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 Pok√©mon. 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 »

Paris attacks: ‘I would have killed him,’ Bataclan bomber’s father says

A shaken father told reporters Wednesday that he never knew his son had returned to France after a stint in Syria. If he’d found out, Said Mohamed-Aggad said he wouldn’t have let his son join the ranks of attackers who unleashed carnage at the Bataclan theater in Paris last month. “I would have killed him beforehand,” he said in an ... Read More »

Russia fires on Turkish ship to ‘avoid collision’ in Aegean Sea

A Russian warship has fired warning shots at a Turkish boat as the two vessels threatened to collide. The incident occurred on Sunday 22 kilometers (13 miles) north of the Greek island of Limnos in the Aegean Sea, according to a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry. Relations between Russia and Turkey have been tense since a Russian jet operating ... Read More »

Militant group says it’s behind deadly bus stop blast in Pakistan

A blast at a bus stop killed 23 people and injured dozens more in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, authorities said. A Sunni militant group has claimed responsibility. The explosion hit the bus stop at a busy market in Parachinar, the capital of Kurram Agency, said Amjad Ali, a local official. At least 50 others were injured. He said the number ... Read More »