Matthew Elijah Brooks

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Maldives crisis: New presidential election dates set

<b>Maldives electoral officials have set new dates for a presidential poll amid a growing row over the delayed vote.</b><p>The first round of the elections will now be held on 9 November, and a run-off - if required - on 16 November.<p>The first round of voting, in September, was annulled by a court, and on …

Assad casts doubt over Geneva peace talks

The Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has said that "factors are not yet in place" for peace talks despite efforts by world powers to convene a meeting next month.<p>In an interview with on Lebanon's Al-Mayadeen television, broadcast on Monday, Assad also said he desired a third term as president and …

Haitians Call For Release Of Migrants Who Survived Capsizing

A group of Haitian activists, including author Edwidge Danticat, had a message for the U.S. government today: The migrants who survived a capsized boat in the Atlantic have suffered enough, so they should be released.<p>"We believe these refugees were traumatized," Marleine Bastien, executive director …

Chinese city choked by blanket of smog

The Chinese city of Harbin has been blanketed by clouds of choking pollution, slashing visibility to a few metres, shutting schools and halting transport in scenes that underscored the nation's environmental challenges.<p>Footage taken on Monday morning in the northeastern city showed a screen full of …

Venezuela shoots down two 'hostile' planes

<b>Venezuela says two light aircraft have been shot down after entering the country's airspace over the weekend.</b><p>These were the first mid-air attacks by fighter jets since a bill authorising such action against illegal planes was approved earlier this month, the Bolivarian Armed Forces said.<p>The …

Canine virus threatens Siberian tiger

<b>The Siberian tiger: majestic, enigmatic - the classic big cat precariously balanced on the edge of extinction.</b><p>Threatened by deforestation and poaching to supply the black market trade in tiger body parts, it is one of the most endangered cats on the planet.<p>But over the past decade or so, a new …

Snowden leaks: France summons US envoy over NSA surveillance claims

The French government summoned the US ambassador in Paris on Monday to demand an urgent explanation over claims that the National Security Agency had engaged in widespread phone and internet surveillance of French citizens.<p>The French daily Le Monde published details from the NSA whistleblower …

Cleaner Indoor Air: A New Selling Point For Employers in China?

Cleaner indoor air may soon be a selling point for employers in pollution-heavy parts of China like Beijing. That could benefit both domestic and multinational suppliers of air filters and clean equipment, which have traditionally serviced hospitals, laboratories and factories.<p>In April, two air …

How Fukushima Is Contaminating More Water

And yet the health risks have been exaggerated.<p>In March 2011, a devastating tsunami raced across Fukushima’s picturesque shore over which the now famous nuclear power plant presided. At the plant, seawater killed the backup electricity, and the reactor cores’ cooling water gradually slowed to a …