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Exclusive: Iran’s Oct 10 missile test violated U.N. ban – expert panel

The medium-range Emad rocket that Iran tested on Oct. 10 was a ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead, which makes it a violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution, a team of sanctions monitors said in a confidential new report. The conclusion of the council’s Panel of Experts on Iran will likely lead to calls for expanding sanctions ... Read More »

Kerry says Russia, U.S. can work together on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) welcomes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia December 15, 2015. Russia and the United States can work together to make progress in ending the war in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, seeking to narrow their differences over a political ... Read More »

Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto denies being Craig Wright (maybe)

Someone claiming to be bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto has denied being the Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright, who was named as man behind the cryptocurrency by Gizmodo and Wired on Tuesday night. In a posting to the bitcoin-dev mailing list with the subject line “Not this again.”, the email’s author wrote “I am not Craig Wright. We are all Satoshi.” The ... Read More »

Hooray for the Paris climate agreement! Now what?

Demonstrators dress up as polar bears to take part in a climate rally Saturday in Paris. “The end of the era of fossil fuels.” “A victory for all of the planet and future generations.” “A turning point for the world.” It’s hard to overstate the importance of what happened in Paris over the weekend: Ministers from 195 countries adopted by ... Read More »

1 dead, more than 730,000 evacuated as Typhoon Melor batters Philippines

Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated in the central Philippines, where a fierce storm is lashing coastal areas with heavy wind and rain. Typhoon Melor has killed at least one person, caused power cuts and disrupted transportation after churning across several islands in the archipelago since Monday. On Tuesday morning, the storm unexpectedly regained force, with its maximum ... Read More »

Yo-Kai Watch mixes Japanese culture with gaming

Nintendo’s latest hand-held hit may seem a little familiar. Yo-Kai Watch has an array of strange and cute characters to collect, a massive following in Japan, and arrives in the U.S. complete with its own anime series. So far, so Pokémon. But a deep connection with Japanese culture gives Yo-Kai Watch a distinctive feel compared to Nintendo’s other enormous hand-held ... Read More »

Bad luck Zuck: China says no plans to stop blocking foreign web sites

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been courting China assiduously — learning Mandarin, welcoming officials to Facebook’s offices and asking President Xi Jinping to choose a name for his then unborn child. But, so far, there’s little sign his charm offensive is paying off. Lu Wei, China’s Internet czar, says the country has no plans to stop blocking foreign websites, which ... Read More »

Can clean energy save the gorillas of Virunga National Park?

We’re surrounded by shades of deep green, hiking up hill, following the rhythmic sound of machete slicing a small path through thick forest. “We’re two minutes away now,” says Virunga National Park’s southern sector head Innocent Mburanumwe. “Actually maybe one minute,” he corrects himself. Time to put on our masks. Mountain gorillas share 98% of their DNA with humans. Even ... Read More »

Change hits Saudi Arabia: 900 women run for office

More than 900 women are campaigning for public office in Saudi Arabia — a first in the kingdom’s history. The December 12 municipal election will be the first opportunity for Saudi women to vote or run for office since a 2011 order by the now deceased King Abdullah that granted women some opportunities for political participation in the ultra-conservative Sunni ... Read More »

Replacement stadium designs unveiled for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Two new stadium designs have been unveiled for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after organizers controversiallyscrapped a previous plan. A winner will be chosen later this month, the Japan Sports Council said in a statement. “(The winning design) will be selected by the end of December after further examination by a committee consisting of architectural experts and ministers,” said Council president ... Read More »