Powerful earthquake shakes Myanmar, damages temples

Aug 25, 2016

Powerful earthquake shakes Myanmar, damages temples

Rescue workers surveyed the damage Thursday after a powerful earthquake shook Myanmar, killing at least four people and damaging 185 ancient Buddhist pagodas in the former capital of Bagan, a major tourist site. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.8 quake on Wednesday ...

Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal to end half a century of war

Aug 25, 2016

Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal to end half a century of war

Colombia’s government and the country’s biggest rebel group reached a historic deal Wednesday evening for ending a half-century of hostilities in one of the world’s longest-running and bloodiest armed conflicts. President Juan Manuel Santos hailed the agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia ...

Team of historians proposed to advise U.S. president

Aug 24, 2016

Team of historians proposed to advise U.S. president

Imagine a dream team of the nation’s top historians, recruited by the White House to advise the president on major decisions. That’s the idea being pitched by two Harvard University scholars who say many United States leaders know alarmingly little about history, both of ...

Aug 21, 2016

WWII veteran, 93, finishes run across America

After two years and 10 months, 93-year-old Ernie Andrus has made it across America. The World War II veteran dipped his toes in the Atlantic Ocean Saturday morning, ending a cross-country run that started in San Diego. Local media reported that Andrus was surrounded ...

Russia marks 25 years since failed Soviet coup

Aug 20, 2016

Russia marks 25 years since failed Soviet coup

Several dozen Russians gathered on Friday for a protest reunion to mark the 25th anniversary of a coup attempt that heralded the demise of the Soviet Union, a holiday ignored in official circles because of its anti-establishment nature. On Aug. 19, 1991, eight hard-line ...

Aug 20, 2016

Top-secret Cold War-era bank notes shown to public in Poland

Top-secret Cold War-era bank notes printed by the Warsaw Pact for use in case of a war with the West were shown publicly in the Polish capital for the first time on Friday. Code-named “E-17,” the crisp notes — issued in the 1970s and ...