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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
focus_underground_ouysse_river_causses_du_quercy_unesco_global_geopark-jffabriol.jpg © Causses du Quercy UNESCO Global Geopark/Jean-François Fabriol 21 February 2018Seven projects that aim to provide insights on current global issues will be supported by the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP), following a decision by the IGCP Council on 21 February 2018. The IGCP, a joint initiative of UNESCO and the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), has supported over 350 projects in 150 countries since its creation in 1972, to mobilize global cooperation in the Earth Sciences in the service… (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Philippine government’s decision to prevent the independent news website Rappler from covering the Malacañang presidential palace. RSF regards this latest act of harassment of Rappler as a serious violation of media freedom.This time it was President Rodrigo Duterte himself who took the decision. (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Expand A view of a chamber in Baghdad’s Central Criminal Court, 2005. © 2005 Reuters Six months after about 1,400 foreign women and children surrendered with Islamic State (ISIS) fighters to Iraqi security forces, Iraq’s courts are sentencing the women to life in prison and even to death for non-violent crimes. It’s just one indicator of how people viewed as colluding with ISIS are receiving unfair trials. The women have been charged with illegally entering Iraq and, in some cases aiding, abetting or having membership in ISIS, which carries the penalty of life in prison or death under Iraq’s… (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
General Motors has proposed $2.8 billion of fresh investment into its South Korean operations over the 10 years as part of its plan to restructure the embattled unit, a South Korean senior government official said on Wednesday. The offer comes as the Detroit carmaker and the South Korean government discuss restructuring options at loss-making GM Korea, one of GM's largest offshore operations. The official with direct knowledge of the matter said GM had also asked South Korea to... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
In China, Catholics can only legally attend state-sanctioned churches not overseen by the Vatican, with bishops appointed by Beijing rather than the pope. But that could change soon. The Vatican and Beijing are said to be soon inking a framework agreement on the appointment of bishops in China in the hope of formally ending decades of splits between pro-government Catholics and those of the so-called “underground” communities who only obey the Pope. The Italian newspaper Corriere... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
As many Indonesians turn their attention to the potential criminalization of sexual acts between homosexuals and extramarital sex in the nation’s revised criminal code, its house of representatives has quietly passed another controversial but less publicized piece of legislation: the revised Law on Representative Assemblies, known as the MD3 law, which critics say will hamper criticism of Indonesian politicians and reduce their accountability. The law will allow parliament... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Wonder Woman's gilded bustier, the spangled skating dresses in "I, Tonya" and the subdued shades of the 1960s as shown in "The Shape of Water" were among the finest costumes of the year, according to the Costume Designers Guild. The union celebrated the year's outstanding work in film and television at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday night at its 20th annual awards show. Hosted by actress Gina Rodriguez, the evening included special honors for Guillermo del... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
The latest variation of an Uber ride will require a short walk. In eight U.S. cities, the ride-hailing company is rolling out a service called "Express Pool," which links riders in the same area who want to travel to similar destinations. Once linked, riders would need to walk a couple of blocks to be picked up at a common location. They also would be dropped off at a site that would be a short walk from their final destinations. Depending on time of day and metro area,... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
A global watchdog is calling on Afghan authorities and the U.S. military to promptly investigate allegations local forces summarily executed civilians during recent counter-Taliban operations in the southern Kandahar province. The alleged abuses occurred from January 31 to February 1 when Afghan special forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, undertook offensives in Maiwand and Panjwai districts, according to a Human Rights Watch report issued Wednesday. It quoted local residents as telling... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
The long Olympic drought is over for the United States in cross-country skiing. Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall became the first Americans to win an Olympic gold medal in the sport on Wednesday by shocking powerhouses Norway and the Sweden in the women's team sprint at the Pyeongchang Games.   Diggins passed Norway's Marit Bjoergen, the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time, on the final lap and out-sprinted Sweden's Stina Nilsson to the finish. Diggins screamed... (Full Story)
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