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Scientists discover vast reservoir under Greenland that may hold clues to explain shrinking glaciers

Scientists have discovered a vast reservoir of fresh water captured in layers of old snow buried near the surface of Greenland’s vast ice sheet. The reservoir, located in southeastern Greenland, is similar to a subsurface aquifer found on land. Its…  …

NASA astronauts step out for Christmas Eve spacewalk to make ISS repairs

Two NASA astronauts stepped out Tuesday on a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk to complete repairs at the International Space Station. “The 10th spacewalk of the year at the International Space Station is now officially under way,” a NASA commentator said at 6:53 am (1153 GMT), as astronauts made a second…

Khodorkovsky to reunite with wife and children after 10 years in Russian prison

Kremlin critic and Russia’s one-time richest man Mikhail Khodorkovsky is expected to reunite with his wife Inna and their three children on Tuesday after spending 10 years in a Russian jail, his spokeswoman said. “The family is coming today,” spokeswoman Olga Pispanen told Agence France-Presse. “They have not been together…

Hong Kong jails woman who smuggled baby formula under unlicensed milk law

A Hong Kong court has jailed a woman for smuggling baby formula, the first time anybody has been sent to prison under the city’s ban on unlicensed milk powder export, officials said Tuesday. The 37-year-old woman, whose nationality has not been disclosed, was jailed for five weeks after being found…

Crackdown on tobacco puffs up Hungary’s black market for cigarettes

In a parking lot in Nyiregyhaza, a Hungarian town near the Ukrainian border, Imre describes his black-market cigarette operation, whose business is booming thanks to a controversial government tobacco crackdown. “We sell several hundred cartons per day,” says the young man, who is using a fake name. His colleague “Janos”…

Luge hopeful qualifies as Tonga’s first winter Olympian

Tonga’s Bruno Banani has qualified as the Pacific nation’s first ever winter Olympian, the International Luge Federation (FIL) said Tuesday, in an achievement every bit as remarkable as Jamaica’s famous bobsled team. Banani, who hails from a tropical archipelago famed for its sunshine and white sandy beaches, will head for…

Kim Jong-Un visits father’s mausoleum

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, flanked by senior military officials, visited the mausoleum of his late father Tuesday to pay tribute on a major anniversary, state media said. Kim visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, which houses the embalmed bodies of his late father and grandfather, the Korean Central…

U.N. warns South Sudan over alleged crimes against humanity

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has warned warring factions in South Sudan that reports of crimes against humanity will be investigated, as eyewitnesses spoke of a wave of brutal ethnic killings. The secretary general asked the Security Council to nearly double the size of the UN mission in the country,…

Britain pardons and apologizes to gay ‘father of computing’ Alan Turing

Britain on Tuesday granted a posthumous pardon to Alan Turing, the World War II code-breaking hero who committed suicide after he was convicted of the then crime of homosexuality. Turing is often hailed as a father of modern computing and he played a pivotal role in breaking Germany’s “Enigma” code,…

‘A chilling message’: U.S. denounces Egypt’s crackdown on free speech

The United States Monday denounced Egypt’s “worsening climate” for peaceful protests, the day after three activists were jailed for organizing an unauthorized march. “The United States is deeply concerned about the worsening climate for freedom of assembly and peaceful expression in Egypt,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a…

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