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Antarctic ice melting much faster than previously believed

MOSCOW–Researchers at Columbia University’s Earth Institute have discovered that the melting of the Antarctic ice is happening at a much faster rate than previously believed. The researchers, who published in the journal Nature, found enormous amounts of meltwater in places where they didn’t expect it, including a 400-foot-wide waterfall on the Nansen ice shelf. Previously, …

Japanese gov’t begins seawall construction for new US base in Okinawa amid local uproar

TOKYO–The Okinawan chapter of Japan’s Defense Ministry on Tuesday started constructing seawalls to surround an area in a coastal region on the island for the controversial relocation of a US military base amid uproar from local residents. The Okinawa Defense Bureau launched full-scale operations to build seawalls around a site to be filled with sand …

Fearing a worker shortage, farmers push back on immigration

UNCTION CITY –President Donald Trump’s hard line against immigrants in the U.S. illegally has sent a chill through the nation’s agricultural industry, which fears a crackdown will deprive it of the labour it needs to plant, grow and pick the crops that feed the country. Fruit and vegetable growers, dairy and cattle farmers and owners …

South Korea, allies brace for North Korea follow up act

SEOUL, Korea –Fresh off an immense North Korean parade that revealed an arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles, rival South Korea and its allies are bracing for the possibility that Pyongyang’s follow-up act will be even bigger. North Korea often marks significant dates by displaying military capability, and South Korean officials say there’s a chance the …

Xi urges restraint on N. Korea in phone call with Trump

BEIJING –President Xi Jinping called for restraint when dealing with North Korea during a telephone call with President DonaldTrump, Chinese state media reported Monday. The official broadcaster CCTV quoted Xi as telling Trump that China strongly opposed North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, which are in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions, and hoped “all parties will …

4 soldiers killed, three injured in Pakistan’s bomb blast

ISLAMABAD–At least four paramilitary troops were killed and three others injured when a bomb hit their convoy in Pakistan’s southwest Kech District Sunday night, local media reported. Dawn News said that Frontier Corps personnel were on their way to Mand area when their convoy was hit by a remote controlled device in the Kech District …

Unconventional Macron faces unprecedented challenge

PARIS –French centrist Emmanuel Macron faces an unprecedented challenge in his quest for the French presidency: A newcomer to politics, he was virtually unknown to most of his countrymen just three years ago. Now the tenacious 39-year-old with strong pro-business and pro-European views, and an unconventional love story, is poised to face far-right National Front leader Marine …

Pacquiao says Horn fight will show he’s not done yet

BRISBANE –Manny Pacquiao says his July 2 world title bout with Jeff Horn is his chance to tell the boxing world “I’m not done yet.” The 38-year-old Pacquiao, an 11-time champion across eight weight divisions and now a member of the Philippines senate, had intended the fight in Brisbane with local school teacher Horn to be a …

Trump displays tougher foreign policy than Obama

WASHINGTON–Just three months into his presidency, U.S. President Donald Trump is flexing his muscles in Asia and the Middle East, displaying a tougher U.S. foreign policy than his predecessor Barack Obama. Trump recently ordered a surprising missile strike against Syria to retaliate for a reported chemical attack by the Syrian government led by President Bashar …

Security tight as France prepares for presidential vote

PARIS—Early voting began overseas Saturday in France’s most nail-biting election in generations, and the 11 candidates seeking to become the country’s next president silenced their campaigns as required to give voters a period of reflection. Opinion polls pointed to a tight race among the four top contenders vying to get into the May 7 presidential …