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Beetle Destroying Trees Used to Make Iconic Baseball Bats

Nation's ash trees are being wiped out by Emerald Ash Borer

(Newser) - When the Emerald Ash Borer first made its way to US soil from Asia in the 1990s, it hardly registered among scientists or in the news—where it came from, after all, it only feasted on weak and dying ash trees. But the tiny beetle smaller than a penny quickly... More »

UN Calls Crisis Meeting as Russia Tanks Roll in Ukraine

NATO official: 1K Russian troops crossed border, attacked

(Newser) - The UN Security Council is set to hold an emergency meeting this afternoon at the request of Lithuania to address what Ukraine is calling a Russian invasion across the border, reports the AP. At least 1,000 Russian troops were said to have entered Ukraine with "sophisticated equipment" and... More »

US, Russia Clash at UN, Russia Invades City of Kerch

Ukrainian border guards: We were overwhelmed by Russian troops

(Newser) - US and Russian ambassadors expressed very different viewpoints on Ukraine today during an urgent UN Security Council meeting in New York, CNN reports. US Ambassador Samantha Power said Russian troops are entering Ukraine over an "imaginary threat," and the military action "is a violation of international law.... More »

Look Out, World: Brits Have Invaded 90% of Nations

Only 22 countries have been exempt: book

(Newser) - If you're part of planet Earth, there's a really great chance that British forces have invaded your homeland at one time or another: Some nine out of 10 countries have suffered such a fate throughout history, a new book finds. Indeed, just 22 countries haven't seen a... More »

EU Report: Georgia Started War

But Russia broke international law, militia committed genocide

(Newser) - Georgia was responsible for triggering last summer’s war with Russia, a European Union investigation has concluded. But Russia was far from blameless, laying the foundation for the war and breaking international law by invading. The report, which was reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, also accuses Russian-backed South Ossetian... More »

Poland Marks 70th Anniversary of WWII's Start

Leaders gather at Polish fort where Nazis launched blitzkreig

(Newser) - Polish leaders gathered at dawn today at the fort the Nazis attacked to begin World War II exactly 70 years ago, the BBC reports. A German battleship attacked Westerplatte on September 1, 1939, as German troops launched a blitzkreig attack on three fronts. The invasion triggered declarations of war from... More »

Missing Picasso Found in Iraq?! Probably Not.

The Naked Woman likely not missing, nor a Picasso, say experts

(Newser) - Iraqi security forces have secured a purported Pablo Picasso painting believed stolen from a Kuwaiti museum during the 1990 invasion, the Times of London reports. Only it’s probably not a Picasso. “It bears absolutely no relation to any Picasso that I can think of,” says one expert.... More »

Hitler Sent Troops to Russia's Frozen Hell

Unprepared troops suffered 'horrific' consequences

(Newser) - When Adolf Hitler sent his troops to invade Russia, he gave little thought to their warmth—leaving them in “desperate need” of millions of hats, gloves, and coats, writes historian Andrew Roberts in a Daily Telegraph book excerpt. “One can't put any trust in the meteorological forecasts,”... More »

The Afghan Region Marines Invaded? America Built It

(Newser) - The 4,000 US Marines who invaded the Helmand Province in Afghanistan this week might feel at home—the US helped build it, the Christian Science Monitor reports. In a Cold War race against the Soviets, Washington lavished more than $110 million on irrigating land, constructing schools, and building the... More »

Town Cranks Stones, Zeppelin to Fight Crickets

Up to mile-long swarms invade village regularly

(Newser) - A tiny Nevada town faces a yearly menace next month in the form of legions of crickets that can be a mile long and two miles across. Among the more unusual tools in their arsenal: rock music. Residents of Tuscarora swear it works, or at least helps, and are getting... More »

Aussie Dad Wrestles 'Roo Invader

Creature burst in to bedroom before underwear-clad man got it out

(Newser) - Waking up can be a bear, but for one Aussie family it was an 88-pound kangaroo crashing through their bedroom window and hopping around on a bloody rampage until the skivvies-clad dad wrestled it out of the house, the Canberra Times reports. “My initial thought when I was half... More »

Looted Iraq Museum Partially Reopens

PM backs controversial move; much of building still shut

(Newser) - Iraq’s National Museum reopened yesterday for the first time since its 2003 looting made it a symbol of post-invasion bedlam, the New York Times reports. But with only eight of 26 rooms functional, its reopening symbolizes as much the long road ahead as it does Iraqi reconstruction thus far,... More »

Saddam to Commanders: Wait, Do We Have WMDs?

(Newser) - Saddam Hussein didn't have weapons of mass destruction, but America made such a strong case that even the Iraqi leader himself had doubts, the Washington Post reports. Saddam, apparently in awe of US intelligence, asked his top commanders if the nation had stashes even he didn't know about. So says... More »

Israel Grants 3-Hour Reprieve

Mulls international ceasefire

(Newser) - Israel's military paused its Gaza offensive for three hours today to allow food and fuel to reach besieged Palestinians, and the country's leaders debated whether to accept an international ceasefire plan or expand the assault against Hamas. More than 500 aid trucks have entered Gaza since operations began, but military... More »

'The Israelis Killed My Father'

(Newser) - Fares Akram’s family farm was a small “beloved place,” so close to the Israeli border that they’d always feared it would be hit by errant rockets launched by Hamas, he writes in the Independent. Instead, it was blown up by an Israeli bomb while Akram’s... More »

UK's Ex-Chief Justice Rips Into Iraq Invasion

Newly retired judge lambastes US, UK as 'vigilantes'

(Newser) - One of Britain's most respected judges struck out last night against the invasion of Iraq, which he declared illegal and worthy of a "world vigilante." Thomas Bingham, who held the UK's equivalent post to chief justice, used his first speech since retirement to decry "a serious... More »

Georgia: Russian Spy Plane Downed

Moscow denies sending camera-equipped drone

(Newser) - Georgia says it shot down a Russian military drone yesterday just south of South Ossetia, the Moscow-backed breakaway province. Moscow officials deny the charge and have called the episode "the latest media provocation" by Georgia to "destabilize the situation," Reuters reports. More »

Cheney Set to Visit Georgia

VP to shore up ties with embattled nation, emphasize 'common security interests'

(Newser) - Dick Cheney will visit Georgia next week to strengthen ties with the battered US ally, the AP reports. The vice president will also visit Azerbaijan and Ukraine to emphasize the US commitment to the former Soviet republics, a White House spokesman said today in announcing the trip, which is to... More »

Post-Soviet States No Longer Russian Puppets

Reactions to Georgia show self-interest

(Newser) - Former cold warriors can be expected to see the Georgian conflict as signalling a return to simpler East-vs-West geopolitics, writes Bridget Kendall for the BBC. But the reaction of the post-Soviet states shows something very different: Former Soviet client states whose loyalty was assured 20 years ago—including Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan,... More »

Gorbachev: Blame Georgia

Former Soviet leader blasts one-sided America coverage

(Newser) - It is important to remember that Georgia, not Russia, struck first in the conflict over South Ossetia, writes former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev for the New York Times. Russian leadership is strong domestically and did not need a victory to rally support—rather, Moscow “was dragged into the fray... More »

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