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A large fire broke out on Monday at a weapons depot run by an Iraqi militia group, causing explosions heard across Baghdad, killing one person and injuring 29 others, authorities said. The depot, run by a militia group under the umbrella of the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, was located inside…

The widespread use of charcoal for cooking in African cities can cause devastating damage to forests up to 300 kilometers away, scientist Sebastian Rodriguez-Sanchez found while working on energy and agriculture issues in West Africa. So in 2015, he co-founded a business to try to fix the problem by weaning…

У першому півріччі 2019 року обсяг операцій з електронним грошима зріс на 60%, повідомив Національний банк України. Наразі він становить 4,9 мільярда доларів. Обсяг випущених електронних грошей порівняно з аналогічним періодом минулого року зріс більш ніж удвічі й становить 85,4 мільйона гривень. Національний банк також зафіксував більш як 20-відсоткове зростання…

Puerto Rico’s political turmoil seemed to be at least temporarily easing on Monday with attention shifting to policy rather than protests following the replacement governor’s move to suspend a hurricane recovery contract. In one of her first moves as governor, Wanda Vazquez announced late Sunday that she was scrutinizing a…

Довідковий курс гривні до долара станом на 12 годину дня 12 серпня становить 25,15 гривні за даними Національного банку. Водночас 9 серпня довідковий курс становив 25,07 копійок. Таким чином, за цим показником гривня ослабла на 8 копійок. За даними сайту «Мінфін», торги на міжбанківському ринку 12 серпня почалися з позначки…

The apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein has brought new scrutiny to a federal jail in New York that, despite chronic understaffing, houses some of the highest-security inmates in the country.   Epstein’s death is also the latest black eye for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, the jail’s parent agency that…

The chant “2 cents, 2 cents, 2 cents”started in the back of a crowd that packed sidewalks at the Iowa State Fair. Elizabeth Warren, basking in the spontaneous adulation of her proposed wealth tax, prompted roars with her call for the ultra-wealthy to “pitch in 2 cents so everybody gets…

Thousands of people have attended the burial of five Russian nuclear engineers killed by an explosion during tests of a new rocket.   The engineers, who died on Thursday, were laid to rest Monday in the city of Sarov that hosts Russia’s main nuclear weapons research center.   The Defense…

A Belgian company has become the first to announce it is cutting ties with Myanmar’s military after a United Nations fact-finding mission called on businesses to sever all financial links to the country’s generals.  Satellite communications firm Newtec said in a statement it would “follow the recommendations by the UN…

Enraged Hong Kong protesters blocked roads and defied police orders to disperse early Monday after riot officers fired tear gas and non-lethal ammunition at fleeing crowds.    Dozens of injuries were reported in several districts that became smokey battlegrounds, where the repeated “pop, pop” of exploding ammunition and screams echoed…

The latest round of talks between the Taliban and the United States on a deal to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops from Afghanistan has ended and now both sides will consult with their leadership on the next steps, a Taliban spokesman said Monday. The eighth round of talks in the…

Amid China’s deepening crackdown on labor activists, Wei Zhili, the editor of an online labor rights advocacy platform called iLabour, was officially arrested on the charge of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” on Friday – almost five months after he was taken away from his home in China’s southern city…