Rainy Day Reads: Words I do not know

...mid 19th century. (Credit Christopher Braun)An azimuth is one part of how the direction of a celestial object from the observer is measured. Expressed as the angular distance between direct north or direct south and where the object lines up with the...
Conservative challenger Duda wins Polish presidential vote

...entire nation.Komorowski left the Civic Platform party when he won the presidency in 2010, but remained closely tied to it. Observers say that link was a key factor in his undoing, with voters punishing him for government corruption scandals and unpopular...
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My Turn: Murkowski on Arctic ignorance: Let it go!

...Non-Arctic actors have sought observer status, which is open to non-Arctic...states. At present, 12 of the 32 observers in the Arctic Council are non-Arctic...and increasing interest by, these observers should be a clear indication of...
Rohingya migrant crisis eases, but hard questions remain

...Myanmar has said it does not want to be blamed for the problem but agreed Thursday to join regional talks to be held next week. Observers are eager to see how the countries will discuss the issue, given the Myanmar government's distaste for the word "Rohingya...
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Vatican recognizes Palestine in treaty unhelpful to that end," the ADL's Abraham Foxman said.The 2012 U.N. vote recognized Palestine as a non-member observer state, made up of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war.The Palestinians...
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Wasting found in Kachemak Bay sea stars

...Evasterias, a very common type in this area, but one was a Pisaster, which is much more rare in Kachemak Bay.Konar said observers have reported seeing individual diseased sea stars in Kachemak Bay in the past, but this is the first sighting that involved...
Empire Editorial: Put it 'cold out'

...swaths of buried duff without a single visible flame from above. They are most identifiable by the smoke that seeps out, but observers won't see plumes the size of anvil clouds. Prevention is key to preserve our popular wilderness areas and campgrounds...
N. Korean diplomats cause chaos at UN event on rights

...Defectors stood up and shouted in Korean as Power and others called for calm and a U.N. security team assembled. An observer who speaks Korean said the shouts included "Shut up!" ''Free North Korea!" ''Down with Kim Jong Un!" and "Even...
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Alaskans can help answer 'Where have all the rusty blackbirds gone?'

...Rusty Blackbirds and report their findings. This vital research - conducted with the participation of thousands of volunteer observers - will help answer important basic questions of migratory behavior and will focus future research and conservation efforts...

...added that Iran badly needs modern air defense systems because of a tense situation in the region, specifically in Yemen.Observers said the go-ahead on the S-300 deliveries could reflect Moscow's maneuvering to secure a niche at the lucrative Iranian...
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