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By Tryfon Tobias Pliatsikouris | News, current events, arts, technology.

China Ties Officials' Promotions to Saving the Environment

For decades, Chinese officials’ job prospects have depended on one factor above all others: economic growth. The incentive structure seemed to make …


No astronauts, just dummy, aboard SpaceX crew capsule for 1st major launch escape test

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX is about to conduct the first major test of its brand new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts.<p>No humans are on board the mock-up capsule for Wednesday's 90-second flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida, just a dummy. The Dragon capsule will be fired …


Report: Civilians hit by Syrian barrel bombs

Boko Haram

John Kerry Lands in Somalia, First-Ever U.S. Secretary of State to Visit

John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Somalia on Tuesday — the first U.S. secretary of state ever to travel to the country riven by decades of war and grappling with an Islamist insurgency.<p>Kerry was greeted upon arrival in Mogadishu by Somalia's President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who called the …

Slain NYPD officer remembered for his 'courage'


Report: ISIL claims responsibility for Texas attack

The Islamic State terrorist organization is claiming responsibility for an attack in Garland, Texas where there was an exhibit of cartoon depictions of the Prophet Mohammed. The suspects' families are denouncing the attack. VPC<p>The Islamic State claimed responsibility Tuesday for the attack outside …


Fighting intensifies in Yemen in push to drive back Houthi militia

Burundi protests continue against President Nkurunziza

• Police break up a march in Cibitoke, in the north of the capital Bujumbura<p>• Two protesters shot dead during clashes with police on Sunday<p>• Country’s president has been in power since 2005, and is seeking a third term<p>Opposition activists in Burundi have held their second day of protests against a …


Nepal earthquake death toll tops 3,600

Terrifying aftershocks continued to roil Nepal on Sunday, sending people screaming into the driving rain and complicating efforts to rescue survivors after a massive earthquake killed more than 3,700 people in the impoverished mountain nation and surrounding countries.<p>In Katmandu, Nepal’s capital, …

Armenia marks centenary of 'mass killings' by Ottoman Turks<p><b>Ceremonies have been held in Armenia and around the world to mark the centenary of the start of mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks.</b><p>The …

Pope Francis

Mediterranean migrant deaths spur EU leaders to act


New deadly strikes in Yemen despite rebel demands

Sanaa (AFP) - Saudi-led warplanes launched more deadly strikes in Yemen despite a demand by Iran-backed rebels for a complete halt to the raids as a condition for UN-sponsored peace talks.<p>The military coalition has declared an end to the first phase of its operations against the Huthi Shiite rebels …

Prosecution rests in penalty phase of Boston bomber's trial

AP Radio AP Radio News:<p>BOSTON (AP) -- Bostonians are marking the fourth anniversary of the deadly Boston Marathon attacks.<p>Quiet remembrances have been planned Saturday to remember the victims. Three spectators were killed and more than 260 others wounded when two bombs planted near the finish line …


Obama regrets drone strike that killed hostages but hails US for transparency

US counter-terrorism operation in January killed two hostages – American contractor Warren Weinstein and Italian citizen Giovanni Lo Porto<p>The White House was forced to concede on Thursday that it killed two innocent hostages – one American, one Italian – in a drone strike that targeted an al-Qaida …


Airstrike in Yemen apparently targeting missile depot kills 30

Top Obama administration officials have failed for several days to persuade Saudi Arabia’s government to limit the scope of its airstrikes on cities and towns in Yemen, a campaign that authorities said killed nearly 50 people Monday in Sana, the capital.<p>The U.S. effort to restrain the Saudi attacks …


In pictures: Southern California wildfire

Wildfires have threatened hundreds of homes in drought-stricken Southern California over the weekend. Here is selection of photos that readers have sent in.

Southern California

Ebola outbreak: we simply could not cope, admits World Health Organisation

WHO admits its response was ‘slow and insuffcient’ and plans a to set up a 1,000-strong response team to deal with future emergencies<p>The World Health Organisation has admitted it “simply could not cope” with the Ebola crisis and pledged reforms to help it tackle a future outbreak.<p>“We have learned …


Mediterranean migrant deaths: EU faces renewed pressure<p><b>Italian PM Matteo Renzi has led calls for more European Union action on sea migration after the latest deadly capsize of a boat in the …


Deaths of 100 dolphins in Japan triggers speculation of earthquake

Expert plays down link between beached dolphins and earthquake after a similar incident in 2011, when 50 whales beached themselves on a nearby coast just six days before an earthquake<p>Virtually all the <b>156 dolphins that beached themselves</b>over the weekend on the coast of north-east <b>Japan</b> have died, …