A 27-year-old man was in custody on Monday after allegedly detonating a pipe bomb in a New York City subway station during the morning commute.
The suspect, Akayed Ullah, was one of four people injured in the explosion, which occurred at about 7.20am in a passageway near 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, in midtown Manhattan near Times Square, New York City police said.Continue reading...
Rights group claims EU is financing Libyan system that routinely acts in collusion with militia groups and people traffickers
European leaders stand accused by Amnesty International of being knowingly complicit in the torture and exploitation of thousands of migrants and refugees by the EU-financed Libyan coastguard and officials running the country?s detention camps.
In an attempt to stem the flow of people across the Mediterranean to Europe, the EU is financing a system that routinely acts in collusion with militia groups and people traffickers to ?make money from human suffering?, a report from the human rights group claims.Continue reading...
France?s president awards millions of euros to 18 American scientists to relocate in effort to counter Donald Trump on the climate change front
Eighteen climate scientists from the US and elsewhere have hit the jackpot as France?s president, Emmanuel Macron, awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump?s presidential term.
The ?Make Our Planet Great Again? grants ? a nod to Trump?s ?Make America Great Again? campaign slogan ? are part of Macron?s efforts to counter Trump on the climate change front. Macron announced a contest for the projects in June, hours after Trump declared he would withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord.Continue reading...
Letter claims US president is furthering Israeli agenda ?to erase Palestinians from the life of their own city?
Tilda Swinton, Mark Ruffalo, Roger Waters, Peter Gabriel and Brian Eno are among dozens of writers, musicians and actors who have condemned Donald Trump?s move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In a letter to the Guardian, figures from across the arts world says the move by the US president will help to further an Israeli agenda to ?erase Palestinians as a political and cultural presence from the life of their own city.?Continue reading...
Price tag would be less than half the $1bn music identifying app was last valued at when it tapped investors in 2015
Apple has bought Shazam, a London-based app that allows smartphone users to identify music, for a reported $400m (£300m).
The US company, which revolutionised music with the introduction of the the iPod and iPhone, said Shazam was a natural fit for its Apple Music streaming service.Continue reading...
First contract on a regulated exchange is seen as step towards legitimacy for the cryptocurrency but volume traded is tiny
Bitcoin has taken a step toward legitimacy with the launch of a product on a Chicago exchange that allows investors to take bets on its price in the future.
The new contract on the Chicago Board Options Exchange came as the digital currency jumped another 10%, sparking fresh warnings of a speculative bubble after last week?s 40% climb in price.Continue reading...
Green Bank telescope in West Virginia will listen for radio signals from ?Oumuamua, an object from another solar system
Astronomers are to use one of the world?s largest telescopes to check a mysterious object that is speeding through the solar system for signs of alien technology.
The Green Bank telescope in West Virginia will listen for radio signals being broadcast from a cigar-shaped body which was first spotted in the solar system in October. The body arrived from interstellar space and reached a peak speed of 196,000 mph as it swept past the sun.
Women who accused Trump of sexually inappropriate behavior say lawmakers should extend same scrutiny to the president that they did to Al Franken
A group of women who have accused Donald Trump of sexually inappropriate behavior on Monday demanded that Congress open an investigation.
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Pupils, teachers and parents seem less than convinced by measure prohibiting use in primary, junior and middle schools
The French government is to ban students from using mobile phones in the country?s primary, junior and middle schools.
Children will be allowed to bring their phones to school, but not allowed to get them out at any time until they leave, even during breaks.
Human rights chief says international sanctions are complicating delivery of desperately needed humanitarian aid to estimated 18 million North Koreans
The UN rights chief told the security council on Monday that tough sanctions imposed on North Korea are complicating the delivery of desperately needed humanitarian aid and called for an assessment.
An estimated 18 million North Koreans, or 70% of the population, suffer from acute food shortages and aid agencies provide ?literally a lifeline? for 13 million of them, said UN human rights commissioner Zeid Ra?ad Al Hussein.Continue reading...
Report says uncertainty and breakdown of Northern Ireland?s assembly will increase disparity between north and south
The gap in fortunes between the economies of Northern Ireland and Ireland will increase in the next two years as Brexit looms, according to a new report published in Dublin.
Consultancy EY predicts 144,000 new jobs will be created across the entire island of Ireland between 2017 and 2020. However, the vast majority, 138,500, will be in the republic ? the population of which is more than twice the size of its neighbour ? with just 5,800 jobs in Northern Ireland, said EY.Continue reading...
Hailed as ?enormously significant?, results in groundbreaking trial are first time a drug has been shown to suppress effects of Huntington?s genetic mutation
A landmark trial for Huntington?s disease has announced positive results, suggesting that an experimental drug could become the first to slow the progression of the devastating genetic illness.
The results have been hailed as ?enormously significant? because it is the first time any drug has been shown to suppress the effects of the Huntington?s mutation that causes irreversible damage to the brain. Current treatments only help with symptoms, rather than slowing the disease?s progression.Continue reading...
Transgender people will be allowed to enlist despite opposition from Donald Trump, reflecting growing legal pressure on the issue
The Pentagon will allow transgender people to enlist in the military beginning 1 January, despite opposition from Donald Trump, an official told the Associated Press.
The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump?s demand to ban transgender individuals from the military. Two federal courts already have ruled against the ban.
President Macri under fire for revoking accreditations for World Trade Organisation conference over ?calls for violence?, a charge those affected deny
Argentina?s centre-right president Mauricio Macri has come under heavy criticism for banning representatives of 26 international NGOs from attending a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial conference in Buenos Aires because of their postings on social media.
The Argentinian government revoked accreditation for around 60 people, and over the weekend deported two delegates who attempted to the enter the country for the biennial meeting. The activists represented 20 different groups, including Friends of the Earth International and Global Justice Now.Continue reading...
Earthquakes don?t kill people (generally), collapsing buildings do ? meaning it is cities where the most lives can be saved. Here are their smartest ideas so farWhat would an entirely flood-proof city look like?
Between 1994 and 2013, nearly half a million people around the world died due to earthquakes, with another 118.3 million affected. A further 250,000 deaths resulted from subsequent tsunamis ? chiefly in 2004 in the Indian Ocean ? and more than 700 from ash fall.
Earthquakes affect every continent, though certain areas ? the Pacific border of South America, the western coast of North America and Mexico, Alaska, south-eastern Europe, New Zealand and much of Asia ? are especially prone. Though rarer than floods, they can cause devastating damage and large numbers of casualties very quickly. The Haitian earthquake in January 2010 killed an estimated 230,000 people, injured 300,000 and displaced 1.5 million from their homes. It also caused around $8bn of destruction, and its impacts are still being felt today.Continue reading...