June 20, 2019

Paul Whelan, ex-Marine held as spy in Moscow, pleas for help from Trump

Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Paul Whelan, the former U.S. Marine held in Russia on espionage charges, on Thursday called on President Donald Trump to help free him, saying he is the victim of a “political kidnapping” by Russia’s security services. Whelan made the statement in Moscow’s City Court, where his lawyers were appealing the latest extension of his pre-trial detention. He has been held in Moscow’s Lefortovo Prison since his arrest in late December while visiting the..
June 20, 2019

World’s 1st age-verification system for online pornography delayed in the UK after administrative error

jurgenfr/iStock(LONDON) — The implementation of the world’s first Age Verification Certificates for accessing online pornography in the U.K. will be delayed for up to six months after an administrative error. In a speech to the U.K. Parliament on Thursday, Jeremy Wright, the government’s secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, told lawmakers he wanted to “apologize for the mistake.” The Age Verification Certificates, or AVCs, were due to come into force for online pornographic ..
June 20, 2019

Iran says it’s ‘ready for war’ after US official confirms it shot down American drone

U.S. Navy photo by Erik Hildebrandt(WASHINGTON) -- In a major provocation, Iran shot down an unarmed and unmanned U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton drone while it was flying in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz Thursday, a U.S. official told ABC News. The incident is sure to trigger serious discussions within the Trump administration about how to respond to a direct attack on a U.S. military asset that goes beyond recent attacks in the Middle East that the U.S. has blamed on Iran. Gen. Hoss..
June 20, 2019

What to know about the rapid melting of the Greenland ice sheet

MagicDreamer/iStock(NEW YORK) -- An unusual warming pattern has caused the Greenland ice sheet to melt at "unusual," potentially record-breaking rates, causing it to dump even more water into the already-rising ocean, experts told ABC News. The weather has been so warm -- up to 59 degrees Fahrenheit above the mean in some areas -- that two billion tons of the ice sheet melted on just June 13, according to Polar Portal, a website run by the Danish Meteorological Institute, which monitors the ice ..