Nov 23 2017 Family: Iran Has Set Date for New Trial of Imprisoned British-Iranian Woman

The British daily The Guardian has reported that authorities in Iran have set a date for the trial of British-Iranian citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, citing the woman’s husband.
Richard Ratcliffe told the newspaper that his wife will appear in court Dec. 10 to face charges of spreading propaganda. 
Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was arrested in Tehran in April 2016, is serving a [...]


Nov 23 2017 US Navy Calls Off Search for Missing Sailors

The U.S. Navy has halted its search and rescue efforts for three sailors who were lost at sea Wednesday when a U.S. Navy transport plane crashed into the western Pacific Ocean.
The Navy said Thursday that eight U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships, three helicopter squadrons and maritime patrol aircraft had covered nearly 1,000 [...]


Nov 23 2017 Last Refugees Removed From Papua New Guinea Camp

Papua New Guinea authorities said Friday they had relocated the last asylum seekers who had refused for three weeks to leave a closed immigration camp for fear they would face violence in the alternative accommodations.
Police Chief Superintendent Dominic Kakas said police and immigration officials removed all 378 men from the male-only camp on Manus Island [...]


Nov 23 2017 Chinese Theme Park Seeks to Ride Boom in Demand for Virtual Entertainment

Giant robots and futuristic cyberpunk castles rise out of lush mountain slopes on the outskirts of Guiyang, the capital of one of China’s poorest provinces.
Welcome to China’s first virtual reality theme park, which aims to ride a boom in demand for virtual entertainment that is set to propel tenfold growth in the country’s virtual reality [...]


Nov 23 2017 ‘Avatar Therapy’ Shows Promise in Treatment of Schizophrenia

An experimental therapy for people with schizophrenia that brings them face to face with a computer avatar representing the tormenting voices in their heads has proved promising in early trials.
Scientists who conducted a randomized controlled trial comparing the avatar therapy to a form of supportive counseling found that after 12 weeks, the avatars were more [...]


Nov 23 2017 Irish Row Could Collapse Government, Delay Brexit

The Irish government was on the verge of collapse Thursday after the party whose votes Prime Minister Leo Varadkar depends on to pass legislation said it would seek to remove the deputy prime minister in a breach of their cooperation agreement.
The crisis comes three weeks ahead of a European Union summit in which the Irish [...]


Nov 23 2017 EU Eyes Closer Ties With Armenia Amid Tensions Over Brussels Summit Declaration

The leaders of the European Union and the six Eastern Partnership countries will meet in Brussels on Friday in an effort to deepen ties between the EU and the former Soviet republics.
The summit’s main event will likely be the signing of an enhanced EU partnership deal with Armenia. That pact, however, omits free trade and [...]


Nov 23 2017 Mnangagwa to Take Oath as Zimbabwe’s President

Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was fired Nov. 5 from his position as Zimbabwe’s vice president, will be sworn in as president Friday morning, ending 37 years of authoritarian rule by Robert Mugabe.
In a dramatic turn of events, Mnangagwa, who was relieved of his position amid a succession struggle with Mugabe’s wife, Grace, is scheduled to take the [...]


Nov 23 2017 Syria Opposition Meeting in Riyadh Sees No Role for Assad in Transition

Syria’s main opposition stuck by its demand Thursday that President Bashar al-Assad play no role in an interim period under any U.N.-sponsored peace deal, despite speculation it could soften its stance because of Assad’s battlefield strength.
A gathering in Saudi Arabia of more than 140 participants from a broad spectrum of Syria’s mainstream opposition also blasted [...]


Nov 23 2017 Sheriff: Las Vegas Gunman Fired More Than 1,100 Rounds

The top lawman in Las Vegas says the gunman who killed dozens of people at a concert last month fired more than 1,100 rounds.
The newly released estimate from Sheriff Joe Lombardo offers more detail about the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Lombardo tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal he was aware of the previously unreported [...]