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AfricaMonuments, Countries Douse Lights for 'Earth Hour'
It was lights out in about 170 countries on Saturday as millions of people and thousands of cities took part in Earth Hour, a global effort to draw attention to climate change. The World Wide Fund for Nature organized the first Earth Hour in 2007 in Australia. The international effort began as a grass-roots event to urge people to reduce their use of energy as a way to help combat climate change. Dozens of well-known monuments, buildings and locales — from Red Square in Moscow...
voanews.com | 26-Mar-2017 01:05
Pro-EU Demonstrators Rally in London Against Brexit, Despite Terrorism Threat
Tens of thousands of pro-EU demonstrators rallied in London, despite heightened concerns about the terrorism threat, to mark the European Union's 60th anniversary -- just days before Britain's exit from the EU is expected to formally begin. Organizers said about 80,000 people joined the march calling for Britain to stay in the EU on March 25. The demonstration came four days before British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would formally start Britain's exit negotiations...
voanews.com | 26-Mar-2017 00:56
Belarus Police Arrest Hundreds Defying Protest Ban
Riot police in Belarus launched a massive crackdown Saturday on protesters trying to hold a banned march in Minsk. Hundreds were reported arrested, and a human rights leader said many of the detainees had been beaten by police and needed medical attention. An estimated 700 people were trying to march through a central part of the capital, part of a wave of anti-government protests against a new tax on workers. Truckloads of police intercepted the protesters and attacked them with...
voanews.com | 26-Mar-2017 00:34
Militia fighters decapitate 40 police officers in DR Congo
About 40 were killed when a police convoy was ambushed in the central province of Kasai.,
news.bbc.co.uk | 26-Mar-2017 00:04
Energy Rivalries Exacerbate Tensions in the Middle East
Rivalries over oil and gas exports between adjacent Middle Eastern states and their allies have been exacerbating tensions across the region. Rival pipeline projects across the Levant may also have been a key factor in disturbing already unstable regional fault lines. Qatar and Iran share the largest known gas field in the Middle East, and both are actively seeking to export their gas resources to the region, Europe, Asia and beyond. Some experts argue that those riches are fueling latent...
voanews.com | 25-Mar-2017 23:21
Uber Suspends Self-driving Car Program After Arizona Crash
Uber Technologies Inc suspended its pilot program for driverless cars on Saturday (March 25th) after a vehicle equipped with the nascent technology crashed on an Arizona roadway, the ride-hailing company and local police said. The accident, the latest involving a self-driving vehicle operated by one of several companies experimenting with autonomous vehicles, caused no serious injuries, Uber said. Even so, the company said it was grounding driverless cars involved in a pilot...
voanews.com | 25-Mar-2017 22:39