The Year of 2015

By Darby Krajicek | 2015

Troop pullout on agenda for Afghan president's US visit

The timeline for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan is expected to be high on the agenda during Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's first visit to Washington this week.<p>Ghani, who arrived in the US on Sunday, is due to meet US President Barack Obama on Tuesday and will also hold meetings with …

Afghanistan

A Year of War Completely Destroyed the Donetsk Airport

In Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, the Sergey Prokofiev International Airport has been reduced from a modern transportation hub to piles of scorched rubble in less than a year of warfare. As recently as last May, the airport was still operating and in good condition, though international flights had …

War

The World Mourns Charlie

7 Trends That Will Shape How You Travel in 2015

The new year brings the promise of 365 new days to plan trips and see the world. And 2015 is shaping up to be rather interesting for travelers. From wellness retreats to ultra-affordable luxury, here are the burgeoning travel trends we're most excited about.<p><b>In the Spotlight: New Hotel …

What U.S. Intelligence Predicted the World Would Look Like in 2015

Shortly before 9/11, officials foresaw a fundamental shift in the nature of power.<p>Nine months before the September 11 attacks—and just days after the Supreme Court halted the Florida recount, handing the presidency to George W. Bush—U.S. intelligence officials published an 85-page prediction for …

Globalization

MPs likely to vote to recognise Palestine as a state

The House of Commons is likely to recognise Palestine as a state for the first time on Monday as MPs debate a motion on its right to independence.<p>Labour MPs will be whipped to vote in favour of the motion calling on the government to recognise Palestine as a state, while many Liberal Democrats and …

Liberal Democrats

Growing Popular Resentment Could Lead To The End Of ISIS

Growing inequality and a general lack of concern for civilians living under ISIS's rule could eventually spell the end of the group, Elizabeth Palmer and Khaled Wassef report for CBS News.<p>In Raqqa, Syria, ISIS's de facto capital, civilians chaffing under the jihadist's strict rule are becoming …

Syria

Valor and Defiant to race for future Army $100 Bn helicopter replacement program

The US Army has selected two contractors to design and build future helicopters under the service Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator JMR-TD). …

Could Super Ghost become the future Littoral Combatant?

Juliet Marine Systems a small company from Portsmouth, N.H., has developed a unique high-speed watercraft called Ghost that could take on missions …

Vermont Quits War on Drugs to Treat Heroin Abuse as Health Issue

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin devoted his entire State of the State address in January to what he called Vermont’s “full-blown heroin crisis.” Since …

The Mass Immigration Of Chinese People Into Africa Is Almost Entirely Driven By Money

<i>"China's Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa" By Howard French.Knopf; 304 pages.</i><p>"NI HAO" and "chi ku" may be the two commonest phrases in this riveting worm's-eye account of the Chinese in Africa. They mean, respectively, "hello" and "eat bitter".<p>The first …

Africa

Europe fears deflation as Ukraine stays centre-stage

Hungarian forints and Euro notes are seen in this photo illustration taken in Budapest February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo<p>| ROME<p>The euro zone's growing fears of deflation will be stirred again on Friday when preliminary consumer price data for August is issued, with signs the European Central …

Ukraine

Iran hangs billionaire over $2.6b bank fraud - Middle East

A billionaire businessman at the heart of a $2.6 billion state bank scam, the largest fraud case since the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution, was …

Why All The Best Minds In Tech Are Starting To Flock To Hardware (Not Software)

Over the past few years, Jon Bruner, the editor-at-large at publisher O’Reilly Media and former data editor at Forbes, started noticing how many of his technologist friends in the software industry were taking a keen interest in the hardware world.<p>“A lot of these people started seeing hardware as a …

IT

The NSA is recording every single phone call from Afghanistan | VentureBeat | Security

If you’re a member of the Taliban plotting an attack against a girl’s school, you may want to think twice before speaking on your cell phone.<p>In other words, Edward Snowden is at it again.<p>The ubiquitous National Security Agency is purportedly recording every single landline and cell-based phone call …

Afghanistan

Government allows problem schools to take up free camera surveillance trial

The Department for Education is permitting schools to trial state-of-the-art surveillance equipment in a crackdown on pupils dealing and taking drugs on their premises<p>Children in the schools most plagued by illegal drugs are being monitored by security cameras with the permission of the Government, …

Schools

Over 100 Police Injured in Clashes over Water Spring in Mexico (comments)

<b>Riot police beaten, kicked, bashed with stones and hit with sticks in Mexico</b>, as clashes have broken out between police and residents of a village on …

Russia 'Wants To Start World War III': Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk

Russia "wants to start World War III" and Moscow's veiled threats of military action could start an armed conflict in Europe, Ukraine's prime minister said Friday,<p>Arseniy Yatsenyuk made the comments a day after Russia said it had been "forced" to start fresh military drills just over the border …

Former Comcast and Verizon Attorneys Now Manage the FCC and Are About to Kill the Internet

<i>A tombstone for Internet freedom. Photo via Flickr user DonkeyHotey</i><p>The open Internet may soon become a thing of the past.<p>Earlier this week, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> dropped something of a bombshell with leaked news that the Federal Communications Commission is planning to abandon so-called “net …

Net Neutrality

“A democracy of emotion”—how voting unfolds in India’s biggest city — Quartz

6:15 am: It’s on<p>The sun has just risen over the quiet, dense streets of Mumbai. Early mornings in Mumbai are typically quiet but today (April 24) is especially so—Election Day is a holiday and the usual commutes are abandoned in favor of voting near home.<p>Roughly 21 million people live in Mumbai and …

Democracy

Syria misses self-imposed deadline for destroying chemical arms

A general view shows a cement factory that activists said is controlled by forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad in Ramouse, Aleppo April 26, 2014. Picture taken April 26, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer<p>Syria appeared to have missed a self-imposed deadline to get rid of all its chemical weapons …

Syria

U.S., Philippines accord to allow greater American military presence

The U.S. and Philippine governments have worked out a new defense cooperation agreement that opens the way for the first large-scale return of American military forces to the island nation since their eviction in the early 1990s, according to the White House.<p>A day before President Obama is …

The Huskies are the Champions. UConn with a historical run to claim their 4th National Championship. http://t.co/c0QtfeNE4J

Monsanto is making a killing off world hunger and its bug-eviscerating seeds — Quartz

<b>The numbers:</b> Terrific. The world’s biggest seed-seller reported earnings of $1.7 billion, up from $1.5 billion a year earlier. Earnings-per-share of $3.15 beat consensus estimates of between $3.07 and $3.04 by a wide margin.<p><b>The takeaway:</b> Despite strong earnings of late, Monsanto’s share price …

The first of Europe's new Earth-monitoring satellites launches today

If the first step in fixing a problem is knowing about it, then Earth's worry-list is about to get a lot longer. The European Space Agency is launching the first of six satellites designed to monitor the choppy environmental conditions down here on our fragile planet. Sentinel-1A will blast off …

Europe