November 15, 2018

US returns ‘Bells of Balangiga’ taken from Philippines during war

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After more than a century on American soil, Defense Secretary James Mattis officially returned the "Bells of Balangiga" to the Philippines on Wednesday. The three church bells were taken by the U.S. military from the town of Balangiga in the eastern Philippines during the Philippine-American War. Dozens of U.S. soldiers were massacred in the town on Sept. 28, 1901. At the time, it was considered the Army's worst defeat since the Battle of the Little Bighorn in..
November 15, 2018

Super-Earth discovered orbiting red dwarf known as Barnard’s Star

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A team of astrophysicists believe they have discovered a huge, icy, dimly-lit "super-Earth" -- 3.2 times the size of our planet -- and it's just six light-years away, according to a new report published this week in the journal Nature. Barnard's Star is a so-called red dwarf star, one of the nearest stars to our solar system's sun. “After a very careful analysis, we are 99% confident that the planet is there,” team leader Ignasi Ribas of Institute of..
November 15, 2018

Traffic sham: Cops pull over cardboard ‘bus’ on Russian bridge

iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- Police pumped the brakes on four people who tried to cross an iconic bridge in Russia dressed as a cardboard bus. Video shared widely on Russian social media Tuesday showed the "bus" -- with four pairs of legs sticking out of the bottom -- making its way through busy traffic on the Golden Bridge in Vladivostok. The Golden Bridge, also known as the Zolotoy Bridge, was constructed for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in 2012. A cable-stayed bridge, it spans..
November 14, 2018

Pence urges Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi to free journalists, hold officials responsible for Rohingya massacre

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- In some of the strongest language the U.S. has used with Myanmar's top civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, Vice President Mike Pence urged her to free two Reuters journalists detained by the government and hold accountable those responsible for the slaughter and expulsion of Rohingya minorities from the country into neighboring Bangladesh. It was the highest level meeting between the U.S. and Myanmar under the Trump administration, and Pence's blunt mess..