January 13, 2020

Human rights organization head denied entry into Hong Kong

Ken Roth/Twitter(HONG KONG) -- Hong Kong authorities on Sunday denied entry to the executive director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), according to the international watchdog group. Kenneth Roth planned to launch the group’s World Report 2020 at a news conference in Hong Kong this coming Wednesday. The report looks at the state of human rights worldwide and its lead essay will examine the Chinese government’s "intensifying assault on the international human rights system," according to HRW. The rep..
January 13, 2020

A look at koalas in Australian culture amid fires that are devastating their numbers

Sylvain GAUTIER/iStock(SYDNEY) -- The estimated deaths of more than 25,000 koalas have left Australians fearful that the fate of the country's native animals may end in functional extinction. Bushfires have transformed Australia’s scenic landscape to one ravaged by smoke, flames and ruin. The fires, which began in early September, have claimed the lives of 25 people, destroyed more than 2,000 homes, and left an estimated one billion animals dead. Sam Mitchell, co-owner of the Kangaroo Isl..
January 12, 2020

Philippine officials warn of ‘volcanic tsunami’ following eruption near Manila

iStock/pxhidalgo(NEW YORK) -- Officials in the Philippines have warned residents of a possible "volcanic tsunami" following the eruption of a small volcano near the capital of Manila. The main crater for the Taal Volcano in the Batangas province, about 55 miles south of Manila, was continuously erupting a stream of ash and pebbles up to 9 miles in the sky on Sunday afternoon, according to a bulletin by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. Volcanic tremors began around 11 a.m. ..
January 12, 2020

Nuclear power alert ‘sent in error,’ Canadian utility company says

iStock(TORONTO) -- A Canadian utility company has retracted an alert stating that a nuclear power incident occurred at a power plant east of Toronto. The "emergency bulletin" was sent to residents in the province of Ontario on Sunday morning describing an "incident" that occurred at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station but stated there was no abnormal release of radioactivity. The power company later clarified that the message was sent in error. "There is no danger to the public or the envir..