Alan Alda asks scientists to explain energy to childrenSTONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) ? Alan Alda wants scientists to answer a question for 11-year-old children: What is energy?
Man won't get to cover neo-Nazi tattoos during murder trialLAS VEGAS (AP) ? A Las Vegas man who was allowed to use makeup to cover his neo-Nazi tattoos during his robbery trial and conviction in in August will not get to hide them during his upcoming murder trial punishable by the death penalty, a judge has ruled.
US to deploy 330 troops in Norway
The United States will deploy over 300 troops in Norway, the Norwegian government announced Monday, in a move set to upset neighbouring Russia. The 330 Marines, to be stationed on rotation around 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) from the Russian border, will be engaged in training and manoeuvres in almost Arctic conditions, the Norwegian defence ministry said. The announcement comes against a backdrop of increasing tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine and the conflict in Syria, although Norway itself enjoys good relations with its giant neighbour.
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Maduro meets pope as Vatican steps into Venezuela crisis
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) ? Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met Monday with Pope Francis as the Vatican took a more active role trying to defuse a tense political standoff in the South American nation.
EU, Canadian leaders say free trade deal still possible
BRUSSELS (AP) ? The European Union and Canada tried to remain upbeat Monday about the prospects for their trans-Atlantic free trade pact despite a small Belgian region persisting in its refusal to back the deal under the current conditions.
Obama increasingly looks to boost down-ballot Democrats
SAN DIEGO (AP) ? Entering the last two weeks of the campaign, President Barack Obama is putting more emphasis on helping Democrats in close Senate and House races with a strategy that ties their Republican opponents to Donald Trump ? regardless of whether they support the GOP nominee.
Wave of strikes as IS puts up tough defence of Mosul
Iraqi forces advancing on Mosul faced stiff resistance on Monday from the Islamic State group despite an unprecedented wave of US-led coalition air strikes in support of the week-old offensive. Federal forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters gained ground in several areas, AFP correspondents said, but the jihadists were hitting back with shelling, sniper fire, suicide car bombs and booby traps. IS has also tried to draw attention away from losses around Mosul by attacking Iraqi forces elsewhere, the latest coming on Sunday near the Jordanian border.
Clinton slams Trump for comments on offensive against Islamic State
By Luciana Lopez MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton slammed her rival Donald Trump on Monday for saying that the week-old effort to re-take the Iraqi city of Mosul from the control of Islamic State was going badly. ?He?s basically declaring defeat before the battle has even started,? Clinton said at a campaign event in New Hampshire. ?He?s proving to the world what it means to have an unqualified commander in chief.? In a tweet on Sunday, Trump, the Republican nominee for the Nov. 8 election, said the ?attack on Mosul is turning out to be a total disaster.