China carbon emissions may be on decent decline, but figures hard to back up

China appears to be making solid, if unspectacular progress in its resolve to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, following the U.S. government’s request that the country commit to a solid deadline for reversing emissions growth. As China produces the biggest share of greenhouse gases responsible for climate change, government officials had proclaimed America’s successful application of…

Rolling Stones play free Good Friday concert in Cuba

The Rolling Stones on Friday played an historic gig at the Ciudad Deportiva stadium in Havana, entertaining tens of thousands of fans in Cuba’s capital, and marking their first appearance in the country in 54 years as a band. This free concert came just a few days after President Barack Obama made his own landmark visit…

“Superstar doctor” Paolo Macchiarini fired over unethical practices

Time was, Dr. Paolo Macchiarini was a rock star in the medical field. He was cited as a game changer in stem cell research, and had supposedly been the doctor to the world’s movers and shakers, including Pope Francis, Emperor Akihito of Japan, Vladimir Putin, and U.S. President Barack Obama and his family. But the…

Adele offers tribute to victims of Brussels attack

It was a typically expletive-laden, yet touching tribute to the victims of the Brussels attack, coming from one of the biggest names in pop music today – Adele. Addressing the terrorists behind Tuesday’s Brussels terrorist attack, British singer Adele referred to them as “f***ers” and let loose with a memorable performance at the O2 Arena…

Chinese miners get repurposed to more menial jobs

With Chinese coal and steel companies expected to lay off millions of workers, the country’s officials are currently repurposing these workers to lower-paying jobs in the farming, forestry, and cleaning spaces. China’s leaders have carried out these moves pursuant to keeping unemployment rates healthy, but the jobs the miners would be repurposed to mostly pay…

U.S., South Korea launch military exercises amid North Korea threats

American and South Korean troops continued their series of war games this weekend amid increased threats from North Korea, staging large-scale amphibious military exercises on Saturday. The amphibious landing exercise saw the U.S. and South Korean troops simulating the North’s beach defenses, and continued an eight-week series of exercises involving both countries’ forces. Quotes from North Korea officials…

Saudi’s Al-Naimi to meet US oil bigwigs in Houston

With oil prices having crashed spectacularly in recent months, Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi will be facing the proverbial music, as he prepares to meet with U.S. shale oil producers in a few days from now, amid continued concerns about the ongoing oil price crisis. American shale oil producers were the ones most affected by…

EPA not impressed by response to Flint water crisis

The broader U.S. government remains unconvinced that state and city officials in Michigan are doing their part to deal with the Flint water crisis. Statements from the Environmental Protection Agency suggest that Michigan and Flint officials have been remiss in their duties to sort out the lead pollution-related Flint water crisis, such as having enough…

Thailand reports second case of MERS

A second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, has been confirmed in Thailand. On Sunday, the disease was declared to have been detected in a 71-year-old male from Oman who had flown into Bangkok on Friday. Thailand officials are also checking a total of 37 individuals who interacted with the man, including his son.…

Anti-IS group takes ownership for BBC hack

An American group of hackers has claimed responsibility for a recent hack on the BBC website, which took place on New Year’s Eve as the British news publication was offline for three hours. The group, which calls itself New World Hacking, purports to oppose anyone who supports the Islamic State. “We are based in the…

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