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UK vows 'serious consequences' if Iran doesn't release British-flagged oil tanker

Britain warned Friday there would be "serious consequences" if Iran did not release a UK-flagged oil tanker it seized in the Strait of Hormuz Friday, the latest confrontation in the increasingly tense standoff in the important shipping route.

Published on 20 July 2019 | 6:18 am

Merkel stands with congresswomen attacked by Trump

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that US President Donald Trump's racist comments about four Democratic Congresswomen "undermine America's strength" and that she stands in "solidarity" with the women.

Published on 19 July 2019 | 11:41 am

Hackers take over the London Metropolitan Police's Twitter account

Late on Friday night, the Twitter account of London's Metropolitan Police Service began tweeting unusual announcements. "XEON IS THE BEST FIGHTER IN SCOTLAND," it proclaimed, alongside the challenge: "what you gonna do call the police?"

Published on 20 July 2019 | 1:33 am

Kyoto arson suspect offers clue to motive

Published on 20 July 2019 | 7:35 am

This nearly extinct bird's population could double thanks to 'epic' breeding season

The orange-fronted parakeet is one of the rarest birds in New Zealand, but its population may have doubled after an "epic" season of mating.

Published on 19 July 2019 | 9:14 pm

'She knows she's famous': The couple with 7 Insta-famous pets

Nala the cat, a Siamese and tabby mix, is slightly cross-eyed with gray and white fur. She likes being petted but isn't a fan of being held. She was rescued from an animal shelter and really loves men with beards.

Published on 17 July 2019 | 12:26 pm

Hyundai unveils India's most powerful electric car

Hyundai just unveiled India's most powerful electric car and plans to build a network to charge it too.

Published on 10 July 2019 | 1:42 pm

The hidden cost of fast shipping

Free rush shipping can come with a cost to the environment — and retailers are doing a careful dance to try to mitigate it without turning customers away.

Published on 15 July 2019 | 5:40 pm

Would you trust an AI algorithm to predict your risk of getting cancer?

We put a lot of trust in our doctors — we listen to their diagnoses, take out their prescriptions, follow their dietary suggestions. Would we do the same for a computer?

Published on 15 July 2019 | 9:03 am

The billion-dollar Indian startup built on green energy

Indian startup ReNew Power has raised more than $1 billion in funds this year alone for its wind and solar business.

Published on 15 July 2019 | 10:37 am

How rich people could help save the planet from the climate crisis

Rich people don't just have bigger bank balances and more lavish lifestyles than the rest of us -- they also have bigger carbon footprints.

Published on 12 July 2019 | 9:20 am

How did Kim Jong Un get his Mercedes?

On June 14, 2018, two armored Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard vehicles were shipped from the Dutch Port of Rotterdam, heading out on a journey that would take months and see the cars transported thousands of miles through six countries, according to a new report from the Washington-based Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS).

Published on 16 July 2019 | 2:05 pm

King Tut's coffin to be restored for the first time since it was discovered

Tutankhamun is one of the best known figures of Ancient Egypt, and now his coffin is getting some tender loving care.

Published on 18 July 2019 | 9:22 am

Is this the world's most beautiful metro?

When the Moscow Metro was first announced in the 1930s, the city's residents were immediately fascinated by how it might look. Station designs were reportedly displayed in shop windows along bustling Tverskaya Street, fueling Muscovites' curiosity toward the new underground network.

Published on 27 July 2018 | 4:01 am

The unexpected history of the Sikh turban

Growing up in Southall, West London, where many of Britain's Sikhs settled after moving to the UK, the turban was all around us: at home, in the gurdwara, on the street. It is Sikhs' most identifiable feature.

Published on 15 February 2019 | 2:26 am

Clinton offers rare glimpse into her home

The Clintons may have left a certain Washington address almost 20 years ago, but -- unlike most of their presidential predecessors -- the family has kept a home in the US capital since leaving the White House.

Published on 30 May 2019 | 12:16 pm

The inventor whose flying board wowed the world

Franky Zapata has been driven by a single dream since he was little: being able to fly. Not in an airplane, he says, since the windows function like a screen, but like a bird.

Published on 17 July 2019 | 1:40 pm

Ancient palace emerges from Iraq reservoir

Published on 30 June 2019 | 3:15 pm

Why Lebanon is gearing up for a record number of tourists

Lebanon isn't a destination most people associate with summer vacations.

Published on 12 July 2019 | 6:52 pm

Planet's most powerful passport revealed

It's been a three-horse race this year to be named the world's most powerful passport, with all top three contenders in Asia.

Published on 2 July 2019 | 11:28 am

Can overtourism be stopped in its tracks?

We first hear about these places when we're kids. Famous destinations full of wondrous architecture, spectacular scenery or ancient mysteries that fire our imaginations and fill us with yearning.

Published on 2 July 2019 | 8:22 am

Heroic uncle rescues his 8-year-old niece from a house fire

This super-uncle ran straight into a burning building to save his 8-year-old niece when a fire broke out at their home.

Published on 9 July 2019 | 1:27 pm

Meet Instagram's Paul the Cat Guy

Paul Santell spends at least 30 hours each week feeding and trapping stray cats throughout New York City's boroughs.

Published on 21 June 2019 | 3:50 pm

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