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CORRECTED - U.S. gasoline prices slip as oil industry bounces back from Harvey | Reuters

Bitcoin fails its test as a haven in times of global turmoil

Bitcoin—the biggest and best known cryptocurrency—is falling along with stocks and other assets following a provocative nuclear test by North Korea over the weekend. If you believe non-state-controlled digital currencies are the havens of the future, traders aren’t treating bitcoin like one …

Egypt Finalizes Deal With Russia for First Nuclear Plant

Russian media say Egypt has finalized a deal to build a nuclear power plant with funding from Moscow after nearly two years of negotiations.<p>The …

Iran unveils drone base with warning to enemies

<b>Iran has unveiled an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) base for its fleet of drones which have given the country a remarkable capability in the fight</b> …

Schools around the US are finally pushing back their start times — and it's working

• <b>Schools in 45 states have pushed their start times back to fall in line with research that looks at the biological clock of adolescents.</b>• <b><br>Administrators have found short-term roadblocks but long-term rewards for students, parents, and teachers.</b>• <b><br>A greater appreciation for the benefits, not the</b> …

Washington University in St. Louis

Mexico Plays the 'China Card'

The possibility President Trump will pull out of NAFTA has prompted his Mexican counterpart to court China.<p>This week, while his country is renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto was in China to pursue his country’s Plan B. Rumblings of a …

U.S. Urges Fuel Cutoff for North Korea, Saying It’s ‘Begging for War’

WASHINGTON — The Trump Administration, warning that North Korea is “begging for war,” is pressing China and other members of the United Nations Security Council to cut off all oil and other fuels to the country.<p>The effort, which senior administration officials described as a last best chance to …

'We don't have anything': landlords demand rent on flooded Houston homes

Displaced families say they are struggling to pay rent on damaged dwellings, as an acute housing crisis grips south-east Texas after Hurricane Harvey<p>Rocio Fuentes weighed up the cost of getting some new sofas for her new apartment in Pasadena, Texas, and decided the family budget could just about …

Hurricane Harvey

Millions who buy health insurance brace for sharp increases

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people who buy individual health insurance policies and get no financial help from the Affordable Care Act are bracing …

Iran tests first ever long-range missile defence system

Iran has tested its first ever long-range missile defence system amid tensions with the US over its weapons programme, Iranian state media has …

Hassan Rouhani

For Trump and the US right, breaking the nuclear taboo has always been thinkable | Paul Mason

Launching a nuclear war against North Korea would teach China and Russia that it is morally and practically acceptable<p>In November 1950, when North Korean forces had the US military on the run, President Truman held an infamous press conference during which he threatened to declare nuclear war.<p>After …

North Korea

China says Trump's trade threat over N. Korea 'unacceptable'

BEIJING (AP) — China on Monday criticized President Donald Trump's threat to cut off U.S. trade with countries that deal with North Korea and …

U.S. retaliates against Russia, orders closure of consulate, annexes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has told Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and buildings in Washington and New York that house trade missions, the State Department said on Thursday, in retaliation for Moscow cutting the U.S. diplomatic presence in Russia.<p>The entrance to the …

White House preparing $5.9B request for Harvey recovery aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has prepared a request to Congress for an initial $5.9 billion package in Harvey recovery aid, a first down payment …

Duke University removes damaged Robert E. Lee statue

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke University removed a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee early Saturday after it was vandalized amid a national debate about …

UK and US play 'crucial role' in creating conditions for spread of cholera in Yemen, say researchers

Britain and the US have played “a crucial role” in creating conditions conducive to the catastrophic spread of cholera in Yemen, according to authors …

Saudi Arabia

French fighter jet 'tracks' Jet2 flight on route to Birmingham

<b>A passenger on board a plane flying from Spain to Birmingham has told of the "terrifying" moment holidaymakers realised their aircraft was being shadowed by a French fighter jet.</b><p>The Jet2 plane, travelling to the UK from Malaga, was joined in the skies by the jet for about 15 minutes on …

Utkal Express derailment through the eyes of locals and passengers: A massive thud and a coach went flying

<b>Khatauli:</b> Manoj Baliyan was enjoying the cool evening breeze sitting on the porch of his house on Friday when he heard a massive thud. The next thing …

South Korea is building a $10 billion agriculture city in Egypt

Within six months, 311,400 acres of land in Egypt will be transformed into an agriculture city. The $10 billion deal was signed on Tuesday by Egypt …

Major Oil Producing Regions Move to Adopt Blockchain in Their Operations

Several countries in the world’s biggest oil producing regions are moving to adopt Blockchain technology in their operations. In Gulf Cooperation …

Nestle's Poland Spring Is Common Groundwater, New Suit Alleges

Nestle SA’s Poland Spring Water unit has duped American consumers into paying premium prices for ordinary ground water that’s pumped from some of …

Further Research into Artificial Wombs Brings Us Closer to a Future Where Babies Grow Outside the Body

An Innovation in Artificial Incubation<p>Around 15 million babies are born preterm or premature every year, according to the World Health Organization …

Lawmaker Urges Trump's Cabinet To Have Him Undergo Mental Health Evaluation

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) isn't a psychiatrist, but she wants the president to see one.<p>A new resolution introduced in the House of Representatives would encourage the vice president and the Cabinet to have President Donald Trump undergo a physical and mental health exam to determine if he is …

Mental Health

Saudi Arabia's financial constraints are starting to limit its ability to project power

Saudi Arabia's strategy in the Middle East has for years focused on throwing money at majority Sunni states and groups in the region to counter Iranian influence. But its fiscal constraints started to limit its ability to project power even in the Arabian Peninsula.<p>Funding Sunni jihadist groups has …

Netanyahu’s Cynical Delay Denouncing Trump’s Nazi Equivocation

TEL AVIV, Israel – In recent years the symbiosis between Israel and America has grown more pronounced. In the country sometimes referred to as the …

Benjamin Netanyahu

Turkey is boosting its military cooperation with Iran

Erdogan, his defense minister and military chief of staff met Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri on Tuesday and Wednesday. It was the first visit to Turkey by the head of Iran's military since the 1979 revolution, Turkish media said.<p>Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin also said the U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim …

KKK denied permit to burn cross atop symbolic mountain in Georgia

Georgia’s Stone Mountain park has denied the Ku Klux Klan’s request to burn a cross at the top of the mountain, where the second KKK was founded in 1915.<p>Joey Hobbs, of the Sacred Knights’ Ku Klux Klan, submitted a permit application request for 20 people to attend a cross-burning on top of the …

Ku Klux Klan

Venezuela prison 'massacre' kills 37

<b>At least 37 people have been killed in a prison riot in southern Venezuela, prosecutors say.</b><p>Special interior ministry forces were sent in to regain control of the jail in Puerto Ayacucho, the capital of Amazonas state.<p>Witnesses reported hearing shots for several hours and the state governor Liborio …

The North Korea Standoff, Like the Cuban Missile Crisis, Exposes the Reckless U.S. Worldview

The confrontation between the U.S. and North Korea has cooled off slightly with Kim Jong-un’s announcement that, at least for the time being, he will …