December 11, 2019

Pompeo pushes back on Lavrov claim Trump didn’t raise Russia’s election interference

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday pushed back on claims by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that President Donald Trump did not warn Russia against interfering in U.S. politics and elections, widening a spat over what was said in Lavrov's second White House meeting with Trump. The Trump and Pompeo meetings with Lavrov on Tuesday have also come under fire for what critics say is the message they send to Ukraine, one day after the f..
December 11, 2019

New Zealand orders 1.2 million sq cm of skin from US to treat volcano victims

Echinophoria/iStock(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) -- New Zealand doctors need an estimated 1.2 million square centimeters of skin grafts to continue treating burn victims from Monday's volcano eruption, officials said. Dr. Peter Watson, chief medical officer of the Counties Manukau District Health Board, told reporters that 29 patients suffering burns over at least 30% of their bodies were still receiving treatment at hospitals across New Zealand since the volcano erupted on White Island. Twenty..
December 11, 2019

Suicide car bombing hits medical facility at Bagram military base in Afghanistan

KeithBinns/iStock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- A suicide bomber struck an under construction medical facility in Bagram, the largest U.S. military base in northern Afghanistan, Wednesday morning, Afghan and U.S. officials said. Two car bombs were involved in the attack, which was followed by a gun battle between the attackers and local security forces, killing at least one person and injuring at least 65 more, according to the Bagram district governor. There were no casualties to U.S. and coalition fo..
December 11, 2019

Greta Thunberg named “Time” magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year

DisobeyArt/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Greta Thunberg was named Time magazine's 2019 Person of the Year on Wednesday morning. She is youngest figure to receive the distinction in its 92-year history. The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist has become an iconic face in the fight to save the planet from climate change. Last year, she began spending her Fridays protesting by herself outside the Swedish parliament, and that effort grew to her leading a host of student-led climate strikes involving mil..