From the ground of this extreme northern part of Antarctica, a spectacular white and blinding ice seemingly extends forever. What can’t be seen is the battle raging below to reshape Earth. Water is eating away at the Antarctic ice, melting it where it hits the oceans. As the ice sheets slowly thaw, enough water pours into the sea to fill more than 1.3 million Olympic swimming pools every year, according to NASA satellite calculations. And the melting is accelerating.
Having succeeded in separating a recent loan agreement from “disastrous” austerity conditions, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Saturday that Greece won’t seek a third bailout deal. He singles out Spain and Portugal as leaders of “an axis of forces” that undermined Greece during negotiations for an extension of its second bailout agreement.
In the conservative conference’s search for a rising star, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin comes closest. He has momentum with conservatives. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have the passion. And Jeb Bush still faces widespread skepticism that’s not going away.
Investor Warren Buffett believes his company, Berkshire Hathaway, will continue to thrive for decades thanks to its vast and varied collection of “remarkable businesses” and investments, which will help it withstand challenges in any one sector.
Conservatives remain guided by one firm principle: Government is too big. But there’s no consensus on how to change it. “We’re not a church. It’s a mistake to somehow think there’s a book of dogma and you accept those teachings if you’re a conservative, and if you don’t, you’re not,” said Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which is sponsoring the four-day Conservative Political Action Conference in a Washington suburb.
Western leaders are condemning the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and pressing the Kremlin to ensure that the killing is investigated thoroughly. Here is a selection of comments.
Russia’s top investigative body said Saturday it is looking into several possible motives for the killing of prominent opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, including an attempt to destabilize the state, Islamic extremism, the Ukraine conflict and his personal life.
Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock repaid $40,000 from his personal checking account for redecorations to his congressional office in the style of the TV show “Downton Abbey,” according to financial records reviewed by The Associated Press.
Missouri’s auditor, who fatally shot himself in an apparent suicide, had vowed to take down the state’s most powerful politicians and donors, including his fellow Republicans, when he launched an anti-corruption campaign for governor last month.
A D.C. Superior Court judge ordered the District of Columbia government Friday to pay a record $9.2 million in damages to Kirk Odom, 52, who was wrongfully imprisoned for more than 21 years in the rape and robbery of a woman in her Capitol Hill apartment in 1981.
The Senate on Friday approved a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security minus provisions to halt President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, while the House debated a short-term funding measure in its drive to continue to battle the White House on immigration.
A witness and a security officer say four people died when two women blew themselves up at a bus stop in a village in northeast Nigeria, the latest in a series of suicide bombings carried out by females and blamed on the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group.
Maybe it was Islamic extremists who killed Boris Nemtsov. Or someone offended by his love life. Or agents of a Western power that will stop at nothing to disfigure President Vladimir Putin's image and drive him from power.
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