Man to Plead Guilty to Threatening Boston Globe Journalists Over Criticism of Trump

ALANNA DURKIN RICHER / AP (BOSTON) — A Los Angeles man will plead guilty to threatening to kill journalists at The Boston Globe over the newspaper’s criticism of President Donald Trump, his lawyer said on Monday. Robert Chain was arrested in August after authorities say he made a series of calls threatening the lives of Globe staff in retaliation for its coordinated editorial response to Trump’s frequent attacks on the news media. He had been scheduled to stand trial in June. Chain’s attorney said the man plans to plead guilty to all counts against him and “take full responsibility for … Continue reading Man to Plead Guilty to Threatening Boston Globe Journalists Over Criticism of Trump

Sri Lanka Military Given Sweeping Powers After Deadly Easter Bombings

BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI AND KRISHAN FRANCIS / AP (COLOMBO, Sri Lanka) — Sri Lanka’s president gave the military sweeping police powers starting Tuesday in the wake of the Easter bombings that killed nearly 300 people, while officials disclosed that intelligence agencies had warned weeks ago of the possibility of an attack by the radical Muslim group blamed for the bloodshed. The suicide bombings struck three churches and three luxury hotels Sunday in the island nation’s deadliest violence since a devastating civil war ended in 2009. The government shut down some social media, armed security forces patrolled the largely deserted, central streets … Continue reading Sri Lanka Military Given Sweeping Powers After Deadly Easter Bombings

A 5th Grader and a ‘Big-Hearted’ American. These Are Some the Victims of the Sri Lanka Easter Bombings

TIME Staff Among the hundreds of people killed in the explosions that rocked Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday were a Danish billionaire’s three children and a fifth-grade boy who studied at the same U.S. school that former President Barack Obama’s daughters attended. At least 290 people died and 500 others were injured when multiple bombs exploded in churches and hotels in and around Colombo, the capital of the South Asian island country, officials said. The terrorist attack, believed to be carried out by an Islamist militant group, was the deadliest violence to hit Sri Lanka since the civil war ended … Continue reading A 5th Grader and a ‘Big-Hearted’ American. These Are Some the Victims of the Sri Lanka Easter Bombings

There’s a Real-Life Inspiration for Game of Thrones’ Valyrian Steel. Here’s How Its Long-Lost Secrets Were Revealed

Lily Rothman Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones. As the Game of Thrones saga winds down, Valyrian steel has never been more important. It’s one of the few substances known to kill White Walkers, but only about a half-dozen known characters currently wield weapons made from the magical material — and it’s not possible to make more. That’s because, according to the lore of the show and A Song of Ice and Fire books, the secret for forging the metal was lost long before the Game of Thrones story starts. Valyrian steel is also one more way … Continue reading There’s a Real-Life Inspiration for Game of Thrones’ Valyrian Steel. Here’s How Its Long-Lost Secrets Were Revealed

Climate Change Has Already Increased Global Inequality. It Will Only Get Worse

Justin Worland Scientists have long predicted that warmer temperatures caused by climate change will have the biggest impact on the world’s poorest, most vulnerable people. New research now indicates that’s already happened over the last several decades. A study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science found that in most poor countries, higher temperatures are more than 90% likely to have resulted in decreased economic output, compared to a world without global warming. Meanwhile, the effect has been less dramatic in wealthier nations—with some even potentially benefiting from higher temperatures. “We’re not arguing that global warming … Continue reading Climate Change Has Already Increased Global Inequality. It Will Only Get Worse

President Trump Threatens New Restrictions for High Visa Overstay Countries

Time WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering suspending or limiting U.S. entry for individuals from countries with high rates of short-term visa overstays. That’s according to a memo signed Monday by President Donald Trump that directs his administration to examine ways to minimize overstays as part of a larger focus on immigration. The memo directs the secretaries of state and homeland security to find effective ways to combat what the administration says is a rampant number of overstays. They are supposed to make recommendations within 120 days. The nonpartisan Center for Migration Studies says that visa overstays exceed illegal … Continue reading President Trump Threatens New Restrictions for High Visa Overstay Countries

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Will Meet With Putin in Russia

Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean state media says leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia and meet with President Vladimir Putin. The Korean Central News Agency released a statement Tuesday saying Kim would soon pay a visit to the Russian Federation at Putin’s invitation. A date for the meeting was not immediately released. The Kremlin said in a brief statement Thursday that Kim will visit Russia “in the second half of April,” but gave no further details. Russia is interested in gaining broader access to North Korea’s mineral resources, including rare metals. Pyongyang needs Russia’s electricity supplies … Continue reading North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Will Meet With Putin in Russia