May 18, 2018

Spread of Ebola to large city in Democratic Republic of Congo a ‘very concerning’ turn, health officials say

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has spread from rural areas to a city of nearly 1.2 million people, the country's health ministry said Wednesday. Situated along the Congo River, Mbandaka is a densely populated transit hub at the crossroads of Equateur province, the health ministry said, raising fears that the Ebola virus will be easily passed on. Ebola spreads through direct contact with bodily fluids of infected people. Downstre..
May 17, 2018

National Geographic launches effort to reduce plastic waste

Randy Olson/National Geographic(NEW YORK) -- National Geographic launched a new campaign this week to reduce waste from plastic products like single-use bags and straws, which includes a major change: most National Geographic magazines will now be delivered in paper packaging instead of plastic. The magazine reports that 18 billions pounds of plastic waste end up in oceans every year and that less than a fifth of plastic produced around the world is recycled. The launch of the "Planet or Plasti..
May 17, 2018

Trumps plan to send royal wedding gift

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- While President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump won't be attending Saturday’s highly-anticipated royal wedding in the United Kingdom, the White House confirms they will be sending a wedding gift instead. “President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will be making a contribution to one of the seven charities the royal couple has designated in lieu of gifts,” White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement. The White House ..
May 17, 2018

British troops rehearse for royal wedding at Windsor Castle

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Members of the military, horses and marching bands filled the streets around Windsor Castle today to rehearse for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday. Fans who’ve been staking out their spots -- some sleeping overnight to secure the best viewing locations -- and lucky visitors to Windsor got a preview of the pomp and circumstance. Security personnel and members of the media also got a chance to practice their roles ahead of the event. T..