WASHINGTON—The chances of a hurricane flooding parts of Texas, like Harvey did, have soared sixfold in just 25 years because of global warming and likely will triple once again before the end of the century, a new study says.
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NEW ORLEANS—The tallow tree, a “super invader” with toxic leaves and no natural enemies in North America, is conquering the U.S. South.
Overtaking forests from Texas to Florida, tallows grow three times faster than most native hardwoods, and each one casts off 100,000 seeds a year.
Controlled burns haven't stopped their spread, nor have herbicide sprays from helicopters.
CANBERRA, Australia — All Australian senators have three weeks to prove they were not foreign nationals when elected under an agreement the major political parties reached Monday to resolve a deepening citizenship crisis that could upend the government.
TEHRAN, Iran — A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border region killed over 330 people in both countries, sent people fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast, authorities reported on Monday.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 shook Costa Rica on Sunday night, knocking items from shelves and sending people rushing outside in panic.
The country’s Public Safety Ministry said it had reports of two serious injuries as a result of the quake, but did not provide additional details.
SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — North Korean soldiers shot at and wounded a fellow soldier who was crossing a jointly controlled area at the heavily guarded border to defect to South Korea on Monday, the South’s military said.
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Friday hosted Nobel laureates, U.N. and NATO officials and a handful of nuclear powers at a conference aimed at galvanizing support for a global shift from the Cold War era policy of nuclear deterrence to one of total nuclear disarmament.
DANANG, Vietnam — Promising to put “America first” in his trade practices, President Donald Trump used a speech in Vietnam Friday to denounce multilateral agreements embraced by the region and deliver what appeared to be a rebuke to China, railing against trade practices he says have put Americans out of work.
MOSCOW — A former British intelligence officer who worked as a double agent for the Soviet Union said Russian spies now have “the difficult and critical mission” of saving the world, according to a statement released Friday.
George Blake has lived in Russia since his escape from a British prison in 1966. He turns 95 on Saturday.
VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis is saying “Just Say No” to cigarettes.
The Vatican announced today it no longer would sell cigarettes to employees in its duty-free shop and supermarket—giving up an estimated 10 million euros ($11 million) a year in profit.