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US warplanes flying close to Russian airbase in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – A U.S. warplane is reportedly flying close to the Russian airbases in the Latakia and Tartous provinces of Syria, a …

Middle East

The #Russian military police reached the area of alleged chemical attack in #Syria #Douma. Local residents say that there was no chemical attack at all. https://t.co/6EHGNOqi81

Yulia Skripal, poisoned with her Russian double-agent father, is getting better | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The daughter of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal is getting better after spending three weeks in critical condition due to a nerve toxin attack at his home in England, the hospital where she is being treated said on Thursday.<p>After the first known use of a military-grade …

Russia

Ex-Russian FSB Agent Blasts UK PM May for 'Illiterate' Skripal Case Accusations

"[British Prime Minister] Theresa May should resign because she has misled the international community with her illiterate politicized …

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22 mesmerising photographs of planned towns from above

Monkeypox has resurfaced in Nigeria. What you need to know

<i>An outbreak of the rare disease Monkeypox has raised fears of an imminent epidemic in Nigeria. Infected people break out in a rash that looks a lot</i> …

Did Obama’s failures strengthen Putin’s hand?

In the spring of 2012, soon after Vladimir Putin returned to the Russian presidency, President Barack Obama convened a meeting in the White House Situation Room to discuss the way forward. Obama had invested a lot in the “reset” with Russia, and he believed it had achieved some meaningful wins. But …

Russia

Airplanes have secret features you probably never knew about

We all know about the life jackets under our aircraft seats and the oxygen masks we hope will drop down from above in a disaster.<p>But did you know …

Disability

Dog lover Putin gets top breed pup as gift from Turkmen leader | Reuters

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, a dog lover, received a top breed puppy as a belated birthday gift on Wednesday from Turkmenistan’s president who is keen to recover lost Russian markets for Turkmen gas.<p>“We have a common friend - this is the world’s unique alabai dog. And …

Russia

The 'Devil’s Swimming Pool' on the edge of Victoria Falls is for adrenaline junkies only

Victoria Falls, without question, should be on every serious traveler’s bucket list — especially adrenaline junkies who are willing to risk it all for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.<p>The 354-foot-high falls, which are one of the seven natural wonders of the world, are a truly stunning sight to see. …

Swimming Pools

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

81 minutes ago<p>Equanimeous St. Brown, Courtland Sutton and James Washington are three of the premier receivers in the draft. You know that. But what …

Saudi king brought his own golden escalator on Russia trip

Saudi Arabia knows how to make themselves at home.<p>King Salman bin Abdulaziz brought his own golden escalator on a trip to Russia, according to …

Mesmerizing maps show how much megacities have expanded over the last 30 years

By 2050, the United Nations estimates two-thirds of the world population will live in cities. China alone plans to move some 250 million people into urban areas with 10 million or more inhabitants by 2026.<p>Using the Timelapse feature in Google Earth Engine, we can witness the growth of these …

Mega Cities

Putin Is Filling the Middle East Power Vacuum

The Israelis and Turks, the Egyptians and Jordanians -- they’re all beating a path to the Kremlin in the hope that Vladimir Putin, the new master of …

Middle East

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Russia’s Huge Tank Force

During the Cold War, the number of different tank types the Soviet Union maintained often puzzled Western analysts. Eight distinct families of tanks …

Military

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

College Football

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

4 minutes ago<p>Kirk Cousins could get a front-loaded deal that helps the Vikings lock up key pieces, as well.<p>39 minutes ago<p>The Redskins would have $15 …

Why Meghan Markle should absolutely not marry Prince Harry

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — an actress known for her role on “Suits” and seen this month on the cover of Vanity Fair — seem to be on the brink …

Why one region of the US will survive climate change better than any other, according to urban planners

Somewhere that's warm but not too warm, free from hurricanes and flood-causing downpours, and close to a body of water yet far enough to avoid the threat of sea-level rise.<p>Which places does that leave? According to climate scientists and urban planners, not a lot.<p>"The bottom line is it's going to …

Climate Change

"Urban design caused the Hurricane Harvey disaster"

Houston's poor urban planning, not climate change, is to blame for the catastrophic flooding following Hurricane Harvey, says disaster expert Ilan …

Urban Design

You Can’t Erase Urban Homeless By Making Them “Illegal”

They loiter, they sit, even sprawl on the sidewalk. Often we avert our eyes to their condition. Police see the homeless as a nuisance and they are …

Homelessness

WaterAid Nigeria launches new country strategy for 2016 - 2021

WaterAid Nigeria has launched its 2016 – 2021 country programme strategy, laying the foundation to achieving access to water, sanitation and hygiene …

15 Million Nigerians Lack Access to Drinking Water -Unicef

Citizens drink water from rivers, lakes, ponds, streams and irrigation canals, and unless the government puts in more effort to ensure accessibility …

Water

Here's how ailing African leaders hide their illnesses so they can stay in office

These include Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari, 74, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 93, Angolan leader Jose Eduardo dos Santos, 74, and Algeria's Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 80.<p>Bloomberg reports that these leaders often leave their countries in limbo, as they spend a lot of time abroad seeking …

Africa

Urbanization in Nigeria: Planning for the Unplanned

<b>“City plans must fit the people, not the other way round.” Jane Jacobs, journalist and urban studies author</b><p>Ibadan, the third largest metropolitan …

Urban Design

Urban governance key to quality of life

Africa’s future is urban. Quality of life for Africa’s city dwellers will, however, directly depend on the quality of urban governance. Urbanisation …

Fastest Growing Megacities: Lagos drops to 2nd in Africa, 4th in the world

<b>Lagos state, Nigeria is no longer the fastest growing megacity in the world, according to an article published by</b> <b>World Economic Forum</b><b>.</b><p>The booming …

Emerging Markets