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UN Human Rights Office says 18 killed in Myanmar crackdown

UN Human Rights Office says 18 killed in Myanmar crackdown

World
YANGON, Myanmar -- Security forces in Myanmar opened fire and made mass arrests Sunday as they sought to break up protests against the military’s seizure of power, and a U.N. human rights official said it had “credible information” that at least 18 people were killed and 30 were wounded.That would be the highest single-day death toll among protesters who are demanding that the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi be restored to power after being ousted by a Feb. 1 coup. About 1,000 people are believed to have been detained Sunday.“Deaths reportedly occurred as a result of live ammunition fired into crowds in Yangon, Dawei, Mandalay, Myeik, Bago and Pokokku,” the U.N. Human Rights Office said in a statement referring to several cities, adding that the forces also used tear gas, flash-bang
Biden brings moon rock from last lunar mission into Oval Office

Biden brings moon rock from last lunar mission into Oval Office

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A moon rock that President Joe Biden has placed in the Oval Office came from the last Apollo mission in 1972, raising hopes that he will support a new lunar landing program already underway. The White House said the moon rock was part of Biden's goal to have the office reflect the best of American accomplishments. Advertisement Astronauts chipped the rock from a large boulder at the base of the North Massif mountain in the Imbrium Impact Basin. The stone's official name is Lunar Sample 76015,143, which refers to NASA's generic numbering system for more than 840 pounds of rock retrieved during Apollo missions. Scientists were pleased with the testament to science and space exploration. Ellen Stofan, director of the National Air and Space Museum, posted a mes...
‘Wonder Woman 1984’ tops box office for 3rd weekend

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ tops box office for 3rd weekend

Entertainment
Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Gal Gadot's superheroine adventure Wonder Woman 1984 is the No. 1 movie in North America for a third weekend, earning an additional $ 3 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced on Sunday. The film was simultaneously released in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service on Dec. 25 as a strategy meant to reach as many viewers as possible during the coronavirus pandemic. Advertisement Coming in at No. 2 this weekend is The Croods: A New Age with $ 1.8 million, followed by News of the World at No. 3 with $ 1.2 million, Monster Hunter at No. 4 with $ 1.1 million and Fatale at No. 5 with $ 670,000. Rounding out the top tier are Promising Young Woman at No. 6 with $ 560,000, Pinocchio at No. 7 with $ 209,000, The War with Grandpa at No. 8 with $ 147,000, Come Play at...
Met Office forecasts CO2 levels 50 percent higher than preindustrial levels

Met Office forecasts CO2 levels 50 percent higher than preindustrial levels

Science
Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Within the next year, carbon dioxide concentrations in Earth's atmosphere will surpass levels 50 percent greater than preindustrial levels during the 18th century, according to predictions by Britain's Met Office. According to the calculations of Met scientists, CO2 concentrations measured at Mauna Loa Observatory, in Hawaii, will increase by 2.29 parts per million, plus or minus 0.55 ppm, in 2021. Advertisement Researchers arrived at the predictions after analyzing current and expected future carbon emissions and deforestation rates. Scientists expect the current La Niña pattern in the Pacific to temporarily boost growth rates in tropical forests, accelerating carbon absorption. However, the pattern is likely to only barely offset rising carbon emissions. CO2 levels in t

China scores an EU investment deal before Biden takes office — and it wants to do more

Finance
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping are seen on a screen during a video conference to approve an investment pact between China and the European Union on December 30, 2020.Johanna Geron | AFP | Getty ImagesBEIJING —  China wrapped negotiations with the European Union on an important investment deal and talked up hopes for more, less than a month before U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is set to take office.China and the European Commission announced Wednesday that the two sides finished talks around a "Comprehensive Agreement on Investment" that gives each region's businesses more access to the other's market.Both sides rushed to ge