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Pyrenees glaciers to disappear within 30 years, scientists warn
Pyrenees glaciers to disappear within 30 years, scientists warn

Glaciers will vanish from the Pyrenees mountain range within the next 30 years because of climate change and pollution, scientists have warned. Glaciers have already shrunk by half in the past 20 years in the mountains on the border between France and Spain, according to a new report by scientists who monitor them for the local environmental group Moraine. "Pyrenean glaciers are doomed," said Pierre René, an expert on glaciers. Mr René said it was impossible to give an exact date for their disappearance, but predicted that it would happen by 2050. The glaciers feed rivers and contribute to biodiversity. Their ice also helps keep mountainsides stable.  The report by the group, which has...

When will your parents die? The factors that make the difference in America
When will your parents die? The factors that make the difference in America

Working paper shows factors like race, educational attainment and poverty affect the age we are when our parents dieEven though it is a sad inevitability for everyone, the death of our parents is still defined by many of the same factors that shape the rest of our lives - factors like race, educational attainment and poverty.In May, the US Census Bureau published a working paper to look at how demographic factors affect the age we are when our parents die. Many trends emerged from the research, which was based on data from the 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation.Unsurprisingly, as we age, the probability of losing a parent gets closer and closer to 100%. But this varies...

New avalanches in Nepal interrupt search for 7 trekkers
New avalanches in Nepal interrupt search for 7 trekkers

New avalanches falling on a popular trekking route in Nepal forced rescuers to halt their search for four South Korean trekkers and three Nepali guides who were believed to have been swept by a snowslide, an official said Sunday. Some 200 climbers have been rescued from other parts of the trekking trail and flown to safety by helicopters over the weekend, Department of Tourism official Meera Acharya said. Acharya said that new, smaller avalanches made it dangerous for rescuers to approach the area where the missing trekkers were last seen.

Yemen missile attack kills at least 70 soldiers: sources
Yemen missile attack kills at least 70 soldiers: sources

At least 70 Yemeni soldiers have been killed in a missile attack launched by Huthi rebels on a mosque in the central province of Marib, medical and military sources said Sunday. The Huthis attacked a mosque in a military camp in Marib -- about 170 kilometres (105 miles) east of Sanaa -- during evening prayers on Saturday, military sources told AFP.

Did You Know India Is Becoming A World Leader In Aircraft Carriers?
Did You Know India Is Becoming A World Leader In Aircraft Carriers?

There are more coming in the future.

The Navy Has Built Too Many Aircraft Carriers For Its Own Good
The Navy Has Built Too Many Aircraft Carriers For Its Own Good

And they make for juicy targets.

220 wounded as Lebanon protesters clash with police
220 wounded as Lebanon protesters clash with police

Clashes between police and Lebanese protesters wounded more than 220 people on both sides Saturday in the highest such tally in three months of anti-establishment demonstrations. The sound of ambulance sirens rang out across Beirut as the Red Cross reported 80 wounded had been taken to hospital and 140 more were treated on site. The protest movement rocking Lebanon since October 17 revived this week as a deepening economic crisis increases pressure to form a new government.

Migrants enter slowly at Guatemala-Mexico border after scuffles
Migrants enter slowly at Guatemala-Mexico border after scuffles

Central American migrants entered Mexico from Guatemala in small groups on Saturday after brief clashes earlier in the day when dozens of people tried to force their way across the border and were pushed back by Mexican security forces. Hundreds of people who entered Guatemala from Honduras in recent days have been arriving at the Mexican border, with the bulk of them still advancing in a larger caravan, testing the resolve of Mexico to heed U.S. demands to contain migrant flows. President Donald Trump has threatened to hurt Mexico and Central American countries economically if they allow large groups to reach the U.S. border.

Philippine volcano simmers, officials brace for long crisis
Philippine volcano simmers, officials brace for long crisis

Philippine officials said Saturday they're bracing for a long crisis whether the Taal volcano erupts more disastrously or simmers precariously for weeks or months, as massive numbers of displaced villagers languish in emergency shelters. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said more than 900 villagers who fell ill have been treated, mostly for exposure to volcanic ash, in evacuation sites since the volcano began erupting in Batangas province near Manila, the capital, last weekend.

SUV on grounds of Beijing
SUV on grounds of Beijing's Forbidden City sparks outrage

A Chinese woman sparked social media outrage in her country by posting photos of herself and a friend with a Mercedes-Benz on the grounds of Beijing's Forbidden City. The reaction prompted an apology from the management of China's 600-year-old former imperial palace. Vehicles have been banned since 2013 to protect the cultural dignity of the vast site and its hundreds of historic buildings, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

AP Photos: Taal volcano emits ash, threatening more eruption
AP Photos: Taal volcano emits ash, threatening more eruption

The Taal volcano near the Philippine capital emitted more ash clouds on Saturday, posing the threat of another eruption. The ash and steam explosions have gotten weaker after seven days of eruption. The volcano in Batangas province, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of the capital, Manila, has remained at alert level 4, the second-highest warning, indicating a hazardous explosive eruption is possible in hours or days.

Los Angeles teachers are suing Delta after a plane dumped jet fuel on them, allegedly leaving them dizzy and nauseous
Los Angeles teachers are suing Delta after a plane dumped jet fuel on them, allegedly leaving them dizzy and nauseous

Teachers at an elementary school outside of Los Angeles, California are suing Delta after a plane dropped fuel on area schools, causing 60 injuries.

Trump slams Virginia Democrats for pushing gun safety regulations as suspected white supremacists are arrested for discussing opening fire at a Richmond gun rally
Trump slams Virginia Democrats for pushing gun safety regulations as suspected white supremacists are arrested for discussing opening fire at a Richmond gun rally

"Your 2nd Amendment is under very serious attack in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia," the president tweeted on Friday evening.

Democrats announce new criteria to qualify for Feb. 7 debate
Democrats announce new criteria to qualify for Feb. 7 debate

The Democratic National Committee on Friday announced its criteria for the first debate to be held after voting begins in the 2020 presidential campaign, including a new pathway to the stage based off delegate pledges. As they have before, qualifiers will need to meet polling and grassroots funding thresholds to participate in the Feb. 7 debate in Manchester, New Hampshire. Party officials are relying on the same polling and grassroots thresholds as for the January debate in Des Moines, Iowa: either receiving 5% in at least four national or early-state surveys approved by the party, or receiving 7% in two polls in early voting states.

Iran Has New Submarines, And That
Iran Has New Submarines, And That's Bad News For America

The new Fateh-class vessel was unveiled by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani late last week, at a ceremony held at the Bandar Abbas naval base.

Owner of boat that sank, killing 17, settles final lawsuit

The owner of a tourist duck boat that sank in a Missouri lake, killing 17 people, has settled its final pending lawsuit for an undisclosed amount. Thirty-one lawsuits have been filed against Ripley Entertainment since the former World War II amphibious vehicle sank in July 2018 at Table Rock Lake near Branson. A joint motion for approval of a confidential settlement was filed Thursday in the final pending suit, which was filed by Joseph and William Strecker.

Canada says black boxes from Iran crash should be sent to France
Canada says black boxes from Iran crash should be sent to France

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday urged Iran to send the black boxes from the passenger plane shot down by its forces to France for analysis and said the first remains of victims should soon arrive back in Canada. Trudeau told a news conference in Ottawa that France was one of the few countries with the ability to read the flight and cockpit data recorders from the jet, which he said were badly damaged. Iran says it shot down Ukrainian International Airlines flight 752 last week by accident, killing all 176 people aboard, 57 of whom were Canadian.

Trump Just Hired Jeffrey Epstein
Trump Just Hired Jeffrey Epstein's Lawyers

Donald Trump is lawyering up for his impeachment trial with a team that looks surprisingly similar to that of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.The president bolstered his legal team Friday with attorneys Alan Dershowitz and Kenneth Starr, who helped Epstein evade prison time in a now infamously lenient plea deal with Palm Beach prosecutors. Epstein originally faced multiple charges of soliciting and trafficking underage girls, but escaped with just 13 months of house arrest in a deal that caused Trump's Labor Secretary Alex Acosta to resign under pressure last year.A suit unveiled by Virgin Islands prosecutors this week alleges Epstein continued to traffic and abuse girls as young as...

Pompeo breaks silence on alleged threats to envoy in Ukraine
Pompeo breaks silence on alleged threats to envoy in Ukraine

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday broke nearly 72 hours of silence over alleged surveillance and threats to the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, saying he believed the allegations would prove to be wrong but that he had an obligation to evaluate and investigate the matter. In interviews with conservative radio hosts, Pompeo said he had no knowledge of the allegations until earlier this week when congressional Democrats released documents from an associate of President Donald Trump's personal attorney suggesting that Marie Yovanovitch was being watched.

Rain douses some Australian bush fires but flash floods now threaten wildlife
Rain douses some Australian bush fires but flash floods now threaten wildlife

Heavy rains in fire-ravaged eastern Australia have brought welcome relief for firefighters and farmers, but sparked flash floods that have led to fresh scrambles to save native animals.  As the rain hit on Thursday the New South Wales State Emergency Services department warned that the sudden heavy downpours in some areas would bring flash flooding, falling trees and landslides where the fires have wiped out vegetation.  On Friday, the warnings were realised when flash floods hit the Australia Reptile Park on the NSW east coast, and the state's koalas - having lost thousands of their number and huge swathes of their habitat - needed to be rescued again as floods thundered down...

Canada
Canada's and Iran's foreign ministers to meet on Friday

Canada's Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne will meet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday to discuss Tehran's shooting down of a Ukrainian airline last week, killing all 176 people on board, including 57 Canadians. The two will meet in Muscat, Oman, Champagne's spokesman Adam Austen said. It will be the third time that they will have spoken since the disaster, despite Canada having broken off diplomatic relations with Iran in 2012.

Trump again denied knowing Lev Parnas. So Parnas
Trump again denied knowing Lev Parnas. So Parnas' lawyer posted more robust proof.

Despite a warning from Lev Parnas, President Trump claimed not to know him again Thursday. "I don't know Parnas, other than I guess I had pictures taken, which I do with thousands of people," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. "I don't know him at all, don't know what he's about, don't know where he comes from, know nothing about him. ... I don't believe I've ever spoken to him."Jospeh Bondy, Parnas' lawyer, brought the receipts, posting a video taken at Mar-a-Lago in December 2016, where Trump is clearly talking with Parnas, who is standing next to him and also Roman Nasirov, a former Ukrainian official charged with embezzlement.> Here's the "I don't know him...

Lesotho Premier to Resign as Police Probe Wife
Lesotho Premier to Resign as Police Probe Wife's Murder

(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Next Africa newsletter and follow Bloomberg Africa on TwitterLesotho's prime minister said he intends to step down, following increased calls for his resignation over the murder of his second wife, which police have linked to the woman he married a little over two months later.Thomas Thabane, 80, was inaugurated as prime minister of the tiny African mountain kingdom two days after his second wife was shot in June 2017. He previously held the post from 2012 to 2015, but fled to South Africa in 2014 after an alleged coup attempt."I have decided to retire from my position as the prime minister of Lesotho, and the time of my retirement will be officially...

Honduran migrant caravan rumbles on through Guatemala
Honduran migrant caravan rumbles on through Guatemala

More than 1,000 Honduran migrants broke through a police barrier on the border with Guatemala on Thursday in a bid to join hundreds of others heading for the United States. The latest Central American migrant caravan formed despite increased attempts by President Donald Trump to keep them out of the US. Last year the US signed a deal with Guatemala that obliges migrants traveling through it and seeking asylum in the US to first request protection in the Central American nation.

Lev Parnas: Rick Perry said he told Ukrainian president aid was contingent on Biden investigation
Lev Parnas: Rick Perry said he told Ukrainian president aid was contingent on Biden investigation

Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow in an interview that aired Thursday night that former Energy Secretary Rick Perry was directed by Rudy Giuliani to tell Ukraine its U.S. aid was contingent on the country announcing investigations of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.Parnas alleges that after Giuliani made the request, Perry called him back and said he had been in touch with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and conveyed the message.Perry left the Trump administration last fall, shortly after reports came out that Perry, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, and former U.S. Special Representative for...

A Delta pilot may have dumped jet fuel on schoolkids because of poor communication with air traffic control
A Delta pilot may have dumped jet fuel on schoolkids because of poor communication with air traffic control

FAA investigators are looking into why the Delta flight crew dumped fuel even though they told air traffic control at LAX that they wouldn't.

TSA agents arrest man with gun at Newark airport; first one of the year
TSA agents arrest man with gun at Newark airport; first one of the year

Authorities at Newark Airport arrested a man after they say he tried to bring a loaded handgun through security.

Warren-Sanders clash was inevitable as voting gets closer
Warren-Sanders clash was inevitable as voting gets closer

As long as they are rivals, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders couldn't stay friends forever. The White House hopefuls and longtime allies have spent the past year throwing red meat to the party's progressive base with calls for massive structural reforms to the nation's political and economic life. The differences that existed - how quickly to transition to government-funded health care, how broadly to apply a wealth tax - were generally around the margins.

Why Is Saudi Arabia Is Buying 4 Littoral Combat Ships From America?
Why Is Saudi Arabia Is Buying 4 Littoral Combat Ships From America?

The LCS isn't very good.

Therapist charged with killing family faced fraud probe
Therapist charged with killing family faced fraud probe

A physical therapist charged with killing his wife, three children and dog in a home near Walt Disney World and leaving their bodies there for days was being investigated in Connecticut for health care fraud motivated by his need to pay off personal loans, according to court documents unsealed this week. Anthony Todt was being investigated for submitting fraudulent claims for physical therapy by the FBI and agents with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to an affidavit and criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday in federal court in Connecticut. According to agents, the allegations involved Todt and his Colchester, Connecticut-base clinics submitting claims to...

'Hazardous' travel ahead: Weekend winter storm to wallop Midwest and Northeast with snow and ice

A winter storm will dump snow and ice across a wide swath of the northern USA on Friday and into the weekend.

Panama: 7 killed, 14 tortured in exorcism terror rituals

Seven people were killed in a bizarre religious ritual in a jungle community in Panama, in which indigenous residents were rounded up by about 10 lay preachers and tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes to make them "repent their sins," authorities said Thursday. Police freed 14 members of the Ngabé Buglé indigenous group who had been tied up and beaten with wooden cudgels and Bibles. Local prosecutor Rafael Baloyes described a chilling scene found by investigators when they made their way through the jungle-clad hills to the remote Ngabé Buglé indigenous community near the Caribbean coast Tuesday.

#NeverWarren Was Trending on Twitter. Thank Her Supporters
#NeverWarren Was Trending on Twitter. Thank Her Supporters

(Bloomberg) -- An online feud between two of the top Democratic presidential candidates took an odd turn Wednesday morning when defenders of Senator Elizabeth Warren helped promote a hashtag ostensibly attacking her. It was an instructive moment in the mechanics of online political discourse as passions around the 2020 election season rise.The situation began Tuesday at the Democratic presidential debate. Some of the most dramatic moments of the night were exchanges between Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders, in the wake of reports that he had told Warren a woman could not be elected president, which she confirmed and he denied.After the debate, a video circulated appearing to show Warren...

This Harvard-educated, NASA-qualified, Navy SEAL gives his kids this simple advice every day
This Harvard-educated, NASA-qualified, Navy SEAL gives his kids this simple advice every day

"It wasn't as simple as, 'I want to do this because it's an accomplishment,'" Jonny Kim told Insider. "It's never been that shallow for me."

Police Reveal New Evidence in Gilgo Beach Serial Killer Murders
Police Reveal New Evidence in Gilgo Beach Serial Killer Murders

After nearly a decade of digging, New York authorities probing the murders of at least eight women whose remains were dumped along a deserted stretch of highway near Long Island's Gilgo Beach shared a single piece of evidence: a photo of a belt that may have belonged to the killer.That belt, embossed with the letters HM or WH, has been in police hands since the "initial stages of the investigation," according to Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart, who spoke at a much-hyped press conference in Yaphank Thursday.But even as she was peppered with questions about the belt and the timing of the photo's release, which came the same day that Netflix announced a film on the saga,...

Marine Le Pen to Run in 2022 French Presidential Election: Report

(Bloomberg) -- French far-right leader Marine Le Pen plans to make a third bid to become president in the 2022 election, Le Figaro newspaper reported on Thursday.The leader of the National Rally party and daughter of French far-right party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen told reporters she was getting ready for the campaign during an event in Nanterre, near Paris, on Thursday, Le Figaro said. Marine Le Pen's decision to stand again comes as mainstream parties across Europe have been challenged by populist leaders.Le Pen was defeated by French President Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the 2017 election, when she gathered about one-third of votes. The top two candidates in the first round...

Lebanon Bond-Swap Plan Sputters as Rating Firms Warn of Default
Lebanon Bond-Swap Plan Sputters as Rating Firms Warn of Default

(Bloomberg) -- Lebanon's plan to steer through its debt crisis by getting local investors to swap into longer-dated Eurobonds has come unstuck after rating companies warned they would consider it a "selective default," a person familiar with the matter said.The Finance Ministry sent a letter to the central bank Wednesday asking it to hold off on the deal, according to the person, who asked not be identified because the information isn't public. Based on their communication with the ministry, rating companies could declare Lebanon to be in breach of its obligations "because it is considered a distressed exchange," the person said.Given the threat to the sovereign rating, the ministry has...

United States urges Cambodia to open politician
United States urges Cambodia to open politician's treason trial to media

The United States urged a Cambodian court on Thursday to allow journalists to attend the treason trial of opposition party leader Kem Sokha, who is accused of plotting to overthrow longtime leader Hun Sen. Kem Sokha was arrested in 2017 and his party banned as the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen cracked down on opposition, civil society groups and the media in the run-up to 2018 parliament elections in which the ruling party won every seat. "We are aware that court officials have excluded media and civil society members from the proceedings, and we have urged the court to allow them in," Emily Zeeberg, a spokeswoman for the U.S. embassy told domestic broadcaster Voice of Democracy.

Mitch McConnell should recuse himself
Mitch McConnell should recuse himself

This afternoon, if all goes according to schedule, all 100 members of the United States Senate will take an oath to "do impartial justice" as jurors in the impeachment trial of President Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will be among those sworn in to judge the president's case.If he takes the oath seriously, McConnell's first act after that should be to recuse himself.McConnell won't do that, of course - he is the honey badger of American politics. But there can be no question that McConnell has no intention of approaching Trump's impeachment with impartiality. He has already passed judgment on the House of Representatives' case against the president -...

Norway Government Crisis Brews Over ISIS Prisoner Return
Norway Government Crisis Brews Over ISIS Prisoner Return

(Bloomberg) -- Norway's government risks splitting after a coalition partner threatened to pull its support over the repatriation of a woman who joined Islamic State in Syria.The anti-immigration Progress Party threatened to abandon the Conservative-led administration in the next few weeks if a number of demands aren't met. Such a move would deprive Prime Minister Erna Solberg of her majority in parliament, and possibly even topple the government."We've had enough," Finance Minister and Progress leader Siv Jensen told reporters on Wednesday evening, after meeting with lawmakers and party executives. "We will define some very clear demands to Prime Minister Erna Solberg and the...

Tom Steyer draws a medieval symbol on his hand in pen every day to remind himself to always tell the truth
Tom Steyer draws a medieval symbol on his hand in pen every day to remind himself to always tell the truth

Many viewers noticed Steyer sporting the unusual symbol - the Jerusalem Cross - during the Democratic debate Tuesday night in Des Moines, Iowa.

Iran says Europeans yielding to
Iran says Europeans yielding to 'high school bully' Trump in nuclear row

Iran's foreign minister said on Thursday three European states had succumbed to U.S. threats of new tariffs on their goods when they triggered a dispute mechanism in a nuclear pact, a step that could lead to the reimposition of United Nations sanctions. The pact, or JCPOA, was agreed in 2015 between Tehran and world powers. U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018 and imposed stringent U.S. sanctions on Iran, telling Tehran he wanted a new broader deal on nuclear and other issues.

Democratic impeachment managers will need some GOP help
Democratic impeachment managers will need some GOP help

The managers chosen to prosecute the impeachment case against President Donald Trump will make their case to all 100 senators. The House Democrats presenting the case at trial face the unique challenge of persuading a handful of senators to cross the aisle and join Democrats in demanding that the trial include documents and witnesses most Republicans would like to avoid. How that phase plays out could shape the depth of the stain of impeachment on Trump's legacy, but also the fortunes of many of the senators who will be on the ballot in November along with the president.

Secret mission saves Australia
Secret mission saves Australia's 'dinosaur trees' from bushfires

A secret operation by specialist firefighters has saved the world's last stand of Wollemi Pines, a pre-historic species known as "dinosaur trees", from Australia's unprecedented bushfires, officials said. Fewer than 200 of the trees exist in the wild, hidden in a gorge in the World Heritage Blue Mountains northwest of Sydney, which have been hit by one of the biggest bushfires that have been ravaging much of Australia for months. With flames approaching the area late last year, firefighters deployed air tankers to drop fire retardant in a protective ring around the trees while specialist firefighters were winched down into the gorge to set up an irrigation system to provide moisture for...

Virginia governor bans guns from State Capitol ahead of pro-gun rally
Virginia governor bans guns from State Capitol ahead of pro-gun rally

A lobby day against stricter gun laws is expected to attract thousands of people, including members of anti-government groupsThe Virginia Governor on Wednesday said he was temporarily banning all guns and weapons from the area around the Capitol in Richmond ahead of a major gun rights demonstration set for next week.Ralph Northam, who is leading the push for stronger gun laws in his state, said he wants to avoid a repeat of violence that erupted at a 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, when a march by white nationalists erupted into violence and led to the death of a counter-protester.Northam said on Twitter he had received credible intelligence from law enforcement agencies...

AOC is sounding the alarm about the rise of facial recognition:
AOC is sounding the alarm about the rise of facial recognition: 'This is some real-life "Black Mirror" stuff'

When facial recognition is implemented, the software makes it easy for corporations or governments to identify people and track their movements.

AP Exclusive: Justice changing how inmate risk is assessed
AP Exclusive: Justice changing how inmate risk is assessed

The Justice Department is changing the system it uses to assess whether an inmate is likely to commit crimes after being released from prison, aiming to ensure the process is fairer and more effective. The federal Bureau of Prisons has already assessed nearly all the 175,269 inmates in federal custody to identify programs they may need to help reduce the risk of recidivism.

75 years ago, US troops began the main battle of the long, bloody fight to kick the Japanese out of the Philippines
75 years ago, US troops began the main battle of the long, bloody fight to kick the Japanese out of the Philippines

US troops invaded Luzon, the largest island of the Philippines, on January 9, 1945, where fighting lasted until the Japanese surrender in August 1945.

AOC-Linked Dark Money Goes After Biden and Buttigieg
AOC-Linked Dark Money Goes After Biden and Buttigieg

Wait, isn't she against that...

Researchers Discover Five New Exoplanets in Our Cosmic Backyard
Researchers Discover Five New Exoplanets in Our Cosmic Backyard

Meet 'Cold Neptune,' a newly discovered exoplanet that redefines the word 'cold.'


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