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Day: April 22, 2017

Is France safe to visit
ENGLISH, Europe

Is France safe to visit

    Britons in Paris should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local security authorities. That's the latest advice from the Foreign Office (FCO) following a shooting in the heart of the city, on the Champs Elysees, in which a police officer was killed and two more injured. The attack is the first in the country since a man drove a lorry through Bastille Days crowds in Nice last year, killing 86 people and injuring hundreds more. It was the third major attack in France in 18 months, with the other two, the November attacks and the Charlie Hebdo shootings, taking place in the capital, Paris. What happened in Paris? A suspected terrorist opened fire on a police car parked on the historic Parisian road that links the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde. The gunman ...
Conjoined Twins Refuse to Be Separated Despite Doctor’s Warnings
ENGLISH, Life Style

Conjoined Twins Refuse to Be Separated Despite Doctor’s Warnings

    When Carmen and Lupita Andrade were born, doctors said they only had three days to live. The conjoined twins, now 16, originally born in Mexico and now living in New Milford, Connecticut, defied those odds and lived far past doctors expectations. Health problems have emerged and placed the girls' futures at risk, but they tell the Hartford Courant they don't see the point in a surgery that could end up killing them. There's the whole psychological situation, Carmen says. Because we've been so used to, like, being together. I don't think there'd be, like, a point. The girls were brought to the U.S. by their parents, who sought medical expertise for their daughters condition. Each of the girls has a heart, a set of arms, a set of lungs and a stomach. Courant But, they share ...
Britain goes without coal for the first time since Industrial Revolution
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Britain goes without coal for the first time since Industrial Revolution

    The National Grid has announced Britain’s first full day without coal power since the Industrial Revolution. A combination of low demand for electricity and an abundance of wind meant the grid completed 24 hours relying on just gas, nuclear and renewables. Engineers at the company said Friday marked a “historic” milestone in Britain’s shift away from carbon fuels, and that coal-free days would become increasingly common. Use of the fossil fuel has significantly declined in recent years, accounting for just 9 per cent of electricity generation last year, down from 23 per cent in 2015, with the closure or conversion of coal plants. The Government has pledged to phase out coal - the most polluting fossil fuel from the system by 2025 as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions ...
The enigma of Assad: How a painfully shy eye doctor turned into a murderous tyrant
Arab world, ENGLISH

The enigma of Assad: How a painfully shy eye doctor turned into a murderous tyrant

    Syrian president Bashar al-Assad never seemed cut out to be a dictator. As a young man, Assad—the second son of strongman president Hafez al-Assad was so painfully shy that in conversation, “he wouldn’t look in your eye…he covered his mouth with his hands when he talked, and spoke in a low voice,” says Ayman Abdel Nour, a university friend. Indeed, Assad generally avoided gatherings of more than handful of people, and would hunch over to make his tall frame less conspicuous. “He was a totally regular citizen; you wouldn’t guess he was the son of the president unless you knew him personally,” Abdel Nour remembers. While Bashar’s flashy older brother Bassel quickly rose through the ranks of the military, Bashar chose to study ophthalmology and took a softer posting as an arm...
Death toll in Afghan base attack rises to 140, officials say
Asia, ENGLISH

Death toll in Afghan base attack rises to 140, officials say

    As many 140 Afghan soldiers were killed on Friday by Taliban attackers apparently disguised in military uniforms in what would be the deadliest attack ever on an Afghan military base, officials said. One official in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, where the attack occurred, said on Saturday at least 140 soldiers were killed and many others wounded. Other officials said the toll was likely to be even higher. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the government has yet to release official casualty figures. A US official in Washington on Friday had put the toll at more than 50 killed and wounded. As many as 10 Taliban fighters, dressed in Afghan army uniforms and driving military vehicles, talked their way onto the base and opened fire on soldiers eat...