Russia meddled in Scottish independence referendum to aid SNP, claims security expert

Mark Galeotti, an expert on Russian security and politics, said Vladimir Putin’s spies worked in the shadows to aid the SNP’s campaign to break up the UK.

Slaughterhouses in France will soon be made to install CCTV

French parliament has just voted to make it compulsory to have CCTV cameras installed in slaughterhouses.

Palestinian embassy opens in Vatican City

"We are very grateful about the role that the Holy See has played for a just and lasting peace in the Holy Land, and for having opened an embassy of Palestine in the Vatican for first time," Abbas said, according to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

A woman was denied Swiss citizenship because she’s too annoying — again | The...

The country of Switzerland has famously stayed neutral throughout every major international conflict since 1815.

The Clinton Foundation Shuts Down Clinton Global Initiative

The Clinton Foundation’s long list of wealthy donors and foreign government contributors during the 2016 elections provoked critics to allege conflicts of interests.

Resistance to the Antibiotic of Last Resort Is Silently Spreading

The alarm bells sounded on November 18, 2015.

Obama Extends Sanctions On Russia Over Aggression In Ukraine By One Year

The move appears designed to make it harder for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to roll back the sanctions after Obama leaves office on January 20.

John Kerry finds Vietnam War site where he killed a man – BBC News

The outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry has visited the place in the Mekong Delta where he was ambushed during the Vietnam war.

Heavy desert rain brings shrimps back to life in Australia

Triops australiensis, sometimes referred to as a shield shrimp, are considered living fossils, having not changed significantly in outward form in the last 250 million years.

Chinese, Germans Seek to Turn Chernobyl Wasteland to Solar Park

Thirteen international investors are among the 39 groups seeking Ukraine permission to install about 2 gigawatts of solar panels inside the radioactive exclusion zone surrounding the defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant, according to Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Ostap Semerak.

Seeing the quantum future… literally

Scientists at the University of Sydney have demonstrated the ability to "see" the future of quantum systems, and used that knowledge to preempt their demise, in a major achievement that could help bring the strange and powerful world of quantum technology closer to reality.

British ex-spy behind Trump dossier seen as a cool operator

LONDON -- Christopher Steele, the one-time British spy who has compiled an explosive dossier on President-elect Donald Trump, is a well-regarded operative who wouldn’t make up stories to satisfy his clients, according to diplomatic and intelligence experts who know him.

Obama Opens NSA’s Vast Trove of Warrantless Data to Entire Intelligence Community, Just in...

With only days until Donald Trump takes office, the Obama administration on Thursday announced new rules that will let the NSA share vast amounts of private data gathered without warrant, court orders or congressional authorization with 16 other agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Record German budget surplus fuels investment debate

The budget has been running a surplus since 2014, but that increased between January and June to 18.5 billion euros ($20.8 billion), or 1.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), the Federal Statistics Office said on Wednesday.

Trump Says He May Scrap Russia Sanctions and “One China” Policy

Just in case the foreign policy establishment wasn’t rattled enough at the prospect of the next commander-in-chief, President-elect Donald Trump made clear he is willing to get rid of recently imposed sanctions against Moscow and do away with a cornerstone of decades of U.S. foreign policy.

Trump wants Reykjavik summit with Putin – Iceland Monitor

 Donald Trump wants a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Reykjavik a few weeks after he becomes President of the US.

SpaceX Successfully Launches Rocket, Deploying 10 Satellites

Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. returned to the skies Saturday with a flawless delivery of communications satellites into orbit, its first flight since a Sept. 1 fireball destroyed a rocket and its payload on a Florida launch pad.

Cold weather kills 180,000 alpacas in Peru

Recent cold weather in the Ayacucho region of central-southern Peru is being blamed for the deaths of up to 180,000 alpacas.