Things to know about the Oregon wildlife refuge occupation
BURNS, Ore. (AP) ? An occupation by armed protesters of a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon started out with demands that two jailed ranchers be freed and that the federal government relinquish 300 square miles to local control for ranching, mining, logging and other uses. It has stretched on for more than a month.
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Ripple effect: scientists await word on gravitational waves
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A century ago, Albert Einstein hypothesized the existence of gravitational waves, small ripples in space and time that dash across the universe at the speed of light. On Thursday, at a news conference called by the U.S. National Science Foundation, researchers may announce at long last direct observations of the elusive waves. Such a discovery would represent a scientific landmark, opening the door to an entirely new way to observe the cosmos and unlock secrets about the early universe and mysterious objects like black holes and neutron stars.
North Korea expels all South Koreans from joint industrial zone
North Korea on Thursday expelled all South Koreans from the jointly run Kaesong industrial zone and seized their factory assets, saying Seoul's earlier decision to shutter the complex had amounted to a "declaration of war". Pyongyang said it was placing Kaesong, which lies 10 kilometres (six miles) inside North Korea, under military control and cutting two key communication hotlines with Seoul. The measures mark a significant escalation of cross-border tensions that have been elevated since North Korea carried out a nuclear test last month and a long-range rocket launch on Sunday.
N. Korea orders military takeover of inter-Korean factory
PAJU, South Korea (AP) ? North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that was the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, saying Seoul's suspension of operations at the jointly run facility was a "dangerous declaration of war."
Russia ready to discuss Syria ceasefire at international talks
Russia said Thursday it was ready to discuss a ceasefire in Syria as foreign ministers gathered in Munich in a bid to kick-start peace talks derailed by the regime onslaught on the besieged city of Aleppo. Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled to the Turkish border as government forces, backed by Russian bombers and Iranian fighters, bombard the northern city, leaving the opposition there virtually surrounded. Russia's deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov said Moscow was "ready to discuss the modalities of a ceasefire" and that peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition rebels could "possibly start earlier" than the proposed date of February 25.
Occupiers at Oregon refuge say they'll turn themselves in
BURNS, Ore. (AP) ? The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon said they would turn themselves in Thursday morning after law officers surrounded them in a tense standoff.
Suspected Islamist militants kill three at Mali customs postSuspected Islamist militants killed two civilians and a customs officer and burned a car in an attack on a customs post in Mopti, central Mali, on Thursday, a defence ministry spokesman said. Islamist militants based in the north of the country have expanded their range in recent months with a series of raids. Militants killed 20 people in a high-profile raid on a hotel in Mali's capital in November and 30 more in an attack in the capital of Burkina Faso last month.
Carter: NATO to draw up plans to counter people smuggling
BRUSSELS (AP) ? U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says NATO military authorities have been ordered to draw up plans for how the alliance could help shut down illegal migration and people smuggling across the Aegean Sea.
UK's far-reaching surveillance plans need to change - MPs
The British government has significant work to do to justify its plans to allow the authorities to spy on the public's internet use, a powerful committee of MPs said on Thursday, calling for changes to the far-reaching surveillance bill. Last November, the government unveiled its plans for sweeping new surveillance powers, a watered-down version of a so-called "snoopers' charter" which was dropped because of deep concerns, including from a similar scrutinising committee. "There is much to be commended in the draft Bill, but the Home Office (interior ministry) has a significant amount of further work to do before parliament can be confident that the provisions have been fully thought through," said Paul Murphy, the committee chairman.