Mon, 20 Aug 2018 02:01:26 -0400

The Taliban Have Taken at Least 100 People Hostage in Northern Afghanistan, Officials Say

The Taliban Have Taken at Least 100 People Hostage in Northern Afghanistan, Officials SayWomen and children were among those seized during an ambush in the country's north


Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:04:26 -0400

Malaysia makes record $12-mn rhino horn seizure

Malaysia makes record $12-mn rhino horn seizureMalaysia has made a record seizure of 50 rhino horns worth an estimated $12 million at Kuala Lumpur airport as they were being flown to Vietnam, authorities said Monday. Customs officials found the parts in cardboard boxes on August 13 in the cargo terminal of the capital's airport, said Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim, head of Malaysia's wildlife department. The 50 rhino horns weighed 116 kilogrammes (256 pounds) and are worth about 50 million ringgit ($12 million), he told AFP, adding that the seizure was "the biggest ever in (Malaysia's) history in terms of the number of horns and value".


Mon, 20 Aug 2018 01:48:50 -0400

Millions of Muslim Pilgrims Gather at Mount Arafat to Mark Pinnacle of Hajj

Millions of Muslim Pilgrims Gather at Mount Arafat to Mark Pinnacle of HajjIslam's Prophet Muhammad is said to have delivered his final sermon at the site


Mon, 20 Aug 2018 03:21:18 -0400

Australian prime minister abandons greenhouse gas target

Australian prime minister abandons greenhouse gas targetCANBERRA, Australia (AP) Australia's prime minister on Monday abandoned plans to legislate to limit greenhouse gas emissions to head off a revolt by conservative lawmakers.


Sun, 19 Aug 2018 23:10:11 -0400

Another Earthquake Has Killed at Least 13 People on the Indonesian Island of Lombok

Another Earthquake Has Killed at Least 13 People on the Indonesian Island of LombokA strong earthquake cut power across the Indonesian island of Lombok, toppled buildings and killed at least 13 people as the tourist hotspot was trying to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people.


Sat, 18 Aug 2018 13:16:23 -0400

New panda mom doesn't know she has twins thanks to these sneaky zookeepers

New panda mom doesn't know she has twins thanks to these sneaky zookeepersCrafty zookeepers are keeping a set of newborn panda twins alive by switching them out every day. Although twins aren't uncommon, when pandas have multiple babies they tend to devote all of their attention to only one of their cubs, leaving the other to starve. SEE ALSO: Someone tried to smuggle a snake onto a plane by hiding it in a hard drive But these zookeepers have managed to get new panda moms to care for both babies by rotating them out, tricking the pandas into believing they only have one cub to care for. A BBC Earth video narrated by the one and only David Attenborough shows the keepers' technique. New mother Lee Lee hasn't realized that she had twins because her keepers have been switching her 18-day-old cubs out, so she only has one at a time. When they need to change out the cubs, they distract Lee Lee with a bowl of honey water and worm the young cub from her paws. Then, they put that cub in an incubator and bring the other cub to Lee Lee, ensuring that both get the maternal care they need. Keepers swap the cubs out at least 10 times a day, keeping a meticulous record of the babies' time with their mom. The technique has an almost 100 percent survival rate. Although pandas are no longer endangered, they are still vulnerable, so finding new ways to help the species along, even in captivity, is important. Plus, it's freaking adorable. WATCH: This design studio is growing gourds inside 3D printed molds to create organic, biodegradable cups


Sat, 18 Aug 2018 14:50:11 -0400

Putin Warns Merkel That Europe Can't Afford a New Syria Refugee Crisis

Putin Warns Merkel That Europe Can't Afford a New Syria Refugee CrisisMerkel was hosting Putin for their first bilateral talks in Germany since 2013