Agence France-Presse A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the southwestern coast of Japan early Saturday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, with Japanese authorities reporting several small tsunamis on at least two islands. The USGS put the epicentre of the shallow quake about 160 kilometres (100 miles) from the town of Makurazaki in southwest Japan,
Reuters California Governor Jerry Brown has extended his executive order requiring residents to conserve water as the state readies for a fifth year of drought. The order gives state water officials greater authority to deal with drought conditions and to cope with potential winter storms from El Nino, a periodic warming of ocean surface temperatures.
Sam Thielman, The Guardian Over the last few years the National Geographic Society has been slowly vanishing into the Murdoch familys Fox media empire like a gazelle being swallowed by a python in one of the formers famous videos. This month the consummation will be complete and Fox will take full control of NatGeos major
The Conversation When in Paris after the Charlie Hebdo attacks last January, I wrote a column suggesting that we all had to demonstrate a new toughness. At that time, I thought the scale of ISIS attacks on Western targets was contained by its avowed doctrine of territorial legitimacy. I assumed any attacks in the West
Dan Roberts, The Guardian Two thirds of the way into one of the most unlikely political insurgencies of modern times, the once electrifying campaign to elect Bernie Sanders as Democratic nominee for president is looking for a new jolt of energy from Saturdays second television debate. Related: US expats in Europe feel the Bern and
Tom Boggioni Saying doctors deal with end of life issues everyday, retired neurosurgeon and GOP presidential front-runner Ben Carson rapped rival Jeb Bush for inserting himself into the Terri Schiavo case when he was governor of Florida. Schiavo, who suffered brain damage in 1998 putting her in a persistent vegetative state, became a flash-point for
Jon Swaine, The Guardian Black Americans are more than twice as likely as white people to have non-fatal force or the threat of it used against them during encounters with the police, according to a study by the US Department of Justice. An analysis of tens of millions of face-to-face contacts between police and civilians
Agence France-Presse The head of the Islamic State group in Libya was killed in an air strike overnight, the Pentagon announced Saturday. Abu Nabil, also known as Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al Zubaydi, was an Iraqi national and an al-Qaeda operative, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement. Cook described Abu Nabil as the
Agence France-Presse The Eiffel Tower will be closed indefinitely following the wave of deadly attacks in Paris, the iconic landmarks operator said on Saturday. The company decided to close the monument normally visited by up to 20,000 people a day after Fridays attacks which claimed at least 128 lives, a spokeswoman told AFP.
Reuters DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) Fridays deadly Paris attacks will give a somber focus to the Democratic presidential debate on Saturday, putting front-runner Hillary Clinton and her two rivals on the spot over national security and their plans to fight Islamic State militants. CBS News, which is hosting the nationally televised two-hour debate, said
Moroccan man apologizes to Paris victims in viral video: These so-called jihadists only represent themselves
Tom Boggioni In a video that has already been viewed over 100,000 times since the horrific attacks in Paris, a Moroccan Muslim extended his heartfelt condolences to the people of France explaining, We are not like this. In the video, Wafi Abdous explained that he had just become aware of the shootings in Paris that
Bethania Palma Markus Hours before Democratic candidates are scheduled to face off in a primary debate on Saturday night, an aide for Bernie Sanders (I-VT) caused a fracas with hosting network CBS over a last-minute change to the debates focus, Yahoo News reports. Sanders strategist Mark Longabaugh was apparently upset that CBS decided to change the