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August 7, 2018

US officials to dodge Iraqi import laws by sending painkillers in diplomatic mail

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. government has apparently resorted to packing powerful painkillers in diplomatic pouches usually reserved for sensitive documents in order to circumvent import laws in Iraq and ensure paramilitary medics are well-stocked in case of emergency, according to a new government report. The disclosure came in a State Department Inspector General report published online Monday that said for more than a year contract medics on protective detail for U.S. officials..
August 7, 2018

Europe battles wildfires amid massive heat wave

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Europe is still experiencing a major heat wave, but forecasters promise some respite over the next 24 hours as rain in Scandinavia and thunderstorms across the United Kingdom help bring temperatures down. In Portugal, an oppressive four-day wildfire in the south of the country flared up again Tuesday, a day after the Portuguese Civil Protection Agency said firefighters had contained some 95 percent of the blaze. France is still in the midst of a heat wave, with tempe..
August 7, 2018

Pilot daughter makes her flight attendant mom’s dream come true

Ashrrita Chinchankar(MUMBAI, India) -- When Ashrrita Chinchankar’s mother, Pooja, first started working as a flight attendant for Air India, she would look at the few female pilots she saw around her and feel awe at their air of command and the respect they were accorded. This was 1980, when women in positions of power in India were few and far between, despite a female prime minister leading the country. "She would look at the airline captains and always think - how cool would it be to have a d..
August 6, 2018

Defense Department bans geolocation features on tech devices due to security risk

Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Fitbit(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Defense is prohibiting personnel from using geolocation features on their devices while serving in certain locations after concerns that the information transmitted from such devices was jeopardizing the security of American forces around the world, including those deployed in classified or sensitive areas. The new policy, which is effective immediately, follows reports from earlier this year that some wearable electronic dev..