8 January 2016

Libya truck bombing kills at least 60 policemen, wounds 200

Map locates Zliten, Libya.
A massive truck bomb exploded near a police base in the western Libyan town of Zliten on Thursday, killing at least 60 policemen and wounding around 200 others, officials said.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but a local Islamic State affiliate has been trying to gain a foothold in Zliten, spreading westward from its central stronghold in the city of Sirte along the North African country's coast.

Seoul delivers barrage of K-pop across border to North Korea

In this Oct. 6, 2013, file photo, South Korean K-Pop girl group Apink performs during Hallyu Dream Concert in Gyeongju, South Korea. South Korea is trying to get under the skin of its archrival with border broadcasts that feature not only criticism of North Korea’s nuclear program, troubled economy and human rights abuses, but also a unique homegrown weapon: K-pop. “Just Let Us Love” by a popular female group Apink is one of the songs being broadcast across the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.
South Korea tries to get under the skin of its archrival with border broadcasts that feature not only criticism of North Korea's nuclear program, troubled economy and human rights abuses, but also a unique homegrown weapon: K-pop.
Performers on the propaganda playlist Seoul began blasting across the border Friday include a female K-pop band that rose to fame when its members fell multiple times on stage, and a middle-aged singer who rose from obscurity last year with a song about living for 100 years. The broadcasts are in retaliation for the North's nuclear test Wednesday.

Syria government agrees to let aid into beleaguered villages

This undated photo posted on the Local Revolutionary Council in Madaya, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a starving boy in Madaya, Syria. The Syrian government has agreed to allow humanitarian assistance into three beleaguered villages following reports of malnutrition in the area, a U.N. official said Thursday.Two of the villages in question are the adjacent Shiite villages of Foua and Kfarya in the country’s north, which have been besieged by anti-government militants for more than a year. The third is the village of Madaya near the border with Lebanon, which has been under siege by government forces since early July.
The Syrian government has agreed to allow humanitarian assistance into three beleaguered villages following reports of deaths from malnutrition in that part of the country, a U.N. official said Thursday.

All the winter's a weird weather stage; Here are the players

In this photo taken Jan. 10, 2014, the United States side of Niagara Falls in New York has begun to thaw after the recent "polar vortex" that affected millions in the U.S. and Canada. Get ready for weather whiplash as powerful climatic forces elbow each other for a starring role in making winter weird. The spine-chilling polar vortex is taking center stage at least in Europe and much of America bringing persistent cold _ except in Hollywood where soggy El Nino won’t give up the spotlight.
Get ready for weather whiplash as powerful climatic forces elbow each other for starring roles in a weird winter show.
The spine-chilling polar vortex is taking center stage in Europe and bringing persistent cold to much of North America — except in Hollywood, where soggy El Nino won't give up the spotlight.