February 13, 2020

Images show ice-less region of Antarctica following record-high temperatures

jocrebbin/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Images out of a northern region of Antarctica show a landscape nearly devoid of ice and snow after record-setting temperatures last week. Video taken near in the Chilean Antarctic Territory, on the continent's peninsula, show mountain bases with mere patches of snow and sections of ocean topped with little to no ice. Last Thursday, the Esperanza Base, a year-round Argentine research center on the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula, recorded a temperature o..
February 13, 2020

US, Taliban nearing deal to reduce violence, finalize talks that would lead to American withdrawal

KeithBinns/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. and Taliban are close to finalizing an agreement to reduce violence in Afghanistan, which would open the door to a historic deal on the U.S. military presence there, according to U.S. and Taliban officials. Unable to secure a full ceasefire from the Taliban, American negotiators had instead been demanding the militant group agree to a formal "reduction in violence" before moving ahead on an agreement that the two sides had come close to finalizing in Septe..
February 12, 2020

US forces come under fire while on patrol in Syria

omersukrugoksu/iStock(NEW YORK) -- American Coalition forces on patrol in Syria exchanged small arms fire with pro-Syrian regime gunmen at a checkpoint while on patrol in north eastern Syria, with the situation now de-escalated, according to a U.S. military spokesperson and a U.S. military source. The incident, which killed at least one Syrian and left an American with minor injuries, marks one of the most direct confrontations in the war-torn country between U.S. troops and President Bashar al-..
February 12, 2020

Community spread of new coronavirus in US ‘likely’: CDC

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images Top health officials prepped Americans for the prospect of novel coronavirus spreading in communities in the United States during a Wednesday news conference. "At some point, we we are likely to see community spread in the U.S.," said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. "[We] can and should be prepared for this new virus to take a foothold in the U.S.," Messonnier said. So far, there are only 13 cases conf..