‘China reclamation damaging to Phl marine resources’

The government believes China’s massive reclamation in the West Philippine Sea has done 600 times more damage on marine resources and the environment than that inflicted on Tubbataha Reef by a US Navy minesweeper in 2013. Based on initial data from satellite images, the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute estimated that China’s reclamation  activities have damaged  311 hectares of coral reefs. The US government paid P87 million to the Philippine government for the … [Read more...]

Thousands evacuated as Chile volcano roars back to life

Southern Chile was on alert Thursday after the Calbuco volcano erupted for the first time in half a century, lighting up the night sky with spectacular bursts of volcanic lightning and lava, and forcing some 5,000 people to evacuate. Authorities declared a state of emergency, sent in the army and evacuated a 21-kilometer (13-mile) radius around the volcano after the twin eruptions -- the first on Wednesday as night fell, the second early Thursday before sunrise. The volcano, which last … [Read more...]

Pentagon cites de-escalation of tensions over Iranian ships

WASHINGTON (AP) — The prospect of a U.S.-Iranian confrontation over the potential delivery of Iranian weapons to rebels in Yemen has receded, Pentagon officials said Friday. U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the nine-ship Iranian convoy had reversed course, heading back in the general direction of Iran. Earlier this week, it had been on a course toward the Yemeni port of Aden. "We do not know their future intentions," Warren said, but the ships as of Friday were in … [Read more...]

Rare, Tiny ‘Pocket Shark’ Seen for 2nd Time

A juvenile male pocket shark has been discovered, making it the second of this type of shark ever recorded, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say. The teensy shark, extending just 5.5 inches (14 centimeters) in length and weighing a mere half ounce (14.6 grams), was found in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, though it was only recently identified, when Mark Grace, of NOAA Fisheries' Pascagoula, Mississippi, Laboratory, examined the specimen. The Gulf pocket … [Read more...]

Biden says U.S. will deliver new F-35 jets to Israel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday the United States would deliver new F-35 fighter jets to Israel next year to help its ally maintain its military edge in the Middle East. Speaking at an Israeli Independence Day celebration in Washington, Biden described the aircraft as “our finest, making Israel the only country in the Middle East to have this fifth-generation aircraft.” Vowing the United States would make sure Israel maintained its “qualitative edge,” … [Read more...]

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