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US Did Pressure Ecuador About Assange: Report

But the State Dept. denies it

(Newser) - Ecuador may be claiming its decision to cut Julian Assange's internet was all its own , but that's not the story some US officials are telling. Intelligence sources tell NBC News that the US government quietly communicated to Ecuador that Assange is tied up with Russian hacking—officials say... More »

It's Better to Be a Girl in Algeria Than the US

The makeup of Congress doesn't help

(Newser) - Norway, Slovenia, Israel, Algeria, and Kazakhstan are among 31 countries where it's better to be a girl than the United States of America, according to the "Opportunity Index" in a new Save the Children report on the welfare of girls worldwide. Denmark was in first place and Niger... More »

Russia to US: Don't Think About Striking Syrian Army

Moscow has 'taken all necessary measures'

(Newser) - The Russian military on Thursday strongly warned the United States against striking the Syrian army, noting that its air defense weapons in Syria stand ready to fend off any attack. The statement underlined high tensions between Moscow and Washington after the collapse of a US-Russia-brokered Syria truce and the Syrian... More »

Trio 'Opened Door' to Secret World, Win Nobel in Physics

Congrats to David Thouless, Duncan Haldane, and Michael Kosterlitz for topology work

(Newser) - British-born scientists David Thouless, Duncan Haldane, and Michael Kosterlitz were awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for work that "revealed the secrets of exotic matter," the prize committee said, per the AP . The three "opened the door" to an unknown world where matter... More »

3% of Americans Own Half of All Guns

Handgun, female ownership on the rise: survey

(Newser) - Researchers have presented "a fundamental building block for gun research" with the most comprehensive survey of US gun ownership in more than two decades, reports the Trace . It reveals just 3% of American adults own half of the country's 265 million firearms. These 7.7 million "super-owners"... More »

US Makes Its Biggest Pledge of Military Aid Ever

Deal with Israel follows months of behind-the-scenes negotiations

(Newser) - The United States will provide Israel's military with $38 billion during the next 10 years, officials said Tuesday, the largest batch of military assistance the US has ever pledged to another country. Following months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, the State Department said the two countries had reached a 10-year agreement,... More »

Iran Sanctions Lifted Due to 'Secret' Nuke Loopholes: Report

DC think tank says US, negotiating partners helped Iran

(Newser) - President Obama called it a "good day," while Secretary of State John Kerry said it "[marked] the day of a safer world" in January after five US hostages held in Iran were released and international sanctions against the country were lifted because it had supposedly kept its... More »

As War Games Begin, N. Korea Threatens to Turn DC to 'Ashes'

Cue the military rhetoric amid tensions over defection of top diplomat

(Newser) - South Korea and the United States began annual military drills Monday despite North Korea's threat of nuclear strikes in response to the exercises that it calls an invasion rehearsal. Such fiery rhetoric by Pyongyang is not unusual, but the latest warning comes at a time of more tension following... More »

NZ, US Runners Win Fair Play Awards

D'Agostino, Hamblin helped each other finish race

(Newser) - One of the most touching moments of the Rio Olympics has been rewarded with this year's Fair Play Awards. American runner Abbey D'Agostino and New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin, who helped each other finish the race after falling during a women's 5,000-meter heat, were given the... More »

America's 10 Most Diverse Counties

Hawaiian counties dominate the list

(Newser) - Graphiq has compiled a list of the most diverse counties in the US by calculating the probability that two randomly selected residents will be of different races designated in the US census: white, black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. Hispanic Americans weren't included since they’... More »

US Sent Iran $400M Same Day Americans Were Released

It was coincidence, not ransom, administration says

(Newser) - " Smart diplomacy "—or dollar diplomacy? The US government quietly delivered the equivalent of $400 million in cash to Iran on Jan. 16 this year, the same day that Tehran released four detained American citizens , sources including US officials tell the Wall Street Journal . The cash, which was... More »

10 Nations With Highest Percentage of Immigrants

In Saudi Arabia, a third of residents were born elsewhere

(Newser) - The US is a nation of immigrants, but it's not the nation of immigrants. In Priceonomics ' rankings of the most populous countries by percentage of foreign-born residents (it excluded the Vatican, for example, which otherwise would've ranked first), America sits at No. 5. The top 10: More »

Florida Zika Case May Be Scariest One Yet

Infection may be from US mosquito, though health officials checking every possible cause

(Newser) - There have been more than 1,300 reported cases of Zika reported in the US so far, per the CDC , but a new case in Florida is especially worrisome: The Florida Department of Health says it's looking into what may be the first non-travel-related infection in the continental US,... More »

10 Best Places to Visit in the US

Grand Canyon, Maui top the list

(Newser) - Planning your summer vacation? US News & World Report has compiled a list of the top vacation spots in the US, based on thousands of votes. There's something for everyone, from nature lovers to beachgoers. Here's the top 10: More »

US Calls for UN to Unite on Gay Rights

Members urged to do more than just condemn killers

(Newser) - The United States on Monday called on all 193 members of the United Nations to not only condemn the terrorism that resulted in the mass killing of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida over the weekend, but also to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people from such... More »

10 Most Peaceful Countries on Earth

Iceland, Denmark, Austria are on top

(Newser) - Congratulations, America: You sit 103rd on a list that ranks countries by their peacefulness, in a report compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace . The ranking is based on 23 factors including involvement in conflicts at home and abroad, crime, terrorist activity, political stability, levels of militarization, and relations... More »

Facebook, Microsoft to Run Mega-Cable From Va. to Spain

MAREA will be the highest-capacity trans-Atlantic cable yet

(Newser) - Virginia Beach soon be tethered to Bilbao, Spain, thanks to what Computerworld calls "an epic shift that will change everything." A joint initiative between Facebook, Microsoft, and an overseas telecommunications company, the 4,100-mile-plus MAREA subsea cable will be the highest-capacity cable to span the Atlantic, with an... More »

Massive Recall Covers Food Sold as Long Ago as 2014

It affects consumers across North America

(Newser) - Authorities are warning people to check their freezers—for food bought as far back as 2014. It's one of the largest food recalls in recent memory, affecting well over 400 products from CRF Frozen Foods in Pasco, Wash., sold under more than 40 different brand names in all 50... More »

6 States With Most Mental Illness

West Virginians especially struggle with it

(Newser) - Nearly 10 million Americans experience a serious mental illness within any one year, and 24/7 Wall St. outlines the 12 states that have the largest adult populations struggling with various forms of mental illness, including depression and bipolar disorder. To come up with this ranking, the site examined surveys administered... More »

America Is Getting Another National Animal

Bald eagles, make way for the bison

(Newser) - The bald eagle's 234-year reign as the sole symbolic animal of the US is about to come to an end. The National Bison Legacy Act passed by Congress—and expected to pass the Senate next week, per CNN —denotes the bison as America's national mammal and a... More »

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