May 29, 2018

Plastic cutlery, plates and straws could be banned in the EU

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Sad desk lunches may be a little less sad for the environment, at least in Europe. The European Union has proposed new laws to ban some everyday single-use plastic products including straws, cutlery and plates. Some of the other familiar items that would be banned, should the law be adopted, are plastic drink stirrers, plastic cotton swabs and plastic sticks used on certain types of balloons. Beyond that, it sets targets to reduce usage of plastic food and drink cont..
May 29, 2018

Deep polarization in Colombia leads to runoff in presidential elections

iStock/Thinkstock(BOGOTA, Colombia) -- It's a runoff to fill the presidency in Colombia, as none of the six candidates running for office Sunday managed to get the 50 percent plus one vote required to be elected. Sunday's vote in the South American nation was a boiling point after years of deep polarization that has been simmering. Colombians have been grappling with how to go on with their future, as they remain uncertain about the best way to confront the country's past. The pas..
May 29, 2018

Skeleton of man possibly crushed running from lava found in Pompeii

Italian Ministry for Arts and Culture (POMPEII, Italy) -- The skeleton of a man who appeared to be fleeing the devastating eruption of Mt. Vesuvius has been discovered in new excavation work in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, officials said Tuesday. Archaeologists at the Italian Ministry for Arts and Culture believe the latest victim found from the 79 A.D. volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, near modern Naples in Italy, was more than 30 years old and died amid dramatic circumstances. The ancie..
May 29, 2018

Under guise of combating ‘fake news,’ foreign governments target their critics

Martin H. Simon-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The number of journalists imprisoned on dubious charges brought by the governments they cover is on the rise, and some experts say “fake news” is to blame. At least 21 journalists in six different countries were imprisoned on charges related to “fake news” in 2017, according to a police census conducted by the Committee to Protect Journalists, which is double the tally from the previous year. The rise has coincided with the recent introduction of le..