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A new study says spending two hours a week in nature helps boost one's overall health and well-being, according to CNN. Even if one is just enjoying the sunset or listening to the birds, the new study examined just how long one needs to spend time in their environment in order to produce a positive effect. The findings are based on interviews with 20,000 people in the United Kingdom about their activity, with a quarter of those who spent little to no time…

A record number of almost seven million people are facing severe hunger in South Sudan, despite a peace agreement which has largely stopped fighting after more than five years of war, United Nations agencies warned Friday, the French news agency AFP reported. "Every year, hunger reaches new and unprecedented levels in South Sudan with millions of people unsure where their next meal will come from, particularly at this time of the year when hunger peaks from May to July," Hsiao-Wei Lee of the

The European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom called for making the trade of instruments used in torture and execution illegal on Friday, according to Euro News. Malmstrom said it could even be banned under a new initiative spearheaded by the EU. “Today, you can buy all kinds of things on the Internet. You can buy spiked batons, you can even buy a gas chamber,” Malmstrom said. “You can buy electro-belts, special batons, equipment or products that are only used to harm people. Their

Lawyers for several countries and municipalities suing pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors released their plan on Friday to bring the 24,500 communities together into their negotiations for a major settlement over the Opioid Epidemic affecting the United States, according to National Public Radio. The proposal came in a motion filed in federal court in Ohio, where more than 1,800 lawsuits by local governments are pending which accuse companies like Purdue Pharma of fueling the health

Brazil's trade unions called for a nationwide strike on Friday, disrupting public transportation and a number of other industries across the South American country, according to BBC News. Just hours before the opening match of the Copa America in Sao Paulo, several metro lines were shut down from the general strike as professors and students prepared for planned protests against President Jair Bolsonaro's planned education spending cuts. The timing of the strike and protests could not be worse

Security commissioner reveals disinformation acts aimed at influencing EU elections Pro-Kremlin social media accounts spread false claims that the EU has Nazi roots, the European commissioner for security has said in the first analysis of disinformation acts aimed at influencing last month’s EU

Hong Kong's government was facing pushback from other legislators over its controversial mainland China extradition bill on Friday after days of protests over the measure, according to The South China Morning Post. Sources said several advisers close to Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam indicated there was no need to push for the self-imposed July deadline to pass the bill, while several hardliners remain convinced she should fast-track the bill through the legislature. But Executive Council

Russian authorities have given out the first passports to residents of Ukraine's separatist regions, shrugging off international criticism. Kyiv said it would never recognize documents issued by the "aggressor country." ...

Russia has warned NATO that US President Donald Trump's pledge to send 1,000 US troops to Poland will "destabilize" Europe. NATO forces in member Poland already include a rotating pool of 4,500 US soldiers. ...

Numerous cities need to modify heat protection schemes as India seeks to protect its homeless population. Temperatures have soared above 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit). ...

Switzerland is one of the lowest-ranked countries in the West in terms of wage equality. Public workers in Zurich have disputed that supporting the strike is a violation of political neutrality laws. ...

Article by WN.Com Correspondent Dallas Darling It’s well known a major test of America’s democratic institutions was the authoritarian behavior of President Richard Nixon. What’s not well known, however, is if this current test of America’s democratic institutions will be able to withstand the authoritarian behavior of President Donald Trump. Indeed, and in addition to partisan warfare, today’s Congress has very little oversight over the presidency. Together with a lack of civility and

Carnival Cruise Line is being sued by the family of a passenger who had a "major heart attack" on board and died after crew members would not let him off the ship to seek medical attention, according to The Toronto Sun. The Miami Herald first reported the lawsuit was filed on Thursday on behalf of the family members of Jeffrey Eisenman. Eisenman was on vacation on the Carnival Sunshine with his wife, daughter, and son, when he started feeling unwell, vomiting, and had…

Chinese rescue authorities said at least 61 people have been killed and 356,000 evacuated from southern and central China this week after torrential rainfall ignited floods across the region, according to Al Jazeera. China's Ministry of Emergency Management said 9,300 homes have been destroyed by the rising waters while more than 3.7 million hectares of farmland was also damaged. Officials estimate the natural disaster has cost nearly 13.35 billion yuan ($1.93 billion) in damages. Officials have

American intelligence pointed to Iran being responsible for attacking two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, prompting a rise in the stock markets and concern about a potential conflict between Washington and Tehran, according to Bloomberg. "This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the

Australian Brenton Tarrant has pleaded not guilty to all charges in relation to the Christchurch mosque shootings on Friday, which includes 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder, and one charge under the Terrorism and Suppression Act, according to The New Zealand Herald. Tarrant, 28, had his lawyer, Shane Tait, enter the pleas in on his behalf, which were not guilty to all charges. Justice Mander said the accused had been assessed and declared mentally fit to stand trial at

India continued to fight against one of the most intense heat waves to hit the country in more than twenty years after temperatures reached more than 123 degrees Fahrenheit (50.5 degrees Celsius) on Thursday, according to EcoWatch. The New York Times said officials reported at least 36 deaths due to the ongoing heat wave, which first began in May. The India Meteorological Department also warned the suffering could continue since the monsoon rains had once again been delayed. Four elderly

The American cybersecurity giant Symantec has downplayed a data breach that allowed a hacker to access passwords and a purported list of its clients, including large Australian companies and government agencies, The Guardian reports. The list extracted in the February incident, seen by Guardian Australia, suggests all major federal government departments were among the targets of a hacker who also claimed to be responsible for Medicare data being available for sale on the dark web. But Symantec

The United Nations said it had confirmed the killing of 17 people and burning of more dozens of houses in Deleij village in the Darfur region of Sudan this week in a report released on Thursday, according to Al Jazeera. The United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur said 15 people were injured during the violence which broke out during "heated clashes between nomads and residents apparently angered by the increase in commodity prices at the local market." Opposition medics said the Janjaweed

The Office of Special Counsel has recommended the removal of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway from federal office for repeatedly violating the Hatch Act on Thursday, according to NBC News. The Hatch Act violates federal employees from engaging in political activity during the course of their work and Conway has already faced accusations of violating the act in years past. The latest report said Conway violated the Hatch Act on numerous occasions by “disparaging Democratic presidential

Boris Johnson secured the most votes in the first ballot to select the next Conservative party leader and prime minister of the United Kingdom, according to The South China Morning Post. The field of candidates narrowed to seven from 10 after Mark Harper, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey were knocked out in the secret ballot held in the House of Commons on Thursday. Johnson received 114 votes, Jeremy Hunt was second with 43, and Michael Gove came in third with 37 votes. The…

Federal officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are investigating reports of "unusually large numbers" of ice seals who were found dead in Northwestern Alaska this week, according to The Seattle Times. At least 60 ice seals have been found dead, including bearded, ringed, and spotted seals, NOAA Fisheries said in a statement released on Wednesday. A hunter said he counted 18 seal carcasses along 11 miles of shoreline north of Kotlik, while a National Park Service

Colombia's congress took 12 years to pass legislation imposing a complete ban on the production, commercialization, and distribution of asbestos on Wednesday, according to Colombia Reports. The measure was passed unanimously due to the health hazards posed by asbestos. Lawmakers heard from dozens of citizens who had fallen ill due to a variety of diseases believed to have been caused by asbestos, while others testified about losing their family members and loved ones during mining operations for

Russia and Turkey have brokered a complete ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib province between Syrian government forces and rebels, according to Russian and Turkish media sources on Wednesday who quoted the Russian military. Moscow officials said the ceasefire would apply to the Idlib de-escalation zone and already had a significant reduction in violence on Wednesday. It's unknown how long the ceasefire would last since Idlib is the last major rebel stronghold in Syria as Russian and Syrian forces have

Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump, told reporters outside a closed-door interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday his responses to questions remained the same as his 2017 appearance before the same committee, according to Politico. Trump Jr. appeared for the second interview which was likely to focus on a Moscow Trump Tower project and a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have beneficial information for Donald Trump's

An Arizona jury could not reach a verdict against Scott Daniel Warren on Tuesday after he was arrested in 2018 and charged over conspiring to provide aid, transportation, and safe harbor to migrants, according to The Guardian. Warren was first arrested last year after allegedly providing help to undocumented immigrants in the Sonoran Desert, but the jury did not find the activist from "No Más Muertes," an advocacy group that wants “no more deaths” of people crossing the desert regions linking

After the ongoing heatwave killed at least 36 people, the coastal town of Udupi in Karnataka performed a Hindu wedding ceremony for two frogs called a "Mandooka Parinaya" to try and appease the rain gods on Wednesday, according to The Independent. A group of frogs were caught in two different villages and inspected at the Department of Zoology in Manipal, The Times of India reported, before a male and female frog were chosen. They were named Varuna and Varsha after the god of…

One of the most popular booths at the Consumer Electronics Show Asia this week has been rather low-tech thanks to its stress-relief options that appeal to many in China, according to The Jakarta Post. One kiosk is allowing visitors to smash a life-sized bobblehead of United States President Donald Trump with a mallet. As many theoretically bash President Trump for the ongoing tariff war between Washington and Beijing, the booth offers a literal outlet for their frustration at the technology

Ghanaian security forces on Wednesday freed two young Canadian women who had been kidnapped at a golf club in the city of Kumasi last week, the government said.“National Security Operatives in the early hours of Wednesday 12 June, 2019 completed an operation which successfully rescued the two Canadian women recently abducted” in Kumasi, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said in a statement.“Citizens and travellers are once again assured that Ghana remains safe”.The Canadians, aged 19 and…

Article by WN.Com Correspondent Dallas Darling “The Bush administration considered an invasion of Iraq to be ‘inevitable’ as early as 2002” and ‘the intelligence and the facts were being fixed around the policy.’” – Downing Street memo Most democracies accept intelligence agencies must operate in the shadows, or at least a rare dose of acceptable opaqueness in an otherwise transparent system. 1 They also agree the information which is derived to protect a nation is based on the shared belief

The Italian government gave the interior ministry, led by Matteo Salvini, the power to impose and demand stiff fines on charities who run rescue ships to bring migrants into port without prior authorization on Tuesday, according to Deutsche Welle. The decree would force non-governmental organizations to pay between €10,000 and €50,000 ($11,327 – $56,638) for transporting rescued migrants to Italian ports. Any rescuers who dock without authorization could have their vessel permanently impounded

Scientists at the University of New Mexico said they were making progress developing a vaccine which could help protect humans from Alzheimer's disease on Tuesday, according to USA Today. UNM's Health and Sciences Department Associate Professor Kiran Bhaskar, who's been passionate about studying the disease for the last decade, said they started working with the idea five years ago to "get the fully functioning, working vaccine." says the work started with an idea in 2013. Bhaskar and the team

Hong Kong was bracing for mass strikes across the city on Wednesday as the protests against a proposed extradition bill that would allow Hong Kong citizens to be sent to mainland China for criminal trials, according to The Japan Times. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she would move ahead by the legislation even though more than one million came out to protest the proposal over the weekend, making it the largest demonstration since Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese rule…

The Charity Commission report said there were “serious problems with the culture, morale and behaviour” of Oxfam staff in Haiti on Tuesday after finding the NGO responsible f or not disclosing allegations of child abuse, according to The Daily Telegraph. The report included 7,000 pieces of evidence concerning the allegations of Oxfam covering up its investigation into staff paying for sex while working on the emergency response following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The report said Oxfam had a

The United States placed sanctions on Syrian businessman Samer Foz and his family on Tuesday for using the Syrian Civil War to create a "profit-generating enterprise," according to The AFP. Foz and his family have close ties To Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which Washington said allowed him to make millions developing properties on land seized from those who had to flee their homes during the seven-year conflict. “This Syrian oligarch is directly supporting the murderous Assad regime and

After several Russian newspapers rallied in a rare show of public support for freelance journalist Ivan Golunov on Monday, Moscow dropped all charges against the reporter on Tuesday for alleged drug dealing, according to BBC News. Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said Golunov's guilt had "not been proven" and that the two arresting officers had been suspended while an internal inquiry was underway. Kolokoltsev said the decision came after "forensic, biological, fingerprinting and

Oil firm accused of hypocrisy by claiming it accepts Paris agreement while still drilling Two more Greenpeace climate protesters have climbed onboard a North Sea oil rig the environmental campaign group has occupied since Sunday in a protest against increased drilling by BP. The two activists

General News Aon , the world’s second-largest insurance broker, has lined up a panel of European insurers to provide cryptocurrency coverage for clients of Metaco, a digital asset custody technology firm part-owned by telecom provider Swisscom. The offering includes a crime insurance product to institutions using Metaco’s SILO solution for hot and cold wallets. is shutting down after experiencing a 71% fall in mobile traffic due to a recent update to Google’s search rankings. Target ,

The Colombian House of Representatives will hold a censure vote against Defense Minister Guillermo Botero on Monday after criticism over the military issuing orders this year which some claimed encouraged human rights abuses, according to Prensa Latina. The New York Times first revealed the orders instructing top army commanders to "double the results" of their military missions targeting guerrilla, paramilitary, and criminal groups. Several senior commanders said they felt pressured to carry