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South Korean MPs consider measures to tackle online gaming addiction

South Korea's parliament is considering a law that would classify online gaming as potentially antisocial addiction alongside gambling, drugs and alcohol.<p>The bill has won support from parents, religious groups and doctors but has alarmed the internet industry and enraged gamers. The legislation …

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Giant blob of hot rock hidden beneath Antarctica's ice

SAN FRANCISCO — A big, hot blob hiding beneath the bottom of the world could be evidence of a long-sought mantle plume under West Antarctica, researchers say.<p>The possible hotspot — a plume of superheated rock rising from Earth's mantle — sits under Marie Byrd Land, a broad dome at West Antarctica's …

Geology

Giant undersea cliff may hold clues to dinosaur-killing cosmic impact

Scientists have mapped a dramatic undersea cliff in the southern Gulf of Mexico that could hold clues to the ancient cosmic collision that wiped out the dinosaurs.<p>Stretching some 372 miles (600 kilometers) long with steep sides that rise about 13,100 feet (4,000 meters) above the seafloor, the …

Google Earth

Country’s First New Species of Fish Discovered

<b>The science community welcomed a new species of fish today, called Eviota santanai. The striking, pinkish-mauve-and-white animal, a type of dwarf goby, was found off Timor-Leste (map), and is the first new species of fish found in the country, according to Conservation International (CI), the group</b> …

Sriracha shipping halted until mid-January by state regulators

<i>This post has been corrected. See note below for details.</i><p>Sriracha hot sauce manufacturer Huy Fong Foods cannot ship out any more sauce until mid-January because the California Department of Public Health has begun enforcing stricter guidelines for the company.<p>Their three sauces, Sriracha, Chili …

Record 2013 tourism in Japan despite islands spat, nuclear fallout

Radiation contamination still afflicts large swaths of Japanese land and water nearly three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.<p>Energy shortages mean less air-conditioning in summer and heat in the winter in major cities like Tokyo and Osaka.<p>And a dispute between Japan and China over a …

Sriracha Maker Told To Hold Its Sauce For 30 Days

Already under orders from a court to partially shut down production because of concerns that spicy smells from its Irwindale, Calif., plant are irritating neighbors' eyes, noses and throats, Huy Fong Foods has now been told it can't ship its Sriracha hot sauce until at least 30 days after …

What The Execution Of Kim Jong Un's Uncle Means For N. Korea

The uncle of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un was once among the most powerful men in the secretive country. Then, without warning, he was reportedly arrested and executed as a traitor.<p>Transcript<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST:<p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>And I'm …

Sriracha: First, The Crisis. Now, The Movie

Lately, it seems as if news about Sriracha has been as ubiquitous as the much-loved hot sauce itself.<p>First, there was the panic over a potential shortage, after a judge ordered the California factory where Sriracha is made to partially shut down, as our friends on the Two-Way blog have …

Was North Korea's No. 2 Killed For Not Clapping Hard Enough?

As outsiders try to figure out why North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his uncle executed this week, they're focusing on a couple things. According to NPR's Frank Langfitt:<p>-- There seems have been "a lot of genuine personal dislike" between Kim and Jang Song Thaek, the uncle and until this week …

Earth’s Ozone on Bumpy Road to Recovery

Weather effects surprisingly shape the Antarctic ozone hole.<p><b>Last year the hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica was surprisingly small. But don't get used to that, say atmospheric scientists. Rather than signaling a speedy recovery, the shrinkage was likely a sign of variable weather.</b><p><b>The ozone</b> …

Rodman's North Korea trip still on

Dennis Rodman plans to travel to North Korea next week to train its basketball team, a trip unaffected by the execution of leader Kim Jong Un's uncle.<p>Jang Song Thaek's execution, announced early Friday in Pyongyang, marked an unprecedented fall from grace of one of the most powerful figures in the …

Geminid Sky Shower Strikes This Weekend

Explosion is at least five times more powerful than previous events, study says.<p><b>As darkness falls this weekend, look toward the heavens for a gem of a sky show from one of the year’s best meteor showers, peaking overnight on December 13 and 14.</b><p><b>The annual Geminid meteor shower promises colorful</b> …

Chinese scientists accused of trying to steal US seed samples

Two agricultural scientists from China have been accused of conspiring to take seeds from a research facility in Kansas and pass them to a Chinese delegation visiting the United States.<p>At a detention hearing in Arkansas on Friday, a judge ordered one of the scientists, Wengui Yan, to remain in …

Iran 'sends monkey to space for second time'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1036000/1036909_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524685475_5262e908f4906233a256d8e58c987299<p><b>Iran says it has successfully sent a monkey into space for the second time this year as part of a programme aimed at manned space flight.</b><p>President …

North Korea 'summons business people from China'

<b>North Korean business people are being recalled from China following the execution of top official, Chang Song-thaek, says a South Korean report.</b><p>Leader Kim Jong-un may be purging associates of Mr Chang, who was in charge of economic ties with China.<p>Mr Kim has been pictured by state media for the …

Has the Great Barrier Reef just been approved for destruction by the Australian government?

Who could forget, back in 2009, the launch of the "Best Job in the World"?<p>The campaign by Tourism Queensland generated global interest in the Sunshine State and the role of park ranger and "caretaker" of Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef. Ben Southall was the inaugural winner, a Brit by …

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Kim Jong Un's aunt appears to have survived husband's downfall, execution

The aunt of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to have survived her husband's downfall and execution, as she was named to an ad hoc state committee over the weekend.<p>The Associated Press reported that Kim Kyong Hui's name appeared appeared in a state media dispatch alongside top officials in a …

Japanese envoy stabbed in Yemen kidnap attempt

<b>A Japanese diplomat has been wounded in a failed kidnap attempt by armed men in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen.</b><p>The second secretary at the embassy was stabbed several times by unknown men and is in a stable condition in hospital, embassy officials say.<p>The diplomat was resisting a kidnap attempt as he …

Iraq's battle to save its Christian souls: 'Christians are finished here'

Ten years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Christians have dwindled from more than a million to as little as 200,000. Colin Freeman reports on attempts to stem the exodus from Iraq's churches<p>As the last remaining Christian priest in the Baghdad suburb of Doura, Archdeacon Temathius Esha no longer …

Islam

Biden, Japan PM Abe discuss East China Sea dispute | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday discussed tensions with China in the East China Sea and stressed the importance of security cooperation between the United States, Japan and South Korea.<p>U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers his …

China's Space Agenda

With the successful soft landing of China’s Chang’e 3 lunar rover, Beijing continues its dogged commitment to the country’s ambitious space program.<p>Question is, what’s driving this Chinese passion for space? And what impact is it having on U.S. space and defense policy?<p>“China clearly wants to be …

South Korea security summit over North execution

<b>South Korea's president has convened a meeting of security officials after the shock execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's uncle.</b><p>Ahead of the meeting President Park Geun-hye warned of possible "reckless provocations" by the North and called for increased border vigilance.<p>Last week's …

IKEA France Allegedly Spied on its Employees and Customers

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Dåligt uppförande! In the biggest scandal to rock IKEA since it served horse meatballs, the top …