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Chinese rescue ship stuck in Antarctic ice

The Chinese icebreaker which rescued dozens of passengers from a stranded Russian ship in Antarctica has now itself become trapped by ice, Australian officials have said.<p>The <i>Xue Long</i>, or <i>Snow Dragon</i>, which on Thursday used its helicopter to ferry those onboard the Russian <i>Akademik Shokalskiy</i> to the …

Farewell to Shanghai's 're-education' labour camps

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1041000/1041194_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524739509_26f363d4ee2db30654feeb8cad2ef63e<p><b>The Beijing News, a state-owned newspaper, reports this week that all detainees in the city's re-education through labour camps have now been released</b> …

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Prince William makes poignant visit to Israel's Holocaust memorial<p>Trump doubles down on immigration<p>'Start Here' podcast: Touring a tent city<p>Spanish …

United Arab Emirates

Ice festival builds frozen cityscape in north-east China - video

Artists and workers make their final touches to monolithic ice sculptures on Saturday ahead of an annual international ice festival in Harbin, north-east China. This year's festival has been constructed on a larger scale than last year to mark the event's 30th anniversary. With sculptors and …

Chinese warship in Cyprus to aid Syrian chemical weapons removal | Reuters

LIMASSOL, Cyprus (Reuters) - A Chinese frigate which will help escort Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons out of the country docked in Cyprus on Saturday as part of a delayed international mission.<p>Chinese nationals living in Cyprus wave Chinese national flags as the Chinese frigate Yancheng comes …

Senator presses NSA to reveal whether it spies on members of Congress

A US senator has bluntly asked the National Security Agency if it spies on Congress, raising the stakes for the surveillance agency’s legislative fight to preserve its broad surveillance powers.<p>Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent and socialist, asked army general Keith Alexander, the NSA’s …

Clapper did not lie to Congress on NSA, says national intelligence counsel

Robert Litt, the general counsel to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, has written to the New York Times to deny the allegation that James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, lied to Congress about the collection of bulk phone records by the National Security Agency …

Planet likely to warm by 4C by 2100, scientists warn

Temperature rises resulting from unchecked climate change will be at the severe end of those projected, according to a new scientific study.<p>The scientist leading the research said that unless emissions of greenhouse gases were cut, the planet would heat up by a minimum of 4C by 2100, twice the …

Report: China bans Battlefield 4 on grounds of national security endangerment

The Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China has reportedly banned Electronic Arts' <i>Battlefield 4</i> on the grounds that it contains content that endangers national security, according to news outlets like China.com, QQ and an article on PCgames.com.cn that has since been taken down.<p>The …

The Insane Amount of Gas Americans Burn Compared to the Rest of the World

The typical American consumes more fuel, on average, than three Germans.<p>I've occasionally written about how U.S. motorists have been driving less and guzzling fewer gallons of gas since the years leading up to the recession. Here's a reminder, though, that compared to the rest of the world, we are …

Tech giants get Obama's ear on NSA

Tech leaders took full advantage of their White House invitation Tuesday, sidestepping a conversation on HealthCare.gov and federal acquisition for one on NSA and surveillance reform.<p>The White House billed the president’s conversation with industry executives as a discussion largely focused on the …

Ancient Chinese cat bones shake up domestication theory

A cat-and-mouse game played out in a Chinese village 5,300 years ago is helping scientists understand how wild felines became the tame pets we know today.<p>Scientists believe it was the cat's appetite that led to domestication. Grain stored by ancient farmers was a magnet for rodents, which in turn …

In A Divided San Francisco, Private Tech Buses Drive Tension

<i>Part of a series on</i> income inequality <i>in the San Francisco Bay Area</i><p>If you want to understand the tension between tech workers in San Francisco, who often make six figures, and many of the city's other residents, try standing on the southwest corner of 24th Street and Valencia around 7:30 on a …

'Privacy' is Dictionary.com's word of the year

Last month The Oxford University Press dubbed "selfie" the word of 2013, and now Dictionary.com is going in a completely different direction for its choice. The popular online dictionary picked "privacy" as for its coveted "word of the year" honors, a decision it says was fueled by myriad news …

2013 in review: a year of increasing extreme weather events

2013 was the seventh warmest year on record and saw one of the strongest cyclones, some of the longest heatwaves and the most topsy-turvy weather experienced in decades.<p>Nowhere is thought to have witnessed faster change than Nikkaluokta, a small Lapland village above the Arctic circle in northern …

In defence of drones

Few defence issues have excited as much passion over recent years as military "drones". Much criticism, though, is based on genuine misunderstanding or a wild misrepresentation of reality – even in the pages of prestigious newspapers. We in the Ministry of Defence have not done enough to correct …

Bottled Water Ban In San Francisco Would Be One Of Nation's Strictest

San Francisco may implement one of the strictest bottled water bans in the country if the Board of Supervisors approves a proposal to ban its sale on public property.<p>The proposed legislation from Supervisor David Chiu would gradually phase in a ban on the sale of bottled water of 21 fluid ounces or …

Rising sea levels torment Norfolk, Va., and coastal U.S.

How high will they go? Scientists don't know exactly how much the seas will rise, but they see an accelerating climb that could range from 8 inches to more than 6 feet by century's end.<p>NORFOLK, Va. — One block from the beach on the narrow Willoughby Spit, Bob Parsons was watching the weather news …

Chinese sewage is feeding superbugs that no antibiotic can kill

Antibiotics have saved hundreds of millions of lives and extended billions of others. But paradoxically, the more they are used the more the bacteria they fight get stronger, with potentially lethal consequences.<p>While some “superbugs,” as antibiotic-resistant bacteria are known, can be killed with …

Microbiology

Baucus proposes overhaul for clean-energy tax breaks

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus on Wednesday proposed consolidating or wiping out scores of tax breaks the government offers to promote clean energy and efficiency — a radical makeover that would offer incentives for natural gas, nuclear power and other low-carbon sources while junking other …

Max Baucus tipped to replace Gary Locke as US ambassador to China

Barack Obama is looking to the Senate again to fill a top diplomatic post, with Democratic party officials saying he intends to nominate six-term Senator Max Baucus of Montana to be the next US ambassador to China.<p>If confirmed by the Senate, Baucus would replace Gary Locke, who plans to step down …

China steps back from expelling journalists

China issues renewed press credentials to several journalists facing expulsion, allowing them now to apply for a visa to stay in the country<p>The <b>Chinese</b> government appears to have stepped back from expelling 24 reporters from the New York Times and Bloomberg after weeks of negotiation and an appeal …

Device uses light to split water into clean hydrogen

Scientists have developed an inexpensive device that uses light to split water into oxygen and clean-burning hydrogen.<p>The water splitter is a silicon …

Energy

No Joke: A Massive Trash Incinerator With a Ski Slope on Top

Instead of a constant plume of smoke, the plant will intermittently puff rings of CO2. Courtesy of BIG<p>Forget Vail or the Alps—Copenhagen's Amager …

Researchers in Singapore made an electric lollipop that simulates a real one

You know how watching the Food Network sometimes makes you want to lick your TV? No? Anyway. In the future we may be able to experience taste transmitted through television, ads, and our smartphones.<p>A group of researchers in Singapore are building a device that simulates taste by alternating …

Energy harvesting chips: The next big thing for a connected world

If you can imagine a world of connected sensors embedded in walls, roads and consumer goods you probably don’t want to imagine having to change the …