As world leaders convene in Paris this week to confront the long-term threat of global warming, the fact that their talks are taking place in a city still recovering from a deadly terrorist attack has amped up a long-running debate about how much climate change contributes to extremist violence.
More than 400 Chinese tourists, many of them thought to be elderly, were still missing late Tuesday after a tour boat sank in the Yangtze River after being hit by a strong storm.
Taipei (AFP) – At least 42 people were killed in a plane crash in Taiwan on Wednesday, officials said, with witnesses and local media reporting the flight came down in a storm after an aborted landing. TransAsia Airways flight GE222 was carrying 58 people on a domestic flight when it crashed into houses near Magong […]
By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Design problems with a blow-out prevention system contributed to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster and the same equipment is still commonly used in drilling four years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to a report issued Thursday by the federal Chemical Safety and […]
Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) – The confirmed death toll from South Korea’s ferry disaster rose sharply to more than 120 Tuesday as divers sped up the grim task of recovering bodies from the submerged ship and police took two more of its crew into custody. Better weather and calm seas spurred their efforts but underwater visibility was […]
Following the first news of the BP oil spill in April 2010, the public sense of outrage and frustration spread as quickly as the 200 million gallons of crude oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. But more than a year after the worst oil spill in U.S. history, Congress has not passed any legislation […]
From hurricanes to earthquakes to floods, the last thing the United States needs given the past few weeks is a disastrous Congress. In another episode of Republicans blocking necessary measures that would help the American people, the Senate failed on Monday to approve a funding package for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Senate needed […]
This post is by National Memo editor-in-chief Joe Conason. Failure to raise the debt ceiling before August 2 threatens worsened unemployment, a renewed recession and potential economic “chaos,” warn bipartisan experts who are now speaking out more loudly against Republican brinksmanship in Washington budget negotiations. A new study released by the Bipartisan Policy Center – […]