Report Sees Profit in Restoring Degraded Land

There’s money to be made planting trees, according to a new report. Around the world, an area larger than all of South America has been deforested, eroded, drained or salinized. Governments have pledged billions to restore hundreds of millions of hectares. What’s missing are the businesses to make it happen.   WATCH: Report Sees Profit …

Kissinger, Shultz Warn of Rising Nuclear Perils

Two revered former U.S. secretaries of state on Thursday warned lawmakers of a marked rise in nuclear dangers stemming from North Korea’s race to develop atomic weapons and the means to deliver them. Henry Kissinger, who served in the Nixon and Ford administrations, highlighted “a systemic failure of the world order” in dealing with nuclear …

US Rejects Claim Drone Hit Refugee Camp in Pakistan

The United States has denied Pakistan’s claim that an American drone strike targeted an Afghan refugee camp in the country, in a war of words between the uneasy allies. The denial Thursday came a day after missiles fired from an unmanned aircraft struck a militant hideout located between Pakistan’s semiautonomous Kurram region and the Hango …

Sierra Leone: Women Helping Women Out of Prostitution

In Sierra Leone, as elsewhere, commercial sex work is still stigmatized. Sex workers there say they face assault and routine intimidation by police, clients and others. Local activists are working to provide greater opportunity and protection for women in the sex trade.  On the outskirts of Freetown, Mariatu Sesay runs a small roadside cafe on …

US Safety Board to Probe Tesla Autopilot Crash

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has opened an investigation in an accident involving a Tesla car that may have been operating under its semi-autonomous Autopilot system.  The board sent two investigators to Culver City, California, to learn whether the Autopilot was on and if so, how the car’s sensors failed to detect a firetruck …

US-led Coalition Strikes Kill Scores of IS Fighters in Eastern Syria

Nearly 150 Islamic State fighters were killed during U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting IS headquarters in eastern Syria late last week, the coalition said in a statement. The strikes on Saturday targeted a congregation of IS fighters near the town of as-Shafah in eastern Syria’s contested Middle Euphrates River Valley, the coalition statement said Tuesday. The fighters, heavily …