Swarm of 100,000 bats makes residents of town 'prisoners in their own homes'

Grey headed flying fox bats

Batemans Bay, a community in Australia, has a bit of a bat problem.


Obama: World leaders are 'rattled' by Trump's ignorance, love of tweets

(c) 2016, The Washington Post. ISE CITY, Japan -- President Obama said Thursday that world leaders have been surprised by Donald Trump’s emergence as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and remain uncertain “how seriously to take some of his pronouncements.” After a day of meetings at...


Merkel's austerity allies dwindle as Trudeau debuts at G-7

(c) 2016, Bloomberg. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is attending the Group of Seven leaders’ summit in Japan with a diminished flank of pro-austerity allies. As leaders from the United States, Japan, Germany, France, the U.K., Italy and Canada prioritize tackling a global slowdown, the debate over...


France vows 'no retreat' from labor reforms amid growing unrest

(c) 2016, The Washington Post. PARIS - France’s government vowed “no retreat” from planned labor law reforms Thursday even as unions called for wider strikes that have choked off fuel supplies and created chaos on highways blocked by barricades of burning tires. Even in a country long familiar with...


Thai man bloodied but unbowed after intimate attack by snake

Thailand Toilet Ordeal

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai man is recovering from a bloody encounter with a 3-meter (10-foot) python that slithered through the plumbing of his home and latched its jaws onto his penis as he was using a squat toilet. Attaporn Boonmakchuay was smiling as Thai television stations interviewed him in his...


Israeli airstrike hits Hamas sites after Gaza rocket attacks

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli aircraft struck two Hamas militant sites in southern Gaza on Thursday in response to rocket fire toward Israel, the Israeli military said. No one was harmed in Thursday’s airstrikes or in the rocket attacks that preceded them. Gaza militants have carried out...


Nuclear-free aspirations of Obama, Abe conflict with reality

Obama Hiroshima Rhetoric Vs Reality

TOBA, Japan (AP) — There is the soaring rhetoric. And then there’s the messy reality. When U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe make a historic visit to Hiroshima on Friday — the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited the site of the first atomic bomb attack —...


Meet the Taliban's new mullah, same as the Taliban's old mullah

(c) 2016, Foreign Policy. The new head of the Taliban isn’t new to the Taliban. Instead of choosing among rivals from a younger generation of militants, the group has turned to a member of the old guard, Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada, to take the reins of the insurgency. The militants moved...


It's not just Hiroshima: Some other things America hasn't apologized for

(c) 2016, The Washington Post. This week, President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, the Japanese city that the United States nearly destroyed with a nuclear bomb in 1945. While the bombing is estimated to have killed as many as 150,000 people, Obama is...


Fearing Russian bear, Sweden inches toward NATO

(c) 2016, Foreign Policy. Since the annexation of Crimea and the outbreak of war in eastern Ukraine in 2014, things have gotten tense between Russia and Sweden. Russian jets have repeatedly prodded Swedish airspace, a massive hunt was launched for a foreign submarine - suspected to be Russian - off...


Female inmates except murderers freed in Zimbabwe to cut costs

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