Thought for the day

If I'm sincere today, what does it matter if I regret it tomorrow?”

― José Saramago

Food For Thought

NEW YORK - Like many transplants to Chicago, Chris Easton needed to adjust to winter after moving from Atlanta to take a job as a database engineer at the accounting firm EY. Among...
GENEVA - Young children should not spend more than an hour a day watching television and videos or playing computer games and infants less than one year old should not be exposed to electronic screens at all,...
One in five U.S. children and young adults don't drink any water at all on a typical day, and a new study suggests they consume almost twice as many calories from sodas and sugary drinks as young...
BERLIN/STOCKHOLM - When H&M boosted its shares last month by reporting a rise in the sale of full-price garments, it wasn't just a tribute to the fashion sense of its designers. It was a sign that backroom...
Whether they prefer Elsa, SpongeBob or a Russian heroine named Masha, today's kids have endless reasons to beg for more screen time. Yet almost nobody thinks there is too much children's programming. Media companies...
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled the latest version of his ambitious "Medicare-for-All" plan on Wednesday, moving the healthcare debate among Democratic presidential contenders to center stage in the 2020 race. The Sanders...
IGBO ORA, Nigeria - In a dusty school playground in southwest Nigeria, the rows of children lined up to return to their classrooms are dotted with the faces of identical twins. Sights like this...
FORSSA, Finland - In a Nordic country used to a high level of state social care, Finns were shocked to hear of care homes leaving elderly patients all night in soaked diapers, a scandal that may play...
LONDON - Electrical brain stimulation using a non-invasive cap can help boost older people's mental scores to those of people 20 to 30 years younger, according to a study published on Monday. The research,...
AKITA, Japan - Taeko Watanabe awoke one cold March night and found a trail of blood in the hallway, a bloody cleaver on her son Yuki's bed and no trace of him in the house. Then police...
KIGALI - Rwanda began a week of solemn ceremonies on Sunday to commemorate the lives of 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutus murdered during the Rwandan genocide, a three-month-killing spree that began 25 years ago.
MELBOURNE - As Wiebe Wakker turned off his car in Sydney, Australia on Sunday afternoon it marked the end of a more than three-year journey for the Dutch adventurer and Blue Bandit, his converted electric Volkswagen Golf....
LONDON - Blood pressure and stroke risk rise steadily the more alcohol people drink, and previous claims that one or two drinks a day might protect against stroke are not true, according to the results of a...
LONDON - Eleven million deaths worldwide in 2017 were linked to people eating poor diets high in sugar, salt and processed meat that contributed to heart disease, cancer and diabetes, a global study found.
NEW YORK - Several U.S. states sued the Trump administration on Wednesday to undo its recent decision that allowed fewer whole grains and more sodium in school breakfasts and lunches. The states accused the...
PODGORICA - England's stunning 5-1 rout of Montenegro in their Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday was soured by racist abuse directed at some of their players leading to calls for stadium bans. Defender Danny...
CHRISTCHURCH - Smelling of fresh paint, the two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch where a gunman killed 50 worshippers last week reopened their doors on Saturday, with many survivors among the first to walk...

World News

Reactions to release of Reuters journalists from Myanmar prison

Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act, walked...

Floods destroy homes, trap families in cyclone-hit Mozambique

PEMBA, Mozambique - Rescuers raced to help people caught in rising floodwaters in cyclone-hit northern Mozambique on Sunday as houses collapsed and...

Singapore’s airport goes for retail high with billion-dollar mall

SINGAPORE - A sprawling retail complex with the world's tallest indoor waterfall is what Singapore hopes will bring more travelers and visitors...

U.S. judge halts Trump policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico

A U.S. judge on Monday halted the Trump administration's policy of sending some asylum seekers back across the southern border to wait...

China says it wants to eliminate bitcoin mining

SHANGHAI - China's state planner wants to ban bitcoin mining, according to a draft list of industrial activities the agency is seeking...

Maradona fined after dedicating win to Venezuela’s Maduro

MEXICO CITY - Diego Maradona has been fined for dedicating a recent victory by his Mexican club to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro,...

Japan’s imperial couple faces a nearly unprecedented situation: retirement

TOKYO - When Japanese Emperor Akihito abdicates on April 30, he and Empress Michiko will fade into retirement after decades in the...

Bernie Sanders raises $18.2 million for White House run, takes fundraising lead

WASHINGTON - Presidential contender Bernie Sanders raised $18.2 million (14 million pounds) in the first three months of the year for his...

Factbox: Cyclone Idai kills 656, displaces hundreds of thousands

BEIRA, Mozambique - Hundreds of thousands of people are in need of food, water and shelter after Cyclone Idai battered Mozambique, Zimbabwe...

Abu Dhabi aims to lure start-ups with investment in new technology hub

ABU DHABI - Abu Dhabi will commit up to 1 billion dirhams ($272 million) to support technology start-ups, it said on Sunday,...

New Zealand PM promises gun law reform after 49 killed in mosque shootings

CHRISTCHURCH/WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Saturday promised to reform the country's gun laws, a day after...

Nigeria school building collapse killed 20 – Lagos health official

LAGOS - Twenty people were killed in Wednesday's collapse of a four-storey building containing a primary school in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos...

Japan Airlines’ ZIPAIR low-cost carrier to start flights next year

TOKYO - Japan Airlines on Friday named its new low-cost carrier (LCC) ZIPAIR, and said it will connect Narita airport near Tokyo...

China warns of repeating history’s mistakes with Venezuela

BEIJING - The Chinese government's top diplomat issued a stern warning on Friday against interfering in Venezuela and imposing sanctions, saying history...

U.S. court says immigrants can challenge quick deportations

NEW YORK - A U.S. Appeals Court ruled on Thursday that immigrants ordered deported by U.S. authorities in a sped-up process have...

Experts call for halt to gene editing that results in ‘designer babies’

CHICAGO - Top scientists and ethicists from seven countries on Wednesday called for a global moratorium on gene editing of human eggs,...

Health

Environment

U.S. could be outlier if U.N. clinches plastic waste pact

GENEVA - Countries are nearing agreement to tighten controls on trade in plastic waste, which would make it harder for leading exporter...

South Korea steps up fight against pollution, says problem is ‘social...

SEOUL - South Korea on Wednesday ramped up its firepower as its battles pollution, passing a set of bills that designate the...

Evidence for man-made global warming hits ‘gold standard’: scientists

OSLO - Evidence for man-made global warming has reached a "gold standard" level of certainty, adding pressure for cuts in greenhouse gases...

Antarctic ice shelves: Searching for clues on climate change

KING GEORGE ISLAND, Antarctica - In a remote island outpost on the edge of the Antarctic, hundreds of miles from the southern...

As ice melts, Greenland could become big sand exporter: study

OSLO - Greenland could start to export sand in a rare positive spinoff from global warming that is melting the island's vast...

Young Egyptians trudge through mud to clean up Nile

CAIRO - Hundreds of young Egyptians, including actress Mai El Gheity, trudged through the mud on the banks of the River Nile...

Explainer: What is the polar vortex and why is it so...

Meteorologists have blamed a phenomenon called the polar vortex for the bitter cold that has descended on much of the central and...

Seeking thrifty ways to cut pollution, Rotterdam links up with hybrid...

ROTTERDAM - As Daan Hosli's hybrid BMW glides into downtown Rotterdam, it passes a virtual boundary into the city's "electric-only zone"...

In Papua New Guinea, Exxon’s giant LNG project fuels frustration

PORT MORESBY - From her red-roofed home near Papua New Guinea's capital of Port Moresby, Isabelle Dikana Iveiri overlooks a giant plant...

It’s the final straw for plastics, says Nestle

ZURICH - Nestle <NESN.S> next month will start to drop plastic straws from its products and is working on biodegradable water bottles...

Renewables overtake coal as Germany’s main energy source

FRANKFURT - Renewables overtook coal as Germany's main source of energy for the first time last year, accounting for just over...

EU agrees to ban throw-away plastics to limit ocean pollution

BRUSSELS  - Throw-away plastic items such as straws and polystyrene cups will be banned in the European Union by 2021, EU officials agreed on...

EU agrees to cut emissions from cars by 37.5 percent by...

BRUSSELS  - The European Union agreed on Monday a compromise over how sharply to curb carbon dioxide emissions from cars and vans, finally settling...

California to phase in electric, fuel-cell transit buses: regulators

SAN FRANCISCO - California air quality regulators voted on Friday to require that transit buses have zero emissions beginning in 2029, another step by...

Mexico loses 10-year WTO battle over U.S. tuna labelling

GENEVA - The United States won a legal battle over "dolphin safe" tuna-labelling on Friday, when the World Trade Organization's appeals judges dismissed Mexico's...

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