Category: World

Mathematics Predicts A Sixth Mass Extinction

5:16 pm Eastern | World

In the past 540 million years, the Earth has endured five mass extinction events, each involving processes that upended the normal cycling of carbon through the atmosphere and oceans. read more »

Press Releases: Briefing With Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Brett McGurk

3:55 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Brett McGurk Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition To Counter ISIS, Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition To Counter ISIS New York City, NY September 22, 2017 read more »

Green alert: earthquake M 4.5 in Russian Federation on 9/22/2017 6:54:43 PM

3:40 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System M 4.5 in Russian Federation on 22 Sep 2017 18:54 UTCread more »

2017-09-22 18:54:43 (M4.5) off the east coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia 54.9 163.2 (29192)

3:37 pm Eastern | U.S. News

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Fact Sheets: C5+1 Fact Sheet

2:55 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Washington, DC September 22, 2017 C5+1 is a format for dialogue and a platform for joint efforts to address common challenges faced by the United States and the five Central Asian states. It complements bilateral relationships in the region, particularly in issue areas where regional approaches may provide a comparative advantage. At the first C5+1 ministerial, held in Samarkand in November 2015, the six foreign ministers agreed to focus on three sectors of common interest – security, with a focus on terrorist threats; economics, with a focus on improving regional trade flows and prospects for U.S. trade and investment; and environmental challenges. They also agreed to form working groupsread more »

“Protecting Our Tribal Communities: Responding to Drugs, Violent Crime, and Public Corruption” Meeting to be held in Porcupine on September 28

1:23 pm Eastern | World

Minneapolis News has been updated: https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/minneapolis/news/press-releases/protecting-our-tribal-communities-responding-to-drugs-violent-crime-and-public-corruption-meeting-to-be-held-in-porcupine-on-september-28

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Engineer at Defense Contractor who Sold Satellite Secrets to Person Posing as Russian Spy Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison

1:22 pm Eastern | World

Los Angeles News has been updated: https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/losangeles/news/press-releases/engineer-at-defense-contractor-who-sold-satellite-secrets-to-person-posing-as-russian-spy-sentenced-to-five-years-in-federal-prison

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Probe Into ISIL’s Alleged War Crimes In Iraq Approved

22 Sep 09:04 | World

The United Nations Security Council has authorised the establishment of an investigation team to support Iraq’s domestic efforts to hold the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) accountable for acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed in the country.read more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

22 Sep 08:36 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump met today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. They reaffirmed the strategic partnership between the United States and Turkey and agreed to continue working together to foster regional stability and defeat terrorism in all its forms. The two leaders reaffirmed their rejection of the planned Kurdistan Regional Government's referendum on September 25th, and the serious consequences that would follow if it occurs. They called on Kurdish leaders to accept the process of intense negotiations on all outstanding issues which the United States and Turkey are prepared to endorse and support. ### read more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

22 Sep 08:35 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump met today with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan in New York. The two leaders agreed that North Korea's continued provocative actions, including its two recent missile launches that overflew Japan and the September 3rd nuclear test, constitute an unprecedented and grave threat to international peace. President Trump reiterated the U.S. commitment to defend Japan using the full range of U.S. military capabilities, and the leaders reaffirmed that the United States and Japan stand together shoulder-to-shoulder. The leaders welcomed the recent adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2375 and committed to working with South Korea and the entire world to secure its full implementation. They also committed to pursue other efforts to maximize pressure on North Korea, including urging China and Russia to play more consequential roles. The two leaders discussed economic matters and committed to deepening the partnership between the tworead more »

2017-09-22 06:45:55 (M4.4) Kuril Islands 45.6 152.0 (29192)

22 Sep 03:09 | World

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Green alert: earthquake M 4.5 in Russian Federation on 9/22/2017 5:04:04 AM

22 Sep 02:36 | U.S. News

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System M 4.5 in Russian Federation on 22 Sep 2017 05:04 UTCread more »

2017-09-22 05:04:04 (M4.5) near the east coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia 54.8 159.5 (29192)

22 Sep 02:33 | World

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GDACS daily newsletter for 22/09/2017

22 Sep 02:11 | World

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Press Releases: On-the-Record Briefing With Brian Hook, Director of Policy Planning

22 Sep 00:38 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Brian Hook, Director of Policy Planning, State Department New York, NY September 21, 2017 MR HOOK: I think the Secretary’s participation in the Joint Commission Ministerial I think was a highlight of the UN General Assembly because it allowed the Secretary to – for the first time in this administration at the ministerial level – meet with the signatories of the Iran nuclear deal and present the comprehensive threat that the Iranian regime poses to international peace and security. He walked through the full range of the Iranian regime’s malign activitieread more »

Press Releases: Civilian Victims of Syrian and Russian Airstrikes in Idlib and Hama Provinces

21 Sep 21:19 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 21, 2017 The United States is concerned by reports of airstrikes in Idlib province and northern Hama province on September 19 and 20 that killed at least three medical personnel and damaged a number of medical facilities, emergency equipment, and civil defense centers. These attacks fit an all-too-familiar pattern in which medical facilities and personnel – and tread more »

Green alert: earthquake M 4.6 in Russian Federation on 9/22/2017 12:48:00 AM

21 Sep 21:16 | U.S. News

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System M 4.6 in Russian Federation on 22 Sep 2017 00:48 UTCread more »

2017-09-22 00:48:00 (M4.6) east of the Kuril Islands 43.9 149.2 (29192)

21 Sep 21:12 | World

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Fact Sheets: U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syrian Crisis

21 Sep 18:23 | World

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 21, 2017 Maintaining its steadfast commitment to getting lifesaving support to the people of Syria impacted by conflict wherever they are, the United States today announced more than $697 million in additional humanitarian assistance. State Department Bureau of Population, Migration, and Refugees Acting Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw made this announcement at the UN General Assembly. It brings U.S. humanitarian assistance to nearly $read more »

Press Briefing by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

21 Sep 17:48 | World

New York Hilton Midtown – Rhinelander Gallery South New York, New York 3:03 P.M. EDT SECRETARY MNUCHIN: Hello, everybody. Nice to see you. Glad to be here with all of you. It's been a very productive week at the United Nations. I've been pleased to be here with the President. Today, the President strengthened -- he signed an executive order that strengthened the U.S. government's ability to cut off funding to the North Korean regime and its weapons development program. Despite multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un continues to threaten the world and his neighbors with provocative nuclear and missile tests. President Trump's new executive order significantly expands Treasury's authorities to target those who enable this regime's economic activity wherever they are located. For too long, North Korea has evaded sanctions and used thread more »

Press Releases: Joint Statement From the Ministerial Discussion on Syria

21 Sep 17:00 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 21, 2017 Ministers of Canada, Denmark, Egypt, European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States met September 18 to discuss Syria and related issues. They agreed on the following points, which will guide their united efforts: 1) There is only a political solution to the Syria crisis to be arrived at through read more »

Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Opens For Signature

21 Sep 15:19 | World

The world’s first legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons has opened for signature at United Nations Headquarters in New Yorkread more »

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Sept. 18, 2017)

21 Sep 14:05 | U.S. News

Sailors heave line aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) during a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195) while underway in Mediterranean Sea, Sept. 18, 2017. Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its fourth patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners, and U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Krystina Coffey (Released) 170918-N-QR145-228read more »

CARIBBEAN SEA (Sept. 20, 2017)

21 Sep 14:05 | Weather

Yeoman 3rd Class Vanessa Toliniu stands watch as the lee helmsman on the bridge of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during a replenishment-at-sea with the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12). Kearsarge is assisting with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The Department of Defense is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of-government response effort. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dana D. Legg (Released) 170920-N-MC499-007read more »

ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 14, 2017)

21 Sep 14:05 | U.S. News

Sailors unload supplies aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) during a connected replenishment. Princeton is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations designed to reassure allies and partners, and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelsey J. Hockenberger (Released) 170914-N-VR594-0145read more »

LUMUT, Malaysia (Sept. 20, 2017)

21 Sep 14:05 | World

Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Shaneka Goode interacts with students during a community engagement event at Lumut Naval Base in Lumut, Malaysia, as part of Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Malaysia Sept. 20, 2017. MTA Malaysia 2017 is a continuation of 23 years of maritime engagements between the U.S. Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy serving to enhance mutual capabilities in ensuring maritime security and stability. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton (Released) 170920-N-OU129-208read more »

Telecommunications Company Paying $965 Million For FCPA Violations

21 Sep 13:45 | Business

Sweden-based telecommunications provider Telia Company AB has agreed to pay $965 million in a global settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, and Dutch and Swedish law enforcement to resolve charges related to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to win business in Uzbekistan. According to the SEC’s order, Telia entered the Uzbek telecommunications market by offering and paying at least $330 million in bribes to a shell company under the guise of payments for lobbying and consulting services that never actually occurred.  The shell company was controlled by an Uzbek government official who was a family member of the President of Uzbekistan and in a position to exert significant influence over other Uzbek officials, causing them to take official actions to benefit Telia’s business in Uzbekistan. “Corporate bribery is not just unfair and illegal, it has terribly corrosive effects on business, government, and read more »

Telecommunications Company Paying $965 Million For FCPA Violations

21 Sep 13:45 | Business

Sweden-based telecommunications provider Telia Company AB has agreed to pay $965 million in a global settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, and Dutch and Swedish law enforcement to resolve charges related to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to win business in Uzbekistan. According to the SEC’s order, Telia entered the Uzbek telecommunications market by offering and paying at least $330 million in bribes to a shell company under the guise of payments for lobbying and consulting services that never actually occurred.  The shell company was controlled by an Uzbek government official who was a family member of the President of Uzbekistan and in a position to exert significant influence over other Uzbek officials, causing them to take official actions to benefit Telia’s business in Uzbekistan. “Corporate bribery is not just unfair and illegal, it has terribly corrosive effects on business, government, and read more »

'Pay More, Smoke Less' Possible Effects Of Raising Tobacco Taxes Across EU

21 Sep 09:14 | World

Raising tobacco taxes to increase cigarette prices could reduce cigarette consumption and smoking-associated deaths (SADs) in all 28 EU countries, according to a studyread more »

Truman Sailor Selected for Elite Cooking Exercise

21 Sep 08:43 | U.S. News

A USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Sailor will have the opportunity to heat things up and show off his culinary skills during the annual Exercise Joint Caterer competition Oct. 10-12 in Shrivenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom (UK).read more »

USS Donald Cook Departs Rota, Spain

21 Sep 08:41 | U.S. News

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Rota, Spain after conducting preparations for exercise Formidable Shield, Sept. 18.read more »

Reliance On 'Gut Feelings' Linked To Belief In Fake News

20 Sep 17:18 | World

People who tend to trust their intuition or to believe that the facts they hear are politically biased are more likely to stand behind inaccurate beliefs, a new study suggests. read more »

Early Guidance Can Help Future Moms Fight Fear Of Childbirth

20 Sep 15:19 | World

Caesarean deliveries in most developed countries, including Canada, are at least 10 to 20 per cent higher than recommended by the World Health Organization, and many efforts to decrease unnecessary C-sections have failed.read more »

Official Figures Confirm Mizzou’s Retention Rate Second Highest in History

20 Sep 15:10 | World

Fourth-week census numbers show freshman enrollment higher than expectedread more »

Remarks by the Vice President to the UN Security Council

20 Sep 12:58 | World

Security Council Chamber 11:16 A.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT: Mr. President, Chairperson Faki, President Ramos-Horta, distinguished members of the Security Council, it’s a great honor to be with you today in the midst of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly. As we gather at this historic assembly, I know all of our hearts are with the people of Puerto Rico as they face Hurricane Maria and its aftermath -- and with the people of Mexico City, even now as first responders and families seek to save the lost and find those that are injured in the midst of the earthquake that's now claimed more than 200 lives. Our hearts and our prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico and the people of Mexico, as we gather. We are here today to discuss what I believe is the most important mission of the United Nations: keeping the peace.  Let me begin by thanking Ethiopia for introducing today’s resolution on peacekeeread more »

2017-09-18 14:32:56 UPDATED: (M4.1) Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska 51.6 -178.4 (29192)

20 Sep 10:09 | World

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Fact Sheets: U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Crisis in Rakhine State, Burma

20 Sep 08:22 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 20, 2017 The United States is providing an additional nearly $32 million in humanitarian assistance to address the urgent needs of Rohingya fleeing violence from Rakhine State, Burma to Bangladesh, as well as internally displaced persons in Rakhine State, and host communities in Bangladesh. The United States is pleased to have announced this support during the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York. Among other priorities, read more »

Green alert: earthquake M 4.8 in Russian Federation on 9/20/2017 5:16:01 AM

20 Sep 02:28 | U.S. News

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System M 4.8 in Russian Federation on 20 Sep 2017 05:16 UTCread more »

2017-09-20 05:16:01 (M4.8) Kuril Islands 44.3 149.0 (29192)

20 Sep 02:22 | World

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Remarks by President Trump and Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Before Bilateral Meeting

19 Sep 17:44 | World

Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, New York 4:06 P.M. EDT   PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  It's my great honor to be with the Emir of Qatar.  And we've been friends a long time; people don't realize that.  We know each other for a long time.   And we are right now in a situation where we’re trying to solve a problem in the Middle East, and I think we'll get it solved.  I have a very strong feeling that it will be solved pretty quickly.     But we're talking, also, trade and many other things.  And we've had a tremendous relationship for the last short period of time, especially since our meeting in Saudi Arabia, which I think was an epic and very important -- really a very historic meeting.  And now we want to make the most of it by getting things settled.  But we also want to continue tradread more »

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on the 70th Anniversary of the Central Intelligence Agency

19 Sep 16:58 | World

Yesterday marked 70 years since the formation of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and as President, I am honored to mark this important anniversary. Since its formation in the wake of World War II, the CIA has served as the first line of defense in confronting the foreign challenges facing our country.  The CIA’s intelligence has long shaped our foreign policy in steering a safe and steady course for our Nation. Today, CIA officers help our government confront the full range of threats to our Nation’s security, including from terrorists, rogue states, weapons proliferators, transnational criminal organizations, and malicious cyber actors.  Through it all, they resolutely protect our citizens as well as our friends throughout the world. I proudly salute the brave men and women of the CIA who serve as America’s silent heroes, quietly strengthening our national security and often putting their lives on the line.  Their sacriread more »

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Jewish High Holy Days

19 Sep 16:52 | US Politics and Govt

As Jewish families across America and the world come together to mark the beginning of the year 5778 in the Jewish calendar, we join them in this time of reflection on the past year and hope for the year to come.   The High Holy Days are also an opportunity for us all to remember the extraordinary perseverance of the Jewish people throughout the centuries. They have endured unthinkable persecution, and yet, through it all, they have filled civilization with hope, love, and freedom. Today we thank God for the ancient faith of the Jewish People and the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel while wishing a blessed New Year to those preparing to commemorate the upcoming High Holy Days. read more »

5,000 deaths annually from Dieselgate in Europe

19 Sep 15:12 | World

About 425,000 premature deaths annually are associated with the current levels of air pollution in EU28, Norway and Switzerland. More than 90% of these premature deaths are caused by respiratory and cardiovascular diseases related to exposure to fine particulate matter.read more »

Readout of Second Lady Karen Pence’s visit to MercyFirst in New York

19 Sep 14:39 | US Politics and Govt

Today, Second Lady Karen Pence visited MercyFirst, a non-profit human services agency, in Syosset, New York.  Upon arrival, Mrs. Pence was greeted by the MercyFirst staff and youth. Following the greeting, the Second Lady viewed an art exhibition titled, “Hope Holds No Borders: Children’s Art of Compassion and Inclusion.” The artwork, created by children who participated in the art therapy program at MercyFirst, was displayed at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City earlier this year. After viewing the artwork, the Second Lady joined an art therapy session with youth and reviewed a case summary to explore how art therapy positively impacted one of the youth who has participated in MercyFirst’s art therapy program.  The visit concluded with the children showing Mrs. Pence the facility, including their meditation labyrinth garden. “MercyFirst works with children who have been traumatized; grew up without parents; and teenagers who haread more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Secretary Policy and Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini

19 Sep 12:32 | US Politics and Govt

Vice President Mike Pence met today at the United Nations Headquarters in New York with EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini. The leaders agreed to work together to increase pressure on North Korea to halt its aggressive actions, and the Vice President emphasized the United States' desire to work with allies and partners to end Iran's destabilizing activities. The leaders highlighted the importance of supporting the Euro-Atlantic aspirations of the countries of the Western Balkans and agreed to work in concert to promote a peaceful, prosperous, European future for the people of the region. The Vice President thanked Mogherini for the European Union's partnership in addressing shared challenges, and the leaders looked forward to future cooperation. read more »

Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

19 Sep 12:31 | US Politics and Govt

United Nations New York, New York 10:04 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates:  Welcome to New York.  It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the people of the world.  As millions of our citizens continue to suffer the effects of the devastating hurricanes that have struck our country, I want to begin by expressing my appreciation to every leader in this room who has offered assistance and aid.  The American people are strong and resilient, and they will emerge from these hardships more determined than ever before. Fortunately, the United States has done very well since Election Day last November 8th.  The stock market is at an all-time high -- a record.  Unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years, and because of our regulatory and read more »

Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

19 Sep 12:31 | US Politics and Govt

United Nations New York, New York 10:04 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates:  Welcome to New York.  It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the people of the world.  As millions of our citizens continue to suffer the effects of the devastating hurricanes that have struck our country, I want to begin by expressing my appreciation to every leader in this room who has offered assistance and aid.  The American people are strong and resilient, and they will emerge from these hardships more determined than ever before. Fortunately, the United States has done very well since Election Day last November 8th.  The stock market is at an all-time high -- a record.  Unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years, and because of our regulatory and read more »

People's love of the seas could be the key for plastic pollution solution

19 Sep 12:09 | World

Tapping into the public's passion for the ocean environment could be the key to reducing the threats posed to it by plastic pollution, a new report suggests.read more »

Green alert: earthquake M 4.7 in Russian Federation on 9/19/2017 2:49:35 PM

19 Sep 11:20 | U.S. News

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System M 4.7 in Russian Federation on 19 Sep 2017 14:49 UTCread more »

2017-09-19 14:49:35 UPDATED: (M4.7) Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska 52.0 178.0 (29192)

19 Sep 11:05 | World

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