August 8, 2019

Seventeen countries facing water crises, organization says

LisaValder/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Seventeen countries -- home to 25% of the global population -- are facing "extremely high" water stress, according to the The World Resources Institute, a research non-profit. Several drought-stricken places around the world have experienced water crises in recent years, with populated cities like Cape Town, Sao Paolo and Chennai inching toward "Day Zero," the day when taps run dry and water is no longer available. In the 17 countries facing water risk, from India..
August 8, 2019

Russian couple threatened with losing their son after bringing him to opposition protest

republica/iStock(MOSCOW) -- Russian prosecutors are seeking to take an infant child away from his parents after they brought him to an opposition protest in Moscow, a move condemned by human rights campaigners who called it part of a broader attempt by authorities to intimidate anti-Kremlin demonstrators. As protesters have gathered in Moscow for three weekends in a row to demand fair elections, authorities have used harsh tactics to try to quash the protests, and more than 2000 people have bee..
August 8, 2019

Architectural competition to determine fate of Hitler’s birthplace, Austria’s top court rules

Marilyn Nieves/iStock(BERLIN) -- After more than 70 years, the question of what to do with the house in which Adolf Hitler was born is significantly closer to being answered. On Monday, Austria's Supreme Court ruled in favor of the national government, which had been locked in a legal battle with the owner of the house in Braunau am Inn, a small town near the German border. The building, currently empty and a magnet for neo-Nazis, will be the subject of an architectural competition to dete..
August 8, 2019

Want to take a rest on Rome’s iconic Spanish Steps? It’s going to cost you

Blueplace/iStock(ROME) -- People who stop to rest, roll a suitcase or otherwise loiter on Rome's 18th-century Spanish Steps could now face fines of up to $448. Police have been patrolling the iconic World Heritage site, and blowing their whistles at anyone who takes a seat, since Tuesday, local media reported. According to the Guardian newspaper, the new penalties are part of a larger crackdown announced earlier this summer that also includes bans on jumping into fountains, appearing bare-c..