Nature reserves on the rise but funds lacking: UN

Vast areas of land and sea have become environmental sanctuaries in recent years but the world is not funding them adequately, the United Nations warned Nov. 13.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said that countries were on track to meet targets to protect 17 percent of land and 10 percent of marine areas by 2020.

Republicans win control of Senate in voter rebuke to Obama

Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate and bolstered their majority in the House of Representatives as Americans delivered a stinging rebuke to President Barack Obama in elections Nov. 4. Obama now faces the final two years of his presidency contending with a Congress fully controlled by a party that firmly opposes his policies.

Explained: Kobane or Ayn al-Arab?

Kobane, a dusty town on Syria’s border with Turkey, has been a battleground between the defending Syrian Kurdish forces and the besieging militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for weeks. As the fighting continues to rage, the etymology of the town’s name is now also being contested.

President Basescu: 1989 Revolution was confiscated by successors of former communists

President Traian Basescu has stated on Saturday, at the Christian Democratic National Peasant Party (PNTCD) Extraordinary Congress that is taking place in Poiana Brasov, that the Revolution of 1989 was confiscated by the successors of former communists, that are, in his opinion, extremely "toxic" to the future of Romania, because "the world tends give them credit due to their yout