Category: World

  • Afghanistan: Soldiers killed in wave of attacks

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    A wave of attacks across Afghanistan has left more than 25 people dead, most of them soldiers, officials say. In the worst incident, Taliban militants stormed an army post in the western province of Farah, killing 22 soldiers. A suicide attack in the capital Kabul left at least three security officers dead. There has been […]

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  • Global fishing activity mapped from orbit.

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    It’s another demonstration of the power of Big Data – of mining a huge batch of statistics to see patterns of behaviour that were simply not apparent before. Computers have crunched 22 billion identification messages transmitted by sea-going vessels to map fishing activity around the globe. The analysis reveals that more than 55% of the […]

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  • Traditions Around The World On Valentine’s Day

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    Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day each year on February 14. Images of hearts are everywhere, as are red roses and boxes of chocolates to give to that special person. You could say that “love is in the air.” Many other countries celebrate Valentine’s Day, too, each in their own way. Here is a look at four […]

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  • Finland Might Have All The Answers: Safe, Happy And Free

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    Western Europe’s last naturally caused famine ended 150 years ago this winter. In a poor and backward part of the Russian empire called Finland, more than a quarter of a million people – nearly 10% of the population – starved to death. Last year, on the centenary of its independence, Finland was ranked, by assorted international […]

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  • Russian Jet Crashes After Take Off Carrying 71 Passengers

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    A Russian airliner has crashed after leaving Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, killing all 65 passengers and six crew on board. The Saratov Airlines jet vanished minutes after take-off and crashed near the village of Argunovo, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Moscow. The cause of crash is unclear. Investigators and emergency crews are working at the […]

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  • Science Revealed The Maya World

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    The mysterious Maya city of Tikal in north-east Guatemala has been on the Central American tourist trail for decades, and swells with visitors during the day. But it is 5am, and I am part of a television crew with permission to explore the ancient site before dawn. The stars sparkle as, soupy from tiredness, we navigate with […]

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  • Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony In Pyeongchang

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    The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics kicked off on Friday — at 8 p.m. in South Korea and at 6 a.m. ET in the U.S. — with 2,900 athletes from 92 countries gathering to compete for 102 medals in Pyeongchang. The U.S. Olympic team was led into Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium by flag-bearer Erin Hamlin. […]

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  • North Korea Has Held Military Parade For Winter Olympics

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    North Korea has held a military parade attended by leader Kim Jong-un, a day before the opening of the Winter Olympics in the South. The North often boasts of its parades but reports of this surfaced afterwards with TV only airing delayed footage. This event is usually held in April and moving it had been […]

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  • Greece Considering Alternative Names Such As Upper Macedonia Or New Macedonia

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    Greece has welcomed an announcement by the Macedonian prime minister that his country is willing to change its name, in a sign that one of the world’s most vexing disputes could soon be solved. Athens described Zoran Zaev’s readiness to add a geographical qualifier as “a positive step” that would dispel fears of territorial claims over Greece’s […]

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  • Earthquake In Taiwan Has Killed At Least Two People And Injured More Than 200 Others

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    A strong earthquake in Taiwan has killed at least two people and injured more than 200 others, officials say. The powerful 6.4-magnitude tremor struck at 23:50 (15:50 GMT) about 20km (12 miles) off the island’s east coast. Emergency responders have rescued about 150 people from hotels and residential buildings that have partially collapsed in the […]

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