Thursday, August 21 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:34:23 GMT
Malaysia is preparing to receive the bodies and ashes of 20 of its citizens killed when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July.More >>
The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July arrived home on Friday, the first day of national mourning in the country's history.More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:34:29 GMT
Albert Reynolds, the straight-talking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with...More >>
Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's...More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 7:25 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:25:05 GMT
Officials from the World Health Organization are visiting two hospitals treating Ebola patients in Liberia, where authorities have sealed off entire neighborhoods in an effort to stop the outbreak.More >>
Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia's capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop...More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:04:28 GMT
The Islamic militant group Hamas says three of its senior military leaders have been killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.More >>
Israel stepped up its campaign against Gaza's ruling Hamas on Thursday, killing three of the group's senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting...More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:44:10 GMT
The U.S. government has raised concerns about Israel's arrest of an American teenager whose cousin was burned to death by Israeli extremists earlier this summer.More >>
The U.S. government has raised concerns about Israel's arrest of a Palestinian teenager with American citizenship whose cousin was burned to death by Israeli extremists earlier this summer.More >>
YAMAL PENINSULA, SIBERIA (RNN) – An area of Siberia known as “the end of the earth” has a recently-discovered, large crater denting its surface.
Helicopters spotted the mysterious crater on July 10, and it’s estimated to be more than 328 feet in diameter, according to the Siberian Times.
Anna Kurchatova of The Siberia’s Sub-Arctic Scientific Research Center told the Times that the crater was likely caused by an underground explosion that happened as a result of global warming.
“She postulates that gas accumulated in ice mixed with sand beneath the surface, and that this was mixed with salt – some 10,000 years ago, this area was a sea,” the Times writes.
The crater is 20 miles from Russia’s most important and largest natural gas and oil area, the Bovanenkovo field. The oil field was first discovered in 1972. According to Industry Week, the Bovanenkovo field is home to an estimated 177 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
The area is also known for reindeer herds, migratory birds and woolly mammoth fossils, according to the Times.
Experts from the Center for the Study of the Arctic and Russian Academy of Sciences plan to travel to the area and collect soil, water and air samples to investigate the reasons for the crater’s appearance.
Scientists have also dismissed the possibilities of a meteorite or UFO landing in the area.
Yamal is translated “end of the earth” by the area’s indigenous population, the Nenets. The peninsula, located on the northwestern point of the Russian continent, is mostly permafrost and is largely underdeveloped, jutting beyond the Arctic Circle. The region is also one of the youngest areas geologically in the world.
Thursday, August 21 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:24:27 GMT
A Ukrainian official says five troops were killed and 21 injured while fighting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours.More >>
Fierce fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday in what appeared to be a last-gasp attempt by government troops to snatch back territory from pro-Russian separatists before the arrival of a Russian aid convoy overseen...More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:24:20 GMT
Russian news agencies are reporting that the country's food safety agency will conduct checks on McDonald's restaurants in the Urals after safety complaints, a day after four branches of the chain were...More >>
Russia's food safety agency said Thursday that it was checking McDonald's restaurants around the country, a day after several branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:14 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:14:05 GMT
A Ukrainian official says nine troops were killed in overnight fighting in the streets of the town of Ilovaysk, which lies just east of the rebel stronghold Donetsk.More >>
After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made a significant push Wednesday into rebel-held territory, claiming control over a large part of the separatist stronghold of Luhansk and nearly...More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:55 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:55:49 GMT
Chancellor Angela Merkel's emergence as a leader in efforts to resolve Ukraine's crisis - showcased by a visit to Kiev this weekend - underlines Germany's increasing ambition to transform itself from...More >>
Chancellor Angela Merkel's emergence as a leader in efforts to resolve Ukraine's crisis - showcased by a visit to Kiev this weekend - underlines Germany's increasing ambition to transform itself from economic...More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:06:18 GMT
Workers at a farm saw hundreds of cactuses sweep away in a flood. Drivers on Arizona's main north-south freeway watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the road. Rescuers across the state rushed to save...More >>
Residents began cleaning up Wednesday from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona a day earlier, trapping people in vehicles and homes and destroying up to $2 million worth of inventory at a cactus nursery north of...More >>