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U.S. vetoes U.N. resolution denouncing violence against Palestinians

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States vetoed on Friday a Kuwaiti-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that condemned Israel's use of force against Palestinian civilians, underlining Washington's differences with friends and foes alike over the Israeli-Palestinian issue.<p>Later, a second, …

Israel

A U.S. Delegation Is In Talks With North Korea, According To The State Department

A surprise meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in occurred Saturday on the North Korean side of the shared inter-Korean area of Panmunjom. Now, according to a statement from State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert on Sunday, a U.S. delegation "is …

What Will Italy’s Next Government Do? A Leak Jolts Stocks

ROME — Talks between two anti-establishment parties to form a new Italian government seemed to be regaining momentum on Wednesday, even as financial markets were spooked by leaked documents that suggested the two sides shared a desire to radically change Italy’s relationship with the European Union.<p>…

Germany: Team Stockholm wins European tram driver championship in Stuttgart

It's all over: Stockholm has the best tram drivers in Europe. That was the result of this year's electrifying and surprisingly close European …

2 Koreas dismantle propaganda loudspeakers at tense border

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas dismantled huge loudspeakers used to blare Cold War-style propaganda across their tense border on Tuesday, as South Korea's president asked the United Nations to observe the North's planned closing of its nuclear test site.<p>The dismantling of dozens of …

Pompeo’s Message to Saudis? Enough Is Enough: Stop Qatar Blockade

RIYADH, Saudi Arabi — As Saudi Arabia considers digging a moat along its border with Qatar and dumping nuclear waste nearby, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Riyadh on his first overseas trip as the nation’s top diplomat with a simple message: Enough is enough.<p>Patience with what is viewed …

Wine production drops, but there’s still enough to go round

Are you drinking more than your fair share of wine? There are fewer than five bottles produced globally per person each year. The flow has been …

Macron Critiques Trump’s Policies in Speech to Congress

WASHINGTON — One day after President Emmanuel Macron of France and President Trump showered each other with praise, the French president spoke more critically of his host’s foreign policy, trade and environmental decisions in a speech to Congress that amounted to an implicit rebuke of Mr. Trump’s …

Despite Coziness With Trump, Macron Highlights Differences Between U.S. And France

Has the bromance ended?<p>One day after President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron were seen embracing and holding hands during the French leader's state visit to the U.S., Macron took issue with the U.S. leader's views on several items, including Iran and the environment, during a speech to …

Iranian president to Trump: Stay in nuke deal or face 'severe consequences'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Tuesday of “severe consequences” for the U.S. should it withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, a step President Donald Trump has indicated he will take if certain changes to the agreement are not made.<p>“I am telling those in the White House that if they do not …

South Asia

Spain eyes HQ of EU piracy mission amid Brexit planning

ROTA, Spain (AP) — Spain looks set to take charge of the European Union's anti-piracy operation off Somalia despite a challenge from Italy, as EU …

Wedding Is Hit by Airstrike in Yemen, Killing More Than 20

SANA, Yemen — An airstrike on a wedding party, carried out by the Saudi-led coalition waging war in Yemen, killed more than 20 people and wounded dozens of others, including the groom, Yemeni officials said Monday.<p>The strike hit an isolated village in northwestern Yemen, where families had gathered …

Emmanuel Macron to Press Trump to Keep Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON — President Trump will come under increasing pressure from visiting French and German leaders this week not to scrap the three-year-old nuclear agreement with Iran next month as American and European negotiators make tentative progress toward a new deal to toughen the limits on …

South Asia

EU seeks to join U.S.-China steel dispute at WTO | Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union asked on Monday to join a dispute brought by China to the World Trade Organization over U.S. import tariffs on steel and aluminum, just over a week before U.S. President Trump decides whether they should apply to Europe.<p>A worker works at a furnace at a steel …

China

Kim Jong Un's latest play for peace was actually a declaration that it's ready for nuclear war — and it just may get it

North Korea's recent promise to halt its nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests might first seem like an overture for peace, but a careful reading suggests it could indicate Kim Jong Un is ready for nuclear war — and he just may get it.<p>The testing of nuclear weapons and of missiles …

Bacteria in space could help create new vaccines - CNN.com

One challenge for astronauts is keeping well nourished and free of infection, especially on long-duration manned missions.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Staying healthy in space<p>Life support<p>Breeding bacteria<p>Spirulina<p>Super germs<p>Space Salmonella<p>Super food?<p><i>Editor's note: Since originally publishing this story, we have</i> …

Five diseases far deadlier than Ebola found in the US

Ebola is far from the deadliest disease to ever reach US shores - we look at five others currently or recently observed in the US with higher fatality rates<p>More than 100 Americans in Dallas could have been exposed to the deadly strain of <b>Ebola</b> currently sweeping West Africa, after the first case on …

Robot Learns To Grab Objects By Asking The Internet

A survey of human opinions about how to grasp things trained a robot hand nearly as well as real-life experience did.<p>Some things are just harder for robots to do. You know, things like appreciating literature, or writing music. Or grasping objects with their fingers.<p>There are a lot of elements that …

Wild chimps learning to use tools from each other may hint at humanity's past

We finally caught wild chimpanzees teaching each other new ways to drink water<p>Under a tree in Uganda’s Budongo forest in 2013, Catherine Hobaiter first mentioned the strange chimp behaviors she'd seen two years before. Hobaiter, a chimpanzee researcher at the University of St. Andrews in the UK, …

Wildlife populations have been cut in half since 1970, WWF says

New report says we would need 1.5 Earths to sustain the world's current resource consumption<p>The world's wildlife populations have declined by more than 50 percent since 1970, according to a report published today by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). In its biennial <i>Living Planet Report</i>, the WWF finds …

Do G.E. crops leave traces in the animals we eat?

Scientific studies have detected no differences in the nutritional makeup of foods derived from animals that ate genetically engineered crops, …

Agriculture

Space Combat Won't Look At All Like 'Star Wars'

PBS explains the physics of space skirmishes<p>If humanity brings war into space, what will those battles look like? Well, if our understanding of physics is anything close to correct, they won’t look at all like <i>Star Wars</i>. In this six minute clip by PBS Digital Studios, host Joe Hanson explores the …

Discovery of new molecule suggests origins of life may reside in interstellar space

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) group of radio telescopes have discovered a carbon-based molecule with a …

Universe

A Doctor Unlocks Mysteries Of The Brain By Talking And Watching

The heavyset man with a bandage on his throat is having trouble repeating a phrase. "No ifs ..." he says to the medical students and doctors around his bed at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.<p>"Can I hear you say no ifs, ands or buts?" says Dr. Allan Ropper, the Harvard neurologist in charge. …

World population unlikely to stabilize in this century

Experts used “scenarios” to suggest global human population will stabilize around 9 billion by about 2050. A new statistical analysis tells a …

Geography

A spacewalk selfie, the Giant Squid Nebula and an origami solar array – in pictures

This month’s roundup of the best space-related imagery in the known universe includes a dramatic solar flare, a cosmonaut’s selfie and an improbable marriage between technology and the ancient Japanese art of paper-folding<p>On 24 August a flare erupted from the sun, seen on the left edge of our home …

Rosetta Takes A Selfie

"Does this angle make my solar wing look fat?"<p>The Rosetta robotic space probe has sent back this amazing photo of itself, illuminated in the sun's light.<p>From the left, the edge of Rosetta is visible swathed in a protective covering, followed by one of its 15 yard-long solar wings. In the upper …

Sir John Franklin: Fabled Arctic ship found

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1107000/1107140_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524653354_a3ab858c5eb2362657d5d3de5d569b1f<p><b>One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago has been found, Canada's prime minister says.</b><p>Stephen Harper said …

Stephen Hawking: “God particle” could demolish the universe

<b>(Reuters/Kimberly White)</b><p>The physicist warned that under high energy levels, the Higgs boson could collapse space and time<p>Sarah Gray<p>September 8, 2014 8:22pm (UTC)<p>Professor Stephen Hawking warned that the Higgs boson -- or so-called God particle -- has the potential to destroy the universe, the …