World News Watch

By Kingbee | World News Stories

Jaguar mascot escapes leash, is shot dead after Olympic torch ceremony in Brazil

A jaguar used in an Olympic torch relay ceremony was shot to death after it escaped its leash and tried to attack a soldier, the Brazilian army said Tuesday.<p>The army press office said that Juma the jaguar was on display as part of ceremonies Monday at the Jungle Warfare Instruction Center in Manaus.<p>…

Brazil

3 New York Police Commanders Are Arrested on Corruption Charges

Three New York Police Department commanders were arrested on Monday, along with a Brooklyn businessman, on federal corruption charges linked to one of several continuing investigations into Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign fund-raising.<p>The arrests were one of the most significant roundups of police …

Corruption

Bomb Kills Foreign Security Contractors in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan — A Taliban suicide bomber attacked a minibus carrying Nepalese and Indian security contractors to work at the Canadian Embassy early Monday, killing 14 people in one of the deadliest attacks on foreign workers in the Afghan capital, the police and government officials said.<p>The …

Security

Venezuelans Ransack Stores as Hunger Grips the Nation

CUMANÁ, Venezuela — With delivery trucks under constant attack, the nation’s food is now transported under armed guard. Soldiers stand watch over bakeries. The police fire rubber bullets at desperate mobs storming grocery stores, pharmacies and butcher shops. A 4-year-old girl was shot to death as …

Hunger

British lawmaker dies after shooting and stabbing attack that stuns nation

LONDON — A rising star in Britain’s Parliament was shot and stabbed to death Thursday in an attack that stunned the nation and brought the country’s European Union referendum campaign to an abrupt halt just a week before the vote.<p>The killing was of the sort that has become all too common in the …

Democracy

Venezuelan asylum claims in the US soar as economic crisis deepens

The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in the United States has soared as the oil-dependent economy crashes and more of the middle class flees.<p>The most recent data from the US government’s Citizenship and Immigration Services show that in March 2016, Venezuelans climbed to second place among …

Economics

Giant holes are bursting open in Siberia, and you can hear the explosions from 60 miles away

Giant holes are popping up all over the frigid tundra of northern Russia, and no one is quite certain where they come from.<p>However, The Siberian Times reports that witnesses are now describing explosive events that may be connected to the appearance of these mysterious craters.<p>Reindeer herders …

Climate Change

Gunmen in Mexico kill 11 in attack on family

Gunmen have marched into a remote mountain village in Mexico and killed 11 members of the same family, including two children.<p>Five women, four men and two girls were killed in El Mirador, a community in central Puebla state, near Oaxaca on Friday. The motive of the massacre was under …

Mexico

A Canadian professor is being held in a notoriously violent Iranian prison

A Canadian academic researching women's issues in the Middle East has been arrested and is being held in Iran's Evin prison — a jail with a brutal history of violence toward its female inmates.<p>Initially hesitant to go public, the family of Concordia University professor Dr. Homa Hoodfar is now …

Prison

Venezuela takes first step toward recall referendum of Nicolás Maduro

Venezuela’s elections council has said it will begin a process of validating signatures of citizens seeking a recall referendum against the president, Nicolás Maduro, a small step in the opposition’s effort to remove a deeply unpopular leader.<p>Adversaries of the ruling Socialist party say the …

Referendums

Gunman Traveled to Orlando to Kill ‘The Voice’ Contender Christina Grimmie

The 22-year-old singer was shot while signing autographs after performance<p>ORLANDO, Fla.—A gunman who shot and killed a singer who rose to fame after appearing on “The Voice” traveled to Orlando from another Florida city specifically to attack her, and then fatally shot himself, authorities said …

Christina Grimmie

Metal Artist Crafts an Amazing Steampunk-Styled Prosthetic Arm With an Affixed Working Tattoo Gun

French metal artist JL Gonzal crafted an absolutely incredible steampunk-styled prosthetic arm with a working tattoo gun affixed on the end. Gonzal …

Lifestyle

See the world’s longest glass bridge set to open soon in China

A new glass walkway bridge is set to open soon in China, giving travellers an amazing view of the scenery in Hunan Province – if they aren’t too terrified to enjoy it.<p>The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge is located in Hunan Province, within the National Forest Park.<p>The bridge is designed by …

Asia

Why China wants U.S. military jet engines

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> China appears to be going to great lengths to get its hands on high-tech U.S. jet engines to beef up its military capabilities.<p>On Thursday, a woman named Wenxia Man was convicted in a Florida court of conspiring to evade U.S. export laws by illegally acquiringand sending fighter …

China

4 killed in Tel Aviv terror attack; 2 arrested at 'soft target'

<b>Jerusalem (CNN) —</b> Two attackers identified as Palestinians opened fire Wednesday night at a popular food and shopping complex near the Israeli Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, killing four Israelis and sending other patrons scrambling to safety.<p>Two terrorists were captured, Israeli police spokesman …

Tel Aviv

Passenger drone taxi cleared for take-off in US trials

The EHang 184 drone, which carries a single passenger on short journeys, will be tested in Nevada.<p>A drone taxi that can carry a passenger has been …

Drones

U.S. Spy Plane Intercepted by Chinese Jets Over Asian Waters

U.S. military officials called the maneuver "unsafe" and "excessive"<p>A U.S. spy plane conducting a routine patrol over international waters in the East China Sea on Tuesday was intercepted by two Chinese fighter jets.<p>U.S. military officials in the Pacific told Reuters that one of the Chinese planes …

China

Russia looks to revive its aircraft industry with new plane

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia presented Wednesday a new airliner that is intended to revive the nation's aircraft-making prowess and reduce its reliance on Western planes.<p>The MC-21, a twin-engine short- and mid-range passenger jet, was unveiled in the Siberian city of Irkutsk. It has been built by Irkut …

Russia

The FBI is working on a tattoo tracking system that has privacy groups up in arms

According to research unearthed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the FBI has teamed with government scientists to work on a technology system designed to track tattoos.<p>In 2014, the Imaging wing of the the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) created the Tattoo Recognition …

Tattoos

Taliban ambush kills American photojournalist and translator in Afghanistan

A veteran American photojournalist and a translator working for National Public Radio were killed while accompanying Afghan troops in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, according to NPR and military officials.<p>NPR's David Gilkey, 50, and Afghan translator Zabihullah Tamanna, 38, were in an Afghan army …

Afghanistan

A war between Mexico's most powerful cartels may be spreading

Numerous reports over the last few months have indicated that the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels have started to clash in Tijuana, a city in northern Baja California, just over the border from San Diego.<p>Now a report from Mexican newspaper El Universal, based on insight from experts and …

Mexico

ISIS fights back after Iraqi forces surround Falluja, military says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Fierce clashes erupted between Iraqi security forces and ISIS militants on Tuesday at the southern edge of the Iraqi city of Falluja.<p>The U.S.-led coalition and Iraqi forces are battling to retake the city from the terror group. Iraqi security tried to enter the city at dawn, a senior member …

Military

Kenya covers up military massacre

<b>Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) —</b> On January 15, a massive blast shattered the dawn calm at El Adde military base. A suicide bomber had detonated a truck loaded with explosives, the cue for hundreds of fighters clad in camouflage gear to attack.<p>The raid lasted the entire day; thousands upon thousands of …

Africa

The unstoppable superbugs that could kill millions

Medicine

Rio de Janeiro police scour slums for suspects in girl's gang rape

left<p>right<p>Rai de Souza (L), 22, suspected of being involved in the gang rape of a teenage girl, with a video of the assault circulated widely on social media, is escorted at the Police Station for crimes against minors in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 30, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes<p>1/11<p>left<p>right<p>Civil …

Crime

Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido rescued after being kidnapped

<b>(CNN) —</b> A professional soccer player who was kidnapped in Mexico Saturday night has been rescued by authorities, according to state officials.<p>"I'm good, I'm good, thank you," Alan Pulido said as he faced reporters alongside the governor of Mexico's Tamaulipas state, Egidio Torre Cantú, in a video …

Mexico

Researchers created a robotic hand that is eerily human-like and can learn on its own

We often take for granted how easy it is for us to complete basic tasks just using our hands.<p>Typing out an email or setting up a pot of coffee are things we can do bleary eyed in the morning, but the movements our hands have to make to complete such tasks are truly complex, human skills.<p>That's why …

Robotics