The peer review journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has released the findings of alarming new research, which claims that it may already be too late to prevent several major cities—including New Orleans and Miami—from succumbing to rising sea levels caused by climate change. However, the researchers say that if significant cuts are made to global carbon emissions in the coming decades, dozens of other cities could be saved. The researchers cautioned that they did not have a definitive timeline as to when the potentially devastating levels of sea level rise would occur. One of the study’s authors told AFP News, “Some of this could happen as early as next century. But it might also take many centuries … "We were really trying to show what the consequences of our carbon choices are going to be.” Discuss
Security officials believe that ISIS may be responsible for two suicide bombings that killed at least 97 people in the Turkish capitol over the weekend. The gathering of hundreds of peace activists in the Turkish capitol—protesting on-going fighting between Kurdish militants and Turkish forces—was organized by supporters of Kurdish politicians. According to Reuters’ senior security forces, Islamic radicals from ISIS are the primary suspects. In a statement on Turkish television, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, "It was definitely a suicide bombing. DNA tests are being conducted. It was determined how the suicide bombers got there. We're close to a name, which points to one group.” Discuss
An Iranian American investigative reporter has been convicted of espionage in Iran. According to a report on Iranian state TV, Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaia, who has already been in jail for more than a year, faces a sentence of up to 20 years. Officials in the country have been very secretive about the actual charges and the trial, which took place nearly two months ago. The State Department told reporters that the “process has been opaque and incomprehensible from the start.”
Rezaia is one of three Iranian-Americans being held the country, including Idaho Christian pastor Saeed Abedini and a former Marine named Amir Hekmati. The President of Iran is reportedly suggesting that the United States engage in some sort of prisoner exchange. In a statement, the Washington Post’s executive editor said, “Iran has behaved unconscionably throughout this case, but never more so than with this indefensible decision by a Revolutionary Court to convict an innocent journalist of serious crimes after a proceeding that unfolded in secret, with no evidence whatsoever of any wrongdoing.” Rezaia is planning on appealing the conviction. Discuss
President Obama personally called the president of the charity Doctors Without Borders to apologize for an airstrike on a hospital in Afghanistan that killed 22 people. Ten of them were patients; three of those were children. A White House spokesperson told reporters that the president assured the organization that the U.S. will "provide a transparent, thorough and objective accounting of the facts and circumstances of the incident.” U.S. officials switched their story of how the bombing occurred in recent days. At first, they said it was ordered by Afghan forces who claimed they were coming under fire, but later, they said American forces called in the airstrike.
Following the bombing, Doctors Without Borders said the bombing of their facility possibly constitutes a war crime, and are demanding an investigation. They said in a statement, “Under the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed, [Doctors Without Borders] demands that a full and transparent investigation into the event be conducted by an independent international body.” The White House spokesman said “there is no evidence that ... I've seen or that anybody else has presented that indicate that this was anything other than a terrible, tragic accident." Discuss
The Associated Press has released the findings of a long-running investigation, revealing that criminal networks attempted to sell materials used for creating nuclear dirty bombs to ISIS. The FBI partnered with authorities in Moldova and conducted sting operations to expose the criminals. Disturbingly, since bringing down several of the smugglers, some have since gone free. One of the masterminds “served barely three years for trying to sell a nuclear bomb to enemies of the United States.” Discuss
This week has started pretty well for poor-planning lawbreakers. First, a man in Italy called in a bomb threat to an airport in an attempt to avoid missing his plane. As you can imagine, he missed the plane after all. Then, today we find out a man in Australia tried to escape from police by turning right—into the ocean. And because of Internet, 7News captured the not-quite-Bond moment for all of us to enjoy. Of course, while the ethics of auto theft are pretty questionable, the vision for a high-speed car chase on the ocean floor is actually impressive. So, A for effort, mate.