China builds ‘world’s biggest air purifier’ - a 328 feet-high tower that has helped reduce smog levels over an area of 3.86 square miles
Spain is expected to replace the United States as the second most popular country in terms of tourist numbers, according to the World Tourism Organization
Hijab attack on girl was a hoax - Canada
British Airways flight grounded as crew refuse to fly 'bed-bug ridden' craft
57% of British people want a second Brexit referendum if May fails to secure a deal with the EU.
Iceland has become the first major retailer to commit to eliminate plastic packaging for all own brand products within five years to help end the "scourge" of plastic pollution. The retailer said it would be replacing plastic with packaging including paper and pulp trays and paper bags.
A U.S. Army dog that attacked a machine-gun nest during World War II has been posthumously awarded Britain's highest honor for animal bravery.
Australia family find missing son alive in car wreckage after hiring search helicopter
Russian Billionaire Files Fraud Lawsuit Against Manafort, Cites Mueller Docs
Rats were not to blame for spread of plague during Black Death...rodents and their fleas were thought to have spread series of outbreaks in 14th-19th Century from universities of Oslo and Ferrara now says...can be "largely ascribed to human fleas and body lice".
North Korean orchestra to perform in South during Olympics amid easing tensions
Indonesia Stock Exchange floor collapses, many casualties reported
Denmark: Over 1,000 youths charged for sharing underage sex video.
Philippines Shuts Down News Site Critical of Rodrigo Duterte
Shale gas is one of the least sustainable ways to produce electricity, research finds
Sri Lanka destroys $108 million worth of cocaine in public, seized by authorities in the port of Colombo which is increasingly becoming a transit hub favored by drug smugglers in Asia.
U.S. advises travellers to North Korea to write will and make funeral arrangements.
Dozens dead in double suicide bombing in Baghdad
Antwerp explosion: Residential building collapses after ‘huge blast’, local media reports
Romania loses second PM in seven months
Australia calls for scientists to save 'the planet's greatest living wonder' - "This is an open invitation to our greatest scientific minds, industry and business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions to protect corals and encourage the recovery of damaged reefs."
Margaret Atwood triggers online row with criticism of #Metoo movement
Islamic anti-vaxxers undermine efforts to prevent diphtheria outbreak in Indonesia
Germany Has Regained Its Crown As The World’s Most Powerful Passport
Circumcision Rates Are Slipping — Even In Israel
Norway introduced a total ban on fur farming Sunday, a statement by the Norwegian animal rights organization NOAH said. Norway has nearly 300 fur farms, which produce fur from 700,000 minks and 110,000 foxes every year.
Venezuela says five 'terrorists' arrested, others killed after shootout
China wants companies to consider Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau as markets and not countries
UK Benefit fraud 'witch-hunt': 280,000 public tip-offs led to no action taken due to lack of evidence - New figures obtained by The Independent have led to critics suggesting members of the public should not have a role in identifying and investigating fraud within the welfare state
Tesla’s massive battery in Australia was paid up to $1000/MWh to charge itself.
Japan: hunt for deadly fugu fish sold in error by supermarket
Geologists have discovered 280-million-year-old tree fossils in what is believed to be evidence of the oldest polar forest found in Antarctica: Trees are believed to have lived through extremes of complete darkness and continuous sunlight.
H&M closes all its stores in South Africa after protests
Trump fueling assault on democracy, report says: Released Tuesday by the watchdog group Freedom House, the new report concluded that the Trump administration has facilitated the erosion of American democratic standards and contributed to the decline of global freedom.
Over 1,800 Islamic Scholars in Pakistan declare suicide attacks ‘haram’
Prodded by China, Qantas amends website references to Taiwan, other regions
German Central Bank calls for global cryptocurrency regulation whilst adding Chinese Yuan to its currency reserves
Seoul announces free public transport to battle rising smog
Palestinian officials vote to suspend recognition of Israel, security cooperation
Brexit could cost Scottish economy £16bn a year
820 NYScott My favorite quote from the article: >I think the responsible thing is to do the analysis, see where the unfairnesses are and take the appropriate steps to correct those problem. But we need to do it in an orderly way. A thoughtful, logical approach to problem-solving. I miss that.
100 thrsxs My state (NJ) seems to be on the verge of legalizing marijuana. (At least that was the promise.) I'm very interested to see whether or not they hand out pardons. Another interesting item to consider is how law enforcement acts in the months, weeks, and days leading up to the actual day of legalization. Are they going to rush to make arrests, close cases, and charge as many people as possible? Or will they simply let people off the hook since it will be legal soon anyway?
52 garlicroastedpotato This is one of the funny topics in Canada. We don't actually have pardons in Canada, that's an American thing. But people keep bringing it up. What we have is, after good years, a record suspension. Your criminal charge is sealed up and only viewable if you commit another crime. People who have minor marijuana possession charges can go through this process. It used to cost $50 to get this done and there were massive line ups. The previous government increased the cost to $650/application which allowed them to afford more staff for Justice Canada to work on pardon applications. What this department needs is more resources. The number of people seeking record suspensions is still out pacing the ability of the staff to process and grant applications.
350 AtheistComic What’s to consider? If something is no longer illegal no person should be held in bondage because of relating defunct laws.
51 badassmthrfkr I hope this doesn't take as long as it did for Alan Turing to get pardoned.
23 cloudrac3r Not a US/Canada person, what's a liberal? I've only ever seen it used as an insult on reddit.
4 ShakeForProtein Look, on one hand I agree that jail for pot is over the top, but I also have to point out that the law was the law, and everyone knew what it was. Whether it's the law now or not, it was still broken and it's never a good idea to apply a law retroactively. -Edit- Consider if it were the other way around, and they've now decided pot is illegal, and they know you used it 6 months ago. Would you be ok if they now decided that they are going to retroactively decide to lock you up?