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10 Jarring Population Figures That Are Looming

Expect a billion more people within 15 years

(Newser) - The world's population is going to boom over the next 30 years, growing by a billion in just 15 years and 2 billion by 2050, according to a UN report released Wednesday. Half of that growth is projected to come in just nine countries, shaking up the list of...

N. Korea 'Now Ready' to Launch Another Rocket

Improved facility may be designed to launch long-range missiles, US institute says

(Newser) - North Korea has been busily working on its Sohae Satellite Launching Station for the past year, and a US think tank says that satellite images indicate construction is complete and the facility is likely ready to launch longer-range missiles with bigger payloads, the New York Times reports. "North Korea...

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...

Malnutrition of Kids in Afghanistan at 'Shocking' Levels

Poor families and poor education stoking problem in the south

(Newser) - Nearly a million children in southern Afghanistan—or 1 in 3—are severely malnourished, says a new UN-backed survey. It's not the food supply, which is adequate. A big part of the problem is that many poor parents lack fundamental knowledge about nutrition, reports the Guardian . Breast feeding, for...

UN Scientist: Blame Extreme Weather on Climate Change

Dire warnings heard at first congressional hearing in two years

(Newser) - Get used to droughts, hurricanes, heat waves, and wildfires, scientists warned Congress today, because the extreme weather is a result of global warming. The comments were made to the Senate's environmental committee during the first hearing on the subject in more than two years, reports the Guardian . "There...

UN Report Rips US for 'Inhuman' Attack on Afghan Civilians

Troops 'killed pregnant women, then beat survivors'

(Newser) - Covert US and Afghan troops killed two pregnant women and a teen girl in a botched raid last month, then inflicted "cruel and inhuman" treatment on the innocent survivors, according to a scathing UN report. In all, 5 members of a single family were killed as relatives gathered to...

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