Category: World

Record-Breaking Weather In 2016 Pushes World Into 'Truly Uncharted Territory'

9:08 am Eastern | World

Global temperatures set yet another record last year and the world witnessed exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and ocean heat, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said, warning that the extreme weather and climate conditions have continued into 2017.read more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 3/22/2017, #26

22 Mar 17:40 | SciTech

James S. Brady Briefing Room 1:41 P.M. EDT MR. SPICER:  Good afternoon.  First, at the top, I wanted to note that the President has been briefed on the situation in London.  He just spoke to Prime Minister May, and we’ll have a readout on that situation and that call soon.  We obviously condemn today’s attack in Westminster, which the United Kingdom is treating as an act of terrorism.  And we applaud the quick response that the British police and their first responders made to the situation.  The victims in this are in our thoughts and our prayers. The City of London and Her Majesty's government have the  full support of the U.S. government in responding to the attack and bringing those to justice who are responsible.  We will provide you with further updates as warranted and, as I mentioned, a readout of the President's call with the Prime Minister. read more »

How Can A Legally Binding Agreement On Human Cloning Be Established?

22 Mar 15:16 | SciTech

Since Dolly the Sheep was cloned in 1996, the question of whether human reproductive cloning should be banned or pursued has been the subject of international debate. read more »

Border, regional security discussions continue between Afghanistan, Pakistan

22 Mar 12:16 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (March 22, 2017) � Border tensions and regional security matters were top of the agenda at the latest one star level meeting here between general officers from Afghanistan and Pakistan.read more »

Warming Earth Threatens To Release Huge Amounts Of Carbon

22 Mar 11:35 | World

Rising temperatures could release massive amounts of carbon trapped in the Earth's soil, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) reported, warning that soil management could make or break climate change response efforts.read more »

Wonder Girl Is Joining Wonder Boy In The Dragon’s Trap Remake

22 Mar 11:00 | Entertainment

Gender equality and all thatread more »

Nintendo Switch and New 3DS XL Lead in Japan as Monster Hunter XX Arrives

22 Mar 10:45 | World

Super Bomberman R squeaks past 50,000 sales, tooread more »

Editorial: Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the Most Accessible of Nintendo Switch Launch Games

22 Mar 10:30 | World

Fun for anyone, defying series convention in the processread more »

Team Behind Wii U Emulator, CEMU, Makes Surprising Progress With Zelda: Breath of the Wild

22 Mar 09:30 | World

Interest in dev's Patreon spikes, tooread more »

North Korea Facing 'Entrenched, Largely Forgotten' Humanitarian Crisis

22 Mar 09:02 | World

Over two-thirds of the population in North Korea (DPRK) suffers from food insecurity, malnutrition, and a lack of access to basic health and sanitation services, according to a latest humanitarian report, which also appeals for $114 million to meet the urgent need of the most vulnerable.read more »

ARMS Listed For June 23rd Release On Amazon Spain

22 Mar 08:45 | Entertainment

Late spring release?read more »

Kabul military hospital undergoing major improvements in wake of attack

22 Mar 01:01 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (March 8, 2017) � Kabul National Military Hospital is primed to emerge from a recent tragic attack as a state-of-the-art facility for patient care, continuing a long legacy as the biggest and finest military hospital in service of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.read more »

Press Releases: Department Press Briefing - March 21, 2017

21 Mar 17:08 | US Politics and Govt

Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC March 21, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing UNITED KINGDOM/NORTHERN IRELAND COUNTERTERRORISM/ISIS DEPARTMENT DEPARTMENT read more »

Daily Press Briefing by the Press Secretary - #25

21 Mar 16:42 | World

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room  1:56 P.M. EDT MR. SPICER:  Hi, guys.  The hearing is still -- Judge Gorsuch’s hearing is ongoing, and considering the significant attention, I'm going to try to keep this a little on the shorter side today. The President is making a full day of progress towards some of his biggest promises that he’s made to the American people.  This morning he met with the House Republican Conference members on Capitol Hill, ahead of the House’s scheduled vote on the American Health Care Act, which is currently scheduled for Thursday. During the meeting, the President reminded members of the House Conference that repealing and replacing Obamacare has been a promise that Republicans have been making to voters for years. Members have made it clear that if voters put a Republican in the White House and continue Republican majorities in the House and the Senatread more »

U.S. Not In Top Ten Happiest Countries

21 Mar 11:29 | World

Canada is the seventh happiest country in the world, according to the 2017 World Happiness Report edited by CIFAR Co-Director John F. Helliwell, but neighbour the United States misses out on a top ten placing.read more »

Human Rights Chief Urges Governments To Target Hate Speech, Crimes

21 Mar 09:10 | World

On the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the United Nations human rights chief reminded Governments around the world that they have a legal obligation to stop hate speech and hate crimes, and called on people everywhere to “stand up for someone’s rights.”read more »

Afghan Air Force expands A-29 fleet strength

21 Mar 03:21 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (March 21, 2017) � Four A-29 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft arrived for duty at Kabul Air Wing here yesterday, where they will be used by the Afghan Air Force for close-air attack, air interdiction, escort and armed reconnaissance.read more »

2017-03-20 19:01:48 (m4.7) Windward Islands 11.2 -60.8 (29192)

20 Mar 18:54 | U.S. News

== PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE REPORT ==

Region: WINDWARD ISLANDSread more »

Scientists Make The Case To Restore Pluto's Planet Status

20 Mar 17:12 | SciTech

Johns Hopkins University scientist Kirby Runyon wants to make one thing clear: Regardless of what one prestigious scientific organization says to the contrary, Pluto is a planet.read more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 3/20/2017

20 Mar 16:46 | US Politics and Govt

James S. Brady Briefing Room 1:45 P.M. EDT MR. SPICER:  Good afternoon.  As you all know, the President will be speaking this afternoon in Louisville, and we've got an event coming up, so I'll try to keep this relatively short to focus on -- let the President focus on his message for the day. In regard to the news of the day, this morning, after receiving his daily intelligence briefing, the President met with Bill Gates, the co-chair and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  The President and Mr. Gates talked about their shared commitment to finding and stopping disease outbreaks around the world.  The President particularly commended Mr. Gates for the Gates Foundation's work in global health and health security.  Generous and innovative private philanthropy groups, like the Gates Foundation, are critical to our mission of finding the cures of tomorrow.  read more »

Children Who Play Outside More Likely To Protect Nature As Adults

20 Mar 11:11 | World

Protecting the environment can be as easy as telling your kids to go outdoors and play, according to a new UBC study.read more »

South Sudan Now World's Fastest Growing Refugee Crisis

20 Mar 09:06 | World

The number of South Sudanese fleeing their homes is “alarming,” the UN refugee agency said, announcing that 1.6 million people have either been displaced or fled to neighbouring countries in the past eight months ago.read more »

Meet the women who will be the Afghan Army's newest doctors

20 Mar 09:02 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Feb. 27, 2017) � The Taliban is suffering a major defeat by an unlikely opponent: a group of Afghan female doctors.read more »

New officer class includes highest number of female grads

19 Mar 03:55 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (March 9, 2017) � The Afghan National Army Officer Academy graduated 340 new officers, including its largest number of female officers to date.read more »

GDACS daily newsletter for 19/03/2017

19 Mar 03:11 | World

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System read more »

2017-03-19 06:14:55 (m4.5) East of Kuril Islands 49.9 159.3 (29192)

19 Mar 02:41 | U.S. News

== PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE REPORT ==

Region: EAST OF KURIL ISLANDSread more »

Memorandum: Testimony and Public Statements on the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

17 Mar 16:46 | World

M-17-20 MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES FROM: Mick Mulvaney               Director SUBJECT: Testimony and Public Statements on the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget In the coming weeks, you may be testifying before Congressional committees in support of the Administration's Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget Blueprint and participating in public events focused on budget initiatives. Until OMB releases the full FY 2018 Budget, all public comments of any sort should be limited to the information contained in the Budget Blueprint chapter for your agency. This includes highlights of major Administration initiatives and other proposals. Accordingly, it is critically important that you not make commitments about specific programs if they are not expressly mentioneread more »

Joint Press Conference with President Trump and German Chancellor Merkel

17 Mar 16:18 | US Politics and Govt

East Room 2:09 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  Chancellor Merkel, it is a great honor to welcome you to the People’s House, the White House.  Our two nations share much in common, including our desire for security, prosperity and peace.   We just concluded a productive meeting with the German and American companies to discuss workforce development and vocational training -- very important words.  Germany has done an incredible job training the employees and future employees, and employing its manufacturing and industrial workforce.  It’s crucial that we provide our American workers with a really great employment outlook, and that includes making sure that we harness the full potential of women in our economy.   My administration is in the process of rebuilding the American industrial base.  A stronger America is in the interests, believe me, of the world as aread more »

NATO advisors expand security assistance in Helmand

17 Mar 12:08 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (March 17, 2017) � The top military leaders in Helmand province met with Afghan Ministry of Defense and NATO Resolute Support officials in Afghanistan's capital this week.read more »

NAVSTA Sailors Participate in March Exams

17 Mar 11:21 | World

Sailors attached to Naval Station Norfolk (NAVSTA) and tenant commands participated in Cycle 225 advancement exams for their assigned rating at McCormick Gym, March 2, 9 and 16.read more »

NMCP Urges Possible Traumatic Brain Injury Patients to Seek Help

17 Mar 11:13 | U.S. News

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been drawing to a close, military health care providers continue to see patients who have had prolonged symptoms as a result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).read more »

Better Sleep Feels Like Winning The Lottery

17 Mar 11:01 | World

Improving your sleep quality is as beneficial to health and happiness as winning the lottery, according to research by the University of Warwick.read more »

USS America Wins Battle 'E'

17 Mar 10:44 | U.S. News

Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) was selected for her first Battle Effectiveness Award (Battle "E") in the ship's first year of eligibility, March 14.read more »

NAVSTA Rota Completes ATFP Exercise

17 Mar 10:34 | World

Naval Station Rota successfully completed an anti-terrorism and force protection (ATFP) drill as part of a three-part, Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (CNREURAFSWA) assessment, March 16.read more »

USS Carney Begins Third Rotational Patrol in US 6th Fleet

17 Mar 09:43 | U.S. News

NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain (March 15, 2017) - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, March 15, to begin the ship's third forward deployed patrol in support of U.S. commitments to our allies and partners in the region.read more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se Before Their Meeting

17 Mar 09:22 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Seoul, Republic of Korea March 17, 2017 MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Yes. Now we will begin the joint press conference for the ROK-U.S. foreign ministers meeting. The conference today will begin with Foreign Minister of Korea, Yun Byung-se's opening statements, which will be followed by Secretary Tillerson's remarks. Afterwards, we will have a brief Q&A session. First, let me invite Foreiread more »

Relief Operations In Western Mosul Reaching 'Breaking Point' As Civilians Flee Hunger

17 Mar 09:02 | World

Humanitarian organisations in Iraq are scrambling to get emergency sites ready amidst a mass exodus from West Mosul, with nearly 700,000 civilians still living in the city where Iraqi forces are fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh).read more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 3/16/2017, #25

16 Mar 18:25 | SciTech

James S. Brady Briefing Room 3:04 P.M. EDT MR. SPICER:  Sorry for the delay, guys.  It's budget day.  I was supposed to kick this off with Director Mulvaney.  He's still on a call with the governors, and continues to host a ton of briefings today with key stakeholders.  And so my goal, if this times out right, is that as we finish up, Director Mulvaney will walk in the room, right on cue, and then he will talk to you a little bit about the budget, and we'll walk through Q&A on that.  So hopefully this all works. I'm going to skip past the part where I say "thank you, Director Mulvaney."  (Laughter.)   As the Director will say, the President’s budget blueprint keeps his promise to put America's security first, turning his words directly into policies that restore respect for our citizens’ hard-earned tax dollars. There were some additionaread more »

Readout of the President's Meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Ireland

16 Mar 17:13 | SciTech

President Donald J. Trump met today with Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Ireland to discuss United States-Ireland economic and cultural ties as part of the White House St. Patrick's Day celebration.  President Trump and the Taoiseach agreed on the importance of expanding the already powerful United States-Ireland trade relationship and of identifying new opportunities to collaborate on global issues.  The leaders also discussed the consequences facing, and the opportunities available to, Ireland in the wake of the United Kingdom's decision to the leave the European Union.  Finally, they agreed on the importance of Northern Ireland's political parties finding a way forward on a shared regional government in order to sustain the peace process launched by the Good Friday Agreement. read more »

Remarks by the Vice President and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats at a Swearing-in Ceremony

16 Mar 16:34 | SciTech

The Vice President’s Ceremonial Office 2:12 P.M. EDT  THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, good afternoon.   On behalf of the President of the United States, today it will be my great privilege to administer the oath of office to Senator Dan Coats, who will become the fifth Director of National Intelligence for the United States of America.  (Applause.)  This is a singular privilege for me as I have known Senator Coats now for more than 30 years and couldn’t be more grateful for his willingness to continue his service to the United States of Ameread more »

Happy Birthday to Mr. Ray Chavez

16 Mar 15:02 | SciTech

Today, President Donald J. Trump wished a Happy Birthday to Mr. Ray Chavez, the oldest living Pearl Harbor veteran.  Mr. Chavez turned 105 years old and he lives in San Diego, California. View Letter read more »

Remarks by President Trump and Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Ireland at Friends of Ireland Luncheon

16 Mar 13:32 | SciTech

U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C. 12:12 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, Speaker Ryan, for that wonderful toast -- although I’ve heard better jokes.  (Laughter.)  And thank you to all of our friends and distinguished members of Congress for joining us here today -- a great honor.  And a really great honor to be with you, Vice President Pence.  You have been terrific.  (Applause.)   And all of our friends welcoming Taoiseach.  That’s my new friend; he’s my new friend.  Great guy.  (Applause.)  And, Fionnuala, you know, you are something very special.  We sat, we talked, and I think we’re friends now too, right?  And it’s really an honor.  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thanks, Fionnuala.  Appreciate it.   Also, the delegation members -- very, very special.  Spent some time together, and we’re goiread more »

ICYMI: The Health Secretary, on the Republican Bill

16 Mar 13:10 | SciTech

The Health Secretary, on the Republican Bill New York Times By Thomas E. Price On March 16, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Thomas E. Price, M.D., wrote a letter to the editor in the New York Times, responding to the publication’s March 14 editorial about the Congressional Budget Office’s score of the American Health Care Act.  Secretary Price’s response stated: In your March 14 editorial about the Congressional Budget Office’s score of the American Health Care Act, you wrote: “The numbers are the numbers. The C.B.O. has called it as it sees it, and the picture is clear.” As I’ve said, I strenuously disagree, and so did your editorial board. As you wrote in a Feb. 3, 1994, editorial about President Bill Clinton’s health care proposal, “The Budget Office’s estimates of savings from health care reform, through no fault of its own, aread more »

President Donald J. Trump Approves California Disaster Declaration

16 Mar 12:31 | SciTech

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared a major disaster exists in the State of California and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides from January 18 to January 23, 2017. Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides in the counties of El Dorado, Kern, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Napa, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Trinity, Tuolumne, and Yolo. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Robert J. Fenton, Acting Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homelandread more »

Second Lady Karen Pence to Lead Presidential Delegation to the Special Olympics World Winter Games

16 Mar 12:18 | SciTech

On Friday, March 17, 2017, Second Lady Karen Pence will lead a Presidential Delegation to the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Graz, Schladming, and Ramsau, Austria.  Mrs. Pence and the Presidential Delegation will join approximately 3,000 Special Olympics athletes from 110 nations and their family members, along with thousands of coaches, volunteers, and sports fans. The athletes will ski, skate, snowboard, snowshoe, and engage in other winter sports with the goal of taking home a medal. In 1993, Austria hosted the first Special Olympics World Winter Games ever held outside the United States. The Presidential Delegation will participate in several events, including the Snowboarding Division Competition and Special Olympics Opening Ceremony on Saturday, March 18. The Presidential Delegation will return to the United States on Sunday, March 19. The Presidential Delegation will include: Mr. Eugene Young, United States Chread more »

The Need For Speed May Contribute To Dolphin And Whale Strandings

16 Mar 11:09 | World

Surviving in an environment that actively impedes your progress can leave you vulnerable when escape is necessary; couple this with the need to conserve limited oxygen reserves and the magnitude of the challenges faced by many cetaceans when threatened becomes clear. read more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Key Administration Posts

16 Mar 11:01 | SciTech

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate key additions to his Administration. Robert Daigle of Virginia will serve as Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE), Department of Defense. Mr. Daigle previously served in CAPE during the Bush Administration as Director of Program Resources and Information Systems Management Division. Mr. Daigle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Vermont. He was granted an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a Master of Science in International Security Studies from Georgetown University. Mr. Daigle is a Professional Staff Member on the House Armed Services Committee and was the Executive Director of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. He previously served in the United States Army. Elaine McCusker of Virginia will serve as Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Comptrolread more »

Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives

16 Mar 10:38 | SciTech

March 16, 2017 Dear Mr. Speaker: I ask the Congress to consider the enclosed appropriations request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017.  The request includes an additional $30 billion for the Department of Defense (DOD) to rebuild the U.S. Armed Forces and accelerate the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and an additional $3 billion for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for urgent border protection activities.  This appropriations request would provide $24.9 billion in the DOD base budget for urgent warfighting readiness needs and to begin a sustained effort to rebuild the U.S. Armed Forces.  The request seeks to address critical budget shortfalls in personnel, training, maintenance, equipment, munitions, modernization, and infrastructure investment.  It represents a critical first step in investing in a larger, more ready, and more capable military force.  read more »

Press Releases: Reaffirming U.S. Commitment to a Sovereign and Whole Ukraine on the Third Anniversary of Russia's Crimean "Referendum"

16 Mar 09:27 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC March 16, 2017 Three years ago, Russia seized and occupied Crimea. Russia then staged an illegitimate referendum in which residents of Crimea were compelled to vote while heavily armed foreign forces occupied their land. The United States does not recognize Russia's “referendum” of March 16, 2014, nor its attempted annexation of Crimea and continued violation of internationalread more »

Yemen 'One Of Worst Hunger Crises In The World'

16 Mar 09:03 | World

An estimated 17 million people in Yemen are hungry, according to analysis released by the United Nations and humanitarian partners, up more than 20 per cent in the past nine months.read more »

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