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U.S., Taliban peace deal in the works

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/06/19, 11:01 am

Officials from Afghanistan and the United States on Monday lauded major progress in the latest negotiations to end the 18-year war with the Taliban. Talks in Qatar the last two days focused on the withdrawal of U.S. troops and the Taliban’s commitment to cut ties with other extremist groups, a Taliban official said.

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Associated Press/Photo by Nariman El-Mofty

Yemen faces two deadly attacks in one day

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/01/19, 11:21 am

At least 51 people died Thursday in separate attacks in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden. In the first attack, a car, a bus, and three motorcycles exploded during a morning lineup at a police station. According to a senior police official, at least 11 people died and 29 others sustained injuries. In another area of town, Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a ballistic missile strike targeting a military parade at the al-Galaa camp, which left at least 40 people dead.

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Weapons-grade crisis

Middle East | Escalating tensions with Iran have roots in new data on its nuclear capacity showing the regime could develop a ‘fully functional’ nuclear missile in under a year
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/03/19, 12:18 am

This story begins inside the atom. 

Specifically, the uranium atom. In deposits of uranium ore beneath the earth’s surface, the most abundant form of the element is uranium-238. Mostly inert, it contains three more neutrons than its unstable, more radioactive cousin, uranium-235, found in only small amounts.

Separating the two involves a tedious physical process. But by isolating the slightly lighter U-235 then concentrating it into a critical mass, a self-sustaining fission chain reaction is created. With this discovery, atomic energy was born.

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