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Blog Post Archive

More tigers have been poached in India this year than all of last year

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

  In the year 1900, there may have been as many or more than 100,000 tigers roaming this planet's forests. And every year since then until now, that number has decreased. But a combination of better and broader monitoring techniques and, governments say, increased vigilance against poachers has led to the first increase in tiger numbers in over […]

After years of hosting a notorious refugee camp for Australia, Papua New Guinea says, Enough

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

The saga of Australia's controversial offshore refugee detention centers took an unexpected turn Tuesday when the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea ordered that the biggest facility, on its Manus Island, be closed. Between 2010 and 2014, Australia saw a huge influx of refugees — many from Afghanistan, Iran and Bangladesh — attempting sea journeys. The government […]

Holidays in Saudi Arabia? The Kingdom’s ambitious post-oil tourism plan

4 days agoNews : BlogPost

For most Western readers, a vacation may not be the first thing that comes to mind when they hear the words 'Saudi Arabia.' The Persian Gulf kingdom certainly doesn't exactly have the elements that most American or European holidaymakers...Show More Summary

A shocking beheading is a reminder of the terror threat in the Philippines

4 days agoNews : BlogPost

Authorities in the southern Philippines announced Monday that they had found the decapitated head of a Canadian tourist who had been taken hostage last year by Islamist guerrillas. In September, John Ridsdel, a 68-year-old former mining executive from Calgary, Alberta, was seized while on holiday near the city of Davao, on the island of Mindanao, by militants […]

Elderly elephant collapses and dies after giving rides to tourists in Cambodia

4 days agoNews : BlogPost

Tourists flock to Angkor in Cambodia — home to one of the largest operating archaeological sites in the world — to marvel at massive Khmer Empire ruins and ride elephants. For a price, you, too, can sit atop one of these majestic creatures as it carries you around the Angkor Wat temple complex. Elephant riding has long been […]

London’s Big Ben to fall silent for several months

4 days agoNews : BlogPost

LONDON — The chimes of Big Ben that have rung out across the British capital for more than 150 years are set to fall silent for “several months” to make “urgent” repairs, Parliament announced Tuesday. Big Ben is one of London’s most famous icons, and its "bongs" are broadcast live on BBC Radio. But British officials say […]

Street signs pointing back to Syria and Iraq appear near Danish asylum centers

4 days agoNews : BlogPost

At first glance, the street sign near Thisted in Denmark's Jutland Peninsula looks normal. It offers standard directions to drivers, showing that it is just four kilometers to Thisted and three to the nearby Sennels. But underneath it was a smaller sign in a near-identical style. Show More Summary

The world’s longest-serving president just won a sixth term with 99% of the vote

5 days agoNews : BlogPost

Teodoro Obiang Nguema has never received less than 97 percent of the vote in an election. On Monday, with partial results indicating that 99.2 percent of the vote has gone in his favor, Equatorial Guinea's leader was surely all set for another seven years in a seat that has no doubt molded to his figure. One-sixth of African countries have an executive who has […]

What the search for a missing Ottoman skull says about Turkish politics

5 days agoNews : BlogPost

Earlier this month, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu launched a hunt for a lost skull. Standing outside Istanbul's majestic 16th century Suleymaniye Mosque, Davutoglu said he had ordered an investigation into the missing remains of the building's Ottoman architect, Mimar Sinan, the most celebrated figure in his craft in the history of the empire. It's believed […]

This is how scientists are keeping Chernobyl’s radiation contained

6 days agoNews : BlogPost

Engineers at Chernobyl, Ukraine, are close to installing a new state-of-the-art protective shelter over the remains of reactor no. 4, the site of the worst nuclear power plant accident in history. The New Safe Confinement, a 30,000-ton structure...Show More Summary

How the Soviet Union stayed silent during the Chernobyl disaster

6 days agoNews : BlogPost

Thirty years ago, an accident at a power plant in Chernobyl on April 26 resulted in one of the biggest nuclear disasters in history. The explosion and fire caused a roof and wall on one of the buildings to collapse, sending a radioactive cloud into the air that stretched across the Soviet Union and much of Europe. […]

Brutal heat wave in India puts 330 million people at risk

last weekNews : BlogPost

India is in the grips of a monstrous pre-monsoon heat wave that has killed more than 160 people in recent weeks. The majority of the deaths have been in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, but soaring temperatures have compounded ongoing drought and water shortages across the country and threaten to impact as many as 330 […]

Hear someone insult Erdogan? Report it to us, says Turkish consulate in the Netherlands.

last weekNews : BlogPost

What should someone in the Netherlands do if someone says something "derogatory" or "defamatory" about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan? According to an email sent out by Ankara's consulate in Rotterdam, Turkish organizations in the country should write in to report the insult. Show More Summary

Now Europe has its own scandal about ‘celebrating Muslims’

last weekNews : BlogPost

Belgium Interior Minister Jan Jambon has faced criticism from his parliamentary colleagues this week after telling the Flemish-language De Standaard newspaper that many Muslims had danced in celebration after the recent terror attacks in Brussels that killed 32 people. Show More Summary

Why Obama’s support for the E.U. is driving some Brits mad

last weekNews : BlogPost

President Obama arrives Thursday in London, where he may find himself at the center of a very British controversy. The U.S. president has become an unlikely player in Britain's passionate "Brexit" debate — with his views even earning him the title "most anti-British American president there has ever been," coined by a well-known politician. For the uninitiated, "Brexit" […]

How bad are most of India’s medical schools? Very, according to new reports

last weekNews : BlogPost

India is world-famous for its doctors, and it produces some of the world's best, from reputable institutions in and out of the country. There are more medical colleges and teaching hospitals in India than anywhere else -- 579 to be exact. But a couple of recent studies and reports have cast serious doubts on the quality and ethics […]

Britain issues warning for LGBT travelers visiting North Carolina and Mississippi

last weekNews : BlogPost

The British Foreign Office has released an advisory warning travelers to be aware of controversial new laws in North Carolina and Mississippi before visiting the United States. The travel advisory update -- directed to members of the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community -- was posted on the Foreign Office's website Tuesday. “The U.S. is […]

Norway’s immigration minister donned a full-body wetsuit in an attempt at solidarity with refugees

last weekNews : BlogPost

On Wednesday, U.N. refugee officials made a tragic announcement: Some time last week, a large ship carrying refugees from Libya to Italy capsized, and about 500 passengers may have drowned. Only 41 survivors have been rescued, almost all young men. The news is a grave portent for the expected summer surge of boats of refugees plying that […]

Germany confronts its growing right-wing movement in court

last weekNews : BlogPost

When thousands marched to protest against Chancellor Angela Merkel's pro-refugee policies in 2014, many expected the outrage to be short-lived. But just like elsewhere in Europe, right-wing groups have gained further momentum. The anti-immigration movement Pegida continues to attract thousands of people to its protest marches every Monday. Show More Summary

Prince George steals the royal spotlight in his postage-stamp debut

last weekNews : BlogPost

Prince George just made it onto a royal stamp. The toddler was photographed with his father, Prince William, his grandfather Prince Charles and his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II for a commemorative stamp series to honor the queen's 90th birthday. For the photo, George "had to stand on four foam blocks bound together with tape so his head was at […]

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