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Romanian President Set for Election Runoff With Rival Ex-PM

(Bloomberg) -- Romanian President Klaus Iohannis won the first round of presidential elections to set up a runoff in two weeks against a former prime minister with whom he's frequently clashed.Iohannis, who's been a steadying force in a nation where political chaos has become the norm, won about 39% of votes in Sunday's election, according to surveys by CURS-Avangarde and IRES. Social Democrat leader Viorica Dancila, whose government was ousted last month, was some way back on about 22%."Our battle doesn't have a party name but it's aimed at totally removing the Social Democrats from power so they can no longer hold Romania captive and make it a prisoner of the past," Iohannis said after...

Pope Francis Is Promoting a Debunked 19th Century Tourist Trap Theory
Pope Francis Is Promoting a Debunked 19th Century Tourist Trap Theory

Franco Origlia/GettyLast Monday, Pope Francis celebrated the feast of All Soul's with a Mass held in the ancient catacombs of Priscilla in Rome. It was Francis' first visit to the underground catacombs and in some unscripted remarks during the mass he said that he was led to think "of the life of those people who had to hide, who had this culture of burying their dead and celebrating the Eucharist inside here." It's a lovely sentiment but there's a small problem: Christians never hid in the catacombs. The idea that they did is an 18th and 19th century myth for tourists.Pope Francis isn't alone in thinking that persecuted Christians hid from the Romans in the network of 40 or so narrow...

The Ocean Cleanups Latest Invention Collects 110,000 Pounds of Trash From Rivers Each Day
The Ocean Cleanups Latest Invention Collects 110,000 Pounds of Trash From Rivers Each Day

The Dutch non-profit helmed by Boyan Slat has the lofty goal of reducing 90-percent of plastic trash in the world's oceans by 2040

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Britain faces 'waste battery mountain' as electric car use surges

Britain faces a new waste crisis from a " battery mountain" caused by the growing use of electric cars, according to an academic study. Researchers have calculated that the one million electric cars sold in 2017 alone will produce 250,000 metric tons, or half a million cubic metres, of unprocessed battery pack waste when they reach the end of their lives in seven to ten years' time, enough to fill 67 Olympic swimming pools.  At present, the one million cars account for just 1.3 per cent of annual worldwide sales but it is projected that electric cars could make up more than half of all new sales by 2040 as part of efforts to combat climate change. The researchers say landfill is not an...

Mick Mulvaney: new testimony draws Trump chief of staff into Ukraine scandal
Mick Mulvaney: new testimony draws Trump chief of staff into Ukraine scandal

Congress hears Mulvaney approved Trump-Zelenskiy meeting on condition Ukraine announced investigations tied to Joe BidenMick Mulvaney in October. Mulvaney himself said in a press conference the White House had conditioned military aid on investigations in Ukraine. He later denied he had said that. Photograph: Leah Millis/ReutersDonald Trump's acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney approved a White House meeting with the president for the Ukrainian president on condition Ukraine announced investigations tied to Trump's political rival Joe Biden, according to testimony released on Friday.Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union, "blurted out" that Mulvaney had approved the meeting...