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Syria war: Scores dead in Syria gas attack, rescuers and medics say

<b>Rescuers in Syria say at least 150 people have died after toxic gas was dropped on Douma, the last rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta.</b><p>Volunteer rescue force The White Helmets tweeted graphic images showing scores of bodies in a basement. It said the death toll is likely to rise.<p>There has been no …

Middle East

Stephen Hawking's Most Provocative Moments, From Evil Aliens to Black Hole Wagers

The famous physicist was fond of making scientific bets and predictions, from the nature of black holes to the end of humanity.<p>In the 1970s, Stephen Hawking, who died on Wednesday age 76, turned the physics world upside down when he announced that black holes aren’t so black after all, and that …

Hope Hicks, one of Trump’s closest aides, is resigning

Her departure comes after a tumultuous few weeks in the White House.<p>White House communications director Hope Hicks is leaving the White House.<p>Hicks is likely to leave the White House in a few weeks, although her departure date isn’t yet known. Her resignation comes after some of the most tumultuous …

Donald Trump

Was Obama’s $1.7 billion cash deal with Iran prohibited by U.S. law?

This will be an unusual fact check. Essentially, we are fact-checking The Fact Checker.<p>Like many things these days, it all started with a tweet. President Trump tweeted about the $1.7 billion in cash that the Obama administration sent to Iran and wondered why there had not been an investigation.<p>So …

Obama Administration

AR-15s Are Biblical 'Rod Of Iron' At Pennsylvania Church

Hundreds of faithful at a Pennsylvania church on Wednesday carried AR-15-style rifles in adherence to their belief that a "rod of iron" mentioned in the Bible refers to the type of weapon that was used in last month's mass shooting in Parkland, Fla.<p>The armed ceremony at World Peace and Unification …

Demonstration

Trump is embracing a new generation of strongmen

Some of Trump’s best friends are authoritarians.<p>Over the weekend, Chinese President Xi Jinping essentially declared his intention to stay in power for life. He began the process of amending China’s constitution to eliminate term limits for the presidency.<p>This move, which seems very likely to …

Donald Trump
Africa
Middle East

Sleep deprivation seems to have opposite effects in healthy and depressed people

The first sign that something is happening is Angelina’s hands. As she chats to the nurse in Italian, she begins to gesticulate, jabbing, moulding, and circling the air with her fingers. As the minutes pass and Angelina becomes increasingly animated, I notice a musicality to her voice that I’m sure …

Iran's Rouhani urges Turkey to halt Afrin operation

Iranian president says Turkey's operation against the armed group YPG in Afrin will only result in more casualties.<p>Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has called on Turkey to stop its military operation in the northern Syrian enclave of Afrin, saying it will only result in more deaths on both sides.<p>In …

Denmark proposes ban on Islamic full-face veil

The Danish government on Tuesday proposed a ban on Islamic full-face veils such as the niqab and burqa in public spaces, making it likely to become …

Human Rights

Half of Iran wants to drop headscarf laws: government report

President Rouhani released a study showing how drastically public attitude towards mandatory Islamic dress has changed in the past decade. Nearly …

All hell breaks loose in Syria after rebels shoot down Russian jet over the weekend

Syrian rebels shot down a Russian jet on Saturday and then killed the pilot on the ground, Russia's Defense Ministry said, triggering a furious barrage of dozens of airstrikes that observers say hit hospitals and killed civilians.<p>Adding to a chaotic weekend in the country, Turkish forces poured …

Middle East

Yemen’s government 'prepares to flee' as UAE-backed separatists seize control in Aden

Yemen’s government is reportedly preparing to flee the country after fighters from a separatist group backed by the UAE seized control in the city of Aden and surrounded the presidential palace.<p>The internationally recognised government of Yemen has been fighting for nearly three years to regain …

South Africa levels apartheid charge at Israel, drawing seething response

South Africa has accused Israel of being the world’s only apartheid state, triggering an angry Israeli reaction.<p>At a standard review of Israel’s …

82 Percent of the Wealth Generated Last Year 'Went to the Richest 1 Percent of the Global Population'

(LONDON) – Four out of every five dollars of wealth generated in 2017 ended up in the pockets of the richest one percent, while the poorest half of …

Income Inequality

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's risky gamble could quickly turn sour

Turkish president defies Russia, the US and Bashar al-Assad with assault on Kurds in Syria<p>Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Kurdish vendetta has taken a dramatic new twist with the cross-border ground assault on the Afrin enclave in north-west Syria.<p>Defying Russia, the US, and Bashar al-Assad’s regime, …

Middle East

Weather disasters cost US record $306 billion in 2017: NOAA

WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Weather and climate-related disasters cost the United States a record $306 billion in 2017, the third-warmest year on record, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Monday.<p>The federal agency's report underscores the economic risks of such …

Middle East

Iran sentences former vice president to 63 years in prison

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency said Wednesday that a former vice president has been sentenced to 63 years in prison over misuse …

ISIL weapons traced to US and Saudi Arabia

Arms used by ISIL in battle were supplied by the US and Saudi Arabia to Syrian opposition fighters, new report finds.<p>Weapons supplied by the United States and Saudi Arabia to opposition fighters often fell into the hands of ISIL, significantly enhancing the "quantity and quality" of the group's …

Modern Diplomacy - Modern Diplomacy

Trump to send astronauts back to the moon -- and eventually Mars

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump wants to send astronauts where no man has gone before.<p>Trump authorized the acting NASA administrator Robert M. Lightfoot Jr. to "lead an innovative space exploration program to send American astronauts back to the moon, and eventually Mars" during a White …

Space Exploration

The World’s Largest Muslim Country Is Protesting President Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem

Thousands of protestors gathered outside the U.S. embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, this weekend in the latest demonstrations against …

Donald Trump

EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump's Jerusalem move | Reuters

BRUSSELS/CAIRO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case to Europe to ask allies to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but met a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process.<p>Palestinian President …

Israel
Israel

Saudi Arabia's power-hungry crown prince sent a proxy to buy a $450 million Leonardo da Vinci painting

Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is reportedly behind the purchase of the most expensive painting ever sold at auction, according to The Wall Street Journal.<p>US government intelligence sources and a Saudi art-world figure all confirmed to The Journal that Crown Prince …

Saudi Arabia

EPA removes climate change references from website, report says

<b>(CNN) —</b> References to climate change and the Environmental Protection Agency's use of renewable energy have been removed from several of its web pages, according to an analysis by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative.<p>The group regularly monitors tens of thousands of federal …

Clean Technology

California will burn until it rains — and climate change may keep future rains away

Dry weather looms ahead as fires rage across Southern California<p>Wildfires are spreading unchecked across Southern California, adding more infernos to the state’s worst fire season on record. A warm, dry fall in Southern California and strong offshore winds combined to create dangerous fire …

Climate Change
Israel