Category: World

Big Five mass extinction events

Although the Cretaceous-Tertiary (or K-T) extinction event is the most well-known because it wiped out the dinosaurs, a series of other even more devastating mass extinction events has occurred throughout the history of the Earth. Mass extinctions are periods in…

Optimism may be dangerous

Paralysis through optimism: Research finds that belief that the future will be favorable may prevent action People tend to believe that others will come around to their point of view over time, according to findings from a series of studies…

Multiple earthquakes hit Mexico

Rescuers temporarily suspended a search for earthquake survivors in Mexico City out of fear of further building collapses since the early hours of Saturday, due to multiple upheavals that have occurred in Mexico. The strongest was of magnitude 6.1, which…

Iraqi Kurds seek independence in controversial vote

Baghdad wants Kurdish leaders to postpone the controversial referendum on independence for Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan scheduled for September 25, amid fears the vote could distract from the region’s war against the Islamic State (IS).  In a September 12 vote in Baghdad, Iraq’s Parliament voted…

Trump orders new sanctions against North Korea

President Donald Trump signed an order that imposed new sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons program and authorized he US treasury to target firms and financial institutions conducting business with the country. The announcement came as the Chinese central bank…