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Germany makes big leap towards clean energy

German chancellor Angela Merkel prepares to press the start bottom next to the head of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics Sibylle Guenter, left, and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania governor, Erwin Sellering, right at the Wendelstein 7-X' nuclear fusion research center at the Max-Planck-Institut for Plasma Physics in Greifswald, Germany Wednesday Feb. 3, 2016. (Bernd Wuestneck/AP)

Scientists in Germany switch on nuclear fusion experiment Germany is getting closer to nuclear fusion — the long-held dream of unlimited clean energy which has the potential for unlimited amounts of clean power. There are a number of challenges to harnessing this power — researchers need to build a device that can heat atoms to temperatures of more than 100 million ... Read More »

WHO declares global emergency on Zika Virus

Workers in hazmat suits in Rio de Janiero.

The World Health Organization declared (WHO) the Zika virus and its suspected link to birth defects an international public health emergency on Monday. An outbreak of the Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, was detected in Brazil last May and has since moved into more than 20 countries in Latin America. Dr. Margaret Chan, the director general of the W.H.O, said that clusters ... Read More »

At least 30 dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkey

At least 30 dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkey

Several babies and children drowned on Saturday when a boat struck rocks and capsized en route to the Greek island ANKARA (Turkey) – At least 30 people, including five children, drowned off Turkey’s western coast Saturday, Their boat was heading for Lesbos, one of the main Greek islands located just a few kilometers off Turkey’s Aegean coastline. Among the casualties ... Read More »

West fails refugees, curtails human rights over fear of terrorism: Report

Refugees

Western governments fearful of terror attacks and the potential threat posed by refugees are shortchanging human rights and adopting counterproductive policies in the name of security, Human Rights Watch said in its latest world report European governments have allowed widespread fears about migration and terrorism to erode their commitment to civil rights and liberal ideals, according to a new report ... Read More »

US East Coast struggles to return to normal after epic blizzard kills 25

A woman walks along a street in Philadelphia that is lined on both sides by vehicles encrusted in thick layers of snow Saturday after a blizzard, with hurricane-force winds, brought much of the US East Coast to a standstill, dumping as much as three feet of snow, and stranding tens of thousands of travelers. (AP)

Killer US storm: 25 dead, 12,000 flights axed, 40 inches of snow New York/Washington — Deadly storm Jonas killed at least 25 people and caused untold carnage, blanketing America in 40 inches of snow and leaving hundreds of thousands stranded without power. The blizzard that has paralyzed much of the US East Coast intensified on Saturday, bringing Washington to a standstill ... Read More »

Massive tremor hits Alaska

Strong 7.1 magnitude quake hits Alaska

7.1 magnitude earthquake struck southern Alaska today, US Geological Survey ANCHORAGE – South-central Alaska was rocked by a strong and prolonged magnitude-7.1 earthquake early Sunday morning. The earthquake struck about 1:30 a.m. Alaska time and was centered 53 miles west of Anchor Point and 160 miles southwest of Anchorage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre ... Read More »

Tsai Ing-wen becomes first female president of Taiwan

Tsai Ing-wen becomes first female president of Taiwan

Tsai Ing-wen wins historic victory over her closest rival, Eric Chu        TAIPEI (Taiwan) – Tsai Ing-wen of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) becomes the first president of the island nation. Tsai takes over from President MaYing-Jeou, who had served eight years. With more than half of the votes counted, the Democratic Progressive party (DPP) candidate, Tsai Ing-wen, had built ... Read More »

Junior Doctors in Britain go on strike for first time in 40 years

Doctors from St Thomas’ Hospital in London wore their medical scrubs as they protested opposite UK Parliament.

Around 4,000 operations have been cancelled and patients warned to stay away as thousands of junior doctors around the UK have begun a 24-hour strike Thousands of Junior Doctors across Britain are striking against proposed changes to their contracts which could see them working longer hours for less pay. Junior doctors, or doctors in training who represent just over half ... Read More »

UN to hold emergency talks after North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test

The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting today in New York after North Korea claimed it had carried out a “successful” hydrogen bomb test, diplomats said. The closed-door morning talks between the 15 member nations were called by the United Nations and Japan. The closed-door morning talks between the 15 member nations were called by the United ... Read More »

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