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Russia Declines to Comment on Claims Its Troops Are Headed Toward North Korea

(MOSCOW) – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Friday declined to comment on media reports that Russia was moving military hardware and troops towards …

North Korea

Russia Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses

Russia

Trump Donor Wants Pesticide Study Killed

Dow Chemical

Is There a Russian Mole Inside the NSA? The CIA? Both?

The latest Shadow Brokers hack exposed classified intel that could only have come from within the NSA, setting the stage for a Cold War ritual—the …

The World Must Secure Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapons

KABUL, Afghanistan — Pakistan is not just one of nine countries with nuclear weapons, it is also a hotbed of global jihadism, where the military and the intelligence services use terrorist networks to advance their regional goals. And even as Pakistani officials proclaim that their nuclear assets …

Pakistan

Videos Fuel Charges of Fraud in Erdogan’s Win in Turkey Referendum

ISTANBUL — A village leader shoves four voting slips into a ballot box. An unknown arm marks three slips with a “yes” vote. An unknown hand adds five more. An election official validates a pile of voting slips — hours after they were meant to be validated.<p>These are four of the scenes captured in …

North Africa

Ivanka Trump’s Business Got Chinese Trademarks Same Day She Met With Chinese President

The Insane French Elections That Could F*ck Us All

After a year of high-stakes electoral surprises, France may bring us the most important, disturbing, and dangerous one yet.<p>PARIS—The United States …

FBI documents detail how the Russians try to recruit spies

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> It is a scene ripped from Hollywood spy thrillers: Russian agents living and working among everyday, American citizens as cover for their true mission of stealing state secrets.<p>In the real world, it is highly unlikely that your neighbor, coworker or mailman is actually a …

Surveillance

China, Russia Send Ships to Shadow Trump ‘Armada’ in N. Korean Waters

North Korea

NASA photos capture a strange new crack in a massive Greenland glacier and we might be doomed

A mysterious crack has been spreading across a giant Greenland glacier, and it's raising concerns that part of the floating ice shelf could splinter …

Global Warming

There's a dark secret at the heart of artificial intelligence: no one really understands how it works

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by researchers at the chip maker Nvidia, didn't look different from other autonomous cars, but it was unlike anything demonstrated by Google, Tesla, or General …

Machine Learning

Scientists Say Only 10 Years Left to Save the Planet

The planet, as we know it, has been given a deadline: 10 years. According to the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, if humans …

The Great Barrier Reef Is In Its Final 'Terminal Stage'

The Great Barrier Reef is perhaps on its final deathbed as it suffers from back to back massive dying events in the past two years. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the great natural wonders of the world, a tremendous display of beauty, biodiversity, and a fragile ecosystem. Now, the reef …

Global Warming

With Trump Appointees, a Raft of Potential Conflicts and ‘No Transparency’

WASHINGTON — President Trump is populating the White House and federal agencies with former lobbyists, lawyers and consultants who in many cases are helping to craft new policies for the same industries in which they recently earned a paycheck.<p>The potential conflicts are arising across the …

Donald Trump

Hackers have just dumped a treasure trove of NSA data. Here’s what it means.

A group of hackers called the Shadow Brokers has just released a new dump of data from the National Security Agency. This is plausibly the most extensive and important release of NSA hacking tools to date. It’s likely to prove awkward for the U.S. government, not only revealing top-secret …

Surveillance

GOP rep. on ISP privacy rules: 'Nobody's got to use the internet'

The internet is a ubiquitous part of our daily lives. It's where many of us turn when we need to file our taxes, apply for jobs or search for housing. But one Republican lawmaker who voted to roll back FCC privacy regulations last month said, "Nobody's got to use the internet" when asked about his …

Net Neutrality

Facebook Shuts Down 30,000 Fake Accounts in France Ahead of Presidential Election

Facebook has shut down 30,000 fake accounts tied to France, citing deceptive content and misinformation, ahead of the country’s presidential election this month, the company said Thursday.<p>Citing the mission of "protecting authenticity" the social media giant revealed ramped up efforts to stop the …

Internet

Cancer Worries Over a Common Weedkiller

<i>Good morning.</i><p><i>(Want to get California Today by email?</i> <i>Here’s the sign-up</i><i>.)</i><p>It’s sprayed on home gardens, Little League Baseball fields and, most heavily, the corn, soybean and other crops of the Central Valley.<p>More than 10 million pounds of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup, …

California

Salt from icy roads is contaminating North America’s lakes

In the 1940s, Americans found a new way to love salt. Not simply for sprinkling on food — we’d acquired a taste for the mineral long before that — but for spreading on roads and sidewalks. Salt became a go-to method to de-ice frozen pavement.<p>During the past half-century, annual U.S. sales of road …

Ecology

The Soviet Union fought the Cold War in Nicaragua. Now Putin’s Russia is back.

MANAGUA, NICARAGUA — On the rim of a volcano with a clear view of the U.S. Embassy, landscapers are applying the final touches to a mysterious new Russian compound.<p>Behind the concrete walls and barbed wire, a visitor can see red-and-blue buildings, manicured lawns, antennas and globe-shaped …

Russia

Pentagon Probes if Russia Helped Syrian Gas Attack

The Grim Logic Behind Syria’s Chemical Weapons Attack

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The diplomatic situation had been looking bright for President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. With the help of Russia, he had consolidated his power, the rebels were on their heels and the United States had just declared that ousting him was not a priority.<p>So why would Mr. Assad risk …

Middle East

Why China's Quantum Satellite Is Incredible—And Will Surely Be Overhyped

A word of caution so we can all be excited for the right reasons.<p>On Tuesday, the joint Chinese-Austrian Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) satellite launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northern China. Over the next two years it will probe quantum entanglement at vast …

Quantum Computing

Will Mexico Get Half of Its Territory Back?

MEXICO CITY — The United States invasion of Mexico in 1846 inflicted a painful wound that, in the 170 years that followed, turned into a scar. Donald Trump has torn it open again.<p>Among the many lies that he has constructed, none is more ridiculous than his attempt to contradict history by …

Northern Territory

Russia: Syria Gas Attack Victims Faked It

We’ve seen this movie before, and it’s just as ugly the second time around.<p>The last time a deadly nerve agent was dropped on women and children in …

Trump blames Obama for Syria attack

Got a minute? After dozens die in suspected chemical attack, Trump issues statement blaming Obama… ‘Extreme vetting’ floated for tourist visas... and everything else today in US politics. By Tom McCarthy

Middle East

Russia: Assad Not to Blame for Chemical Attack

Middle East