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China urges central Asian neighbors to step up extremism fight | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s President Xi Jinping urged Central Asian states to step up the fight against religious extremism and cyber terrorism, state media said, as Beijing reaches for help across its borders in addressing security concerns in its restive Xinjiang region.<p>China's President Xi …

Afghans Release 65 Prisoners The U.S. Deems Dangerous

Afghan authorities on Thursday went ahead and released 65 prisoners from a high-security prison north of Kabul over the strong objections of U.S. military commanders, who say the men are dangerous terrorists who have attacked civilians and soldiers in the past.<p>As the Los Angeles Times writes:<p>"The …

Widely-Used Pesticide Causes Bees to Shrink in Size

Bees have been vital partners in human agriculture for centuries thanks to their role as crop pollinators. However pesticides used to kill other …

Ecology

How A Controversial Shark Culling Program Is Tearing Australia Apart

The Australian federal government is facing heavy criticism from both its constituents and the international community after it recently issued an exemption to environmental laws, thus clearing the way for a state-sponsored "shark mitigation policy."<p>In the past two years, six people have died from …

Could Giant Sprinklers Solve China's Air Pollution Woes?

Last winter, smog levels in Beijing, China were found to be 10 to 15 times what the World Health Organization classifies as a health risk. The …

Pollution

China's 'airpocalypse' kills 350,000 to 500,000 each year

Between 350,000 and 500,000 Chinese die prematurely each year because of the country's disastrous air pollution, says China's former health minister<p>The equivalent of the population of Bristol dies each year in China because of lethal air pollution, according to Chen Zhu, who was the country's …

Frigid 'Polar Vortex' Cripples US for Second Straight Day

Deadly cold temperatures refused to loosen their grip on much of the country for a second straight day, spreading the bone-chilling weather this time …