Zika virus outbreak is a ‘global public health emergency’, says WHO

The World Health Organisation said the outbreak should be considered a ‘public health emergency of international concern’, putting the mosquito-borne disease in the same category as ebola, which killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa. Experts were called in to assess the Zika outbreak after noting a link between its arrival in Brazil last year […]

Syria rebels agree to regime talks but without Assad

Syrian opposition groups say they are ready for UN-sponsored negotiations with representatives from the government, but insist that President Bashar al-Assad has to step down. “The aim of the political settlement is to create a state based on the principle of citizenship without Bashar al-Assad or figures of his regime having a place in it or any […]

A story of pigs and cement : The huge changes in China

As China’s President Xi Jinping visits the US, there is a meeting of the world’s two biggest economies. Yet, compared with America, China’s economic expansion has happened at breakneck speed. It has sparked mass urbanisation and led to tens of millions of rural workers heading to the cities to find work. The story of China’s […]

‘Kalashnikovs of tomorrow’: Hawking, Musk, Wozniak warn of global AI arms race

Artificial intelligence, especially weaponized, is a huge mistake, tech gurus and scientific geniuses warn in a newly-released open letter. Professor Stephen Hawking, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Tesla CEO Elon Musk are among 1,000 signatories. The luminaries believe that for the last 20 years we have been dangerously preoccupied with making strides in the direction […]

Julian Assange: WikiLeaks fully back up and ‘We Are Drowning in Material’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks via video link during an event on the sidelines of the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva in July. Assange talks about the comeback of WikiLeaks whistleblowing platform and his desire to provide assistance to a parliamentary committee in Germany investigating mass NSA spying in this interview with […]

World powers and Iran ‘on verge of nuclear deal’

  Iran and six world powers meeting in Vienna are said to be  close to an historic nuclear agreement that could resolve a dispute that lasted more than 12 years over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday that he could not rule out the possibility of an agreement in the coming hours, […]

Happy Lunar New Year

Best wishes to all our readers for the New Year. If you don’t celebrate at this time then congratulations on getting some time to spend with your family if you were lucky enough to get a few extra days off.  

Last, best, hope for peace in Ukraine

As the Ukraine ceasefire kicks in there is ongoing tension in contested region. Although heavy shelling has stopped there is still regular small arms fire as reported by CNN. The above map shows the complex areas of buffers zones as collated by the BBC Just before midnight, President Poroshenko ordered the commander of what Ukraine […]

Global Warming Deniers – Can’t see the wood for the trees?

The latest research by the Max Planck Institute and Leeds University reveals that global warming is not and has not been a linear progression in the last 150 years. Global warming deniers have been making great claims in the last few years that global temperatures seem to have ‘stalled’. In fact the temperature of the […]