December 24, 2019

Oil spill fears: Ship carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel sinks off Galapagos Islands

Ministerio del Ambiente de Ecuador/Twitter(NEW YORK) -- Areas of the Galapagos Islands were under a state of emergency on Monday as crews battled to assess the damage of a potentially massive oil spill. The spill occurred off San Cristobal Island when a barge carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel collided with a crane at the La Predial pier on Sunday. The crane was loading a container onto the barge when it suddenly tipped over onto the barge, sinking the vessel. Video from the scene showed crew w..
December 23, 2019

Five Saudis sentenced to death for role in killing Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi

Zolnierek/iStock(LONDON) -- Five men have been sentenced to death for their roles in the killing of former Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashogghi, Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor announced Monday. Khashogghi, a dissident who had U.S. residency, was killed by Saudi agents inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul last year. His killing has roiled U.S.-Saudi relations despite efforts by President Donald Trump and his top allies to defend the relationship -- with lawmakers in both p..
December 23, 2019

Australia’s prime minister justifies climate policies amid raging wildfires

Twitter/@ScottMorrison(SYDNEY, Australia) -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is justifying his stance on climate policies, despite bushfires raging throughout the country. Hundreds of wildfires were burning in four states on Monday, which have been burning for months, The Associated Press reported. In New South Wales alone, 94 fires were burning as of Monday night local time, with 58 yet to be contained, according to the state's Rural Fire Service. Morrison responded to criticism t..
December 23, 2019

American woman dies from burns weeks after volcano erupted in New Zealand

Echinophoria/iStock(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) -- Another American has died following the eruption of a volcano in New Zealand earlier this month, according to hospital officials. The victim is the 19th overall from the blast, which took place on White Island, off the northeast coast of New Zealand, on Dec. 9. That total includes two people who are missing and presumed dead. The woman, Mayuri Singh, died Sunday night at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland from burns suffered in the eruption. Singh w..