France uses cruise missiles against Islamic State for first time

France has used cruise missiles for the first time against the Islamic State during strikes in Iraq on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said. SCALP long-range missiles were launched from French fighter jets based in the United Arab Emirates and Jordan as part of a bombing raid that targeted a command center, training site and logistics depot in western Iraq on ... Read More »

U.N. watchdog decides to close nuclear weapons probe of Iran

The U.N. nuclear watchdog’s 35-nation board decided on Tuesday to close its investigation into whether Iran once had a nuclear weapons program, opting to support Tehran’s deal with major powers rather than dwell on its past activities. In a symbolic victory for Iran, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors passed a resolution that would end its long-running inquiry ... Read More »

Putin signs law allowing Russia to overturn rulings of international rights courts

President Vladimir Putin has signed a law allowing Russia’s Constitutional Court to decide whether or not to implement rulings of international human rights courts. The law, published on Tuesday on the government website, enables the Russian court to overturn decisions of the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) if it deems them unconstitutional. Human Rights Watch has said the ... Read More »

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 »