November 26, 2019

Search continues for jewel thieves after ‘targeted and prepared’ strike on German museum

huettenhoelscher/iStock(DRESDEN, Germany) — Dresden, Germany, is still reeling more than a day after a spectacular heist in which robbers made off with precious diamonds and jewels from one of the world's oldest museums. Police said it's unlikely the thieves who struck the Gruenes Gewoelbe, or Green Vault, on Monday were amateurs. "All in all, the circumstances point to a targeted and prepared crime," said Criminal Councilor Olaf Richter, who's working on the investigation. Their ..
November 26, 2019

Conservative party accused of peddling disinformation ahead of UK election

mammuth/iStock(LONDON) -- While American eyes were focused on the Trump impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill last week, the U.K. has been embroiled in a political scandal of its own. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing an election on Dec. 12 and this week his Conservative party has been accused of peddling disinformation on both Twitter and Google. Information disorder -- the proliferation of fake news in various forms (whether intentionally false or not) -- has emerged as a key issue..
November 26, 2019

Koala rescued in dramatic viral video dies of injuries

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Ellenborough Lewis, the koala whose dramatic rescue from Australian bush fires was a symbol of hope for the struggling koala population, has had to be put down because of the severity of his injuries. “Today we made the decision to put Ellenborough Lewis to sleep,” wrote the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital in a post on their Facebook page. The koala was found struggling to escape the fires on the east coast of the country by Toni Doherty, an Australian woman who saw him from he..
November 26, 2019

Protesters furious over rebel attack torch UN base and town hall in Ebola-hit Congolese city

iStock(NEW YORK) -- An angry crowd set fire to a United Nations building as well as a local mayor's office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Monday, in the wake of a deadly attack by an armed group. Violent protests erupted in the northeastern city of Beni after at least 8 people were killed and others were kidnapped on Sunday night during a raid by the Allied Democratic Forces, a militant group of Ugandan origin. Residents were apparently furious that government troops and U.N. pe..