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Canadian Sniper Hit A Target More Than 2 Miles Away, Military Confirms

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:47:00 -0400

For the shot to be accurate, many factors, from wind and gravity to the Earth's curvature, would have to be taken into account.



Experts Suspect Russia Is Using Ukraine As A Cyberwar Testing Ground

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:14:00 -0400

Wired's Andy Greenberg says Ukraine has been the victim of a "cyber-assault unlike any the world has ever seen." Cybersecurity experts think Russia is perfecting attacks that could be used on the U.S.



Church Of England 'Colluded And Concealed' Bishop's Sex Abuse, Leader Says

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:26:00 -0400

The archbishop of Canterbury offered "an unreserved apology" for how the church handled a bishop's crimes against young men. The apology followed the release of a "harrowing" report on the incidents.



Humanitarian Aid Is 'Broken,' Says Former U.N. Official

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:25:00 -0400

The way we offer assistance to people fleeing conflict no longer works, says Paul Spiegel, a former director of program management at the U.N. refugee agency. He has a few ideas about how to fix it.



Trump Administration Faces Pressure To Not Deport Detained Iraqi Christians

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:27:00 -0400

Many of the nearly 200 Iraqis currently under detention are from the minority Chaldean Christian community, which faces severe persecution in Iraq.



Red Palm Weevils Wreak Havoc On Palm Plantations Across The Globe

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:00:23 -0400

Thanks to globalization and climate change, the pest has spread to 60 countries, attacking coconut, date and oil palm plantations, and costing millions of dollars in damages.



Turkey's LGBT Community Pushes Ahead With Plans For Pride Parade

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:06:00 -0400

On Sunday, members of Turkey's LGBT community are to hold a pride parade — if the authorities let them. The parade has been canceled for the last two years, reportedly due to security concerns.



ISIS Destroys Ancient Mosque And Minaret In Iraqi City Of Mosul

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:06:00 -0400

Iraq's military said ISIS destroyed the 12th century al-Nuri mosque in Mosul's Old City, where ISIS fighters remain. Allied forces are trying to recapture the last of the city.



News Brief: Police Acquittal, Trump Rally, Kushner In Middle East

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:06:00 -0400

An-ex Milwaukee police officer was found not guilty in the shooting death of a motorist. President Trump returned to the campaign trail. Presidential adviser Jared Kushner is working on peace talks.



Rural South Korean County Prepares For Role As 2018 Winter Olympics Host

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:56:00 -0400

Only a handful of tourists come to PyeongChang, usually to hike green hills dotted with Buddhist temples or visit a small nearby ski station. All that is about to change.



ISIS Destroys Historic Mosque In Mosul As Iraqi Forces Close In

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:10:00 -0400

Iraq's military said ISIS destroyed the 12th century al-Nuri mosque in Mosul's Old City, where ISIS fighters remain. Iraq's prime minister called it "a formal declaration of their defeat."



'Wall Street Journal' Fires Jay Solomon Over Ethical Lapses

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:16:00 -0400

Evidence emerged of Solomon's involvement in prospective business deals with one of his key sources. He was the Wall Street Journal's chief foreign affairs correspondent at the time of his firing.



Spillover Beasts: Which Animals Pose The Biggest Viral Risk?

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:08:00 -0400

Rodents, primates and bats likely carry hundreds of thousands of viruses we haven't yet identified. But how do you know which ones might infect humans?



What To Know About Saudi Arabia's New Crown Prince And The Issues He Will Face

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:22:00 -0400

Mohammed bin Salman is now first in line to the throne. At 31, he has already reshaped his country's role in the region. His biggest test will come as he tries to wean the kingdom off an oil economy.



Portugal Wrests Control Over Wildfire That Killed More Than 60 People

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:58:00 -0400

Investigation into what ignited the wildfires, and why they proved so deadly, is just beginning. Some people want a ban on plantings of eucalyptus: a common tree that is extremely flammable.