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Iraqi judge issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump

Iraqi judge issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump

A judge in Baghdad’s investigative court has issued an arrest warrant for outgoing US President Donald Trump, over the killing of an Iraqi paramilitary leader during the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani last year. Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis — the Iraqi deputy head of the Iran-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces — was killed along with…

New NASA space telescope will explore the Big Bang

New NASA space telescope will explore the Big Bang

A new space telescope will help scientists look back in time at the origin of our universe and the galaxies and planetary systems that have populated it ever since. The mission will further our understanding of how the universe rapidly expanded right after the Big Bang occurred. During a two-year run, NASA’s SPHEREx space telescope…

Rare doctor’s note reveals Napoleon Bonaparte’s poor health in later years

Rare doctor’s note reveals Napoleon Bonaparte’s poor health in later years

A rare note written by a doctor who treated Napoleon Bonaparte has revealed how the French military leader and emperor suffered with sickness and pain in the years before his death. The letter, dated June 4, 1818, was written by Irish surgeon Barry Edward O’Meara, who treated Napoleon when he was in exile on the…

We shared our meat with wolves and they became our best friends

We shared our meat with wolves and they became our best friends

Some dog owners like to feed their pets tidbits from the table — and this friendly habit may have had a role in the domestication of dogs at the end of the last Ice Age, scientists say. Historically, humans and wolves were both pack hunters, and would compete for large prey, especially during leaner, winter…

‘This is not America’

An explosion was bound to happen, after four years of incitement, conspiracy mongering, lying and pitting Americans against one another. And it happened on Wednesday in Washington, when an enraged mob sacked the US Capitol for the first time since the British in 1814. The violent invasion saw lawmakers cowering under their seats, police guns…

Archaeologists find 2,000 pieces of plastic at Iron Age site

Archaeologists find 2,000 pieces of plastic at Iron Age site

Plastic will be the likely calling card of our time on Earth when modern sites are excavated by future researchers. And plastic is leaving its mark at historic sites as well, according to a new study. Castell Henllys is the site of an Iron Age village in the Welsh Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. It was…

World leaders condemn ‘horrifying’ riot at US Capitol building

World leaders condemn ‘horrifying’ riot at US Capitol building

World leaders and top diplomats have issued strong condemnations of rioters who stormed the US Capitol building in Washington on Wednesday, some pressing President Donald Trump to call off the violence. Trump supporters breached the Capitol and one woman was shot when a protest spiraled out of control, interrupting Congress’s count of electoral votes to…

Saudi Arabia and Qatar agree to reopen airspace and maritime borders

Saudi Arabia and Qatar agree to reopen airspace and maritime borders

Saudi Arabia and Qatar have agreed to reopen their airspace and maritime borders starting Monday, after a years long freeze on relations, Kuwaiti officials have announced. Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Ahmad Nasser Mohammed al Sabah said Monday on state television that “based on the recommendation of his highness Sheikh Nawaf al Ahmad al Sabah, the Emir…

These stunning NASA satellite images capture 2020’s extreme climate events

These stunning NASA satellite images capture 2020’s extreme climate events

As we move into the new year, it’s easy to see that things changed for a lot of people in 2020. Alongside a deadly pandemic, 2020 also delivered reminders of the severity of the climate crisis facing the world — droughts, floods, heatwaves, wildfires and hurricanes continued to disrupt life for communities across the globe,…

3 missions prepare to explore Mars and other space news to expect in 2021

3 missions prepare to explore Mars and other space news to expect in 2021

It’s time to go deeper into space. While 2020 may have derailed and delayed some scientific plans due to the pandemic, 2021 still promises to be a year of science “the likes of which we’ve rarely seen,” according to Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Multiple missions will explore Mars, new telescopes…

Quadrantid meteor shower peaks this weekend and other celestial events in 2021

Quadrantid meteor shower peaks this weekend and other celestial events in 2021

The new year begins with the peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower on Saturday evening into early Sunday. While it may be one of the strongest meteor showers of the year, a bright waning gibbous moon will likely limit the amount of meteors visible. It’s also notoriously hard to observe due to January’s difficult weather…

WHO approves Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in breakthrough for developing nations

WHO approves Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in breakthrough for developing nations

The World Health Organization has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for emergency use, paving the way for lower and middle-income countries to begin immunizing their populations against Covid-19. The vaccine was first approved in the UK on December 8 for emergency use within the country, with the US, Canada and European Union following soon after. All…

Follow the New Year around the world

Follow the New Year around the world

People around the world are beginning to wave goodbye to 2020 and welcome 2021. The Pacific Island nations of Tonga, Samoa and Kiribati were the first to see in the new year — when it was still 5 a.m. on December 31 on the East Coast of the United States and 11 a.m. UTC (Coordinated…

Astronaut Terry Virts shares an ‘insider’s guide’ to life in space

Astronaut Terry Virts shares an ‘insider’s guide’ to life in space

Cutting the hair of another astronaut on the International Space Station is one of the most stressful things US Air Force Col. Terry Virts has ever done — even above spacewalking, flying F-16s, piloting a space shuttle and enduring multiple rounds of survival training around the world. Virts, a NASA astronaut selected in 2000, had…

New Year is greeted in muted fashion as leaders warn, Covid loves a crowd

New Year is greeted in muted fashion as leaders warn, Covid loves a crowd

Many people will want to put 2020 firmly behind them. But governments around the world have pleaded with people not to see in 2021 with traditional New Year’s Eve parties and street celebrations for fear of accelerating the spread of coronavirus. The United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, India and Australia are among the many nations…

What you need to know about coronavirus on Thursday, December 31

What you need to know about coronavirus on Thursday, December 31

This year has upended so much in modern life that even New Year’s Eve celebrations tonight will be different, downscaled or canceled due to Covid-19 precautions. From London to Rio de Janeiro, large firework displays have been substituted with special at-home broadcasts. Australian police will conduct spot checks of New Year’s Eve parties in New…