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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tillerson: U.S. ready to speak with North Korea without preconditions

Earlier this year at the United Nations, Tillerson indicated that North Korea must take steps to reduce the threat of illegal weapons before considering talks

Night-flyers or day-trippers? Study sheds light on when moths, butterflies are active

Butterflies fly during the day while moths travel at night - or so you might think. In reality, their behavior is much more complicated. A new study offers the first comprehensive overview of the surprisingly complex question of when butterflies and moths are active.

DR Congo crisis: On Kasai’s hunger road

Fergal Keane reveals the crisis in DR Congo's Kasai region, where millions face starvation. Source: BBC

Using drones to estimate crop damage by wild boar

Growing populations of wild boar (Sus scrofa L.) are causing more and more damage to agricultural land in Europe, requiring hundreds of thousands of Euros in compensation. A new drone-based method allows estimating crop damage in a fast, standardized and objective manner.

How fires are changing the tundra’s face

Climate change takes a heavy toll on the tundra, increasing the probability of extreme droughts. As a result, the frequency of fires in forests, bogs and even wetlands continues to rise. In addition, the northern areas of the tundra have also become more accessible and negatively impacted by human activities in recent years.

1 killed, 21 injured in blast at natural gas facility

Officials say explosion at Austrian facility had "technical cause," without elaborating

“I’m afraid”: Journalist believes he’ll be killed if he’s deported

Advocates for Mexican journalist detained in remote West Texas facility ask U.S. government for asylum

U.S. envoy: Trump’s tweet at U.K. leader “probably misinterpreted”

Ambassador Woody Johnson hopes for presidential visit despite dispute over Trump's retweets of far-right group's videos

UK snow: Travellers struggle as icy conditions persist

Wintry conditions continue to cause delays for travellers as hundreds of schools remain closed. Source: BBC

UK inflation rate rises to 3.1%

Inflation hits its highest rate for nearly six years, as the squeeze on households continues. Source: BBC

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May heads to Brussels after EU vote loss

The EU summit comes after a Tory rebellion defeats the government in a key vote on Brexit. Source: BBC

Royals to attend Grenfell fire memorial at St Paul’s

PM will also join victims of the blaze for a multi-faith service at St Paul's Cathedral in London. Source: BBC

New U.S. embassy in London cost more than $1B

The special relationship between the U.S. and Britain apparently requires a very special U.S. embassy in London. The new one, opening next month, cost more than $1 billion. Charlie D'Agata takes a look.