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Arctic sea ice coverage drops below 1.5M square miles for second time since 1979

Arctic sea ice coverage drops below 1.5M square miles for second time since 1979

Science
Sept. 13 (UPI) -- For just the second time since scientists started tracking Arctic sea ice coverage in 1979, the sea ice extent has dropped below 1.5 million square miles, or 4 million square kilometers. Every autumn, the Arctic sea ice coverage reaches its minimum extent, before expanding as temperatures rise. Though the sea ice is still shrinking, the minimum extent still days away, coverage is already approaching record lows. "Our satellite data show that between March and April 2019, there was an unusually large decrease in the ice extent, from which the Arctic sea ice was unable to recover," Christian Haas, a geophysicist at the Alfred Wegener Institute, said in a news release. The Arctic's rapid springtime melting suggested sea ice coverage was destined for an all-time low, but fl...
‘Butcher of Beijing’ who ordered Tiananmen Square crackdown dies

‘Butcher of Beijing’ who ordered Tiananmen Square crackdown dies

World
The Chinese premier who ordered a bloody crackdown in Tiananmen Square to counter pro-democracy protests has died.Li Peng died at the age of 90 on Monday of an unspecified illness. While he leaves behind a legacy of long-term economic growth, he is best known for his role in the demonstrations that spawned the enduring image of a protester blocking the path of three tanks. Image: Li Peng, pictured in 2011, became known as the 'Butcher of Beijing' Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in the centre of Beijing for a series of protests during the spring and summer of 1989, which were brought to an end in hostile fashion by the military.Mr Li was broadly disliked by the population as a result of what happened and became known as the "...
Taiwan calls on China to ‘repent’ for Tiananmen Square crackdown

Taiwan calls on China to ‘repent’ for Tiananmen Square crackdown

World
Taiwan has called on China to "sincerely repent" for the bloody crackdown in Tiananmen Square, as the government remains silent on the 30th anniversary of the tragedy.The self-ruling democratic island has also accused the Chinese government of continuing to cover up the killings in Beijing in 1989. Tanks were sent in to quell months of student-led pro-democracy protests on the night of 3 June 1989, with the operation ending the following morning. Image: Security has been tightened around Tiananmen Square on the 30th anniversary The Chinese government has never released an official death count, but estimates range from several hundred to thousands.Among the students' demands were a free press and freedom of speech, disclosure of leader...
Tiananmen Square: China minister defends 1989 crackdown

Tiananmen Square: China minister defends 1989 crackdown

World
China has defended the crackdown on the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in a rare public acknowledgement of events. Defence Minister Wei Fenghe told a regional forum that stopping the "turbulence" was the "correct" policy. In spring 1989, students and workers occupied Beijing's Tiananmen Square in a massive pro-democracy protest. Many were killed in a brutal clampdown by the communist authorities. Reporting on the events is heavily censored in China. Timeline: Tiananmen protests Tiananmen: China's great act of 'forgettance' Tuesday marks 30 years since six weeks of demonstrations ended with the Beijing massacre of 3-4 June.What did the minister say? Public discussions of...
Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: L Brands, Square, HP and more

Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: L Brands, Square, HP and more

Finance
Check out the companies making headlines after the bell: L Brands shares fell more than 8 percent in extended trading after posting mixed fourth-quarter earnings and weak full-year guidance. The retail company posted $ 4.85 billion in revenue, compared to the $ 4.88 billion forecast by analysts. Earnings per share were $ 2.14, beating Wall Street's expectation of $ 2.07. L Brands sees 2019 earnings per share between $ 2.20 and $ 2.60, while analysts forecast earnings of $ 2.71. Shares of Square fell more than 6 percent in extending trading Wednesday based on weak first-quarter guidance despite the company's better-than-expected fourth-quarter e...