Japan to start releasing water from Fukushima nuclear plant into sea in 2 years – National

Japan’s government decided Tuesday to start releasing massive amounts of treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean in two years — an option fiercely opposed by local fishermen and residents. The decision, long speculated but delayed for years due to safety concerns and protests, came at a meeting […]

Israel heads to polls for 4th election in 2 years as Netanyahu looks to keep power – National

Israelis began voting on Tuesday in the country’s fourth parliamentary election in two years — a highly charged referendum on the divisive rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Public opinion polls forecast a tight race between those who support Israel’s longest-serving premier and those who want “anyone but Bibi,” as he is widely known. […]

Heavy rains in Australia’s east bring worst floods in 50 years

MELBOURNE: Heavy rains along Australia’s east coast over the weekend have brought the worst flooding in half a century in some areas, authorities said on Sunday, forcing thousands to evacuate and damaging hundreds of houses. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the downpour across the state, Australia’s most populous with 8 million people, was […]

Next 10 years must be the ‘decade of action’ on climate change, John Kerry says – National

This year’s United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland must kick-start a decade of action to address the environmental crisis, U.S. climate change envoy John Kerry said on Tuesday during a visit to European Union headquarters in Brussels. After four fractious years under former President Donald Trump, Kerry’s trip marks a new start in […]

Sentence ends for British-Iranian woman jailed for 5 years on refuted spy charges – National

A British-Iranian woman held in an Iranian prison for five years on widely refuted spying charges ended her sentence on Sunday, her lawyer said, although she faces a new trial and cannot yet return home. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was able to remove her ankle bracelet for the first time since she was released from prison […]

A friendship interrupted: Two women reunited 82 years after escaping Nazi Germany – National

It was a reunion as unlikely as it was unforgettable — and it was 82 years in the making. When Betty Grebenschikoff and her family escaped Nazi Germany in the spring of 1939, she left behind dozens of family members who couldn’t get out and were eventually murdered in extermination camps. She lost cousins, […]

Electronic music pioneers Daft Punk break up after 28 years – National

Grammy-winning electronic music pioneers Daft Punk have announced that they are breaking up after 28 years. The helmet-wearing French duo shared the news Monday in an 8-minute video called “Epilogue.” Kathryn Frazier, the band’s longtime publicist, confirmed the break up for The Associated Press. Daft Punk, comprised of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, […]

Coronavirus may linger for years, but could change into mild annoyance: experts – National

What if COVID-19 never goes away? Experts say it’s likely that some version of the disease will linger for years. But what it will look like in the future is less clear. Will the coronavirus, which has already killed more than 2 million people worldwide, eventually be eliminated by a global vaccination campaign, like […]

‘Four years of trauma’: Parkland shooting survivors end high school bookended by tragedy – National

They were baptized by gunfire their freshman year, bonded as they spent hours hiding under desks, inextricably linked by tragedy. For the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Class of 2021, high school would never be about Friday night football and innocent first kisses. Seventeen students and staff were killed in the 2018 Valentine’s Day shooting. As […]

Biden set to accept more refugees after years of Trump restrictions

US President Joe Biden said on Thursday he plans to raise annual refugee admissions to 125,000 in the coming fiscal year, a more than eight-fold increase after former President Donald Trump slashed levels to historic lows. Biden also called for dozens of changes to US refugee processing and vetting in a detailed executive order that […]