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

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.<p>Published Date: Sep 04, 2017 23:15 PM | Updated Date: Sep 04, 2017 …

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 …

North Korea

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 …

Vladimir Putin

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> …

Middle East

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

Rick Tony teaches math at Solebury School, in New Hope, Pennsylvania, but he's well aware of the science of sleep.<p>For the 2016-2017 school year, Tony, who also works as the boarding and day school's director of studies, led the charge on moving Solebury's 8:00 a.m. start time half an hour later to …

Middle School

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 …

North Korea

'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 …

Extreme Weather

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 for another year of double-digit premium increases, and their frustration is boiling over.<p>Some are expecting premiums for 2018 to rival a mortgage …

Health Care

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 …

South Asia

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

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 rejected pressure to do more to halt the North's nuclear development.<p>Trump issued the threat after North Korea on Sunday exploded a thermonuclear device in …

North Korea

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

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 …

Russia
Extreme Weather

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 monuments to the Confederacy.<p>The university said it removed the carved limestone likeness before dawn from the entryway to Duke Chapel, where it stood among …

Rights & Freedoms

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 …

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 …

Military Aircraft

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

<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 …

South Korea

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 …

Poland Spring

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 …

Pregnancy

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

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 stable enough to stay in office.<p>Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) introduced the resolution on …

Donald Trump

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 …

Saudi Arabia

Netanyahu’s Cynical Delay Denouncing Trump’s Nazi Equivocation

Pundits speculated that Netanyahu was waiting on his close ally Trump to issue his own condemnation first (something that came on Monday and by the …

Rights & Freedoms

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 …

South Asia

KKK denied permit to burn cross atop symbolic mountain in Georgia

Stone Mountain Park, site of the second founding of the KKK in 1915, says it ‘condemns the beliefs and actions’ of the white supremacist group<p>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 …

Rights & Freedoms

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 …

Latin America

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 …

North Korea