Sri Lanka to investigate alleged coup attempt by outgoing president

The government of Sri Lanka are to investigate claims of an alleged coup by the outgoing president Mahinda Rajapaksa following his defeat in the recent presidential election by Maithripala Sirisena. Mangala Samaraweera, aide to the new president, said yesterday at … Continue reading

SpaceX launches fifth resupply rocket to International Space Station

Space transport services company SpaceX launched their fifth Dragon resupply vehicle to the International Space Station yesterday. The spacecraft ‘ containing more than 2,200kg (5,000 pounds) of food, experiments, and spare parts ‘ successfully decoupled from the launch rocket and … Continue reading

Researchers say light signal from space suggests merging black holes

On Wednesday, George Djorgovski and collaborators reported in the journal Nature on an unusual light signal they say suggests two supermassive black holes are merging, a phenomenon never seen before, though theorized. The discovery could clarify how black holes merge … Continue reading

John Boehner re-elected as US House Speaker despite conservative challenge

Representative John Boehner was re-elected as Speaker of the US House of Representatives on Tuesday despite a right-wing rebellion of 25 members. Boehner’s appointment as Speaker passed with 216 of the 408 votes. Republican Senator Mitch McConnell was also sworn … Continue reading

Twelve dead in shooting at offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo

At least twelve people have been killed today in a shooting at the Paris offices of the satirical weekly French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Three men in hoods armed with Kalashnikov rifles entered the magazine’s office in the 11th arrondissement and … Continue reading

Wikinews interviews Christopher Hill, U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate

U.S. Air Force veteran and airline pilot Christopher V. Hill of New Hampshire took some time to talk with Wikinews about his campaign for the U.S. Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination. Hill served in Operation Desert Storm, flying about fifty … Continue reading

United Nations analyzes oil spill in Sundarbans, Bangladesh

A United Nations team assessed the damage from an early December oil spill in Sundarbans, Bangladesh, to the world’s largest mangrove forest. This Wednesday, the team leader Emilia Wahlstrom presented preliminary assessment results at a press conference in Dhaka, the … Continue reading

Jim Webb campaign addresses first 2016 presidential election controversy

Yesterday, a spokesperson for former U.S. Senator Jim Webb, a potential 2016 Democratic Party presidential candidate, attacked the Business Insider for its report Monday that Webb’s Political Action Committee (PAC) paid nearly US$100,000 (about ’80,000) to Webb’s wife and daughter … Continue reading