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Australian researchers unveil device that harvests water from the air

SYDNEY —  A device that absorbs water from air to produce drinkable water was officially launched in Australia Wednesday. Researchers say the so-called Hydro Harvester, capable of producing up to 1,000 liters of drinkable water a day, could be “lifesaving…

Russia reports downing Ukrainian drones, missiles in western regions

The governor of western Russia’s Belgorod region said Wednesday falling fragments from a destroyed Ukrainian aerial drone damaged two residential buildings, while Russia’s defense ministry said the country’s air defenses shot down a total of three drones and six missiles…

Biden administration faces pressure on US weapons restrictions in Russia

In recent weeks Ukraine has intensified its appeals to the Biden administration to lift the ban on using U.S.-provided weapons to strike targets inside Russia. Oleksandra Ustinova, a member of the Ukrainian parliament who recently visited Washington, said Russia is…

UK infected blood scandal victims to start receiving final compensation

Britain’s government said Tuesday that thousands of victims of the U.K.’s decades-long infected blood scandal will start receiving final compensation payments this year. The scandal, which lasted between the 1970s and the early 1990s, is seen as the deadliest episode…

Biden releasing 1 million barrels of gasoline from Northeast reserve in bid to lower prices at pump

WASHINGTON —  The Biden administration said Tuesday that it is releasing 1 million barrels of gasoline from a Northeast reserve established after Superstorm Sandy in a bid to lower prices at the pump this summer. The sale, from storage sites…

Humanitarian needs spike as Russia escalates offensive in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region

Geneva —  U.N. agencies report Russia’s escalating military offensive in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region over the past two weeks is causing an alarming spike in humanitarian needs as deaths and injuries grow and thousands flee in the wake of relentless aerial…

US looks to work with EU to address Chinese industrial policy

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Tuesday that U.S. and European leaders must address China’s industrial policies that pose a threat to clean energy industries worldwide. “Chinese industrial capacity is currently leading to production that significantly exceeds global demand…

How Kremlin uses false fact checks to spread disinformation

Just a few weeks after Russia’s full invasion of Ukraine, Moscow started to promote a website that claims to tell the truth about the war. “War On Fakes” was presented as a fact-checking resource where experts and journalists debunk the…

Fearing rising tides, small island nations gain key win at UN ocean court

The U.N. maritime court has ruled in favor of greater protection of the oceans in the face of climate change in a case brought by small island countries. The countries brought the case in September after seeing disproportionate effects from…

Global carbon emissions pricing raised record $104 bln in 2023

LONDON —  Countries raised a record $104 billion last year by charging firms for emitting carbon dioxide, but prices remain too low to drive changes needed to meet Paris climate accord targets, the World Bank said in a report on…