December 12, 2019

Egyptian cabinet member appears to threaten dissidents living abroad with beheading

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From WN A member of Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi’s cabinet threatened to behead dissidents abroad during an official visit to Canada, drawing her finger across her neck in a throat-cutting gesture as she described the punishment for those who insult Cairo’s authoritarian regime, The Independent reported. Egypt’s Minister of Immigration, Nabila Makram, was speaking at an event […]

Britain confirms it’s developing drone swarms, joining arms race with Russia, U.S. and India

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From WN Britain’s Royal Air Force has revealed that it is joining Russia, the United States and India in the race to develop drone swarm technology to be deployed alongside its F-35 and Typhoon squadrons, Russia Today reports. The Ministry of Defense is hoping to provide pilots with increased protection and survivability while also feeding them additional […]

At least 17 rare rhinos killed after devastating floods hit India’s Kaziranga National Park

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From WN Officials at the Kaziranga National Park in Assam said the recent floods across India killed more than 200 animals, including 17 threatened one-horned rhinos, in the popular park on Wednesday, according to Science X. At least 40 percent of the national park was underwater after 10 days of downpouring rain, which also killed more […]

Satellite images indicate Myanmar is not prepared to welcome back Rohingya refugees

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From WN The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) released a report which analyzed satellite imagery across Myanmar on Wednesday which raised concerns about the possibility of a safe and humane return for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled the country since 2017, according to The Guardian. Even though Myanmar’s civilian government promised to repatriate […]

British police launch investigation into leak of former Ambassador’s cables criticizing Trump

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From WN London’s Metropolitan Police have launched a criminal investigation into the alleged leak of diplomatic cables from the Britain’s former ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch, The Independent reports. Detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command, who take national responsibility for probing criminal breaches of the Official Secrets Act, are leading the inquiry. Assistant Commissioner […]

US: FDA says regulating E-cigarettes is a top priority

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From WN Ned Sharpless, the Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, issued a statement on Thursday which said the FDA was committed to overseeing the manufacturing, marketing, and sales of e-cigarettes, according to Reuters. The statement came one day before a federal judge ordered the FDA to impose a 10-month deadline for the submission of […]

US: Smithsonian seeks children’s drawings Of Detention Centers

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From WN The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History requested drawings made by recently released migrant children, it was reported Monday — the same day the United Nations human rights chief said she was “appalled” at the conditions faced by migrants in U.S. custody, Raw Story reported. CNN reported Monday on the institution’s request for the drawings. “The museum […]

1 of world’s best beers

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One Of The World’s Best Beers Now Available Online After Belgian Monks Go Digital From WN After dealing with a growing black market and inflated prices from resellers, The Trappist monks at St. Sixtus Abbey in Westvleteren in Flanders, Belgium announced on Monday they would be turning to the internet to help manage their newfound popularity, according […]

At least 11 dead In Sichuan earthquakes In China

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From WN A string of strong earthquakes hit the southwestern province of Sichuan late on Monday, killing at least 11 with more than 120 people injured, according to state media Xinhua.  Rescuers were quickly working to pull any survivors from the rubble after two major quakes hit the area, roughly 30 minutes apart. Even the provincial capital […]

Exoplanets caught in the act of forming moons

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From WN Two independent teams of astronomers have found evidence that a circumplanetary disk surrounds two nearby exoplanets. This is believed to be a fundamental stage in the evolution of gas giant planets that could lead to the formation of moons, IFL Science reports. Both studies used the incredible capabilities of the Very Large Telescope, although they employed […]