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  • Founding members say European Union is in bad shape

    The European Union faces "critical times" and all its members should set aside selfish interests to tackle problems such as immigration and terrorism, the bloc's six founding nations said on Tuesday. A week after the EU accepted that some members may never go further in sharing sovereignty, as…

    Reuters
  • French plan advances to strip passports from those convicted of terrorism

    By Emile Picy PARIS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande's plan to strip French citizenship from people convicted of terrorism passed a first hurdle on Tuesday when the lower house of parliament backed controversial proposals introduced after Islamic extremists killed 130 people in Paris last…

    Reuters
  • Iraq's troubled finances slow efforts to rebuild Ramadi

    By Stephen Kalin and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Strain on Iraq's budget from falling oil prices is delaying the removal of Islamic State explosives in Ramadi and the restoration of basic services needed for displaced civilians to return to the western city. The army declared victory in…

    Reuters
  • Hong Kong’s lessons in coping with China

    Under “core” leader Xi Jinping, says scholar Minxin Pei, China is now “gripped by fear in a way it has not been since the era of Mao Zedong.” Dr. Pei cites the government’s heavy crackdown since 2012 on human rights activists, corrupt officials, intellectuals, and even investors. While it is easy…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • What can be done to deflect North Korea's nuclear ambitions?

    North Korea has restarted its plutonium production, according to US intelligence chief James Clapper, representing another milestone in its nuclear weapons program. The assessment, outlined during the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community, comes just two days after…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • NSA to shake up its defensive, offensive game

    The shift comes as a response to both changing technology and more capable foreign hackers, Ellen Nakashima reported for the Washington Post. The agency is currently organized into two branches, the defensive Information Assurance Directorate (IA), which helps companies in the private sector find…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Why developers were arrested after an earthquake in Taiwan

    A Taiwanese developer is facing charges of negligent homicide after one of his buildings collapsed during an earthquake.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Climate change will make westbound transatlantic flights longer: study

    Flights from Europe to North America will take slightly longer and nudge up airline fuel costs if climate change strengthens high altitude winds as widely expected, a study said on Wednesday. The headwind into a stronger jet stream should lengthen westbound flights by about five minutes, slightly…

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  • Britain will struggle to meet CO2 goals without CCS, lawmakers say

    Britain will struggle to meet its goals for emission reductions after it shelved a billion-pound scheme to help commercialize carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology last year, lawmakers said on Wednesday. In December, nearly 200 nations agreed in Paris to limit greenhouse gas emissions to…

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  • US Supreme Court temporarily halts Obama carbon emissions plan

    Washington (AFP) - The US Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fueled power plants pending a legal challenge.

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  • UN experts: North Korea continues to evade UN sanctions

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say North Korea is continuing to evade U.N. sanctions, using airlines, ships, and the international financial system to trade in prohibited items for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs raising important questions about the sanctions regime.

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  • Eloy police: Swiss man dies while skydiving in Arizona

    ELOY, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a Swiss man has died while skydiving in Eloy, about 60 miles south of Phoenix.

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  • North Korea satellite in stable orbit: U.S. official

    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A satellite launched by North Korea at the weekend has now stabilized in its orbit around the Earth in a step forward from a launch in 2012, a U.S. official and a second source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The satellite was initially tumbling…

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  • West Ham beats Liverpool 2-1 to reach 5th round of FA Cup

    LONDON (AP) — Angelo Ogbonna headed home a winning goal in stoppage time of extra time to give West Ham a dramatic 2-1 victory over Liverpool in their FA Cup fourth round replay on Tuesday.

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  • UN chief to welcome Canada back to world stage

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon travels to Canada this week to applaud Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's stance on welcoming Syrian refugees and to encourage a return to international peacekeeping. Ban will visit Ottawa and Montreal on Thursday and Friday, three months after Trudeau took office and…

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  • Supreme Court blocks Obama carbon emissions plan

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate change. A U.S.…

    Reuters55 mins ago
  • New probe rejects claim missing Mexican students incinerated

    A second independent forensic investigation rejected on Tuesday the Mexican government's conclusion that 43 students who went missing in 2014 were incinerated at a garbage dump. The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team said there was "no consistency between the physical evidence" and the testimony…

    AFP
  • New Hampshire votes in high-profile US primary

    After months of studying and meeting candidates, New Hampshire residents trooped to polls Tuesday in the second key test of the White House race, with Donald Trump chasing victory and Hillary Clinton looking to reel in local hero Bernie Sanders. Once every four years, the nation's eyes focus like…

    AFP
  • UN: Number of Haitians needing food aid spikes amid drought

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Drought-stricken Haiti is grappling with its most serious food crisis in 15 years as the number of people in need of urgent food aid has recently spiked, the head of the U.N. World Food Program's country office said Tuesday.

    Associated Press