January 23, 2020

Top UN court rules that Myanmar must prevent genocide of Rohingya minority

yorkfoto/iStock(LONDON) -- The United Nations' International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Myanmar must “take all measures within its power” to prevent the genocide of its embattled Rohingya minority Thursday, in a move hailed by human rights groups. The Gambia, a small West African country, filed the lawsuit against Myanmar in November on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a coalition of countries with significant Muslim populations, asking the ICJ to investigate wheth..
January 23, 2020

‘Doomsday Clock’ decision looming as scientists gauge nuclear, climate change threats

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Gauging the duel threats of nuclear warfare and climate change, scientists are set to announce on Thursday whether to adjust the minute hand of the metaphorical "Doomsday Clock." The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, comprised of world leaders and Nobel Laureates, is scheduled to make its decision in a live-stream webcast at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The "Doomsday Clock" is already set at two minutes before midnight, the closest it has ever come to an apocaly..
January 23, 2020

French president loses his cool in argument with Israeli guards in Jerusalem

AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images(PARIS) -- French President Emmanuel Macron got into a testy exchange with Israeli security guards at the Church of Saint Anne in Jerusalem on Wednesday, accusing the guards of violating rules preventing them from entering what is considered French territory. The Ottoman Empire gifted the church, built by French crusaders in the 12th century, to France in 1856. "I don’t like what you did in front of me," Macron shouted at police outside the church. The specia..
January 22, 2020

Psychologist who devised ‘enhanced interrogation’ technique for CIA testifies at 9/11 trial hearing

BCFC/iStock(GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba) -- The psychologist credited with devising the C.I.A.'s program of "enhanced interrogation" during the war on terror defended his record at a pretrial hearing for the alleged masterminds of 9/11. James Mitchell, who worked as a contractor for the C.I.A. along with his colleague Bruce Jessen, told the tribunal at Guantanamo Bay’s Camp Justice that he "would get up today and do it again" as he thought his work was a "moral duty." Full transcripts of his testi..