Turkey: 27 killed in blast near Syrian border

At least 27 people were killed and nearly 100 hospitalized in an explosion Monday in the Turkish town of Suruc on the Syrian border, Turkey’s Interior Ministry reported. “The death toll is feared to rise,” the Turkish news agency Anadolu reported, calling the blast a “terror attack that targeted our country’s unity and integrity”. Anadolu said almost 100 people were under treatment at Suruc and Sanliurfa state … Continue reading Turkey: 27 killed in blast near Syrian border

Mumbai rains live: City braces for high tide

Mumbai is once again bracing to tackle heavy rains which has resulted in cancellation of local train services leaving thousands of commuters stranded. Sources say that high tide is expected to hit the city by afternoon. In the early hours, thousands of commuters leaving for offices were caught unaware on reaching the suburban railway stations as trains were being cancelled due to water-logging of tracks … Continue reading Mumbai rains live: City braces for high tide

8 arrested over Malaysian vessel hijack

KUALA LUMPUR: Eight suspects involved in the hijack of oil tanker Orkim Harmony have been arrested, Malaysian officials said on Friday (Jun 19). The 7,300 tonne Orkim Harmony, carrying about 50,000 barrels of RON95 petrol, was hijacked on Jun 11 off the Malaysian coast by pirates. The suspected pirates were arrested in Tho Chu island near Vietnamese waters. They are under the custody of Vietnamese … Continue reading 8 arrested over Malaysian vessel hijack

South Korea seals off two MERS hospitals; worst may be over

SEOUL: South Korea has sealed off two hospitals that treated people with a deadly respiratory disease, officials said, even as the outbreak that has been spreading through health facilities could have peaked, with just four new cases on Friday. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has infected 126 people in South Korea and killed 11 since it was first diagnosed just over three weeks ago in a … Continue reading South Korea seals off two MERS hospitals; worst may be over

A suicide bomb has been detonated in the Egyptian city of Luxor

A suicide bomb has been detonated in the Egyptian city of Luxor near the ancient Karnak temple, police said. Two assailants were killed, Egyptian media reports say. It was not immediately clear whether anyone else had been hurt. The Karnak temple is among Egypt’s most popular tourist attractions. Continue reading A suicide bomb has been detonated in the Egyptian city of Luxor

Aung San Suu Kyi leaves for her first visit to China

YANGON, June 10 — Leader of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi left here on Wednesday for her first visit to China aimed at enhancing mutual understanding and promoting cooperation and friendly relations between the two neighbors. Suu Kyi, chairperson of the NLD, will be in China for five days until the weekend, said the International Department of the Communist Party … Continue reading Aung San Suu Kyi leaves for her first visit to China

US, allies conduct 23 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq, Syria

WASHINGTON: US and allied forces conducted 14 air strikes in Iraq and nine in Syria against Islamic State militants during a 24-hour period ending on Tuesday morning (Jun 9), the US military said. The strikes in Iraq hit near Mosul, Tal Afar, Baiji, Kirkuk and Makhmur, destroying buildings, fighting positions, vehicles, and a rocket system belonging to the militant group, the Combined Joint Task Force … Continue reading US, allies conduct 23 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq, Syria

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission to enter 15-day ‘blackout’ phase from today

Starting from today till June 22, the sun will block Mars from the earth snapping communication with the satellite. Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) during this period will go into an “autonomous mode” and will take its decisions, a senior Indian Space Research Organisation official told PTI. “This will be for the first time that there will be a communication break for such a long period … Continue reading India’s Mars Orbiter Mission to enter 15-day ‘blackout’ phase from today

Coast guard rescues Mediterranean migrants

A Swedish ship rescued some 250 migrants in the Mediterranean after they called for assistance late Saturday off the coast of Libya. The Coast Guard ship Poseidon arrived at the scene at 11 a.m. Sunday and took aboard 262 migrants who were traveling in a wooden boat. The ship’s captain Joakim Håkansson told news agency TT that the 20-meter open deck boat had people from Eritrea, Somalia and Syria inside. … Continue reading Coast guard rescues Mediterranean migrants

NASA’s Hubble Finds Pluto’s Moons Tumbling in Absolute Chaos

If you lived on one of Pluto’s moons, you might have a hard time determining when, or from which direction, the sun will rise each day. Comprehensive analysis of data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope shows that two of Pluto’s moons, Nix and Hydra, wobble unpredictably. “Hubble has provided a new view of Pluto and its moons revealing a cosmic dance with a chaotic rhythm,” … Continue reading NASA’s Hubble Finds Pluto’s Moons Tumbling in Absolute Chaos

VIDEO: Auckland – City of Sails

Welcome to Auckland. The native Māori people named the area Tāmaki Makaurau, meaning “desired by a hundred men”. The attraction is still there today, because Auckland is now the most populous city in New Zealand. In the City of Sails you are always surrounded by water, as becomes clear when you stand on the top of the top of Mount Eden. A nice inner-city beach … Continue reading VIDEO: Auckland – City of Sails

Brain’s reaction to certain words could replace passwords

You might not need to remember those complicated e-mail and bank account passwords for much longer. According to a new study, the way your brain responds to certain words could be used to replace passwords. In “Brainprint,” a newly published study in academic journal Neurocomputing, researchers from Binghamton University observed the brain signals of 45 volunteers as they read a list of 75 acronyms, such … Continue reading Brain’s reaction to certain words could replace passwords

VIDEO: “The effects of climate change are being felt all over the planet, but not equally”

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity today. The effects of climate change are being felt all over the planet, but not equally. In Africa, millions already feel the consequences of global warming. Yet millions more have never reaped the benefits that citizens in countries with high carbon economies have long taken for granted. Climate justice demands that the world seizes the climate moment. … Continue reading VIDEO: “The effects of climate change are being felt all over the planet, but not equally”

Singapore importers told to suspend sales of Maggi noodles from India

SINGAPORE: The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said on Thursday (Jun 4) it has told importers to temporarily withhold sales of Maggi brand instant noodles produced in India. This followed India’s move to ban their sale for 15 days after high levels of lead were found in batches tested in New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh state. But some shop owners in Little India … Continue reading Singapore importers told to suspend sales of Maggi noodles from India

Australia singled out as a climate change ‘free-rider’

Australia has become a climate change “free-rider”, dropping off the list of nations taking “credible” action to curb greenhouse gas emissions, according to a panel led by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. In the Africa Progress Panel’s 2015 report, Australia is named along with Canada, Japan and Russia as appearing “to have withdrawn from the community of nations seeking to tackle dangerous climate change”. … Continue reading Australia singled out as a climate change ‘free-rider’

Hundreds could face deportation under proposed terror laws: Peter Dutton

Potentially hundreds of Australians could be stripped of their citizenship and then deported, without recourse to the courts as to the merits of their defence, once the Australian Parliament passes tough new counter-terrorism laws with the support of the opposition. On the same day that the opposition confirmed it backed extending citizenship cancellation to terrorist fighters, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton revealed security agencies were combing through the case files of Australian … Continue reading Hundreds could face deportation under proposed terror laws: Peter Dutton

Rescuers turn over capsized ship, hopes fade for survivors

Top-deck cabins poked out of the water from a capsized river cruise ship on the Yangtze on Friday after disaster teams righted the vessel to quicken the search for more than 340 victims still missing. The ship has been turned 180 degrees and rests on its bottom now. Most parts of the hull is still in water. Rescuers will subsequently drain water from the ship … Continue reading Rescuers turn over capsized ship, hopes fade for survivors

“Extinct” Amphibians Rediscovered After Nearly Half a Century

It had been 50 years since anyone laid eyes on the Malatgan River caecilian, a legless amphibian native to the island province of Palawan in the Philippines. Scientists feared the species, whose written record was lost in a museum destroyed during the Battle of Manila in World War II, was gone forever. That is, until a team of scientists saw something slithering through the dirt … Continue reading “Extinct” Amphibians Rediscovered After Nearly Half a Century

Colorado River Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park

Living in Fort Collins, when we hike in Rocky Mountain National Park, we typically hit up trails on the eastern side of the park. With Trail Ridge Road opening this past weekend, we decided to check out the Colorado River Trail on the Grand Lake side of the park.  As much as we love the snow and winter activities, we’ve been itching for some of … Continue reading Colorado River Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park

SanDisk Squeezes 128GB of Storage Into a Dime-Sized Drive

SANDISK HAS FOUND a way to squeeze 128GB of flash storage into an external drive that’s smaller than our smallest coin. Forget the thumb drive; this is a thumbnail drive. The SanDisk Ultra Fit isn’t a new form factor; it debuted last fall in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB varieties. But 128GB in a pebble-sized drive represents a significant capacity-to-size breakthrough. That is, after all, the … Continue reading SanDisk Squeezes 128GB of Storage Into a Dime-Sized Drive

Russian Jets Buzz U.S. Navy Destroyer in Black Sea

Two Russian Sukhoi Su-24 supersonic fighter/attack jets buzzed the American Navy destroyer USS Ross while operating in the Black Sea on Saturday. And that’s about the end of where the two countries agree on what happened during the incident. The Pentagon vehemently denies reports from Russian state news that the Ross was heading for Russian territorial waters and was “forced away” by the Russian fighters. … Continue reading Russian Jets Buzz U.S. Navy Destroyer in Black Sea

The second Ubuntu phone is coming out this month

Canonical, the creator of the Ubuntu operating system, took a long two years to get its first smartphone to market after first detailing its plans in 2013. Its next phone won’t take anywhere near that long. Canonical today announced that the second Ubuntu phone — the Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition — is coming in mid-June, only four months after the Aquaris E4.5 UE saw release. Like its … Continue reading The second Ubuntu phone is coming out this month

Melinda Gates: Women and Public Health

For ages upon ages, women throughout the world have had to cede their decisions — about how many children to have, about where the household income goes — to their husbands. And while that’s changed over the past century in developing countries, hundreds of millions of women in poor, rural areas throughout the world are still very much under their husbands’ thumbs. via Melinda Gates: … Continue reading Melinda Gates: Women and Public Health

Almond Cakes – Pastas de Almendra

The cake and pastries made in Spanish convents are famous for their delicacy, the result of careful preparation and traditional methods. Many of the recipes, a legacy of the Arab presence in Spain, wisely combine almonds with honey and eggs and were brought to the convents by nuns who had learned them in their homes. It is in the provinces of Seville and Granada that … Continue reading Almond Cakes – Pastas de Almendra

Australia to join US in keeping watch over Chinese artificial islands

The Australian government is reportedly considering conducting reconnaissance flights over China’s “artificial islands” as international tensions mount over the Asian nation’s land reclamation project. The Abbott government is likely to deploy a P-3 maritime reconnaissance aircraft to survey one of China’s new artificial islands in the South China Sea, The Australian has reported. The RAAF plane will reportedly fly out of a Malaysian air base … Continue reading Australia to join US in keeping watch over Chinese artificial islands

Pacific solar flight aborted due to weather

Bad weather between Japan and Hawaii has forced the solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 to abort its flight and return to Nagoya. The plane set off from China on Saturday but had been in a holding pattern off Japan’s east coast while flight controllers analysed weather data along its planned route to Hawaii. “Unfortunately the current weather window to reach Hawaii has closed,” the team said … Continue reading Pacific solar flight aborted due to weather

92 year old cancer survivor breaks “Oldest Marathon Runner” World Record!

92 years and 65 days old Harriette Thompson of Charlotte, North Carolina, completed Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ roll Marathon in San Diego in a little more than 7 hours and 24 minutes. Organizer’s spokesman Dan Cruz confirmed that the grand old dame of long-distance running looked strong while jogging past the finishing line. What’s more, she sported a beaming smile for the eager (and visibly bewildered) audience and … Continue reading 92 year old cancer survivor breaks “Oldest Marathon Runner” World Record!

680 people in isolation in South Korea after virus outbreak

More than 680 people in South Korea have been placed in isolation after coming into contact with those infected with a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East. The health ministry said three more people in South Korea have tested positive for Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers), bringing to 17 the total number infected with the disease in the country. Ministry … Continue reading 680 people in isolation in South Korea after virus outbreak

Kale Caesar Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing Recipe

Everyone loves a good caesar salad. It’s all about the garlic, the parmesan, the crisp romaine lettuce, and crunchy garlicky croutons, right? Well, try adding some fresh kale leaves to your caesar next time! You don’t have to replace all the romaine with kale. In fact, an equal amount of each is just right in our opinion. You get the green goodness that is kale along … Continue reading Kale Caesar Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing Recipe

The Best Summer Music Festivals in Europe

The summer season is kicking into high gear for much of the world, and that means sunshine, exposed toes, and the blissful sound of live music washing over open-air crowds. If you’re hoping to follow your ears to your next vacation destination, but haven’t yet found a festival that calls your name, we’ve got a list of some of our favorites to help you plan your escape. via The … Continue reading The Best Summer Music Festivals in Europe

Madrid desde el aire: Madrid, la ciudad entre ciudades

Madrid no se entiende sin las otras ciudades que la rodean. El Arco del Triunfo de Moncloa, el Templo de Debod, el edificio España y la Torre de Madrid, en la Plaza de España, son algunos de los emblemas que flanquean las entradas de la capital. Gran Vía y Alcalá vertebran el centro de la ciudad, y algunos de sus edificios y fachadas no dejan … Continue reading Madrid desde el aire: Madrid, la ciudad entre ciudades

Upadated – 7.8 earthquake strikes near Ogasawara islands

  Updated TOKYO — An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck near the Ogasawara islands at 8:24 p.m. Saturday. The Japan Meteorological Agency said there was no danger of a tsunami. The strong quake shook buildings in Tokyo for about a minute. The epicenter of the quake was 590 kilometers deep near the Ogasawaras which are 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo. The quake had an intensity … Continue reading Upadated – 7.8 earthquake strikes near Ogasawara islands

Beijing’s About to Roll Out Its Harshest Smoking Ban Ever

Smoking will be banned everywhere from the Great Wall to Beijing’s bars starting June 1. But will it work this time around? China has long been one of the most smoker-friendly countries in the world, with few restrictions and virtually no taboos when it comes to lighting up. Go into most restaurants in China, and expect to be engulfed in a choking cloud of tobacco smoke. The bars, … Continue reading Beijing’s About to Roll Out Its Harshest Smoking Ban Ever

The Great Barrier Reef: Not in danger, according to UNESCO.

Switzerland: World heritage experts have decided not to officially list the Great Barrier Reef as being “in danger”, but warned Australia it still has more to do to stop continuing damage to this natural wonder. UNESCO’s world heritage body, based in Paris, commissioned an expert report on the threats to the reef, including climate change, pollution run-off from the mainland and continuing coastal development. via UNESCO … Continue reading The Great Barrier Reef: Not in danger, according to UNESCO.

Latest on flooding: Homes ordered evacuated in Texas city

The mayor of a city about 60 miles southwest of Houston has ordered the evacuation of about 300 flood-threatened homes near the Colorado River. Paula Favors, a spokeswoman for the city of Wharton, says the mayor ordered those homes evacuated by 5:30 p.m. Friday. She says many residents had already left when the evacuation was voluntary. The river is expected to crest in the area … Continue reading Latest on flooding: Homes ordered evacuated in Texas city

U.K. wants to force Internet companies to decrypt messages

Google, Apple and Facebook will be required to hand over encrypted messages from suspects, The Telegraph says, via a new Investigatory Powers Bill. Under the proposed new law, intelligence agencies including MI5, MI6 and GCHQ will be able to obtain a warrant from the Home Secretary that will force an Internet company to “break down its encryption protection” for a suspect’s communication. The publication says that … Continue reading U.K. wants to force Internet companies to decrypt messages

Japanese Volcano Mount Shindake Erupts On Kuchinoerabu Island

TOKYO (AP) — A volcano erupted on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, and authorities ordered residents to evacuate the island. Mount Shindake erupted about 10 a.m. (0100 GMT) in spectacular fashion, spewing towering black-gray clouds into the sky. No injuries had been reported, although the Japan Meteorological Agency reported that pyroclastic flows from the volcano had reached the shore to the northwest. … Continue reading Japanese Volcano Mount Shindake Erupts On Kuchinoerabu Island

Nebraska Bans Death Penalty, Defying a Veto.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska on Wednesday became the first conservative state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty, with lawmakers defying their Republican governor, Pete Ricketts, a staunch supporter of capital punishment who had lobbied vigorously against banning it. After more than two hours of emotional speeches at the Capitol here, the Legislature, by a 30-to-19 vote that cut across party lines, … Continue reading Nebraska Bans Death Penalty, Defying a Veto.

Scientists Link Dolphin Deaths to BP Oil Spill

It appears no amount of cleaning can fix the long-term effects of oil contamination in fragile coastal habitats. While officials in Santa Barbara, California continue efforts to clean up from last week’s oil spill, scientists say they can now definitively link the deaths of an unprecedented number of bottlenose dolphins to the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010—the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. … Continue reading Scientists Link Dolphin Deaths to BP Oil Spill

US, Thailand begin search flights for stranded Rohingya migrants

Thailand and the United States have begun military surveillance flights in a race against time to locate stranded Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded on rickety boats in the Andaman Sean and the Bay of Bengal. U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said Tuesday that U.S. Navy P8 aircraft flew over the weekend with Malaysian support. More than 3,500 migrants have already landed in Indonesia, Malaysia … Continue reading US, Thailand begin search flights for stranded Rohingya migrants

Las Vias Verdes. Turismo en España.

Recorrer las Vías Verdes, antiguas líneas de ferrocarril recuperadas para caminantes y ciclistas, es una forma diferente, divertida y ecológica de conocer nuestro país, su cultura y sus paisajes. Una alternativa abierta a públicos de todas las edades, respetuosa con el medio ambiente y en la que se combinan deporte y aire libre. ¿Quieres conocerlas? El tren dejó de pasar para siempre por vías que, … Continue reading Las Vias Verdes. Turismo en España.

The Great American West

If you look at a map of the United States, you’ll often find that the most interesting natural features fall along state borders. On a trip last month, we visited some of the most telling examples of this phenomenon…starting with one of the centerpieces of the National Park System. Yellowstone National Park straddles the Wyoming-Montana-Idaho border, though most of its 3,400 square miles lie in … Continue reading The Great American West