Jun 17, 2015

Study: A third of global groundwater basins are overstressed

Satellite data show people are overdrawing water from some of the world’s largest groundwater basins. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine say it’s unclear how much water is left in the most overburdened aquifers. The problem is expected to worsen with climate change ...

Jun 15, 2015

Nuclear weapons states upgrade warheads despite disarmament moves

Nuclear armed states continue to upgrade their stockpiles despite an international trend toward disarmament, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reported Monday. Between 2010 and 2015 the number of warheads fell from 22,600 to 15,850 according to the institute’s annual disarmament report, which said ...

May 30, 2015

Stool pigeon? India seizes bird over spying fears

Indian police said Friday they had detained a pigeon that flew into a village near the heavily militarized border with Pakistan on suspicion it was being used for espionage. Police said they had X-rayed the bird to see whether it was carrying anything suspicious ...

German spy agency helped U.S. find bin Laden, report claims

May 17, 2015

German spy agency helped U.S. find bin Laden, report claims

Germany’s foreign intelligence agency helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, where U.S. commandos killed the al-Qaida leader, according to a German news report published Sunday. The BND spy service provided a tipoff that bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan, with ...

India's Modi marks year in office

| May 14, 2015

India's Modi marks year in office

Narendra Modi marks the first anniversary of his landslide election win in a bullish mood about his mission to transform India into a great power, despite doubts about the delivery of economic reforms. A year on from his victory, the prime minister’s domestic opponents ...

Pakistani defector key in Bin Laden killing: officials

May 13, 2015

Pakistani defector key in Bin Laden killing: officials

Two former senior Pakistani military officials told AFP Tuesday that a defector from Pakistani intelligence assisted the U.S. in its hunt for Osama bin Laden but denied the two countries had officially worked together. The officials’ accounts come after the publication of a controversial ...