August 29, 2019

Photos show North Korea closer to building submarine that can launch missiles

Oleksii Liskonih/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- New satellite imagery seems to confirm North Korea's recent claim that it has built a new submarine capable of launching ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear warheads. According to analysis by a Washington think tank the photos also indicate that North Korea may be preparing for a new test of a submarine launched ballistic missile. On July 23 North Korean state media released photos of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspecting a "newly built su..
August 29, 2019

US, Taliban closing in on agreement as top US envoy heads to Afghanistan

Golden_Brown/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. and Taliban remained engaged in talks in Qatar on Wednesday, even as chief U.S. negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad prepared to head to Kabul, Afghanistan, to brief the Afghan government on a nearly finalized agreement. It could be a sign that after months of negotiation, the two sides are closing in on a deal that could ultimately involve U.S. troops withdrawing from Afghanistan after nearly 18 years of war. Both the U.S. and the Taliban have denied that they..
August 28, 2019

Queen approves UK government’s request to suspend Parliament during crucial Brexit period

melis82/iStock(LONDON) — Queen Elizabeth has approved a request by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to suspend Parliament, a move that appears designed to thwart opposition lawmakers from blocking Brexit, prompting protests in cities across the United Kingdom. Johnson spoke to the Queen on Wednesday to request an end to the current Parliament session in September. The shift gives opposition lawmakers less time to block a no-deal Brexit before the U.K.'s Oct. 31 deadline to leave the European Un..
August 28, 2019

Researchers discover 3.8-million-year-old cranium of human ancestor in Ethiopia

dk_photos/iStock(CLEVELAND) -- Researchers have discovered a "remarkably complete" cranium of a human ancestor dating back 3.8 million years. The fossil, known as MRD-VP-1/1, was found in Feburary 2016 at the Woranso-Mille paleontological site in the Afar region in northern Ethiopia, and paleoanthropologists and geologists have been conducting an extensive analysis on it ever since, according to a news release from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The skull, belonging to the species Aust..