August 8, 2019

Fossils of world’s largest parrot discovered

Graphic showing the Heracles inexpectatus silhouette next to an average height woman and common magpie. (Canterbury Museum)(NEW YORK) -- The fossils of a parrot that was the size of a small child and with an appetite so voracious it may have eaten other parrots have been discovered. The bird, named Heracles inexpectatus, stood at 3 feet tall and weighed around 15.4 pounds when it roamed the Earth some 19 million years ago, according to a new study published Tuesday in the journal Biology Letter..
August 8, 2019

US, Turkey agree to deal on Syria safe zone for refugees as new report warns of ISIS resurgence

Racide/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. and Turkey reached an agreement on Wednesday to create a safe zone in northeastern Syria in order to secure the territory once held by the Islamic State. The deal was reached days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that the Turkish military was about to launch an assault on U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria, who were integral to the battlefield success against the terror group. While U.S. officials warned that offensive could have risked u..
August 7, 2019

Bodies found in Canada believed to be teen suspects wanted for multiple murders, police say

Royal Canadian Mounted Police(TORONTO) -- Two bodies found in Canada are believed to be of the two teen suspects wanted for multiple murders, officials said at a press conference on Wednesday. "At 10am this morning, Manitoba RCMP officers located the bodies of two males, believed to be the BC suspects, near the shoreline of the Nelson River (approx 8km from the burnt vehicle)," the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement on Twitter. "The search is over," officials said. Kam McLeod, 19,..
August 7, 2019

Dengue epidemic declared in Philippines, over 600 dead and nearly 150,000 cases this year

LoveSilhouette/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A dengue epidemic has been declared in the Philippines in the wake of more than 600 deaths and over 146,000 cases of the disease having been recorded in 2019 alone – a 98 percent increase from the previous year. Dengue – one of the fastest-spreading mosquito-borne diseases in the world – has increased 30-fold in the past 50 years, according to information from the World Health Organization released in June. “It is important that a national epidemic be declared ..