A new report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) says the flow of money from migrants -- commonly located in developed countries -- to their families in lower income countries has doubled over the last decade. Read more.
South Sudan no longer has areas in famine, but almost two million people are on the brink of starvation, the country's government and the United Nations said in reports.
The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and South Sudan's National Bureau of Statistics said the...read more.
In a move that appears to negate President Donald Trump's numerous vows to fight for American workers at risk of losing their jobs due to corporate outsourcing and layoffs, Boeing told CNN on Thursday that around 200 workers based in South Carolina would be fired in an effort to cut costs. Read more.
A mistrial was declared on Friday for the second time in the murder trial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer, after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on charges in the fatal traffic stop shooting of an unarmed black motorist.
The Hamilton County jury had deliberated some 30 hours over five days after getting the case on Monday. Read more.
The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has declined a proposed meeting with Donald Trump citing its conviction that the Republican president’s policies “will devastate black communities”, and the administration’s unresponsiveness to the CBC to date. Read more.
JUHA JARVINEN, an unemployed young father in a village near Jurva, western Finland, brims with ideas for earning a living. “I’m an artist and entrepreneur. Sometimes I’m too active, I don’t have time to stop,” he says. He just agreed to paint the roofs of two neighbours’ houses. His old business, making decorative window frames, went bust a few years ago. Having paid off debts, he recently registered another, to produce videos for clients. Read more.
The district of Besós in Barcelona, Utrecht in the Netherlands and the Finnish city of Helsinki are all reportedly set to trial a universal basic income scheme.
Residents will be given money for two years to lift them above the breadline as the scheme looks to...read more.
Seattle’s minimum-wage law has led to higher pay for restaurant workers without affecting the overall number of jobs in the industry, according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley.
Indeed, employment in food service from 2015 to 2016 was not affected...read more.
Outraged Londoners took to the streets of their city on Wednesday to express solidarity with the victims of the recent Grenfell Tower fire and voice anger at the government policies they argue led to the disaster.
The "Day of Rage" march, which is taking place on the hottest day of the year so far in London, is a display of...read more.
Seattle's $15-an-hour minimum wage law has boosted pay for restaurant workers without costing jobs, a new study shows.
The report, from the University of California at Berkeley, is certain to add to the debate as activists around the country push for increases in local, state and federal minimum wages. Read more.
Even when heavily armed riot police closed off a square block and surrounded protesters, media workers and legal observers alike, independent journalist Alexei Wood did not realise he was about to be arrested.
"It didn't even cross my mind that was what was happening," the 37-year-old photographer and...read more.
Tracy Moore grew impatient as she waited for a Quarter Pounder recently in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant in central Dallas.
The burger, made with fresh beef and billed as hotter and juicer than the original made from a frozen patty, is part of the company's effort to serve tastier food. Read more.
Colin Kaepernick compared police officers to fugitive slave patrolmen in the wake of a jury verdict acquitting a Minnesota officer in the shooting death of a black motorist.
The former 49ers quarterback, whose continuing unemployment has led to speculation that he is being ostracized by the NFL for his symbolic protests...read more.
Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who was detained in North Korea for nearly a year and a half, died Monday afternoon, his parents said.
Mr. Warmbier had been medically evacuated and returned to Cincinnati last week in a coma. Read more.
Seattle police shot and killed a mother of four inside her apartment in the presence of her young children after she called law enforcement to report a burglary.
The death of 30-year-old Charleena Lyles, who police say was carrying a knife, has sparked outrage across the country, with critics decrying the shooting as...read more.
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, will announce a new cabinet within days after his start-up centrist political movement swept to a commanding majority in parliamentary elections on a promise of renovating the country’s politics.
The prime minister, Édouard Philippe, resigned on Monday as required after a parliamentary poll. Read more.
Just about a year ago, while riding through his hometown outside of Saint Paul, Minn., on the 4th of July, Philando Castile was racially profiled by the local police. It happened to him often. Officer Jeronimo Yanez claimed that as Castile drove past him in his car, the structure of Philando's nose reminded him of the nose of a black man he had seen in an armed robbery video. Read more.
A U.S. warplane shot down a Syrian jet on Sunday near the Islamic State-held city of Raqqah, officials said, marking the latest escalation between the U.S. and Syria since the blood-soaked civil war began six years ago.
The Pentagon said the U.S.-led coalition took the unprecedented move...read more.
Pediatricians and public health researchers know they have to be on the lookout for lead exposure from paint chips and contaminated drinking water. A new report suggests food — particularly baby food — could be a problem, too.
The Environmental Defense Fund, in an analysis of 11 years of federal data, found detectable levels of lead in 20 percent of 2,164 baby food samples. Read more.
At least one person has died and 10 others have been injured after a vehicle ran over pedestrians close to two mosques in a north London neighbourhood, UK police have said.
The 48-year-old driver of the van, who was identified as...read more.
Police have found what are believed to be the remains of a 17-year-old Muslim female who was abducted overnight after leaving her local mosque in Sterling, Virginia, near Washington, DC.
The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling on Monday identified the...read more.
A US judge has declared a mistrial in the sexual assault case of comedian and celebrity Bill Cosby after a jury said it was deadlocked following more than 52 hours of deliberations.
Cosby had been charged with three counts of sexual assault over allegations he drugged and molested Andrea Constand in 2004 at his home in Pennsylvania. Read more.
The U.S. has quietly withdrawn 17 sites from the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves program.
As first reported by National Geographic, the sites include a number of national forests, preserves and reserves from Alaska to the Virgin Islands (see list below). There were previously 47 biosphere reserves in the U.S. Read more.
Thousands of protesters hit the streets of St. Paul, Minn. Friday night after a jury cleared Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile.
After a peaceful march of roughly 2,000 people near the state capitol, with some carrying signs reading "Justice not served for Philando," several hundred people then headed to Interstate 94 where they blocked traffic and faced off with law enforcement. Read more.
British Prime Minister Theresa May was rushed away under heavy police guard on Friday as protesters shouted "Shame on you" after she met residents who live near a tower block in London where at least 30 people died in a fire.
May, already under pressure after a botched snap election, is facing widespread criticism for her response to the blaze. Read more.
Online behemoth Amazon is acquiring Austin-based Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion, the companies announced Friday—a development that watchdogs say will pad billionaire pockets and spell bad news for consumers.
Jim Cramer, host of CNBC's "Mad Money," expects the deal to make Amazon, headed by Jeff Bezos, "dominate food within the next two years." Read more.
A Minnesota police officer was cleared Friday in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist whose death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook.
Castile's family stormed out of the courtroom after the verdict was read, and the city of St. Anthony swiftly announced plans to...read more.
Oregon on Thursday became the first U.S. state to allow residents to identify as neither male nor female on state driver's licenses, a decision that transgender advocates called a victory for civil rights.
Under a policy unanimously adopted by the Oregon Transportation Commission, residents can choose to have an "X," for non-specified, displayed on their driver's license or identification cards rather than an "M" for male or "F" for female. Read more.
Five people, including the head of Michigan's health department, were charged with involuntary manslaughter in an investigation of the beleaguered US city of Flint's lead-contaminated water, all blamed in the death of an 85-year-old man who had Legionnaires' disease.
Nick Lyon is the highest-ranking member of Republican Governor Rick Snyder's administration to be snagged in a...read more.
A federal judge ruled in favor of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Wednesday, handing the tribe its first legal victory in its year-long battle against the Dakota Access pipeline.
James Boasberg, who sits on D.C. district court, said that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to perform an adequate study of the...read more.
Though it is not quite the kind of large-scale "shock" she explores in her new book, author and activist Naomi Klein says that people should stand firm against anyone who tries to exploit for political purposes the "horrific" violence that took place Wednesday morning when a lone gunman targeted Republican lawmakers and others during practice for a congressional baseball team. Read more.
Few Americans probably know that their tax dollars paid to kill 76,859 coyotes in 2016. The responsible agency was Wildlife Services (WS), part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Its mission is to "resolve wildlife conflicts to allow people and wildlife to coexist." This broad mandate includes everything from reducing bird strikes at airports to curbing the spread of rabies. Read more.
Intensified coalition air strikes supporting an assault by US-backed rebel forces on Raqqa, Syria, are causing a "staggering loss of civilian life", United Nations war crimes investigators have said.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group of Kurdish and Arab militias supported by a US-led coalition, began attacking Raqqa a week ago to take it from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS). Read more.
Amid the ongoing diplomatic crisis between Qatar and a number of its Gulf neighbors, the US has agreed to sell $12 billion worth of American F-15 fighters to the country.
"Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met today with Qatari Minister of State for Defense Affairs Dr. Khalid al-Attiyah to discuss...read more.
At least two people were shot dead and several people were injured when a man believed to be an employee let loose a barrage of gunfire Wednesday morning at the UPS building in the Potrero Hill area of San Francisco, prompting a massive police response and a shelter-in-place warning for the surrounding area, officials and witnesses said. Read more.
Our mobile phones can reveal a lot about ourselves: where we live and work; who our family, friends and acquaintances are; how (and even what) we communicate with them; and our personal habits. With all the information stored on them, it isn't surprising that mobile device users take steps to protect their privacy, like using PINs or passcodes to unlock their phones. Read more.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan declared on Tuesday that the federal government "shouldn't wait" for undocumented immigrants to commit a crime before they are detained, comments that were characterized by one immigrant rights activist as part of the "reign of terror" President Donald Trump has unleashed in immigrant communities. Read more.
Fire engulfed a 24-storey housing block in central London, killing at least 12 people and injuring at least 68 others in an inferno that trapped residents as they slept.
Flames raced through the high-rise Grenfell Tower block of apartments in the...read more.
A gunman opened fire on Republican members of congress during a baseball practice near Washington early on Wednesday, wounding several people including senior Republican leader Steve Scalise, before being taken into custody, police and witnesses said. Read more.
Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) said on Tuesday it closed its $4.48 billion acquisition of Yahoo Inc's (YHOO.O) core business and that Marissa Mayer, chief executive of the internet company, had resigned.
The completion of the acquisition marked the end of Yahoo as a stand-alone internet company, a tech pioneer once valued at more than $100 billion. Read more.
When he withdrew from the Paris climate agreement, Donald Trump gave a speech so filled with falsehoods that it triggered detailed rebuttals by publications ranging from Politifact to Scientific American.
The Washington Post‘s “Fact Checker” column, which hands out “Pinocchios” for false or misleading statements, was forced to note that “we do not award Pinocchios in roundups of speeches.” But by then Trump probably had more Pinocchios than the Disneyland gift shop. Read more.
CNN has dropped show host Reza Aslan after he called Donald Trump a “piece of sh*t” in a tweet after the president’s reaction to the London terror attacks last week. The network has come under fire for the decision.
Alsan, who hosted the Believer with Reza Aslan program, tweeted a reaction to Trump’s attacks on London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the wake of the attacks in the British capital. Read more.
Following recent statements by the Saudi foreign minister calling on Qatar to end its support of Hamas, social media users in the Arab world reacted in support of the Palestinian resistance movement and to counter the minister's statements which characterised Hamas as a "terrorist organisation".
Adel al-Jubeir's remarks came as part of the rift between Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Read more.
When he was elected president of France last month, Emmanuel Macron was hailed as a maverick, the first third-party candidate to win the Elysée since France’s Fifth Republic was established in 1958. Read more.
"Batman" only aired for three seasons in the 1960s, but Adam West would remain associated with the role forever.
"You get terrible typecast playing a character like that," West told The Associated Press in a 2014 interview. "But in the overall, I'm delighted because my character became iconic and has opened a lot of doors in other ways, too." Read more.
Cities across the United States are gearing up for the National March Against Sharia, an anti-Muslim campaign that has been criticised by several rights groups and watchdogs.
ACT for America, described by the Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC) as the largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in the US, called for Saturday's marches in at least 28 cities in more than 20 states. Read more.
Boeing has signed a final deal with Iran’s Aseman Airlines to supply 30 737 MAX jets to the carrier, IRNA news agency reports, citing the airline’s managing director. Following the first batch of the planes, the company will order additional 30 jets. Read more.
Theresa May’s chiefs of staff Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy have both resigned after a disastrous Conservative Party campaign which greatly weakened the Tories’ position in parliament and undermined already-waning support for the prime minister. Read more.
Former FBI Director James Comey's long-anticipated congressional testimony set off a social media storm on Thursday with millions of people jumping into the fray but there was one notable absence - the tweeter in chief himself. Read more.
New York State's attorney general and 12 other top state law enforcement officials said on Friday they would mount a vigorous court challenge to any effort to roll back vehicle emission rules by the Trump administration. Read more.
U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning has given her first interview since being released from prison last month in which she explains her motivations for making public thousands of military documents. Read more.
Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives will fail to win a parliamentary majority in Britain's election, according to an exit poll on Thursday, a shock result that would plunge the country into political turmoil and could delay Brexit talks.
The exit poll predicted the Conservatives would win 314 seats in the 650-member parliament and the opposition Labour Party 266, meaning no clear winner and a "hung parliament". Read more.
Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche died as he lived: Standing up for something he believed in, hoping his action would change the world for the better.
It was just after 4 p.m. Friday that the 23-year-old Reed College graduate from Ashland saw a man barking racial slurs at two teenagers on the MAX Green Line. When he tried to intervene, police say, Jeremy Joseph Christian fatally stabbed Namkai-Meche and Army veteran Rick Best, and wounded another. Read more.
When 2,000 people attended the first D.C. Capital Pride festival in June 1975, their thirst was quenched by one truck with beer and another with soda. Refreshment options were limited, but everyone appeared satisfied that gay men and women were marching at all. Read more.
A man who police say trapped and killed three co-workers inside a closed northeast Pennsylvania grocery store overnight Thursday left an online trail behind that includes praise for the 1999 Columbine High School shooters and expressions of deep frustration about the world around him.
Wyoming County District Attorney Jeff Mitchell said a Twitter feed that includes a 42-minute film about a violent massacre...read more.
Eric Trump on Tuesday night said Democrats supporting the investigation into Russia and his father's campaign "are not even people."
President Trump's son made the comments Tuesday night to Fox News' Sean Hannity, amid ongoing developments related to the FBI's Russia probe and fallout from the firing of...read more.
Iran's revolutionary guards have blasted Saudi Arabia for supporting ISIS in the deadly twin attacks in Tehran on Wednesday, an accusation likely to infuriate the Saudi kingdom amid high tensions in the region.
At least 12 people were killed when attackers mounted simultaneous gun and suicide bomb assaults on...read more.
In order to confront what they consider a frontal attack on the Internet by the Republican Party and the powerful telecommunications industry, defenders of net neutrality joined with some of the web's most influential companies on Tuesday in announcing a new campaign and global day of action designed to defend rules enshrined by the Federal Communications Commission just two years ago. Read more.
As the United Nations this week warned the world's ocean are "under threat as never before" from global warming and other human activity, Bolivian President Evo Morales took direct aim at President Donald Trump by saying his decision to withdraw from Paris climate agreement proves the United States is now the "main threat to mother Earth and life itself." Read more.
With a new international treaty, an increasing number of African countries are committing to phasing out mercury, a significant health and environmental hazard.
Research has shown that maternal exposure to mercury from contaminated fish can cause learning disabilities in developing babies. When inhaled, mercury vapor can also affect the central nervous system, impair mental capacity and, depending on levels of exposure, even lead to death. Read more.
I love sports. Since I was a young boy, they've been one of the greatest passions of my life. For many years, my dream was to be a general manager of a professional sports team. I still think about it actually and sometimes allow my mind to drift to what my life would look like if I still went that route. The stance I am taking today did not come easily. It's heartbreaking, actually. Read more.
A man armed with a hammer shouted "this is for Syria" before attacking police officers on Tuesday outside France's Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, the interior minister said.
The assailant wounded one officer before he was shot and wounded by other officers. Read more.
Emmanuel Macron's party is set to win the biggest parliamentary majority for a French president since Charles de Gaulle's 1968 landslide, a survey of voter intentions for the coming legislative elections showed on Tuesday.
Such a majority would give Macron's government a strong mandate to push ahead with economic reforms, starting with a pro-business overhaul of...read more.
Mistrust and alienation between black men and the police have become so entrenched that we need radical, sweeping change. The collective experience of black men in the criminal justice system is sobering. African Americans are 2.5 times more likely to be arrested than whites, and numerous studies have shown that black men are disproportionately targeted, stopped, frisked, and searched through the practice of racial profiling. Black men end up in prison more often, receive longer sentences than similarly situated white men, and are more likely to be killed during police encounters than white men – 21 times more likely. Read more.
Fatima Salah, 58, does not sleep in the daytime as many do during the fasting month of Ramadan.
Instead, she wanders the city of Sanaa visiting neighbours and local shops, hoping to obtain enough food to feed her family at night. Read more.
At least five people have been reported killed in the US state of Florida after a shooting near an industrial area.
Orange County Police said on Monday that the attacker also killed himself, adding that the situation has been contained. Read more.
Police have closed off London Bridge after reports that a van veered onto the sidewalk and hit pedestrians.
Eyewitnesses said that armed police were on the scene late on Saturday night and that as many as six people were injured. Read more.
Author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor said she received death threats after Fox News ran a segment on a college-commencement speech in which she called President Donald Trump a “racist and sexist megalomaniac.” Read more.
The CIA has appointed a senior counterterrorism officer with a strong background in the Middle East to lead the US administration's handling of Iran, signaling a new hardline approach to Tehran, sources tell Al Jazeera.
Known as the "Dark Prince", "Ayatollah Mike", and the "Undertaker" within the halls of the CIA, Michael D'Andrea ran the CIA's Counterterrorism Center between 2006 and 2015. He also oversaw its covert programmes to hunt and kill...read more.
Displaying what one commentator called "sheer 19th century bloodlust and thirst for empire," Erik Prince, founder of the private mercenary firm Blackwater, argued in The Wall Street Journal this week that the United States should deploy an "East India Company approach" in Afghanistan.
The country, he wrote, should be run by "an American viceroy who would lead all U.S. government and coalition efforts—including command, budget, policy, promotion, and contracting—and report directly to the president." Read more.
New York Giants co-owner John Mara's recent comments about the emotional response Colin Kaepernick's protest drew from his team's fans caught the attention of Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith, who said his former quarterback is being blackballed and treated more harshly than players in the league who have committed crimes. Read more.
Matthew Morgenstern is convinced his Hodgkin's lymphoma was caused by exposure to toxic coal ash from the massive dump right across the road from SCI Fayette, a maximum-security prison in LaBelle, Pennsylvania, where he is currently serving a 5- to 10-year sentence. "In 2010 and until I left in 2013, the water always had a brown tint to it. Not to mention the dust clouds that used to come off the dump trucks ... which we all breathed in.... Every single day I would wake up and there would be a layer of dust on everything," he writes from inside the prison. When Morgenstern was sent back to SCI Fayette in 2016 after he violated parole, he found that the dust issue had abated a bit -- work at the dump has been stalled for a year due to litigation...read more.
Billionaire Paul G. Allen’s Stratolaunch, a massive aircraft designed to launch rockets into space from high altitude, has been rolled out of its hangar for the first time in preparation for testing.
Here are things to know about the program that has been underway since 2011: Read more.
Donald Trump’s favorite local TV chain is about to get a lot bigger thanks to—wait for it—Donald Trump.
Trump’s Federal Communications Commission is paving the way for Sinclair Broadcast Group—already the nation’s largest TV conglomerate—to take over Tribune, which owns 42 stations in many of the country’s big cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Denver. Read more.
A suicide bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan killed at least 90 people and injured over 450. Hidden in a tanker truck, the bomb is likely one of the largest ever set off in Kabul. It left a crater 13 feet deep, and broke windows over a mile away. Among those killed were two media workers, Aziz Navin of the 24-hour Afghan cable news channel TOLOnews, and Mohammed Nazir, a driver for the BBC. The death toll continues to climb as additional bodies are found, and some who were injured succumb to their wounds. Details of those killed are sparse. While the Manchester bombing nine days earlier garnered wall-to-wall coverage on the...read more.