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Germany votes as history beckons for Merkel, and far-right

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germans vote in a national election on Sunday that is likely to see Chancellor Angela Merkel win a historic fourth term and a far-right party enter parliament for the first time in more than half a century.<p>Merkel's conservative bloc is on track to remain the largest group in …

Germany

Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico officials describe 'apocalyptic' conditions

<b>(CNN) —</b> Days after Hurricane Maria pounded the island of Puerto Rico, killing at least 10 people, authorities are starting to see firsthand the scope of devastation that left the US territory off the grid.<p>Without power and communications in much of the island, millions of people, including city …

Caribbean

Record heat ready to break some Dust Bowl era temperatures

Record heat is going to hit Michigan through this coming weekend. In some cases the new records will replace high temperatures from the 1930s and …

Climate Change

Big Antarctic iceberg edges out to sea

<b>The giant berg A-68 looks finally to be on the move.</b><p>Recent weeks have seen it shuffle back and forth next to the Antarctic ice shelf from which it broke away.<p>But the latest satellite imagery now indicates the near-6,000 sq km block is swinging out into the Weddell Sea.<p>A wide stretch of clear water …

Science

Why the Last Snow on Earth May Be Red

Every spring, in alpine regions around the world, one of Earth’s tiniest migrations takes place. The migrants are single-celled green algae; they are kin to seaweed, but instead of living in the sea they live in snow. (Snow weed, maybe?) They spend the winter deep in the snowpack, atop last …

Climate Change

Mass global extinction that wipes out human civilization will begin in 2100, mathematician predicts

A mass extinction which wipes out humanity will be underway by the year 2100, scientists have claimed.<p>By the end of the century, it’s feared that so much carbon will have been added to the oceans that the planet will have passed a “threshold of catatastrophe” which leads to the destruction of our …

Climate Change

They said it would be hot. But not this hot.

Forecasters had thought Sydney’s CBD would struggle to crack the 30C mark on Saturday — now it’s likely to streak past that with a predicted high of …

Weather

Failing Dam in Puerto Rico Shows Danger of Climate Denialism - Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists

President Trump, notoriously, tweeted that climate change is a Chinese hoax.<p>Some 70,000 U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico living along the Guajataca River …

Climate Change

Tens of Thousands Flee for Safety as Guajataca Dam Fails in Puerto Rico

A dam failure in Puerto Rico has sent tens of thousands of people fleeing the rushing waters that are threatening downstream communities in the wake …

Puerto Rico

The world didn't end today, but one MIT scientist gives us only until 2100

A new analysis of previous mass extinctions adds more support to the idea that there will be another—soon.<p>Daniel Rothman, a geophysict at the …

Climate Change

Giant blob of cold water rises from the depths of the Pacific, possibly heralding the arrival of La Niña this fall - ImaGeo

By Tom Yulsman | September 23, 2017 12:21 pm<p>This animation shows how temperatures at the surface and subsurface of the tropical Pacific ocean …

Climate Change

North Korea at U.N.: Attack on US 'inevitable'

Speaking at the General Debate of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said that in insulting the dignity of North Korea, President Donald Trump made a rocket attack on the United States mainland more inevitable.

North Korea

Fears of Nuclear War Grow After Trump’s Threat to Annihilate North Korea

The ruling elite internationally is politically bankrupt, in a state of perplexity, terror and denial in the face of the danger that Washington will …

North Korea

A group of experts wrote a book about Donald Trump’s mental health—and the controversy has just begun

Cheriss May/NurPhoto/Zuma<p><i>This story first appeared on the BillMoyers.com.</i><p>There will not be a book published this fall more urgent, important, or …

Democracy

North Korea Also Has Nerve Agent VX, Chemical Weapons Expert Warns

LONDON — Amid a flurry of missile tests and inflammatory rhetoric, the world’s attention is focused on North Korea's nuclear program.<p>But one expert believes the rogue state's stockpile of chemical weapons could also bring catastrophic consequences.<p>The Center for Nonproliferation Studies estimates …

North Korea

Thousands rally across Catalonia for independence from Spain

Thousands of Catalan separatists are rallying in public squares in Barcelona and other towns in support of a disputed referendum on independence of …

Spain

'Phenomenal': Sydney sweats through one of the hottest September nights on record

Much of NSW would have felt like they spooned a hot water bottle last night.<p>Sydneysiders especially would be forgiven for thinking they'd slept with …

Climate Change

Germans elect a new government but miss a debate over their future

BERLIN — A sleepy German election Sunday will be a bookend of sorts to this year's string of high-stakes contests across Europe, seen as decisive measures of the reach of far-right populism after the election of Donald Trump and the decision of British voters to leave the European Union.<p>Even though …

Christian Democratic Union

Madmen Theories

In 1969, Richard Nixon, about eight months into his Presidency, grew frustrated with the North Vietnamese leadership. The President wanted to negotiate an exit from the Vietnam War, but his adversary’s terms were unyielding. Nixon thought that he needed the Soviet Union to pressure North Vietnam; …

North Korea

US sends bombers over North Korean coast

In a display of military strength, US bombers and fighter escorts have flown over North Korea. As the war of words ramped up last week, the move was …

North Korea

Watch 'Dotard' Trump Forget Where Everyone and Everything Is

One of the big stories this week was the escalating nuclear-backed slap fight between Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un — and in …

Donald Trump

Nafta Negotiators Wading Into Tougher Territory in Third Round of Trade Talks

WASHINGTON — President Trump has spent months pummeling the North American Free Trade Agreement, calling the trade pact a “disaster” and insisting that it cost American jobs. Now, United States trade negotiators will have to decide how tough to get on their Nafta counterparts.<p>As Canada, Mexico and …

NAFTA

Third round of NAFTA talks opens in Canada

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A third round of NAFTA renegotiations has begun with chief negotiators from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico meeting in the Canadian capital.<p>Canada's chief negotiator, Steve Verhuel, said Saturday that he doesn't expect this round to see any new U.S. proposal to increase American …

Canada

Wide-faced people may have a higher sex drive

New research published in the journal <i>Archives of Sexual Behavior</i> suggests that the size and shape of your face may predict your sex drive and how …

Research

The cost of solar power drops more than 25% in one year

The clean energy revolution continues and solar is leading the charge. In a recently published report, the US Department of Energy’s National …

Renewable Energy

What Would a Hydrogen Bomb Do to the Pacific Ocean?

A North Korean official has hinted about conducting a nuclear test at sea, which would have severe environmental consequences.<p>The latest fiery exchange between the United States and North Korea has produced a new kind of threat. On Tuesday, during his speech at the United Nations, President Trump …

North Korea

This Is What's Open in the Caribbean Following Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma

The 2017 hurricane season is already a record year—and it's not even over yet. After Hurricane Harvey dumped four feet of rain in Houston, resulting in the deaths of 60 people and a reported $150 billion in damages, category 5 Hurricane Irma went on to devastate the British Virgin Islands, U.S. …

Caribbean

Puerto Rico evacuates thousands as dam breach threatens floods

Puerto Rico is evacuating thousands of people as a major dam threatens to break. At least six people have been confirmed dead on the US Caribbean …

Puerto Rico

The invention of AI ‘gaydar’ could be the start of something much worse

Researchers claim they can spot gay people from a photo, but critics say we’re revisiting pseudoscience<p>Two weeks ago, a pair of researchers from Stanford University made a startling claim. Using hundreds of thousands of images taken from a dating website, they said they had trained a facial …

LGBTQ