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Afghanistan opium production jumps 87 per cent to record level

17 Nov 15:06 | World

A profoundly alarming trend in the cultivation and production of opium in Afghanistan reveals an 87 per cent production increase compared to 2016, the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) said in its Afghanistan Opium Survey 2017.read more »

Your IMF Update: Press Release - Russian Federation

17 Nov 13:39 | Business

International Monetary Fund International Monetary Fund: New item in your series of interest.read more »

Security Council again fails to extend panel investigating use of chemical weapons in Syria

17 Nov 12:55 | World

Two draft resolutions – one sponsored by the United States and another led by Bolivia – were defeated in the United Nations Security Council Thursday, blocking renewal of the international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.read more »

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16 Nov 23:50 | World

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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, 11/16/2017, #32

16 Nov 17:14 | US Politics and Govt

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 3:43 P.M. EST MS. SANDERS: Good afternoon. Apologies for the delay. It's great to be back with everybody. Certainly missed seeing most of you who weren’t on the road. Q Most of us. MS. SANDERS: Most of you. I gave myself a little wiggle room there. The President's historic five-country trip to Asia was an incredible success. He rallied the world against the menace of North Korea; strengthened our alliances and showed our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region; and took a stand for fair and reciprocal trade. As a result of the trip, American families will be safer and more secure, and American workers and companies are one step closer to competing on the level playing field they deserve. Speaking of leveling the playing field for our workers and businesses, the President applauds the House for passing the Tax Cut and Jobs Act -- a massive stread more »

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Nov. 15, 2017)

16 Nov 15:40 | World

Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Shadi Azhari delivers a safety brief aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) prior to a replenishment-at-sea with the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195). Donald Cook, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its sixth 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 1st Class Theron J. Godbold (Released) 171115-N-FP878-026read more »

Human evolution was uneven and punctuated, suggests new research

16 Nov 15:08 | World

Neanderthals survived at least 3,000 years longer than we thought in Southern Iberia - what is now Spain - long after they had died out everywhere else, according to new research.read more »

New Video on What Inspires NTI Staff, the Vatican’s Conference on Disarmament, Model UN, and More.

16 Nov 13:01 | World

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Pesticides may cause bumblebees to lose their buzz, study finds

16 Nov 12:54 | World

Pesticides significantly reduce the number of pollen grains a bumblebee is able to collect, a new University of Stirling study has found.read more »

2017-11-16 01:09:22 (M4.4) Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska 51.5 -174.9 (29192)

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WTAS on the President's Foreign Policy Remarks

15 Nov 19:50 | US Politics and Govt

Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL): “Great recap from @POTUS on his incredibly successful Asia trip! It is wonderful to see [an] American leading on the world stage again.” NBC’s Ali Vitali: “Challenges Trump faces on world stage were ‘inherited’ from past admins – ‘mistakes…born of indifference and neglect’ or ‘naïve thinking and misguide judgment,’ he says.” Breitbart’s Charlie Spiering: “Trump says the world saw ‘a strong proud and confident America’ during his trip to Asia.” CBS’s Mark Knoller: “In talks with Chinese Pres Xi, Pres Trump says he made it clear that ‘time is running out’ for North Korea to end its nuclear and missile programs. Reiterated that all US options ‘are on the table.’” Axios’ Erica Pandey: “President Trump gave a full-throated defense of his ‘America First’ approach to foreign policy Wednesday, fresh oread more »

Press Releases: Eighth Anniversary of the Death of Sergey Magnitskiy

15 Nov 18:45 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 15, 2017 We honor the memory of Sergey Magnitskiy, who died on November 16, 2009, while in custody in a Moscow prison. An investigation by Russia's Presidential Human Rights Council found that Magnitskiy had been severely beaten in prison, and members of the Council said his death resulted from beatings and torture by police officials. Magnitskiy uncovered a vast taread more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

15 Nov 18:33 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Johnny Collett of Kentucky, to be the Assistant Secretary of Education for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. Mr. Collett is the Director of Special Education Outcomes at the Council of Chief State School Officers. In this role, he supports states in their work to raise expectations and improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities. He previously served as Director of the Division of Learning Services and State Director of Special Education at the Kentucky Department of Education. In this role, he provided oversight to a division that included special education, as well as other program areas such as English Learners, gifted and talented, response to intervention, the Kentucky School for the Blind, and the Kentucky School for the Deaf. He also served on the board of directors of the National Aread more »

Remarks by President Trump on His Trip to Asia

15 Nov 18:26 | World

Diplomatic Reception Room 3:35 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Last night, I returned from a historic 12-day trip to Asia. This journey took us to five nations to meet with dozens of foreign leaders, participate in three formal state visits, and attend three key regional summits. It was the longest visit to the region by an American President in more than a quarter of a century. Everywhere we went, our foreign hosts greeted the American delegation, myself included, with incredible warmth, hospitality, and most importantly respect. And this great respect showed very well our country is -- further evidence that America’s renewed confidence and standing in the world has never been stronger than it is right now. When we are confident in ourselves, our strength, our flag, our history, our values -- other nations are confident in us. And when we treat our citizens with the respect they deserve, othread more »

Remarks by President Trump on His Trip to Asia

15 Nov 18:26 | US Politics and Govt

Diplomatic Reception Room 3:35 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Last night, I returned from a historic 12-day trip to Asia. This journey took us to five nations to meet with dozens of foreign leaders, participate in three formal state visits, and attend three key regional summits. It was the longest visit to the region by an American President in more than a quarter of a century. Everywhere we went, our foreign hosts greeted the American delegation, myself included, with incredible warmth, hospitality, and most importantly respect. And this great respect showed very well our country is -- further evidence that America’s renewed confidence and standing in the world has never been stronger than it is right now. When we are confident in ourselves, our strength, our flag, our history, our values -- other nations are confident in us. And when we treat our citizens with the respect they deserve, othread more »

Global birth season study links environment with disease risk

15 Nov 15:02 | World

Studies have shown that babies born in winter tend to have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes at some point, while fall babies have a greater lifetime risk of depression. read more »

2017-11-15 17:20:04 (M4.7) Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska 51.0 -169.7 (29192)

15 Nov 12:46 | U.S. News

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One in 10 children work, agency reports at start of conference to end underage labour

15 Nov 12:32 | World

An estimated 152 million children around the world work, a practice that the international community at a conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is trying to eliminate.read more »

Fact Sheets: United States Assistance to Burma

15 Nov 09:48 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 15, 2017 The United States supports a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic Burma that respects the human rights of all its people. We are working to immediately address the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, strengthen Burma’s transition to democracy, expand economic opportunity, improve health and resilience of vulnerable populations, further national reconciliation, empower local communities and civil society,read more »

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15 Nov 00:02 | Christchurch Earthquake

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15,000 scientists in 184 countries warn about negative global environmental trends

14 Nov 17:23 | World

Human well-being will be severely jeopardized by negative trends in some types of environmental harm, such as a changing climate, deforestation, loss of access to fresh water, species extinctions and human population growth, scientists warn.read more »

Mark Your Calendars for GIVING TUESDAY

14 Nov 14:57 | U.S. News

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Exercise increases brain size, new research finds

14 Nov 11:20 | World

Aerobic exercise can improve memory function and maintain brain health as we age, a new Australian-led study has found. read more »

Satellite imagery reveals decline in ISIS oil production

13 Nov 15:10 | World

Oil production by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) steadily declined between 2014 and 2016, indicating that the group was financing itself in other ways, like taxation or extortion.read more »

Students reflect on study abroad experiences during International Education Week

13 Nov 14:34 | World

MU’s Study Abroad program has grown steadily over the years as marketplace demand for global competency increasesread more »

Unlock your superpowers with Android Pay and Justice League

13 Nov 09:00 | World

If you use Android Pay today, you’re in for a surprise. Like our beloved animations of space explorers, Halloween haunts, and Wimbledon players in the past, five of our Android bots have channeled their superpowers to become Justice League Super Heroes in celebration of the movie. Starting in the next few days through December 31, you can see them sprint, soar, and fight to defend the planet when you pay with your phone. How did these heroic characters make their way into the app? It began back in 2016, when the Android Pay team designed an animation–an Android bot dressed up as a space explorer–to surprise our fans. This little space traveler sparked so much delight that the team created more, drawing inspiratiread more »

Site of asteroid impact changed the history of life

13 Nov 07:15 | World

An asteroid, also known as the Chicxulub Impactor, hit Earth some 66 million years ago, causing a crater 180 km wide. The impact of the asteroid heated organic matter in rocks and ejected it into the atmosphere, forming soot in the stratosphere.read more »

2017-11-13 09:20:35 (M4.8) Kuril Islands 45.0 149.2 (29192)

13 Nov 05:58 | U.S. News

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Joint Statement between the United States of America and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

12 Nov 11:13 | US Politics and Govt

1. At the invitation of President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang, President of the United States of America Donald J. Trump paid a state visit to Hanoi, Vietnam, from November 11 to12, 2017. The two leaders discussed measures to strengthen and expand the Comprehensive Partnership between their two countries based on mutual understanding, shared interests, and a common desire to promote peace, cooperation, prosperity, and security in the Indo-Pacific region. Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to deepening ties on the basis of previous joint statements between the two sides; respect for the United Nations Charter and international law; and each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and respective political systems. 2. President Trump congratulated Vietnam on hosting a successful Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting in Danang. The two leaders reaffirmed their intent to continue high-level contacts and excread more »

President Donald J. Trump's Trip to Vietnam

12 Nov 07:07 | US Politics and Govt

“Today the Vietnamese economy is one of the fastest-growing on earth…We know it is in America’s interests to have partners throughout this region that are thriving, prosperous, and dependent on no one… We want strong partners, not weak neighbors. And above all, we seek friendship.”—President Donald J. Trump President Donald J. Trump’s state visit to Vietnam reaffirmed his commitment to strengthening the United States-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership.  STRENGTHEN INTERNATIONAL RESOLVE TO DENUCLEARIZE NORTH KOREA: President Donald J. Trump strengthened international resolve to address the security challenges presented by North Korea. • The President secured new commitments from Vietnam’s leaders to support the global Maximum Pressure Campaign to bring North Korea back to the path of denuclearization.  PROMOTE A FREE AND OPEN INDO-PACIFIC REGION:  President Trump strenread more »

Remarks by President Trump Before Expanded Bilateral Meeting with Secretary General Trong of the Communist Party of Vietnam | Hanoi, Vietnam

12 Nov 01:51 | SciTech

Communist Party of Vietnam Headquarters Hanoi, Vietnam 11:09 A.M. ICT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. You are a man of great honor and respect, and it's an honor to be with you. And thank you for having us. And we want to thank Vietnam and the Vietnamese people. They have been so terrific. They greeted us with such respect and, really, such affection. The relationship is so healed. And to think where we were and where we've come is a tribute to both countries. We have so many things in common. We have been discussing at great length, today and yesterday, trade -- and trade, in particular, with Vietnam. And we're opening up and you're opening up, and it's going to even out. And we're both going to do very well for our people. Trade has become a very important element of our relationship and it will continue onward. And again, I want to thank you vread more »

Remarks by President Trump Before Bilateral Meeting with Prime Minister Phuc of Vietnam | Hanoi, Vietnam

12 Nov 01:50 | SciTech

Office of Government  Hanoi, Vietnam 11:33 A.M. ICT   PRIME MINISTER PHÚC:  (No translation provided.)   PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister.  I want to start by saying that the job done by Vietnam and your representatives, including yourself, the President, and everybody that I met -- so many -- is outstanding with respect to APEC.  This was hosted so beautifully, so professionally.     I got to tour parts of Vietnam, and it's really looking well.  It's looking beautiful.  And the people are happy, and the people are waving, and they like the United States; perhaps they like me.  But they were really lined up in the streets by the tens of thousands, and we very much appreciate that.   You are right -- I believe this is the longest tour ever made by an American President of Asread more »

Remarks by President Trump Before Bilateral Meeting with President Quang of Vietnam | Hanoi, Vietnam

12 Nov 00:29 | World

Presidential Palace Hanoi, Vietnam 9:14 A.M. ICT PRESIDENT QUANG: (No translation provided.) PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. And I appreciate it. And I appreciate the incredible rollout that they've given to the United States -- not just the President of the United States, but the United States as a whole. We've had an incredible day in Vietnam. The APEC meeting started it out, and that was a tremendous success. And thank you very much for hosting it. I want to just wish my best in condolences for the situation that you have with Damrey. That was tough. That was very, very tough. And I know you're handling it well. And our best wishes and condolences. We also want to thank you for helping us with the U.S. embassy site where we have a new embassy. And it will be something that, I think, will be very good for the future and the future of our tread more »

Remarks by President Trump and President Quang of Vietnam in Joint Press Conference | Hanoi, Vietnam

11 Nov 23:53 | SciTech

Presidential Palace Hanoi, Vietnam 10:27 A.M. ICT   PRESIDENT QUANG:  (As interpreted.)  Your Excellency Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, ladies and gentlemen, members of the media:  President Trump and I have had fruitful talks about the bilateral relations and regional and international issues of mutual interest.     We both share the views that the bilateral relations have scored substantial results over the years, delivering enormous benefits to the people of both countries.   During President Trump's state visit to Vietnam, Vietnam and the United States issued a joint statement pledging to further deepen the Vietnam-United States Comprehensive Partnership on the basis of mutual respect for each other's independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political systems.    Within the visit&#read more »

Press Releases: Background Briefing on the Joint Statement by the President of the United States And the President of the Russian Federation on Syria

11 Nov 19:01 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Senior Administration Officials Via Teleconference November 11, 2017 MODERATOR: Thank you so much, and thank you, everyone, for joining us this weekend on a call to discuss this joint statement that was released earlier today on Syria by President Trump and also President Putin. The call will be on background attributable to senior State Department officials. Today we have [Senior State Department Official One], who will be referred to as Senior State Department Official Number One, please, and also [Senior State Department Official Two], who will be referred to as Senior State Departmenread more »

2017-11-11 16:14:13 (M4.7) Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska 53.0 -167.5 (29192)

11 Nov 11:44 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Joint Statement by the President of the United States and the President of the Russian Federation

11 Nov 07:18 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 11, 2017 President Trump and President Putin today, meeting on the margins of the APEC conference in Da Nang, Vietnam, confirmed their determination to defeat ISIS in Syria. They expressed their satisfaction with successful U.S.-Russia enhanced de-confliction efforts between U.S. and Russian military professionals that have dramatically accelerated ISIS’s losses on the battlefield in recent months. The Presidents agreed read more »

2017-11-11 11:50:48 (M4.6) Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska 52.3 -171.1 (29192)

11 Nov 07:15 | U.S. News

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Better Relations With U.S. Not Top Priority for Russians

10 Nov 16:08 | Business

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Some Chinese coal ash too radioactive for reuse

10 Nov 14:02 | World

Manufacturers are increasingly using encapsulated coal ash from power plants as a low-cost binding agent in concrete, wallboard, bricks, roofing and other building materials. But a new study by U.S. and Chinese scientists cautions that coal ash from high-uranium deposits in China may be too radioactive for this use.read more »

Mushrooms are full of antioxidants that may have antiaging potential

10 Nov 08:17 | World

Mushrooms may contain unusually high amounts of two antioxidants that some scientists suggest could help fight aging and bolster health, according to a team of Penn State researchers.read more »

Green alert: earthquake M 4.5 in Russian Federation on 11/10/2017 10:23:53 AM

10 Nov 05:54 | U.S. News

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2017-11-10 10:23:53 (M4.5) Kuril Islands 44.6 148.4 (29192)

10 Nov 05:46 | U.S. News

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Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - November 9, 2017

9 Nov 17:46 | US Politics and Govt

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Study Abroad students share experiences, photo contest winners to be announced

9 Nov 16:31 | SciTech

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Half of UK's kids fib about brushing their teeth

9 Nov 14:19 | World

Almost half of UK kids fib to some degree about brushing their teeth, with a fifth trying to trick their parents into thinking they've done the job properly, according to a new survey investigating the tooth brushing habits of the nation.read more »

Remarks by President Trump and President Xi of China at State Dinner | Beijing, China

9 Nov 09:34 | US Politics and Govt

Great Hall of the People Beijing, China 6:36 P.M. CST PRESIDENT XI: (As interpreted.) The Honorable President Trump and Mrs. Trump, ladies and gentleman, dear friends: Good evening. As we often say in China, what a joy it is to have friends come from afar. On behalf of the Chinese government and the Chinese people, I once again extend a warm welcome to you, President Trump, on your state visit to China. Although there is a vast ocean between China and the United States, distance has never prevented our two great nations from coming together. And we have never stopped our efforts to pursue friendship and win-win cooperation. Forty-five years ago, President Nixon visited China, a visit that reopened the door of exchanges between China and the United States. As he rightly pointed before leaving China, it was a week that changed the world. Since then, thanks to the joint efforts of several gread more »

Press Briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, 11/9/2017 | Beijing, China

9 Nov 09:29 | US Politics and Govt

China World Hotel Beijing, China 3:21 P.M. CST       SECRETARY TILLERSON:  It is a pleasure to be back in Beijing.  As you know, this is the third stop of the President's lengthy trip.  So we're kind of at the halfway mark -- great meetings in Japan, South Korea -- good capstone to it all here in Beijing.  And then of course we'll head on for the rest of the trip.   I know President Trump has been very gratified, and you've heard him express that himself with the warm welcome he's received here in China.  He and President Xi continue to build a personal relationship that's defined by deep respect for each other, a frank, open, and productive exchange.     Also, I want to thank Ambassador Terry Branstad for the outstanding job he's doing.  The Ambassador and his team have been working hard to ensureread more »

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