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Protester Disrupts European Central Bank Press Conference

BP oil spill: Five years after 'worst environmental disaster' in US history, how bad was it really?

Healed though still scarred, the Gulf of Mexico has demonstrated a remarkable recovery since the Deepwater Horizon explosion thanks to a mix of nature's resilience and good luck<p>It was five years ago today that <b>an undersea BP oil well exploded</b>in the Gulf of Mexico 40 miles off the Louisiana …

Photos from International Dark Sky Week!

Beautiful images of a dark night sky, in celebration of International Dark Sky Week, April 13-19, 2015.<p>This past week (April 13-19, 2015), we’ve been …

Fans Gasp In Awe At New 'Star Wars' Trailer

The Force awakened its target audience<p>Much like Darth Vader after his fateful fight against Obi Wan on Mustafar, Star Wars fans have been burnt before. The last time new live-action Star Wars films came back to theaters, they brought with them a legion of unlikeable characters and a plot full of …

Scientists told to stop wasting animal lives

Bad experiments for stroke and cancer drugs produce poor results, say research chiefs<p>Research agencies have ordered UK scientists to improve the way they use animals in experiments. Too often poorly designed projects – to test new medicines for strokes, cancer and other conditions – have produced …

Video Shows Just How Close SpaceX Came To Landing Its Rocket

This puts things into perspective<p><b>Update:</b> SpaceX released two new videos: a high-resolution video of the first stage landing, complete with the ultimate fiery end, as well as a close-up from the barge. Take a look in the videos above and below.<p>After SpaceX’s routine Falcon 9 launch to the …

Wedge of warm seawater known as 'the blob' blamed for marine havoc

It's called "the blob," and some blame it for the thousands of dead seabirds and emaciated sea lion pups that have washed ashore on California beaches since late last year.<p>Ever since an unusually warm mass of seawater began spreading along the Pacific Coast of North America a year ago — wreaking …

Watch This Autonomous Drone Eat Fuel In The Sky

The X-47B flying Dorito checks mid-air refueling off its bucket list<p>We are so far in the future of aircraft that a stealthy autonomous flying wing simply existing is just sort of a given. The U.S. Navy’s X-47B is a test platform, designed to see just what modern autonomy and design can do. In the …

Captain Scott South Pole images sell at auction for £30k

'The negatives offer an incredible snapshot into one of the most famous British Antarctic expeditions of the 20th century,' says auctioneer<p>Haunting never-seen-before images showing Captain Scott's doomed expedition team setting off on their ill-fated trek to the South Pole have sold at auction for …

The Origins Of Saturn's Massive Superstorms Solved

Earth's hurricanes are puny by comparison<p>Storms here on Earth might be devastating events that can last for days and bring cities to their knees, but that's nothing compared to Saturn's storms. Massive thunderstorms complete with lightning and high winds can cover an area roughly the same size as …

Siberian Sinkholes: Scientists Probing Mystery Run Low on Cash

MOSCOW — Russian scientists setting out to study a gigantic crater that appeared in Siberia last year had to hitch a ride due to academic budget cuts.<p>"Due to our modest budgets, we had to travel with another expedition passing by the craters en route to a scientific station on Bely Island," …

What Does The Higgs Boson Sound Like? [Video]

The heavy metal of the god particle<p>Sometimes for fun I'll watch a movie, or if I'm feeling industrious maybe I'll knit a scarf. When you're a physicist at CERN, the things you do for fun are apparently a little more complex. Piotr Traczyk, for example, decided to translate the data from the Higgs …

Life-like android robot receptionist helps customers at Tokyo department store

Mitsukoshi Nihombashi department store shows off its new humanoid robot receptionist who helps guide customers to the building's floors<p>A life-like android robot marked her first day at work as a receptionist at a major department store in Tokyo, <b>Japan</b> on Monday, greeting customers as they walked …

Norway will lead the effort to switch off FM radio

Some countries are already stepping up their transition to digital radio, but Norway thinks it can one up them all. The nation's Ministry of Culture has revealed plans to switch off FM radio across the country in 2017, making it the first country to scrap conventional broadcasts. The staged shutoff …

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Confusion over reunification for separated families at the border<p>New Zealand PM becomes 2nd leader to give birth<p>These realistic characters are …

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Speeding taxi runs into crowd of tourists on Moscow sidewalk<p>Children watching the World Cup celebrate after goal<p>Trump administration picks Texas city …

Al-Shabaab bombs UN workers in Somalia

The militant group al-Shabaab has bombed a minivan carrying staff to a United Nations office in the semi-autonomous Puntland region of Somalia, with nine people confirmed dead.<p>Among those killed were four people from the global body’s children’s fund Unicef, officials said.<p>Images posted on social …

Bomb Targeting United Nations Vehicle Kills 9 in Somalia: Official

A bomb attack targeting a van carrying workers to a United Nations compound killed nine people on Monday, police said.<p>Authorities suspect Islamist al Shabaab militants of being behind the blast in Garowe in the Somali region of Puntland, police officer Mohamed Abdi said at the scene. Six bystanders …

Air strike on missile base in Yemen capital kills 25, wounds hundreds

SANAA (Reuters) - An air strike on a Scud missile base in the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital Sanaa triggered a big explosion that killed 25 people and wounded almost 400 on Monday, state news agency Saba said.<p>Saudi Arabia has led an alliance of Sunni Arab countries in air strikes against the …

Middle East

New Zealand ISPs may be sued for letting users bypass geoblocks

New Zealand internet service providers that give users the ability to bypass geoblocks to access overseas digital content have been threatened with legal action by four of the country’s major media broadcasters.<p>Television New Zealand (TVNZ), the country’s government-owned national broadcaster, and …

Saudi Arabia 'On Alert' Amid Fears of Mall or Oil Site Attack

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia has put security forces on alert for a possible militant attack on a shopping mall or energy installation, Interior Ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki said on Monday.<p>"There was information about a possible act targeting a mall or Aramco installations," he told …

Tajikistan to spend $100m on 'central Asia’s largest theatre' – but who for?

Photograph: David Trilling/Eurasianet.org<p>Completed in 2011, Tajikistan was once home to the world’s tallest flagpole, but have since been overtaken by Saudi Arabia.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/4/20/1429519421916/0e4eb5f0-83fa-446a-85c9-14be1ebe12a9-460x276.png<p>460<p>…

Boy armed with crossbow kills teacher in Barcelona

Photograph: Toni Garriga/EPA<p>Instituto Joan Fuster’s principal, Dolors Perramon (centre) speaks to reporters next to Barcelona’s mayor, Xavier Trias (left), and Catalan regional education minister, Irene …

EU ministers meet for crisis talks after hundreds of migrants drown in Mediterranean

Italy’s prime minister called for an emergency European summit this week to deal with the deepening migrant crisis off its southern coast after as many as 950 men, women and children were feared to have drowned in a Mediterranean shipwreck.<p>With the crisis set to dominate a meeting of European Union …

Lawyer releases training records for Tulsa deputy charged in killing

<b>(CNN) —</b> The lawyer for Robert Bates, an Oklahoma reserve deputy who fatally shot a man he meant to subdue with a Taser, on Saturday released documents that he says verify some of Bates' training as a law enforcement officer.<p>The documents show Bates had one Taser training class over a …

'Mysterious' disease kills 18 in Nigeria

A “mysterious” disease that kills patients within 24 hours has claimed at least 18 lives in a south-eastern Nigerian town, the government said.<p>“Twenty-three people were affected and 18 deaths were recorded,” the Ondo state health commissioner, Dayo Adeyanju, said on Saturday.<p>The government …

Movement to Allow Concealed Weapons on College Campuses Triggers Debate

A handful of states are considering laws that would allow college students to carry concealed weapons on campus, triggering a fierce debate across the nation.<p>Seven states already allow students 21 and older to carry guns on campus under certain circumstances. But advocates of campus gun rights say …

Guns

Russia tells Sweden that hunting for its submarines is a 'mindless waste of Swedish taxpayer money'

But the Swedish military still believes that Russia was indeed sailing submarines around Swedish waters last year: "The assessment that Swedish territory was violated in October 2014 remains correct in its entirety."<p>In an extraordinary retort, the Russian foreign ministry issued a statement …