France's president promised funding Wednesday for the UN's IPCC climate science panel, which faces a budget shortfall as it prepares to bring out a major report next year on the planetary perils of global warming. Europe must cover America's share of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's budget, Emmanuel Macron said at UN climate talks in Bonn, adding that France would "meet that challenge". A collaboration of thousands of experts worldwide, the IPCC issues reports every few years to synthesise and update the prevailing science about global warming caused by atmosphere-fouling emissions from burning fossil fuels.
When troops placed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe under house arrest Wednesday in what appeared to be a military coup, it wasn’t just the possible unseating of the country’s long-time president. It was the political unraveling of a man who had, in many ways, often seemed to be Zimbabwe personified – in both its brightest days and its most troubled. By the time tanks rolled into Harare the day before, Mr. Mugabe had presided over nearly four tumultuous decades of Zimbabwean history.
When some of Roy Moore’s defenders seemed to justify the idea of older Christian men dating teenage girls, a number of conservative Evangelical Christians, like a number of Americans, were both outraged and appalled. One of Mr. Moore's defenders compared a grown man dating a teen as akin to the biblical Mary and Joseph. While their ages are not given in the Bible, in some evangelical circles they are believed to be an adult male carpenter and young teenage girl.
Archaeologists discovered a box in Jingchuan County, China, which, according to its inscription, contained the cremated remains of the Buddha. More than 260 Buddhist statues were found along with the remains, some more than 6-and-a-half feet tall. Archaeologists date the statues to the Northern Wei dynasty (386 A.D. to 534 A.D.) and the Song dynasty (960 A.D. to 1279 A.D.), when the county was a major trading hub on the Silk Road.
By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co and U.S. farm groups sued California on Wednesday to stop the state from requiring cancer warnings on products containing the widely used weed killer glyphosate, which the company sells to farmers to apply to its genetically engineered crops. The government of the most populous U.S. state added glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, to its list of cancer-causing chemicals in July and will require that products containing glyphosate carry warnings by July 2018.
The House Foreign Affairs committee adopted a resolution urging nine Asian countries to outlaw the use of dogs and cats for meat. The measure points out that many animals in the trade are stolen pets and also contends that mainstream culinary practice in Asia doesn’t include such meat.
When he was elected the first leader of a newly democratic Zimbabwe in 1980, Robert Mugabe sought reconciliation with the country’s former rulers, the white minority. It was a recognition of the need for rule by equality and merit over rule by race and heritage. After 37 years in power, however, Mr. Mugabe forgot that guiding principle of modern governance.
The Grooming Project is the principal initiative of Empowering the Parent to Empower the Child – a nonprofit in Kansas City, Mo., that’s dedicated to helping families exit the poverty cycle and become self-reliant. Behind it all is Natasha Kirsch, EPEC’s founder and executive director. Given the many issues facing such individuals, Ms. Kirsch emphasizes much more than just grooming in The Grooming Project.
Mussolini busts, Mussolini keyrings, statues of “Il Duce” on a rearing stallion, and Mussolini propaganda posters. The bizarre objects are crammed into a shop on the main street of Predappio, a town in northern Italy where Benito Mussolini was born in 1883. In the past few decades it has become a place of pilgrimage for Italy’s unrepentant neo-Fascists: unabashed admirers of a man who led Italy into disastrous colonial adventures and an alliance with Adolf Hitler which brought Italy to its knees.
On November 12, the Space Kingdom of Asgardia, which bills itself as a "virtual nation" launched its very first satellite, which is about as large as a loaf of bread and will orbit Earth for somewhere between six months and five years, then die a fiery death by re-entering the planet's atmosphere. Asgardia was founded last autumn in a Paris hotel room by Igor Ashurbeyli, a Russian scientist and entrepreneur, who wants to peacefully establish a space nation that he could consider more unified and egalitarian than anywhere on Earth.
South Korean authorities took the unprecedented step of postponing nationwide college entrance exams after a rare 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit the southeast on Wednesday, sparking alarm in a country that seldom experiences significant tremors. The quake, the second most powerful recorded in South Korea, struck at a depth of nine kilometres (six miles) near the industrial city of Pohang at around 2:30 pm (0530 GMT), the Korea Meteorological Administration said. Seven people were injured, Seoul's public administration ministry said, but they warned that number could rise because the quake was shallow.
Hours after a shooting spree in Northern California left five people dead, President Trump tweeted his condolences — about the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, that occurred nine days earlier.
Animal rights activists gather in front of the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles to protest China’s dog meat trade and Yulin Dog Meat Festival on June 9, 2017. According to activists with Last Chance for Animals, thousands of dogs are beaten, boiled and burned alive during the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Citing the “abhorrent” mass slaughter of millions of dogs and cats for their meat each year, including stolen pets, a key House of Representatives committee on Wednesday adopted a resolution urging nine Asian countries to outlaw the practice.
BONN, Germany (AP) — World leaders arrived at global climate talks in Germany on Wednesday to give the negotiations a boost going into the final stretch, as campaigners called for a strong signal from rich countries on curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
President Trump tweeted on Tuesday a graphic with the results of a daily tracking poll that shows 46 percent of Americans approve of his job performance. But the same poll, conducted by Rasmussen Reports, shows 53 percent disapprove.
Donald Trump's eventful 12-day trip around Asia has come to an end, but not without sparking some controversy. The
Associated Press reported that while at a state dinner in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Nov. 11, Trump was slurping on shark fin soup — a culinary delicacy that requires shark finning, or the brutally violent process of killing sharks, to make. SEE ALSO: 6-year-old Arabella is still Trump's greatest diplomat in China Though the dish is popular in China, the meal is causing outrage among animal rights and environmental activists who oppose shark finning, which involves catching sharks, slicing off their fins, and tossing them back into the water to die. Around 70 million sharks are killed for soup each year using the method, which has the potential to drive sharks to extinction, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). It's currently being debated by congress. During his trip to Vietnam Trump dined on shark fin soup. The man has no soul. — Touré (@Toure) November 14, 2017 Trump ate #shark fin soup in Vietnam. Extinction in a bowl, on Trump's plate. https://t.co/ve3pnUWMfY — John R Platt (@johnrplatt) November 13, 2017 Trump being served shark fin soup tonight in Hanoi. Embarrassing that the White House let that happen. — Harriet Alexander (@h_alexander) November 11, 2017 Earlier this month, Lora Snyder of Oceana, a non-profit organization committed to ocean conservation, reportedly told House members, "The demand for these fins fuels shark finning, the act of slicing the fins off a shark and dumping its body back at sea where it will drown, bleed to death or be eaten alive by other fish," according to
E&E News. And Mission Blue — renowned marine biologist Sylvia Earle’s organization that works to protect the oceans and sea creatures, like sharks, that live there — has also argued against the shark fin trade. In an article on Mission Blue's website, Mariah Pfleger — a marine scientist at Oceana — wrote the demand for the fins is a "major contributor to shark mortality" and feels it should be banned. "According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, the United States is still importing fins from places like Hong Kong, China, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and Indonesia, to name a few," Pfleger wrote. Though pool reports show Trump appeared to make no comment on the soup, perhaps some sort of warning should have gone off in his head — seeing as how his own country is actively making an effort to completely remove itself from the shark fin trade. In 2010, Congress passed the Shark Conservation Act (SCA), making it illegal to fin a shark at sea in the United States. And since then, several states and territories, including California, Hawaii, and New York, have individually banned the possession, sale, and distribution of shark fins. Not to mention the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act was introduced to the Senate and House of Representatives in March. If passed the bill would make it illegal to participate in the shark fin trade in the United States. While the soup Trump consumed did contain shark fin, it also included several other types of seafood, as confirmed by the
Associated Press report: No word on whether Trump squeezed ketchup in his soup or asked for his shark fin to be well done. WATCH: This portable filter could put an end to discarded plastic bottles
From a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard to a 22-year-old ex-“social justice warrior,” each described a combination of factors that — despite their varying ages and diverse upbringings — led all four of them on the path to white nationalism.