January 13, 2020

Iran protests over downed Ukrainian plane turn violent as Trump tweets support

oxinoxi/iStock(LONDON) -- Anti-government protests turned violent in Iran over the weekend as security forces opened fire on demonstrators after the shooting down of the Ukrainian passenger plane that killed all 176 people on board. Despite initially claiming Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crashed because of a technical fault, the Iranian government admitted the plane was shot down by an anti-aircraft missile because it was mistaken for a “hostile flight” Saturday morning. Among those..
January 13, 2020

Australian government drops 4,000 pounds of food to save starving wildlife

Matt Kean MP/Facebook (SYDNEY) -- The Australian government is using helicopters and airplanes to help feed starving animals displaced by the country's wildfire crisis. The New South Wales government used aircraft to drop more than 4,000 pounds of food, mostly carrots and sweet potatoes, to colonies of brush-tailed rock-wallabies that were left stranded as massive wildfires ravaged their habitat. The brush-tailed rock-wallaby was already endangered in southeastern Australia before the fir..
January 13, 2020

Galapagos giant tortoise has so much sex he retires after saving his species

File photo. (joreasonable/iStock)(NEW YORK) -- A Galapagos giant tortoise estimated to be about 130 years old is returning home after having so much sex that he saved his species. Diego, part of the Chelonoidis hoodensis species that lives on the Galapagos island of Espanola, was one of the tortoises brought to the U.S. between 1928 and 1933 and was later placed into the Charles Darwin Research Station for protection after the species was declared critically endangered in the 1960s, according t..
January 13, 2020

Human rights organization head denied entry into Hong Kong

Ken Roth/Twitter(HONG KONG) -- Hong Kong authorities on Sunday denied entry to the executive director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), according to the international watchdog group. Kenneth Roth planned to launch the group’s World Report 2020 at a news conference in Hong Kong this coming Wednesday. The report looks at the state of human rights worldwide and its lead essay will examine the Chinese government’s "intensifying assault on the international human rights system," according to HRW. The rep..