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  • Current Event
    57 minutes ago
    by ppp
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    The Briton who helped write Article 50 predicts 'one in three' chance of no Brexit deal

    There could be a one in three chance that Brexit negotiations will end with no deal between the UK and the European Union, resulting in "serious economic disruption and a degree of legal chaos", the author of Article 50 has warned. Lord Kerr also suggested that leaving the EU could result in a "decade of delay and disruption" for Britain, which would damage investment, economic growth and employment.

  • Current Event
    1 hour ago
    by geoleo
    +2 +1

    Illegal oil refineries produce high-risk fuel, dump acid sludge to make toxic lakes

    A recent drug crackdown exposed evidence that many illegal oil refineries still operate in China. These refineries sell home-processed diesel and oil to trucks and create safety hazards. Furthermore, leftover acid from the production process is illegally dumped, creating serious environmental issues.

  • Current Event
    7 hours ago
    by socialiguana
    +7 +2

    Spain arrests Russian wanted by US for alleged hacking

    Spanish officials say a Russian computer programmer wanted by the United States on hacking allegations has been jailed while a decision is made on whether to extradite him. The National Court said Thursday that Stanislav Lisov, 31, was jailed Jan. 13 after Civil Guard police arrested him at Barcelona airport on an FBI warrant issued though Interpol.

  • Current Event
    18 hours ago
    by hiihii
    +17 +7

    Finland is set to become the first country to eradicate smokers

    Finland is on it's way to becoming the first country in the world to eradicate smoking. The previous official goal from 2010 was set for a smoke-free Finland by 2040, but the updated legislation now mentions 2030 as the new goal. To make Finland smoke free the government is coming down hard on smokers. Starting this year, housing associations can now apply for a municipal permit for a smoking ban...

  • Current Event
    16 hours ago
    by aj0690
    +15 +5

    Biden calls Russia biggest threat to international order

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, in his last major speech before leaving office, described Russia on Wednesday as the biggest threat to the international liberal order and said Washington must work with Europe to stand up to Vladimir Putin. Biden was speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos two days before the inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S. president. Trump has sent conciliatory signals to Putin and seemed to encourage the disintegration of the European Union by praising Britain's decision to leave the bloc and predicting that more countries could bolt.

  • Current Event
    4 hours ago
    by geoleo
    +3 +1

    Norway spurs $400mn rainforest fund at Davos

    Norway on Thursday said it will raise $400 million to encourage Brazil's farmers to stop destroying the rainforests, launching a fund also backed by food giants Unilever and Nestle. Announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the plan is a major effort to reform harmful small scale farming, which is one of the biggest drivers of deforestation in Brazil.

  • Current Event
    5 hours ago
    by Pfennig88
    +2 +1

    Israel opens first ever NATO office

    IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Golan assisted in opening Israel's first office at NATO headquarters in Brussels; met with heads of Turkish, Arab militaries on sidelines; official meeting highest level meeting ever between Israel, NATO.

  • Current Event
    19 hours ago
    by 8mm
    +6 +3

    Mali suicide attack kills 40 fighters

    A suicide bombing on Wednesday (Jan 18) on a camp grouping former rebels and pro-government militia in troubled northern Mali left 40 people dead, UN and local sources told AFP. The president's office ordered three days of national mourning following the attack, the worst in the country in recent years.

  • Analysis
    21 hours ago
    by gladsdotter
    +27 +3

    Most Primate Species Threatened With Extinction, Scientists Find

    From gorillas to gibbons, a wide-ranging survey finds that the world’s primates are in steep decline.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by Nelson
    +25 +6

    Female shark learns to reproduce without males after years alone

    A female shark separated from her long-term mate has developed the ability to have babies on her own.

  • Current Event
    22 hours ago
    by jcscher
    +9 +3

    Tehran Fire: Many feared Dead as High-Rise Collapses

    Tens of firefighters were inside as the 17-storey structure fell to the ground in a matter seconds.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by jcscher
    +32 +3

    Italy avalanche: 'Many dead' in hotel Rigopiano in Abruzzo

    Rescuers in central Italy say many people have been killed after a hotel was hit by an avalanche.

  • Current Event
    2 days ago
    by Chubros
    +30 +10

    China President Xi Jinping: 'No one will emerge as a winner in a trade war'

    Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday that globalization has powered worldwide growth and should not be blamed for the world's problems. In an attack on the anti-globalization rhetoric that has led to the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and the Brexit vote in Britain, Xi told a packed audience at the World Economic Forum at Davos: "It is true that economic globalization created new problems, but this is no justification to write off economic globalization altogether.

  • Current Event
    9 hours ago
    by doodlegirl
    +6 +1

    Son acquitted of forcing Polish couple into slave labour

    A man on trial with his father accused of forcing a Polish couple to work for £4 a day has been acquitted. Khuram Riaz, 27, denied forcing or compelling Margorsha Bienick and Michal Czesniawski into labour in Nelson, Lancashire. Her Honour Judge Beverley Lunt directed the jury at Burnley Crown Court to record not guilty verdicts for Mr Riaz Jr saying he had no case to answer. The case against his father, Mohammed Riaz, 62, continues.

  • Current Event
    2 days ago
    by jcscher
    +63 +20

    Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

    The Army intelligence analyst convicted in a massive 2010 leak of security documents is set to be freed in five months instead of in 2045.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by distant
    +18 +6

    CIA Puts History Out in Open With Millions of Online Records

    The Central Intelligence Agency is putting its clandestine history out in the open with a declassified trove of 12 million pages that’s available online. Documents covering the agency’s work from the 1940s through 1990s were previously accessible -- but only by visiting the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. The CIA is required to declassify most records that are 25 years or older. “This is one of the things that we think improves transparency for us, and it’s a simple thing” to make information “more widely available,” Joseph Lambert, the CIA’s director of information management, said in a phone interview.

  • Current Event
    20 hours ago
    by jackthetripper
    +6 +2

    Senegal forces to enter Gambia at midnight unless President Jammeh quits

    enegal's forces are at the Gambian border and will enter at midnight if veteran Gambian President Yahya Jammeh refuses to leave power, Colonel Abdou Ndiaye, a spokesman for the Senegal army, told Reuters. Jammeh, who lost a Dec. 1 election to coalition leader Adama Barrow, said he will not step down due to irregularities in the vote. His official mandate ends at midnight.

  • Current Event
    22 hours ago
    by funhonestdude
    +6 +2

    Xi calls for world without nuclear weapons

    Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a world without nuclear weapons at the UN on Wednesday and urged a multilateral system based on equality among nations large and small. His speech at the United Nations in Geneva came at the end of a diplomatic tour that included a landmark address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, just days before Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

  • Current Event
    11 hours ago
    by Petrox
    0 +1

    75 people killed after high rise building collapses in Iran

    At least 75 people in Tehran including 45 firefighters have been killed after responding to a huge fire in a commercial high rise building which caused the structure to collapse. Iranian state media said it is believed people are still trapped beneath the rubble.  Emergency services, including ten fire engines, are still at the 17-storey tall Plasco building, where the blaze is still burning after breaking out at around 8am (5.30am GMT) on Thursday morning.

  • Current Event
    11 hours ago
    by Pfennig88
    0 +1

    Deaths feared as avalanche buries Italian hotel after earthquakes

    At least two people were killed and many others are feared dead after an avalanche buried a luxury hotel in central Italy following a series of earthquakes. An estimated 30 people are believed to have been inside the Hotel Rigopiano spa resort when it was hit by an avalanche Wednesday night at the foot of the Gran Sasso mountain, Italy's Civil Protection Department said.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by 8mm
    +16 +4

    Poacher trampled to death, another seriously injured

    A suspected poacher was trampled to death and another seriously injured in an attack by wild elephants at a forest near Thattekkad bird sanctuary where a four member gang allegedly ventured for poaching, forest officials said in Kochi on Thursday. They said the gang entered the forest, some 65 km from here at about 9 pm last night for poaching and did not notice the pachyderms standing in their path and got trapped in front of it

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by messi
    +8 +2

    Mexico pupil shoots at classmates, three dead: official

    A 15-year-old boy shot at his classmates at a high school in northern Mexico on Wednesday, injuring at least five people including himself, officials said. The pupil opened fire at Northeastern College in the city of Monterrey, civil protection official Oscar Aboytes told AFP. He said the school initially told the civil protection service that three people had been killed, but when experts arrived at the school, they found those victims to be "extremely seriously" injured.

  • Current Event
    2 days ago
    by geoleo
    +20 +5

    Australia disappointed by Japan's continued whale hunt in Southern Ocean

    Australia said on Monday it was "deeply disappointed" Japan had continued whaling in the Southern Ocean after anti-whaling activists published a photograph of a dead whale, and two days after Australian and Japanese leaders discussed the issue. Australia has long opposed Japanese whaling and the contentious issue was raised in talks between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Sydney on Saturday, sources familiar with the discussions said.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by geoleo
    +5 +2

    Mosul battle: Iraqi army prepares offensive on west of city

    The Iraqi army says it is preparing military operations to retake western Mosul, the last urban stronghold in Iraq of so-called Islamic State. The preparations follow a recent offensive which officials said on Wednesday had recaptured nearly all of the city's east. Counter-terror chief Talib Shaghati said special forces had retaken all eastern districts assigned to them.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by Apolatia
    +6 +2

    UK post-Brexit trade deal with India threatened by Theresa May's visa crackdown

    One of Britain's most important post-Brexit trade partnerships could be at risk due to Theresa May's refusal to reform visa restrictions for Indian citizens. The Prime Minister has insisted leaving the EU would allow Britain to find other partners abroad and India, the world’s fastest growing major economy, was the first country she visited, accompanied by a large business delegation, outside Europe after the referendum.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by cone
    +29 +10

    Turkish Airlines Cargo Plane Crashes in Kyrgyzstan, Killing 35

    A cargo plane operated by ACT airlines crashed near the capital of Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, killing 33 people and wounding others, authorities announced on Monday. The accident took place at about 7:30 a.m. in the village of Dacha Su near Manas International Airport. The victims include four people on the plane and dozens of residents of the village. Several injured, including at least three children, were reportedly transferred to a local hospital, according to the Kyrgyz Ministry of Emergency Situations.

  • Current Event
    16 hours ago
    by junglman
    +1 +1

    Rome metro evacuated as three earthquakes hit Italy

    Four earthquakes have struck Italy, shaking buildings in Rome and Florence just months after almost 300 people were killed in one of the worst disasters in living memory. Residents of the capital described their homes and offices shaking when the first tremor struck at around 10.25am local time (9.25am BST). The US Geological Survey (USGS) measured the initial quake at magnitude 5.3, placing the epicentre in central Italy at a depth of six miles (10km).

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by Apolatia
    +10 +6

    Trump Slams NATO, Floats Russia Nuke Deal in European Interview

    Donald Trump called NATO obsolete, predicted that other European Union members would follow the U.K. in leaving the bloc, and threatened BMW with import duties over a planned plant in Mexico, according to two European newspapers which conducted a joint interview with the president-elect. Trump, in an hourlong discussion with Germany’s Bild and the Times of London published on Sunday, signaled a major shift in trans-Atlantic relations, including an interest in lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia as part of a nuclear weapons reduction deal.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by jcscher
    +27 +7

    Hundreds of U.S. Marines land in Norway, irking Russia

    Some 300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway on Monday for a six-month deployment, the first time since World War Two that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, in a deployment which has irked Norway's Arctic neighbor Russia.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by ubthejudge
    +8 +2

    Assange lawyer: Manning commutation doesn't meet extradition offer's conditions

    The attorney for Julian Assange said President Obama's commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence does not meet the conditions of the WikiLeaks head's offer to be extradited to the United States if Manning were pardoned. Obama on Tuesday commuted Manning’s sentence for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, leading many to wonder whether that meant Assange was ready to surrender to the Department of Justice.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by wetwilly87
    +9 +2

    Julian Assange won't hand himself in despite previous commitment, lawyer says

    Julian Assange will not hand himself in despite a promise to do so if Chelsea Manning was granted clemency, according to one of his lawyers. WikiLeaks had pledged in a tweet that its founder would agree to be extradited to the US if Barack Obama granted clemency to Ms Manning, which he did in the final hours of his presidency. Mr Assange's lawyers initially seemed to suggest that promise would be carried through – telling reporters that he stood by his earlier comments – but it appears now that Mr Assange will stay inside the embassy.

  • Current Event
    2 days ago
    by socialiguana
    +13 +3

    Vladimir Putin just defended Donald Trump is the worst possible way

    Vladimir Putin has claimed there is a conspiracy to “delegitimise” Donald Trump and said the people who ordered a dossier of compromising personal information on the President-elect were “worse than prostitutes”. The Russian President claimed reports of Russia gathering intelligence on Mr Trump were false, adding: “Our security services do not chase every US billionaire.”

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by robmonk
    +15 +6

    Sea Shepherd finds Japanese ship 'with slaughtered whale'

    A Japanese ship has been caught with a slaughtered whale in the Antarctic in defiance of an international court decision against Tokyo's hunts, activist group Sea Shepherd said Sunday. The conservationist organisation -- whose two vessels departed Australia last month for the Southern Ocean to disrupt the hunt -- said it spotted the Nisshin Maru in the Australian whale sanctuary around the nation's Antarctic territory.

  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by hedman
    +24 +7

    Climate change: 90% of rural Australians say their lives are already affected

    Ninety per cent of people living in rural and regional Australia believe they are already experiencing the impacts of climate change and 46% believe coal-fired power stations should be phased out, according to a new study. A poll of 2,000 people conducted by the Climate Institute found that 82% of respondents in rural and regional Australia and 81% of those in capital cities were concerned about increased droughts, flooding and destruction of the Great Barrier Reef...

  • Current Event
    2 days ago
    by SmokinJoe23
    +10 +3

    FBI Confirms Fort Lauderdale Shooter Carried Out Attack For ISIS

    Fort Lauderdale shooter Esteban Santiago told FBI agents he carried out his Jan. 7 deadly shooting in the name of the Islamic State, CNN reports. Santiago killed five and wounded six in a shooting