May 26 2017 Syrian Civilians Caught Between Counter-IS Airstrikes and Islamic State Abuse

The U.N.’s top human rights official said civilians are paying a heavy price as airstrikes in Syria escalate, particularly in Islamic State-controlled areas. High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein called on the air forces operating in the country to do more to minimize civilian casualties. 
The situation for Syrian civilians is difficult throughout the country, but it [...]


May 26 2017 Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Adviser to President Carter, Dies

Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, has died. He was 89.
His death was announced on social media Friday night by his daughter, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski. She called him “the most inspiring, loving and devoted father any girl could ever have.”
Brzezinski helped topple economic barriers between the Soviet Union, China and [...]


May 26 2017 DC Roundup: Trump at G-7, Reports on Kushner and Russia, Clinton Speech

Developments Friday concerning President Donald Trump include his discussions on North Korea, climate change and trade at the Group of Seven meeting in Italy, newspaper reports about his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and a Senate committee seeking all Russia-related campaign documents from Trump’s presidential campaign; and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s commencement speech, in which [...]


May 26 2017 Formula 1 Champion Alonso Looks for Success in First Indy 500

Fernando Alonso will be hoping to return to his McLaren Formula One day job next week with an Indianapolis 500 victory and another jewel in motor racing’s Triple Crown.
For over a century, the Indy 500 has been a magnet to motor racing giants and thrill-seekers eager to test their skill and bravery on the sprawling [...]


May 26 2017 Africa Day 2017 Focuses on Investing in Youth

For more than half a century, Africa’s identity and unity have been celebrated around the world on May 25, in honor of the 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity, now known as the African Union (AU).
“Celebrating Africa Day, to me, is recognizing not only what Africa has contributed to the rest of the [...]


May 26 2017 Report: Senate Intelligence Panel Seeks Trump Campaign Documents

The Senate Intelligence Committee, investigating Russian meddling in U.S. 2016 election, has asked President Donald Trump’s political organization to hand over all documents going back the campaign’s launch in June 2015, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing two people briefed on the request.
The letter from the Senate panel seeking all documents, emails and telephone [...]


May 26 2017 Study: Too Little Sleep Doubles Mortality in Those With Heart, Diabetes Risks

People with a common cluster of symptoms that puts them at increased risk of heart disease and diabetes are two times as likely to die as people without those risk factors if they get less than six hours of sleep per night.
That was the finding of a new study conducted by researchers at Pennsylvania State [...]


May 26 2017 Federal Judge Tosses DC Sniper’s Life Sentences

A federal judge Friday tossed out two life sentences for one of Virginia’s most notorious criminals, sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, and ordered Virginia courts to hold new sentencing hearings.
In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson in Norfolk said Malvo is entitled to new sentencing hearings after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life [...]


May 26 2017 Construction Begins in Chilean Desert on World’s Largest Telescope

Construction began in Chile on Friday on the European Extremely Large Telescope, which when completed will be the world’s largest optical telescope, some five times larger than the top observing instruments in use today.
The size of the ELT has the potential to transform our understanding of the universe, say its backers, with its main mirror [...]


May 26 2017 Leery of North Korea, US Plans First Test of ICBM Intercept

Preparing for North Korea’s growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week. The goal is to more closely simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the U.S. homeland, officials said Friday
The American interceptor has a spotty track record, succeeding in nine of [...]