California doubled down on its green economy Wednesday as the legislature passed a pair of bills that set ambitious new targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The new goals are being hailed by environmentalists for providing the certainty needed to ramp up clean-tech investment. Governor Jerry Brown announced in a press conference that opponents of the new targets were “vanquished.” Indeed, there had hardly been a squeak from the oil industry or anyone else.

ISTANBUL/KARKAMIS, Turkey  - Turkish forces will remain in Syria for as long as it takes to cleanse the border of Islamic State and other militants, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday, after a truck bombing by Kurdish insurgents killed at least 11 police officers.

Today, August 26, we celebrate Women's Equality Day - a day to commemorate the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. As the father of two daughters, the ongoing struggle for women's equality is very personal for me. That's why it has been an honor during my time in Congress to support women's rights by advocating for reproductive rights, equal pay, access to paid maternity leave and quality child care. While all of these issues are critical, I have been an especially outspoken defender of women's reproductive health and rights.

University of Adelaide researchers call for government action on housing affordability, saying poor conditions can harm people’s physical and mental health. Many of Australia’s most disadvantaged are living in derelict conditions placing great pressure on their health, a new study has found.Researchers at the University of Adilade say an estimated one million Australians are living in poor to very poor housing.

HONG KONG - Activists who have advocated independence for Hong Kong say they have been harassed or followed by pro-China local newspapers in recent months, while Beijing has stepped up its rhetoric against what it calls the "dangerous absurdity" of independence.

Since Monday, Donald Trump and his campaign surrogates have issued a series of statements demanding that the Clinton Foundation close its doors, and return its donations. In addition to drawing blood from his political rival, Trump's latest cry for attention perfectly fits into his narrative of a rigged political system shortchanging real Americans. To most Americans following this election cycle, the Clinton Foundation has represented an enigma onto which pundits can express their love, hatred, or ambivalence towards Hillary Clinton. But as a medical student who has extensively researched global health issues, it is clear to me that this organization deserves a more meaningful conversation, weighing the impact it has on the millions of lives it helps everyday against its tangible shortcomings. 

Olympic silver medallist from Ethiopia is seeking asylum overseas after making a gesture of protest as he crossed the finishing line in the men’s marathon in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.Hundreds of millions of people watched Feyisa Lilesa hold his arms over his head, wrists crossed, in support of members of his Oromo tribe in the east African nation.It is a very dangerous situation for the Oromo people in Ethiopia. In nine months more than 1,000 people died in protests, Lilesa told reporters after the race.

The runner said he now feared detention or death if he returned home.They will kill me. I haven’t another visa Maybe I stay here. If I can get visa I can go to America, the 26-year-old said.Lilesa is protest prompted an outpouring of support on social media, while a crowdfunded effort to raise money to help him find a home outside Ethiopia had received nearly $40,000 (£30,000) in donations within hours.

1.MANILA - Killings by the police and vigilantes in thePhilippines’ war on drugs have soared to nearly 1,800 in the seven weeks since President Rodrigo Duterte wassworn into office, the nation’s top police official told a Senate hearing on Monday.
2.Under Mr. Duterte, who campaigned on a pledge to rid the country of drug dealers, 712 suspects have been killed in police operations, National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa said.
3.Vigilante killings have totaled 1,067 during the same period, he said, although it was unclear how many were directly related to the illegal drug trade.
4.The numbers represent a huge increase over those cited by the police last week, when they put the total at more than 800 since Mr. Duterte’s election on May 9. 5.The new figures do not include killings that occurred between the election and his inauguration on June 30.

Russia's ambassador to Iran says all Russian jets have left the base in Iran that they used to carry out AIRSTRIKES against the Islamic State group in Syria.Russia first announced last week that its planes had flown combat missions from Iran, a move that represented a historical rapprochement between Moscow and Tehran.Iran's Foreign Ministry, however, said Monday that Russia will stop using the base for the time being.The Interfax news agency on Monday quoted Russia's ambassador to Tehran Levan Dzhagaryan as confirming that all warplanes have been withdrawn. He said, however, that he does "not see any reason" why the Russians can't use the base again.

Four men broke into a Humpty Doo school on Sunday, leaving three crocodiles who were ‘basically skin and bones’. Three saltwater crocodiles that were enter at a Northern Territory school are in such poor condition they will probably have to be put down, a ranger says.Four as-yet unidentified men broke into Taminmin College at Humpty Doo early on Sunday morning, dumping the three female crocodiles and ransacking the front office. David Gregory, a senior constable from NT police, said the crocodiles had their mouths taped up

Studies shows that black patients with back or abdominal pain are less likely to be given opioid drugs in the US. Can doctors’ ‘unconscious biases’ be tackled? We know that pain thresholds vary from person to person – one person’s nudging inconvenience is another’s unbearable distraction – but the colour of your skin, in the US at least, can be a factor in deciding whether or not you receive pain medication.

New research from the US shows that black patients who arrive at emergency rooms complaining of back or abdominal pain are significantly less likely to be given opioid painkillers, such as codeine, than their white counterparts, even when pain levels and insurance coverage are the same. Pain is the most common reason Americans visit the ER, and the researchers in Boston looked at five years’ worth of records across the country for patients who had complained of general pain with an unclear cause.

Iraq said on Sunday it had hanged 36 militants sentenced to death over the mass killing of hundreds of mainly Shi'ite soldiers at a camp north of Baghdad two years ago.It is the highest number of militants executed in one day by the Iraqi government since Islamic State fighters took control of parts of northern and western Iraq in 2014.The executions were carried out at a prison in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriya, state television quoted the Justice Ministry as saying.As many as 1,700 soldiers were killed two years ago after they fled from Camp Speicher, a former U.S. military base just north of Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit, when it was overrun by Islamic State, the ultra-hardline Sunni group.

The government came under increased pressure from local Shi'ite politicians to execute militants sentenced to death after a massive bombing that targeted a shopping street in Baghdad on July 3, killing at least 324 people.Claimed by Islamic State, the truck bomb that blew up in the Karrada district was the deadliest since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.Iraq's Justice Ministry announced days later that 45 death sentences had been carried out since the beginning of the year.The United Nations said on Aug. 1 that Iraq's efforts to speed up the execution of militants could result in innocent people being put to death.

When Brazil won the Olympics in 2009, its future looked bright. Seven years on, as the Games come to a close, Rio’s residents are counting the costs. The Olympic Games are coming to a close, having demonstrated once again that Rio de Janeiro knows how to organise and promote big events. But after the party, and the billions spent to show the world that we deserve a place among the great democracies, comes the hangover; the bills begin to arrive, and we have no way to pay. As the festive air and the tourism subside, and with the Paralympics due to start in a matter of weeks, the old problems remain.It is now that the residents of Rio de Janeiro begin to wonder: what will the legacy be? As we present ourselves to the world, have we revealed our faults? Or has the power of our cultural creativity come to the fore? Therein lies the contradiction of Rio: the combination of beauty and poverty, hedonism and inequality, a carnival atmosphere and bloody violence.

Ahmad al-Mahdi expected to plead guilty to ordering destruction of mausoleums and mosque in ancient African city. An Islamic extremist accused of destroying religious monuments in the ancient city of Timbuktu will be tried for war crimes in a ground-breaking case at the international criminal court this week.Ahmad al-Mahdi, a former junior civil servant in Mali’s department of education, joins the ranks of the world’s most notorious dictators and warlords in being tried by the court. His alleged crimes, however, are not those usually dealt with by The Hague’s prosecutors: the destruction of small mausoleums made from mud in the middle of the desert.

PM modi's monogrammed suit enters the Guinness World records as the 'most expensive suit sold ever'. modi's monogrammed 'bandhagala' that drew trenchant criticism from rivals was sold last year for off a staggering Rs. 4.31 crore at an auction in perhaps the first such sale articles gifted to PM. 
Zimbabweans will start exchanging “quadrillions” of local dollars for a few US dollars next week as President Robert Mugabe’s government discards its virtually worthless national currency. The southern African country started using foreign currencies including the US dollar and South African rand in 2009 after the Zimbabwean dollar was ruined by hyperinflation, which hit 500 billion per cent in 2008. At the height of the country’s economic crisis, Zimbabweans had to carry plastic bags bulging with banknotes to buy basic goods. Prices were rising at least twice a day.From Monday, customers who held Zimbabwean dollar accounts before March 2009 can approach their banks to convert their balance into US dollars, the governor of the RESERVE BANK OF ZimbabweJohn Mangudya, said in a statement.Zimbabweans have until September to turn in their old banknotes, which some people sell as souvenirs to tourists.

Bank accounts with balances of up to 175 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars will be paid $5. Those with balances above 175 quadrillion dollars will be paid at an exchange rate of $1 for 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars. The highest – and last – banknote to be printed by the bank in 2008 was 100tn Zimbabwean dollars. It was not enough to ride a public bus to work for a week.The bank said customers who still had stashes of old Zimbabwean notes could walk into any bank and get $1 for every 250tn they hold. That means a holder of a 100tn banknote will get 40 cents. The bank has set aside $20m to pay Zimbabwean dollar currency holders.