At least 100 dead in Beirut explosions; recovery could cost $5B

A view of the destroyed port is seen after a massive explosion in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday. Photo by Wael Hamzeh/EPA-Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Authorities in Beirut have increased the death count from the devastating explosions on Tuesday to at least 100, while one official said Wednesday it could cost Lebanon's capital about $5 billion [...]

2020-08-05T13:41:08+00:00August 5th, 2020|

U.S. closes Chinese consulate in Houston; Beijing threatens retaliation

By Don Jacobson  (0) A State Department spokeswoman said the closure was ordered "to protect American intellectual property and Americans' private information." File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI | License Photo July 22 (UPI) -- The Chinese government on Wednesday threatened retaliatory "countermeasures" after U.S. officials abruptly ordered the closure of Beijing's consulate in Houston. Chinese Foreign Ministry [...]

2020-07-22T17:32:23+00:00July 22nd, 2020|

China prepares to launch orbiter, lander, rover to Mars

By Paul Brinkmann  (0) This is an artist's depiction of the Mars rover on the Tianwen-1 mission slated for a launch as early as Thursday. Image courtesy of Xinhua July 22 (UPI) -- China plans to launch its initial attempt to reach Mars -- the first such mission in history to include an orbiter, lander and [...]

2020-07-22T17:15:14+00:00July 22nd, 2020|

COVID-19 deaths surging in Latin America as Mexico rises to 5th place

Commuters wear face shields and masks to prevent further spread of COVID-19 at a Metro station in Mexico City, Mexico, on Tuesday. The Metro Collective Transport System began distributing 1 million masks to commuters at different Metro stations. Photo by Jose Pazos/EPA-EFE July 5 (UPI) -- Coronavirus is surging in Latin America with Brazil, Mexico and [...]

2020-07-05T20:52:29+00:00July 5th, 2020|

Letter from Iran triggers mediation process on nuclear deal

By Christen McCurdy  (0) European High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell, shown here at a video press conference in June, said a recent letter from Iran has triggered a mediation process regarding the country's international nuclear deal. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/EPA-EFE July 4 (UPI) -- The European Union's top diplomat said a [...]

2020-07-05T20:46:34+00:00July 5th, 2020|

Researchers: Asian flying snakes wriggle their bodies for stability

By Ben Hooper  (0) June 30 (UPI) -- Researchers at Virginia Tech University said they have figured out why a species of flying snake native to Asia wriggle their bodies when they glide through the air -- for stability. The researchers, who published their findings Monday in the journal Nature Physics, said they conducted indoor experiments with [...]

2020-07-01T17:02:05+00:00July 1st, 2020|

Financial transfers back intelligence of Russian bounty scheme

By Danielle Haynes  (0) U.S. soldiers attend a training session for the Afghan Army in Herat, Afghanistan, on May 2, 2019. Financial transfers from a Russian intelligence agency to a Taliban-linked bank account support detainee information suggesting Russia paid Taliban militants to target U.S. soldiers. File Photo by Jalil Rezayee/EPA-EFE June 30 (UPI) -- Large financial [...]

2020-06-30T22:48:47+00:00June 30th, 2020|

‘COVID-free’ Italian village offering houses for $1

By Ben Hooper  (0) June 12 (UPI) -- An Italian village that bills itself as "COVID-free" is attempting to attract new residents by selling homes for $1 -- but the new owners must promise to renovate the houses. Cinquefrondi, in the southern region of Calabria, bills itself as a "COVID-free village," as there haven't been any [...]

2020-06-13T23:31:16+00:00June 13th, 2020|

Carbon dioxide reaches a record level despite COVID-19’s drastic impact

Atmospheric carbon dioxide reached a seasonal peak of 417.1 parts per million for 2020 in May, the highest monthly reading ever recorded, according to scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, who used measurements at Mauna Loa Observatory. That's a carbon dioxide level [...]

2020-06-13T23:26:54+00:00June 13th, 2020|

U.S., Chinese aircraft fly in Taiwan’s air zone

By Elizabeth Shim  (0) Taiwan warded off Chinese aircraft with air force jets on Tuesday, Taipei's defense ministry said. File Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA-EFE June 9 (UPI) -- U.S. and Chinese aircraft flew in Taiwanese airspace on Tuesday, amid high tensions between Washington and Beijing. Taiwan's defense ministry said several Chinese Su-30 fighters temporarily entered [...]

2020-06-10T02:15:02+00:00June 10th, 2020|