|Wave of strikes hits Syria's last rebel-held bastion
Dozens of air strikes and shelling hit parts of the last swathe of Syrian territory still held by rebels on Friday, according to rebels, rescue workers and a war monitoring group, in a possible prelude to a full-scale government offensive.
Russia downs drone near its Syria air base: TASS
Russia's military said it had shot down a drone that came close to its Syrian air base at Hmeimim on Saturday and was launched from the Idlib "de-escalation" zone controlled by what Moscow calls "illegal military groups", TASS agency reported.
Security alert at Seattle's SeaTac airport after plane 'took off without permission'
F-15 fighter planes gave chase after 'suicidal, single male' stole a Q400 plane from a maintenance areaA plane has been stolen from Seattle-Tacoma international airport by an airline employee and crashed, authorities have confirmed, after F-15 fighter jets were scrambled and flights grounded in a major security incident. Military pilots contacted the rogue aircraft and it crashed soon afterwards, said local media, citing sources at the US air force Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington state. The plane came down on Ketron Island in the Puget Sound waterway about 25 miles south-west of the airport on Friday evening. Aerial television footage showed a fire in amongst trees. Continue reading...
Monsanto ordered to pay $289m as jury rules weedkiller caused man's cancer
Court finds in favor of Dewayne Johnson, first person to take Roundup maker to trial
Monsanto suffered a major blow with a jury ruling that the company was liable for a terminally ill man's cancer, awarding him $289m in damages.Dewayne Johnson, a 46-year-old former groundskeeper, won a huge victory in the landmark case on Friday, with the jury determining that Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller caused his cancer and that the corporation failed to warn him of the health hazards from exposure. The jury further found that Monsanto "acted with malice or oppression". Continue reading...
More than 100 seats that backed Brexit now want to stay in EU
Major new analysis shows most constituencies now have majority who want to RemainMore than 100 Westminster constituencies that voted to leave the EU have now switched their support to Remain, according to a stark new analysis seen by the Observer
.In findings that could have a significant impact on the parliamentary battle of Brexit later this year, the study concludes that most seats in Britain now contain a majority of voters who want to stay in the EU. Continue reading...
Charlottesville on edge on anniversary of deadly white nationalist rallies
More than 1,000 police called in as Virginia city prepares to honor killed counter-protesterMore than 1,000 law enforcement officers lined the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday as the city marked a year since violent white supremacist rallies sparked a deadly attack and open fighting in the streets.The racist provocateur
who organized last year's far-right rally has moved on to Washington, DC, where he has received a permit to stage a "white civil rights rally" on Sunday in front of the White House. Continue reading...
Rising sea levels leave Belgium's St Tropez 'fighting for its life'
Proposed offshore island to protect a haunt of Sinatra and Dietrich would be its ruin, says long-time mayorIt is known affectionately as Belgium's answer to St Tropez - a town once frequented by Frank Sinatra and Marlene Dietrich and which has inspired the pop art of Keith Haring and surrealism of René Magritte, who painted the walls of the town's casino.But now the chic, if slightly faded, seaside resort of Knokke-Heist is, in the words of its mayor, Count Leopold Lippens, in a "fight for its life". The Flemish government, in an attempt to limit the damage to the Belgian coast from rising sea levels, has announced plans for an artificial island of 40 hectares (99 acres) 1.2 kilometres from the sandy beach, to act as a bulwark against the waves. Belgium has, until now, been slow to respond to climate change and its coast has suffered severe damage during recent storms. Continue reading...
|On anniversary of rally, how Charlottesville changed us
It's been nearly a year since white nationalists and neo-Nazis clashed with counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Va., leaving a young woman and two state police officers dead and a nation that has long struggled with the dark side of its complicated racial history shaken to its core.
US Navy searching for overboard marine off Philippines
The US military said it had launched a search and rescue operation after reports a marine may have fallen overboard from an American warship as it sailed through Philippine waters. The US 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit said a member, who was not named, may have gone overboard Thursday morning. Aircraft on board the USS Essex are searching waters off the Sulu Sea and the Surigao Strait while multiple searches are also being made inside the ship itself, the unit said.
Aviation expert: 'This is a really big deal'
An airline employee's unauthorized takeoff from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport before dying in a crash will likely prompt a major review of already tightly controlled industry security measures, experts said Saturday.
The plane was chased by F-15s
An aircraft that took off without authorization and without passengers has crashed, officials at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport said Friday night.