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Climate change turning Antarctica's snow green

World / Science & Health May 20, 2020

Climate change turning Antarctica's snow green

Antarctica conjures images of an unbroken white wilderness but blooms of algae are giving parts of the frozen continent an increasingly green tinge. Warming temperatures due to climate change are helping the formation and spread of "green snow" and it is becoming so prolific in ...

British supermarkets threaten Brazil boycott over Amazon land law

World May 20, 2020

British supermarkets threaten Brazil boycott over Amazon land law

Leading British supermarket chains have warned Brazil they may be forced to boycott its goods if lawmakers in the South American country pass a bill that would "encourage further land grabbing" in the Amazon. In an open letter to Brazilian senators and deputies, the companies ...

U.S. births fall — and coronavirus could drive them down more

World May 20, 2020

U.S. births fall — and coronavirus could drive them down more

U.S. births continued to fall last year, leading to the fewest number of newborns in 35 years. The decline is the latest sign of a prolonged national "baby bust” that's been going on for more than a decade. And some experts believe the coronavirus pandemic ...

Abbas says Palestinians won't abide by accords with Israel and U.S.

World May 20, 2020

Abbas says Palestinians won't abide by accords with Israel and U.S.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinian Authority will no longer be committed to any signed agreements with Israel or the United States, following Israel's pledge to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank. It was not immediately clear how the announcement, which was ...

China says boy picked by Dalai Lama now a college graduate

Asia Pacific May 20, 2020

China says boy picked by Dalai Lama now a college graduate

China said Tuesday that a boy who disappeared 25 years ago after being picked by the Dalai Lama as Tibetan Buddhism’s second-highest figure is now a college graduate with a stable job. Very little information has been given about Gedhun Choekyi Nyima or his family ...

Coronavirus stigma weighs heavily in sub-Saharan Africa

World / Social Issues May 20, 2020

Coronavirus stigma weighs heavily in sub-Saharan Africa

Landlords evict people from their homes, nurses are abandoned by their husbands and people are spurned just on suspicion of coming into contact with a COVID-19 patient. Across sub-Saharan Africa, the stigma attached to the coronavirus is so strong that some choose not to seek ...

Japan approves law to promote large bus and taxi terminals

Business May 20, 2020

Japan approves law to promote large bus and taxi terminals

The Diet enacted on Wednesday a bill to promote construction of large-scale bus and taxi terminals directly connected to train stations. The bill to revise the Road Traffic Law got through the Upper House by a majority vote with support mainly from the ruling coalition ...

Tech-assisted COVID-19 tracking is having some issues

World May 20, 2020

Tech-assisted COVID-19 tracking is having some issues

Harnessing today's technology to fight the coronavirus pandemic is turning out to be more complicated than it first appeared. The first U.S. states that rolled out smartphone apps for tracing the contacts of COVID-19 patients are dealing with technical glitches and a general lack of ...

No universal playbook for virus testing in pro sports

More Sports May 20, 2020

No universal playbook for virus testing in pro sports

There is no universal playbook for coronavirus testing in professional sports. Protocols and procedures, guidelines and handbooks — they could be as different as rulebooks. There’s plenty of common ground, though, which explains why executives and doctors from various leagues have consulted with each other ...

An unusual ring to it: Nats opt for virtual Series ceremony

Baseball / MLB May 20, 2020

An unusual ring to it: Nats opt for virtual Series ceremony

The Washington Nationals will unveil their World Series championship rings during a "virtual” ceremony shown on television and online Sunday — an unprecedented approach brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. With the start of the Major League Baseball season on hold because of the coronavirus ...