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Ukraine making 1st gas payment to Russia

BERLIN (AP) — Ukraine said Friday that it ordered a $786 million payment to Russia in a first step toward paying off its gas debts, and another round …

North Korea's Next Nuclear Test Could Serve as a Regional Tipping Point

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>South Korean President Park Geun-hye warned this week that if North Korea conducts another nuclear …

Scotland independence case 'strengthened by foreign wealth'

John Swinney, the Scottish finance secretary, said new evidence about the impact of a high level of foreign ownership on Scotland's wealth had made the case for independence even stronger.<p>Swinney said a Guardian special report on the high level of foreign and UK control over significant parts of …

Best Space Pictures: Saturn's Lights, a Rocket's Arc, and Canary Nights

The graceful arc of a rocket trail etches the sky, auroras dance around Saturn's north pole, and the Milky Way graces the night sky.<p>A Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft lifts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on May 29.<p>The ship carried a new crew bound for the International Space Station, …

Misogyny and mental illness

As a specialist working with patients who have neurologically based mental health problems, I was dismayed by Hadley Freeman's offhand attitude to Elliot Rodger's mental health history (Elliot Rodger was a misogynist – but is that all he was?, 27 May). Freeman is wrong to take Rodger's extreme …

Indonesian volcanic ash cloud may halt Australia flights for days

Flights across northern Australia could be affected for days after a volcanic eruption in Indonesia sent a vast ash cloud over the region.<p>Qantas and Virgin Australia have confirmed all their flights to and from the Northern Territory capital of Darwin have been cancelled after Sangeang Api, a …

LAPD adds drones to arsenal, says they'll be used sparingly

The<p>Los Angeles Police Departmenthas acquired some eyes in the sky.<p>On Friday, the department announced that it had acquired two "unmanned aerial vehicles" as gifts from the Seattle Police Department.<p>The Draganflyer X6 aircraft, which resemble small helicopters, are each about 3 feet wide and …

The extreme misogyny of 'pick-up artist' hate

<b>The mass killing in California last weekend has turned the spotlight on the online world of "pick-up artists" - and anti-"pick-up artists".</b><p>There was a storm on Twitter when Elliot Rodger's misogynistic ramblings and videos were discovered online. Bloggers and commentators pointed out he used …

Is Matteo Renzi the man to save Europe's soul?

Matteo Renzi breezes through the gilded wooden doors in jeans, D'Acquasparta trainers and rolled-up shirt sleeves. "Today, I am tie-less," he announces, disingenuously apologetic, perhaps, for a man with a much-photographed leather jacket.<p>Dress-down Friday? "Absolutely," he replies in English and …

Expanding The Panama Canal: The Problem Is Money, Not Mosquitoes

When the United States built the Panama Canal a century ago, it faced harrowing obstacles, from mudslides to malaria that killed thousands. But history doesn't appear to show a financial dispute with contractors. At least not one that halted labor on the maritime marvel.<p>Fast forward a century, to a …

China to try eight people over deadly Tiananmen attack

<b>Eight people have been indicted in China over a "terror attack" in Beijing when a car ploughed into a crowd at Tiananmen Square and caught fire.</b><p>The authorities blamed Muslim Uighur separatists for the incident last October which killed two bystanders and the three people inside the vehicle.<p>The …

Security matrix prevents another Tiananmen

BEIJING (AP) — When visiting friends in China's capital, environmental activist Wu Lihong must slip away from his rural home before sunrise, before …

Russian troops pulling back from Ukrainian border, U.S. officials say

Russia has begun pulling most of its roughly 40,000 troops away from its border with Ukraine, a move that U.S. and<p>NATOofficials called encouraging.<p>Defense SecretaryChuck Hagel said the movement of soldiers and equipment was promising but added that all of the Russian troops shifted to the area …

Massive sinkhole swallows car containing family of four (and amazingly no one is hurt)

Well that’s one way to enforce a stop sign.<p>A family in Indiana, USA, got a bit of a shock on Friday afternoon when the car they were travelling in …

UN World Food Program chief says wars causing unprecedented hunger

The head of the United Nations World Food Program says the world is facing an unprecedented challenge in its battle against global poverty — too much war in too many corners of the planet.<p>"In the post-war era, this is probably the most number of complex food emergency situations we, as an agency …

Indonesia Volcano Mount Sangiang Erupts

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Google Got 12,000 Requests To Be 'Forgotten' In The Service's First Day

The requests, submitted on Friday, came after Google set up an online form to allow Europeans to request the removal of results about them from Internet searches.<p>The number confirms earlier estimates given by the German daily Der Spiegel and reported in other media.<p>Earlier in May the European Court …

US deploys first advanced drones to Japan

The US air force has deployed two of its most advanced long-distance surveillance drones to a base in northern Japan.<p>According to the AP news agency, the unarmed Global Hawk aircraft were deployed to Japan over the past week from their home base on the Pacific island of Guam.<p>They are expected to …

The future of India's National Congress dynastic party is in doubt

It is one of the most storied names in political history, a party synonymous with modern India and an inspiration for revolutionary movements led by the likes of South Africa's<p>Nelson Mandelaand Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh.<p>But a disastrous performance in the recent national elections has many wondering …

Ukraine's first victory over eastern rebels leads Russia to show its hand

In the last seven days, Ukraine's bid to retake the east has gained ground - but Russia's part in the turmoil has become increasingly obvious<p>Sergei Prokofiev International Airport was once a gleaming symbol of Donetsk’s revival as an industrial city.<p>Opened in time for <b>Ukraine</b> to co-host the European …

India Will Investigate Gang Rape Case; 5 Suspects Held

A chief minister in northern India will order an investigation into the gang rape and murder of two teenage cousins, his office announced Saturday, …

Christian Leaders May Return to Nicaea: What Does It Mean?

In 2025, Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians could go back to the place where early followers of Jesus tried to create a consensus among all of Christendom.<p>Mark your calendars: In 2025, Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians may return to Nicaea, the spot in modern-day Turkey …

Report: Indictments in last year's Tiananmen Square attack

Eight people in China have been indicted for their roles in an attack in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in October, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Saturday, citing local authorities.<p>Authorities in the restive Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in western China accused the suspects of …

Thousands of migrants rescued by Italian navy

Italy's navy says it has picked up nearly 3,000 people in the last 24 hours as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean by boat.<p>The navy released pictures on Saturday showing the rescue of migrants from overcrowded and unsafe boats. The video showed at least 450 people being transferred from their …

Volcanic Ash Disrupts Flights in Australia and Bali

Billowing clouds of volcanic ash have forced airlines in northern Australia and Bali to cancel flights Saturday.<p>Mount Sangeang Api began spewing ash …

Syria's Election May Be a Sham, But Assad Survival Still Surprising

LONDON – The voting has already started. So great was the crush to get inside the first polling station to open that troops beat back the voters, fire crews sprayed them with water to prevent them collapsing in the sweltering heat and part of the city was shut down.<p>It was a remarkable scene …

Malawi's new president calls for unity

Peter Mutharika, the leader of the Democratic Progressive Party, has been sworn in as the new president of Malawi after the country's election commission declared him the winner of the disputed polls.<p>Mutharika on Saturday urged the 11 other former presidential candidates to "join me in rebuilding …