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The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee has voted unanimously to begin an investigation into whether Representative Trey Radel violated the Code of Official Conduct.
Congressman Radel is currently in a rehabilitation center in Naples, after pleading guilty to a cocaine possession charge in November.
A potentially catastrophic asteroid has been discovered by astronomers, who say there’s a slim chance that the 410-meter-wide minor planet will crash into Earth in 2032, creating a blast 50 times greater than the biggest nuclear bomb.
The asteroid, described as 2013 TV135, was found in the Camelopardalis (Giraffe) constellation by the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory in southern Ukraine, the Minor Planet Center of the International Astronomers Union said.
“On the night of October 12, I was watching the Giraffe constellation, it was an in-depth monitoring as part of the comet search program,” Gennady Borisov from the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory told Itar-Tass news agency. “This is when the asteroid… was discovered. The first observations show that it moves quickly and is relatively close.”
The discovery has been confirmed by astronomers in Italy, Spain, the UK and Russia. In Russia, it was seen with telescopes at the Master Observatory in the Siberian republic of Buryatia, the IAU Minor Planet Center said.
A powerful typhoon which swept through Japan led to highly radioactive water near the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant being released into a nearby drainage ditch, increasing the risk of it flowing into the sea.
On Wednesday, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the plant’s operator, said it had detected high levels of radiation in a ditch leading to the Pacific Ocean, and that it suspected heavy rains had lifted contaminated soil.
Ali al-Musawi, top media advisor to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, told Russia Today on Thursday that the agreement “entails primarily weapon shipments to combat terrorism.”
Baghdad and Moscow signed the $4.3-billion contract in October 2012, making Russia Iraq’s largest arms supplier after the US, but Iraqi authorities announced a month later that the deal had been annulled over Maliki’s concerns about “corruption” within his own team.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) says hundreds of millions of people worldwide are still suffering from malnutrition.
The UN organization said in a statement issued on Wednesday that almost 870 million people worldwide are chronically undernourished.
“One out of every four children in the world under the age of five is stunted,” the statement read.
“This means 165 million children who are so malnourished they will never reach their full physical and cognitive potential.”
According to the statement, some 1.4 billion people worldwide are also overweight.
On Thursday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) attacked the protesters trying to dismantle a highway barricade in the region.
The east-central state of Hidalgo has the highest count of confirmed cases with 145 people being infected, including the death of a 75-year-old woman, said Health Minister Mercedes Juan on Monday.
Ashraf al-Kidra, a spokesman for the Health Ministry in Gaza, said the man was killed late Thursday after a number of Israeli tanks crossed the border fence into the coastal enclave.
The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas said its fighters fired mortar shells at the tanks. It added that an Israeli helicopter had also fired a rocket in the area.
The discovery of Kepler-78b was made by two separate groups of astronomers in the US and Switzerland, who were analyzing data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope.
The new planet orbits a sun-like Kepler-78 star in the Cygnus or Swan constellation some 400 light years away from Earth.
In perhaps a new low for the City of Cape Coral, two residents of Cape Coral dressed up as George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin for Halloween, complete with blackface and a blood-stained hoodie.
Greg Cimeno — dressed as Zimmerman and wearing a “neighborhood watch” shirt — and Filene — covering his face in black paint and wearing a sweatshirt covered in blood. Both live in Cape Coral.