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  • chief Jul 22, 2019

    International Atomic Energy Agency Chief Yukiya Amano Who Oversaw Iran Treaty Dies at 72

    Yukiya Amano, the Japanese diplomat who led the International Atomic Energy Agency for a decade and was extensively involved in negotiations over Iran’s controversial nuclear program, has died at 72, the agency announced Monday. Amano, who had wide experience in disarmament, non-proliferation diplomacy and nuclear energy, had been chief of the key U.N. agency that regulates nuclear issues worldwide since...

  • United States Jun 20, 2019

    UN Health Agency to Remove Controversial Opioid Guidelines

    The World Health Organization notified U.S. lawmakers Wednesday that it will discontinue two publications on prescribing opioid painkillers in response to allegations that the pharmaceutical industry influenced the reports. The pledge to remove the guidelines comes a month after U.S. Reps. Katherine Clark and Hal Rogers accused the WHO of being influenced by Purdue Pharma, the American manufacturer of the...

  • Paris May 6, 2019

    1 Million Species Face Threat of Extinction Because of Humans, United Nations Report Says

    Top scientists will tell the world Monday how bad off Mother Nature is. The United Nations plans to issue its first comprehensive scientific report on biodiversity, looking hard at the threat of extinction for Earth’s plant and animal species and what it means for humanity. Report Chairman Robert Watson said last month that there are five major threats to biodiversity:...

  • energy Mar 16, 2019

    Tokyo's Olympics May Become Known As the ‘Robot Games'

    Tokyo’s Olympics may become known as the “Robot Games.” Organizers on Friday showed off robots that will be used at the new National Stadium to provide assistance for fans using wheelchairs. Tokyo Olympic official Masaaki Komiya pointed out that Japan is known for its robot technology, and the 2020 Summer Games are a good place to show off.

  • head Feb 22, 2019

    Deadly Bangladesh Fire Shows Lapses in Safety

    A fire in Bangladesh that killed at least 67 people in the oldest part of the capital shows the lapses in public safety that still plague the South Asian country despite its rapid economic growth. While the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina touts the garment factories and gleaming office towers in Dhaka’s north side as signs of progress, illegal...

  • head Feb 21, 2019

    Blaze in Bangladesh's Capital Kills Dozens

    A devastating fire raced through buildings in an old part of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, and killed at dozens of people, officials and witnesses said Thursday.

  • flash Jan 4, 2019

    Tropical Storm's Rain, Surging Seas Strike Thai Beaches

    Rain, winds and surging seawater buffeted coastal villages and world-famous tourist resorts Friday, as Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall on southern Thailand’s east coast. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 70 kph (42 mph), hit the shore of Nakhon Si Thammarat province Friday afternoon and was roaring westward at 20 kph (12 mph), said Phuwieng Prakhammintara, director-general of the...

  • DONALD TRUMP Jan 1, 2019

    US and Israel Exit UN Cultural Agency, Claiming Bias

    The United States and Israel officially quit of the U.N.’s educational, scientific and cultural agency at the stroke of midnight, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago amid concerns that the organization fosters anti-Israel bias. The withdrawal is mainly procedural yet serves a new blow to UNESCO, co-founded by the U.S. after World War II to...

  • Germany Dec 13, 2018

    UK Leader Seeks EU Lifeline After Surviving Confidence Vote

    British Prime Minister Theresa May was seeking a lifeline from European Union leaders Thursday after winning a no-confidence vote among her own Conservative lawmakers — but only after putting a time limit on her leadership. May won the vote after promising lawmakers at a private meeting that she would quit before Britain’s next national election, scheduled for 2022. Arriving in...

  • Associated Press Nov 13, 2018

    Israel-Palestine Fighting Escalates

    A new wave of fighting erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the Gaza strip on Sunday, continuing through to Tuesday and leaving at least seven Palestinians and one Israeli dead. NBC’s Sarah Harman reports from London.

  • King Oct 26, 2018

    Death Toll in Jordan Flood Rises to 21, Mostly Children

    The death toll from flash floods near Jordan’s shore of the Dead Sea rose to 21 on Friday, in what Civil Defense officials said was one of the deadliest incidents in the kingdom involving schoolchildren. The search for survivors continued after daybreak, with helicopters and teams with sniffer dogs scouring the rocky slopes near the Dead Sea in the Jordan...

  • President Oct 20, 2018

    Europe, Japan Send Spacecraft on 7-Year Long Journey to Mercury

    European and Japanese space agencies said an Ariane 5 rocket successfully lifted a spacecraft carrying two probes into orbit Saturday for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun. The European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said the unmanned BepiColombo spacecraft successfully separated and was sent into orbit from French Guiana as planned to...

  • DONALD TRUMP Sep 11, 2018

    More Worldwide Going Hungry as Climate Change Hits Crops: UN

    The number of hungry people in the world is growing again, in large part due to climate change that is wreaking havoc on crop production in much of the developing world, the United Nations said Tuesday Major U.N. agencies said in an annual report Tuesday that the number of hungry people facing chronic food deprivation increased to 821 million in...

  • official Jul 11, 2018

    Daring Thai Cave Rescue Ends With All 12 Boys, Coach Saved

    “Everyone is safe.” With those three words posted on Facebook the daring rescue mission to extricate 12 boys and their soccer coach from the treacherous confines of a flooded cave in Thailand was complete — a grueling 18-day ordeal that claimed the life of an experienced diver and riveted people worldwide. Thailand’s Navy SEALs, who were central to the rescue...

  • Facebook Jul 10, 2018

    Rescuers Free All 12 Boys Trapped in Thai Cave

    The remaining four boys trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand were rescued by a team of divers along with their soccer coach Tuesday.

  • The Associated Press Jun 29, 2018

    Actress Ashley Judd Brings Spirit of #MeToo to South Sudan

    In her first visit to civil war-torn South Sudan, actress Ashley Judd had a message for survivors of sexual assault in a country where rape is a widespread weapon. “I see you, I love you and I’m here for you,” she said in an interview with The Associated Press.

  • United Kingdom Jun 1, 2018

    UN Health Agency Backs Away From Call to Tax Sugary Drinks

    An independent World Health Organization panel is backing away from the U.N. health agency’s own call two years ago to tax sugary drinks, in a new report on diseases like cancer, obesity and diabetes that some experts slammed as being “conspicuously limp.” International health experts said the decision was especially baffling, given the rising obesity crisis worldwide and WHO’s own...

  • President May 28, 2018

    Assad May Have Withheld Some of His Chemical Arsenal: Watchdog

    The head of the world’s chemical weapon watchdog is questioning whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has declared his entire chemical arsenal, NBC News reported. Ahmet Uzumcu, the director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) pointed out that attacks involving chlorine barrel bombs and the nerve agent sarin have continued despite a landmark agreement that won...

  • Danielle Abreu May 18, 2018

    ‘Major, Major Game-Changer': Ebola Spreads to Big Congo City

    Congo’s Ebola outbreak has spread to a crossroads city of more than 1 million people in a troubling turn that marks the first time the vast, impoverished country has encountered the lethal virus in an urban area. “This is a major, major game-changer in the outbreak,” Dr. Peter Salama, the World Health Organization’s deputy director-general of emergency preparedness and response,...

  • San Diego Apr 25, 2018

    County Urged to Declare Border Sewage Spills a State of Emergency

    A group of concerned San Diegans urged the county Wednesday to declare a state of emergency in the South Bay because of constant sewage seepage into county waters.

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