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26 beautiful places you should visit before they disappear

Earth is home to some incredibly beautiful destinations.<p>But unfortunately, some of the most stunning natural sites and iconic man-made structures are in danger of disappearing because of climate change and human carelessness.<p>In honor of Earth Day, we found 26 places travelers should visit while …

National Parks

Top House Republican condemns reported U.S. purchase of Iran heavy water

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, commenting on a report in the Wall Street Journal on Friday that the Obama administration is buying 32 tons of heavy water from Iran, said the purchase was “another unprecedented concession to the world’s leading state-sponsor of …

Paul Ryan

Containing Chernobyl for the Next 100 Years

Thirty years after Chernobyl’s nuclear reactor No. 4 exploded, the building built around the site has reached the end of its expected life span. The …

Barely guarded Afghan border puts ex-Soviet Tajikistan in peril

SHURO-OBOD, Tajikistan (Reuters) - The three Tajik construction workers were quietly mending a road near the Panj River last month when they stumbled on a group of men with assault rifles who had crossed over from Afghanistan in broad daylight.<p>A view of a bridge to Afghanistan across Panj river in …

Afghanistan

Britain Issues Travel Advisory For LGBT Travelers Planning To Visit North Carolina And Mississippi

"It is both frightening and embarrassing that one of our nation’s staunchest allies has warned its citizens of the risks of traveling to [these two states]."<p>Britain has issued a new warning for LGBT travelers visiting parts of the United States: Be wary.<p>In an update to its U.S. travel advisory, the …

Microsoft kills off Xbox 360 after more than a decade

Microsoft is to cease production of the Xbox 360, 11 years after the console first went on sale.<p>The company's head of Xbox Phil Spencer said that while the console meant a lot to its staff, "the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us."<p>Microsoft will …

There’s a mysterious new planet hiding in our solar system. What do we know about it so far?

Scientists have narrowed down the location of the mysterious Planet Nine.<p><b>Wait, isn’t Pluto the ninth planet?</b><p>Not since 2006, when the International Astronomical Union (IAU) downgraded it to a dwarf planet. Ever since, astronomers have been lobbying the IAU to change its mind.<p>The latest attempt was …

Astronomy

Night-vision goggle case cause of plane crash that killed 14, Air Force says

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff<p>, Reporter<p>A solid plastic case designed to hold a set of night-vision goggles was ultimately responsible for causing the crash of an Air Force transport plane that killed 14 people in October, the Air Force announced in a statement last week.<p>The crew of the C-130J, a …

Military

Ecuador Earthquake Death Toll Rises to 413, One American Dead

The death toll from Ecuador's earthquake rose to 413 on Monday as the State Department confirmed at least one U.S. citizen was killed.<p>"We are aware of the death of one U.S. citizen and have been in touch with their family." John Kirby, a spokesman for the department, said. "We will continue working …

Quakes put chill in south Japan's hot spring tourism boom

TOKYO (Reuters) - A series of deadly earthquakes on Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu is threatening to quash a nascent tourism boom, frightening away thousands of Chinese and other foreign visitors drawn to its hot springs and lush mountain landscapes.<p>Rescue workers conduct search and rescue …

Japan

Japan Quakes Puzzle Scientists

The number and broad spread of aftershocks could reshape the understanding of how geology affects seismic events<p>By<p>Mitsuru Obe and<p>Mitsuru Obe<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@mit_obe<p>Mitsuru.Obe@wsj.com<p>Yuka Koshino<p>TOKYO—The earthquakes that struck Japan surprised not only the people near the …

Geology