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February 11, 2019

Russian region declares state of emergency after mass invasion of polar bears

SeppFriedhuber/iStock(MOSCOW) -- Authorities in a remote Russian arctic region have declared a state of emergency after dozens of hungry polar bears overran villages, besieging residents. A team of specialists is being flown into Novaya Zemlya, an archipelago with a population of less than 3,000 people, to assist in removing the bears, which have been gathering in populated areas in increasingly large numbers since December, according to local authorities. Fifty-two bears have been spotted clo..
February 11, 2019

Acting defense secretary says no orders to reduce forces in Afghanistan

MivPiv/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- En route to Afghanistan on an unannounced trip, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Monday he has not received orders from President Donald Trump to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan by half, a Taliban demand made at recent peace talks with U.S. negotiators. During his first visit to Afghanistan, Shanahan stressed the importance of including the Afghan government in the talks, something the Taliban has not been willing to do. "I have not b..
February 11, 2019

Berlin Film Festival offers opportunities for women, building on #MeToo momentum

Michael Tran/Getty Images(BERLIN) -- As a young, female movie producer working in Hollywood in the 1980s, Gale Anne Hurd struggled for her talents to be recognized by her male peers. Although she'd already produced and co-wrote her first feature film, The Terminator, which was a blockbuster hit, some potential employers accused her of receiving credit for work she hadn't done. "I was asked at one point, how can a little girl like you produce a big movie like this?" she recalled, speaki..
February 11, 2019

Nearly 100 children dead as world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak surpasses 800 cases

Manjurul/iStock(LONDON) -- The second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has claimed the lives of nearly 100 children. At least 97 children, 65 of whom were younger than 5 years old, have died from Ebola virus disease in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo since the outbreak was declared there Aug. 1, according to a press release from Save the Children, a charity supporting the fight against the current epidemic. "We are at a crossroads," Heather Kerr, Save the Children..