World Topics

Dec 13, 2014

U.N. climate talks deadlocked over scope of pledges

U.N. talks on a new global warming pact spilled into the weekend as negotiators bickered over what kind of information to include when countries unveil their contributions before a key summit in Paris next year. The yearly climate meetings rarely close on time and ...

Norway scraps controversial seal-hunting subsidy

Dec 13, 2014

Norway scraps controversial seal-hunting subsidy

Norway’s much-maligned commercial seal hunt could grind to a halt following parliament’s decision to scrap a hefty subsidy for the controversial practice. A majority of lawmakers voted late Thursday to cull a 12 million kroner ($1.6 million) subsidy for the seal hunt from the ...

DNA shows kinship between birds of a feather

Dec 12, 2014

DNA shows kinship between birds of a feather

Scientists have unveiled the most comprehensive bird “family tree” ever devised, using genetic data from 48 species to trace how modern bird lineages arose and flourished after the mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs. The work by researchers from 20 countries helps clarify ...

Dec 12, 2014

Sierra Leone president makes Ebola plea to tribal chiefs

Sierra Leone’s president implored the country’s traditional leaders on Thursday to stop cultural practices that have been blamed for spreading Ebola, like burials that involve touching corpses. Officials have said up to 70 percent of new infections in Sierra Leone are linked to unsafe ...

Dec 12, 2014

Sierra Leone locks down new Ebola hotspot in the east

Authorities in Sierra Leone have imposed a two-week lockdown in the eastern district of Kono after health workers uncovered a surge of Ebola infections in the area where the epidemic was thought to be largely under control. The worst outbreak of Ebola on record ...

Dec 11, 2014

Healing tunes: What surgeons should and shouldn't play at work

Almost three quarters of surgeons’ operating theaters have music playing when patients go under the knife, according to study in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal. Around 80 percent of theater staffers say music boosts communication between team members, reduces stress levels ...

Dec 11, 2014

Scientists create 'feel fuller' food ingredient

British scientists have developed an ingredient that makes foods more filling, and say initial tests in overweight people showed that it helped prevent them from gaining more weight. The ingredient, developed by researchers at London’s Imperial College and at the University of Glasgow, contains ...