Daily Archives: January 13, 2018

Volcanic ash triggers evacuation in Philippines, ‘hazardous eruptions’ feared (PHOTOS)

The Mayon volcano in the Philippines has spewed ash several times over the weekend, forcing authorities to evacuate two villages in its vicinity and raise the threat level, warning of potential “hazardous magmatic eruptions.” “The public is strongly advised to be vigilant and desist from entering the six kilometer (3.7 mile) radius Permanent Danger Zone to minimize risks from sudden ...

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China urges US to ‘cherish’ Iran nuclear deal, slams unilateral sanctions policy

China has reiterated its support for the Iran nuclear deal, praising Tehran for adhering to the agreement despite Washington’s unilateral sanctions and constant threats to scrap it unless some “disastrous flaws” are fixed. “As the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] has not come by easily, all relevant parties should cherish it,” Chinese Foreign Minister Lu Kan said on Saturday. ...

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‘Envy of the world’: Macron urges UNESCO to protect French baguette as cultural heritage

President Emmanuel Macron has backed calls from bakers to put the traditional French bread – the baguette – on the list of intangible cultural treasures protected by UNESCO, calling the oblong loaf an “envy of the world.” “The baguette is envied around the world. We must preserve its excellence and our expertise, and it is for this reason that it ...

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Queen assassination attempt ‘covered up’ by New Zealand fearing royals would never visit again

A teenage fanatic suspected of trying to assassinate the Queen during a New Zealand visit received a lighter charge and prison sentence because officials feared they would never get another royal visit, according to a new report. A five-part investigation by New Zealand magazine Snuff alleges that police covered up the incident after Christopher John Lewis, then 17, aimed a ...

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Whistleblower Chelsea Manning files to run for US Senate seat in Maryland

Chelsea Manning, the former US Army soldier who was jailed for passing thousands of government documents to WikiLeaks exposing American military abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan, has filed to run for the US Senate seat in Maryland. Manning, who had her 35-year sentence commuted by former President Barack Obama in May last year, declared her intention to run with the ...

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Moon pits may be ‘skylight’ to underground lunar ice – but why is that important?

Newly discovered pits found inside a crater near the Moon’s north pole could prove crucial to the creation of a human colony on the lunar surface, according to the latest research. Scientists from the SETI Institute and the Mars Institute, both non-profit organizations researching the origins of life in the universe and on the planet Mars, are exploring the theory ...

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‘Hatred of men won’t help’: French actress Laetitia Casta speaks out against #MeToo

Model and actress Laetitia Casta is the latest French celebrity to join the backlash against the #MeToo movement. She claims it turns women into victims and says she wants nothing to do with it. “I am not a feminist but a woman,” Casta, 39, told Corsican news outlet Corse-Matin during an interview ahead of a local premiere on the Mediterranean ...

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‘Whole state was terrified’: Hawaii urges ‘tough & quick’ reprisal for bogus missile alert

After the entire state of Hawaii suffered an almighty scare over an imminent missile attack warning, angry officials and the public are calling for “tough and quick accountability” for the “totally inexcusable” mishap. “The whole state was terrified,” said Hawaiian US senator Brian Schatz following the false alarm on Saturday morning, which went uncorrected for 38 minutes. He called for ...

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US aims to disrupt Russia’s internal affairs with sanctions before elections – Deputy FM

A new round of sanctions likely to be imposed on Moscow by Washington will be an obvious attempt to disrupt Russian internal affairs ahead of the presidential elections, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister has said. “We see this as yet another attempt to influence our internal affairs, especially ahead of the presidential election,” Deputy FM Sergey Ryabkov told TASS on Saturday. ...

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‘You may be infected’: Measles alert at Newark Airport as highly contagious disease case confirmed

Passengers who traveled through Newark Airport in New Jersey were issued a measles exposure warning on Friday after the Department of Health confirmed one person with the highly contagious disease had been there ten days ago. “On January 2, 2018, an international traveler with a confirmed case of measles—a highly contagious disease—arrived in Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport ...

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