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Mumbai beach goes from dump to turtle hatchery in two years

Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings spotted after cleanup of Versova beach by Afroz Shah and volunteers<p>Hatchlings from a vulnerable turtle species have been spotted for the first time in decades on a Mumbai beach that was rejuvenated in the past two years by a massive volunteer cleanup operation.<p>At …

Arabian Sea

Report: Israeli stealth fighters fly over Iran

Two IAF F-35 Adir fighter jets entered Iranian airspace undetected, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida.<p>><br>• ><p>The Lockheed Martin F35 fighter …

Middle East

China turns the screw on North Korea by cutting its petrol supply, report says

China has turned off the tap on crucial goods for North Korea in a bid to pile on economic pressure as South and North Korean leaders prepare for an unprecedented diplomatic summit this April, and hopes for May talks between the US the isolated country mount.<p>The leaders of North and South Korea are …

North Korea

Putin just kicked out 150 Western diplomats. What comes next could be much worse.

“Relations are now at an even worse place than they were before.”<p>The Trump administration and its allies around the world expelled hundreds of Russian diplomats earlier this week after a former double agent was poisoned in the UK by operatives thought to be working for the Kremlin.<p>Now Russia is …

Russia

Mueller just connected a top Trump campaign staffer to Russian intelligence

During the campaign, Paul Manafort was talking to a man tied to Russian spying.<p>Paul Manafort, the former chair of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, had a long professional relationship with a man connected to Russian intelligence. And special counsel Robert Mueller says that man, Konstantin …

Donald Trump

US disrupts 'massive and brazen' Iranian hacking scheme, DOJ says

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Trump administration alleged Friday that Iranian government-linked hackers conducted a "massive and brazen" hacking scheme, breaking into the accounts of roughly 8,000 professors at hundreds of US and foreign universities, as well as private companies and government entities, …

Obama Administration

Saudi crown prince says will develop nuclear bomb if Iran does: CBS TV

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will develop nuclear weapons if its arch-rival Iran does so, the kingdom's crown prince said in remarks released on Thursday, raising the prospect of a nuclear arms race in a region already riven with conflict.<p>"Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, …

South Asia

Yemen's Houthis and Saudi Arabia in secret talks to end war: sources

ADEN/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and its adversaries in Yemen's armed Houthi movement are holding secret talks to try to end a three-year-old war that has unleashed the world's worst humanitarian crisis, diplomats and Yemeni political sources said.<p>A Saudi-led coalition is fighting to counter the …

Middle East

How insurgents across the Middle East turned drones into deadly weapons

The swarm of drones hummed through the Syrian darkness, sweeping over small villages and rolling hills as they made their way towards the Mediterranean coast.<p>Each had a wingspan of less than eight feet, with propellers made of wood and a fragile frame held together with masking tape. Rows of small …

25 Years of Data Shows We Missed Something Important About Sea Level Rise

Here's why you need to pay attention.<p>Satellite data measured across a 25-year period shows that not only are the seas rising, they're rising faster …

The nation’s top spies said Russia is continuing to target the U.S. political system

The nation’s top intelligence chiefs were united Tuesday in declaring that Russia is continuing efforts to disrupt the U.S. political system and is targeting the 2018 midterm elections, following its successful operation to sow discord in the most recent presidential campaign.<p>Their assessment …

North Korea

Putin had to approve Russian attack on US troops

It was inevitable. Russian “mercenaries” attacked a forward base in Syria where they knew American advisors were stationed. It was a test. And our …

'Dozens' Of Russian Mercenaries Reportedly Killed In U.S. Airstrikes In Syria

<b>Updated at 4:05 a.m. ET</b><p>A punishing series of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria last week reportedly killed an unknown number of Russian mercenaries fighting on behalf of the Damascus regime, with some sources saying there were "dozens" of casualties.<p>The Pentagon says a counterattack aimed at …

Middle East

Israeli police recommend indictment of Netanyahu on corruption charges

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime ­Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be indicted in two corruption cases on suspicion of accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust, police recommended Tuesday, ramping up pressure on the leader who has served more than a decade in office.<p>After more than a year of …

Israel

Turkey sees a small chance its military could face US forces in Syria's Manbij

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Wednesday he did not think Turkey will come face-to-face with the United States as it carries out military operations in Syria, seeing only a small possibility of this happening in the Manbij area.<p>In an interview with Reuters, …

Middle East

Turkey's Attack on the Kurds Is a Betrayal of the U.S.

President Erdogan thinks he can spurn American interests without consequence. How long can such an alliance last?<p>The U.S. needs to start imagining NATO without Turkey. The latest reason is Turkey’s assault against the Syrian Kurds. The same Kurds who, with U.S. training and support, have borne the …

Middle East

What Russian Journalists Uncovered About Russian Election Meddling

A cautionary tale about the importance of independent media abroad<p>Much of 2017 was consumed with untangling the political mess that was 2016 and Russia’s role in it.Much of what we learned came from American journalists, who brought us revelation after revelation about how the Kremlin meddled in …

Russia

New economic protests in Tehran challenge Iran’s government

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A wave of spontaneous protests over Iran’s weak economy swept into Tehran on Saturday, with college students and others chanting …

South Asia

Mikhail Gorbachev: 'It All Looks as if the World Is Preparing for War'

The world today is overwhelmed with problems. Policymakers seem to be confused and at a loss.<p>But no problem is more urgent today than the …

Geopolitics

Russia Says U.S. Military Training ISIS To Return Under New Name and Take Over Syria

One of Russia's highest ranking military leaders has accused the U.S. of using its base in Syria to train fighters of the Islamic State militant …

‘No Such Thing as Rohingya’: Myanmar Erases a History

SITTWE, Myanmar — He was a member of the Rohingya student union in college, taught at a public high school and even won a parliamentary seat in Myanmar’s thwarted elections in 1990.<p>But according to the government of Myanmar, U Kyaw Min’s fellow Rohingya do not exist.<p>A long-persecuted Muslim …

Asia

Hamas threatens 'intifada' over US recognition of Jerusalem

Hamas threatens intifada if US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital city.

Israel

Russia’s New Missile Submarine Sure Looks Familiar

The submarine takes design cues from NATO submarines.<p>Russia’s latest nuclear-powered ballistic missile sub taken design cues from Western submarines, improving the sub’s efficiency and ability to stay undetected. The result is a submarine that will be better able to protect its deadly cargo of 16 …

Military

Israel used Jericho missiles in Syria, one was downed by Russians

A Lebanese news network affiliated with the Hezbollah terror group claimed Israel fired Jericho 1 surface-to-surface missiles to strike a military …

Middle East

Britain preparing to transfer 400 million pounds to Iran - Telegraph newspaper | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is preparing to transfer over 400 million pounds ($527 million) to Iran as it seeks the release of a jailed Iranian-British aid worker, The Telegraph newspaper reported, citing unidentified British sources.<p>Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson …

North Africa

Britain and its allies are opening the way for yet another Iraq war

After chasing out Isis we’re not even pretending to stabilise the country – our policy is to bomb and go home<p>After the most intensive street-by-street combat since 1945, Isis’s so-called caliphate is no more. Last weekend, the Iraqi government won what should be the final battle and is now …

Israel Sees Rising Threat From Iran After ISIS

JERUSALEM—While much of the world celebrates the impending defeat of Islamic State, Israeli officials look at Syria and see little reason for joy. To them, a lesser enemy is being supplanted by a far more dangerous one—Iran and its allies.<p>Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is consolidating control, …

Middle East

French military says coalition opposed IS withdrawal from Raqqa | Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s military said on Thursday the coalition battling Islamic State in Syria had opposed a deal allowing fighters of the militant group to withdraw from their former bastion of Raqqa.<p>A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces stands amidst the ruins of buildings near the Clock …

Middle East

Can Israeli diplomacy pull its weight against Russia, Iran and Syria?

While Jerusalem's voice is heard, its positions are often not fully taken into account.<p>IDF soldiers near the border with Syria in the Golan Heights . …

Russia, Iran, Turkey to Meet Over Syria Amid U.S. Tensions

Russia, Turkey and Iran will hold summit talks on Syria next week as Ankara threatens a possible attack on U.S.-allied Kurdish forces and tensions …

Middle East