contagious and now scientists believe they may know why.<p>For the first time researchers have found that humans can pick up whether a person is feeling joyful …

Bradford fire 'may not have been an accident'

Survivor claims that nine businesses associated with former chairman Stafford Heginbotham suffered fires and that he had money problems at time of disaster<p>The Bradford City fire which killed 56 football fans when flames tore through a stand in 1985 could have been started deliberately, a new book …

Nasa's Curiosity rover finds water below surface of Mars

New measurements from the Gale crater contradict theories that the planet is too cold for liquid water to exist, but Mars still considered hostile to life<p>Mars has liquid water just below its surface, according to new measurements by Nasa’s Curiosity rover.<p>Until now, scientists had thought that …

Mars Rover

9 Pictures That Will Make You See The Universe Differently

It's the Hubble Space Telescope's 25th anniversary on April 24. Time to learn more about how space pictures are made.

Einstein's Universe Turns 100

One hundred years ago, a 36-year-old Albert Einstein presented the complete formulation of the General Theory of Relativity to the Prussian Academy of Sciences. Across the world, events and conferences will be celebrating what is considered, without hyperbole, the most beautiful of physical …

‘Sunscreen for satellites’: New ENBIO facility in Ireland

A new space technology facility, funded by the European Space Agency for the development of space-related ‘sunscreen technology’, opened in Ireland …

Space Exploration

Weird Bright Spots on Dwarf Planet Ceres Still a Mystery in New Maps

Strange bright spots on the surface of the Ceres continue to mystify scientists even as NASA's Dawn spacecraft is beaming the best maps yet of the …

How the Hubble Telescope cheated death

Key voices from the project reveal the twists and turns of the space telescope’s 25-year career.<p>When the Hubble Space Telescope blasted into space on …

SpaceX launches cargo ship to space station but fails to land booster

Entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully launched a rocket loaded with food and supplies to the International Space Station on Tuesday afternoon.<p>But the company narrowly failed in its third try at landing the spacecraft's 14-story booster rocket after the launch on a barge floating in the ocean …

Space Travel

Glitter Cloud May Serve as Space Mirror

What does glitter have to do with finding stars and planets outside our solar system? Space telescopes may one day make use of glitter-like materials …

NASA Telescope Finds Planet Deep Within Our Galaxy

<b>Washington:</b> NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has teamed up with a telescope on the ground to find a remote gas planet about 13,000 light years away, …

Watch NASA's New Electric Rover Car In Action

Fast, furious, and designed for other planets<p>NASA tends to be better known for their spacecraft than their cars, but the awesome-looking Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV) might just change that.<p>In the video above, you can watch NASA put the electric vehicle prototype through its paces, showing off its …

Remote Controls

1st Color Image of Pluto Snapped by Approaching NASA Probe (Photo)

NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto has returned its first color image of the dwarf planet and its largest moon, Charon.<p>The new photo, taken on …

The Origins Of Saturn's Massive Superstorms Solved

Earth's hurricanes are puny by comparison<p>Storms here on Earth might be devastating events that can last for days and bring cities to their knees, but that's nothing compared to Saturn's storms. Massive thunderstorms complete with lightning and high winds can cover an area roughly the same size as …

Astronomy

Bombings across Baghdad kill at least 20

A series of car bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital Baghdad have killed at least 20 people and wounded scores more, security sources say.<p>At least five separate explosions on Tuesday hit targets across the city including Yarmouk hospital in western Baghdad, where four people died.<p>Other bombs were …