Thursday, July 20, 2017

Deadly US air strike in Syria hit peaceful mosque full of worshipers — reports

US forces failed to take necessary precautions before launching a lethal drone strike in northern Syria last month that hit a mosque full of worshipers, three separate investigations have revealed. ______ Research by Human Rights Watch (HRW), London-based Forensic Architecture and open-source investigative unit Bellingcat reveal...

New super-sized Earth 39 light years from our solar system close enough to detect signs of life

Scientists have found a planet the size of a jumbo Earth circling a nearby star, meaning it is one of the handful of worlds where astronomers' sensors might be powerful enough to detect signs of life. ______ The new planet, known as LHS 1140b, receives enough...

Violence killing almost 700 people in Ethiopia since August 2016

Almost 700 people have been killed during violence in Ethiopia since August 2016, a government-sponsored commission has said, bringing the total death toll since the unrest began in late 2015 to more than 900. ______ Ethiopia declared six months of emergency rule in October after almost...

N. Korea on maximum alert — Our military will launch merciless military attacks on US, official says

North Korea has warned its army is on "maximum alert" after the US vice president visited the heavily militarised border between the two Koreas and reiterated Washington's position that "all options are on the table" in dealing with Pyongyang. ______ Sin Hong-chol, North Korea's deputy foreign...

British PM May calls for early election on June 8 — Five key issues we know

British Prime Minister Theresa May's surprise call for a snap general election comes with the country facing a host of challenges -- all closely bound up with the country's exit from the European Union. ______ Here are some of the major issues May or her successor...

Huge asteroid flying very close to our planet at a distance of 1.1 million miles on April 19

Call it a close shave of a celestial sort. On April 19, an asteroid roughly the size of the Rock of Gibraltar will speed safely by Earth at a distance of 1.1 million miles — or less than five times the distance from Earth to...

US to shoot down North Korean missile tests — as a show of strength to Pyongyang

The US military is considering shooting down North Korean missile tests as a show of strength to Pyongyang, two sources briefed on the planning told the Guardian. ______ As tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threaten confrontation in north-east Asia, the Pentagon is...

China and North Korea relationships — What we know and what we don’t

North Korea is in the headlines - again. For a small, poor country of 25 million people, it sure does make a lot of news. This time it's the perennial issue of nuclear testing. North Korea has tested five nuclear devices since 2006. Donald Trump...

Mother Of All Bombs — an inhuman act, a brutal act against innocent people, Afghanistan ex-president

An attack that saw the United States drop the largest non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan was a "brutal act" against Afghan people, the environment and the country's sovereignty, Hamid Karzai, former president, has told Al Jazeera. ______ The 9,797kg GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) was unleashed...

Living in Mosul — Where nobody knows where, who, how and why is shooting on civilians

The garden of the emergency hospital in Iraq's northern city of Erbil is a lush, well-tended oasis full of vivid spring colours. Under the shadow of a tree, the relatives of patients try to rest after the anguished hours of waiting. ______ "How can I sleep?...

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