February 22, 2020

Conservatives poised to make gains in Iran elections amid sanctions, domestic problems

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Iran held its 11th parliament election on Friday amid the toughest sanctions on the country and after a few hectic months, domestically. The competition for more than 290 seats in the parliament seems an already-won game for the conservative parties in the absence of many well-known reformist candidates. The initial, yet unofficial, results indicate that the conservative party candidates are likely to take all 30 parliament seats in Tehran, Fars News Agency reported on Saturd..
February 22, 2020

Coronavirus cases in South Korea up to 433 overnight

iStock/nigelcarse(SEOUL, South Korea) -- South Korea's number of newly confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus more than doubled Saturday to a total of 433 -- an eightfold jump in just four days. "The situation is entering a new phase," Vice Health and Welfare Minister Kim Kang-lip told reporters. But the high number of confirmed cases is also because the country’s medical industry has high diagnostic capability, according to experts. The current period is still "early stage" and the gover..
February 22, 2020

Sunscreen pollution accelerating demise of coral reefs, experts say

iStock/johnandersonphoto(NEW YORK) -- The Earth's coral reefs, some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems in the world, are facing a number of serious threats. Beyond large-scale events like climate change, local stressors, including persistent sunscreen pollution, are contributing to their destruction, experts say. While coral communities can be found at varying depths, shallow-water reefs occupy approximately 110,000 square miles of the sea floor, roughly the size of Nevada -- accor..
February 21, 2020

Vancouver man attempts to steal float plane, damages two other planes in incident

kali9/iStock(VANCOUVER, Canada) -- A man in Vancouver, Canada attempted to steal a float plane early Friday morning, Canadian authorities confirmed. At around 3:30 a.m., authorities responded to reports that a man tried to steal a Seair charter aircraft, according to Vancouver police. The aircraft did not make it airborne, instead crashing into a nearby plane, which "suffered extensive damage, completely losing a wing," Vancouver Police Spokesperson Tania Visintin told ABC News. A third aircraft..