A Greenland shark swims near the surface after its release from the research vessel Sanna in northern Greenland, in this undated handout picture from Julius Nielsen.

Long in the tooth: the Greenland shark may live four centuries

By Will Dunham, Reuters on Aug. 11, 2016, at 5:28 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Greenland shark, a big and slow-moving deep-ocean predator that prowls the frigid waters of the Arctic and North Atlantic, can claim the distinction of being the planet’s longest-living vertebrate, with a lifespan perhaps reaching about 400 years. Its extremely sluggish growth rate, about four-tenths of an inch …

Parents who insist on vegan diet for children may risk jail in Italy

By Philip Pullella, Reuters on Aug. 10, 2016, at 12:50 p.m.
If parliamentarian Elvira Savino has her way, Italian parents who insist on a vegan diet for their children will risk up to four years in jail.
A 15-centigrams gold bead is pictured in village of Yunatsite, Bulgaria, Aug. 8, 2016.

Tiny bead from Bulgaria may be world’s oldest gold artifact

By Angel Krasimirov, Reuters on Aug. 10, 2016, at 11:16 a.m.
It may be just a tiny gold bead — 4 mm in diameter — but it is an enormous discovery for Bulgarian archaeologists who say they have found Europe’s — and probably the world’s — oldest gold artifact.

Germany’s Nazi hunter tracks down 8 concentration camp workers

By Reuters on Aug. 09, 2016, at 9:17 p.m.
BERLIN — Germany’s top Nazi hunter has identified four men and four women suspected of serving as guards, secretaries and telephone operators at a concentration camp near Gdansk, and prosecutors will examine if they can be charged as accomplices to murder. Jens Rommel, the head of Germany’s Central Office for …

Putin, Erdogan move toward repairing ties amid tension with West

By Olesya Astakhova and Nick Tattersall, Reuters on Aug. 09, 2016, at 9:15 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG — Russia and Turkey took a big step toward normalizing relations Tuesday, with their leaders announcing an acceleration in trade and energy ties at a time when both countries have troubled economies and strains with the West. President Vladimir Putin received his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan in a …

Norwegian Cruise cuts forecast on Brexit, Europe demand

By Crayton Harrison and Brooke Fox, Bloomberg on Aug. 09, 2016, at 3:45 p.m.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings cut its forecast for profit this year and next as the cruise industry continues to grapple with the effects of terrorism, the Zika virus and Brexit.
A worker checks an oil pipe at the Lukoil-owned Imilorskoye oil field outside the West Siberian city of Kogalym, Russia, Jan. 25, 2016.

Oil steady as OPEC discussions seen unlikely to result in action

By Grant Smith, Bloomberg on Aug. 09, 2016, at 12:07 p.m.
Oil traded near the highest close in two weeks as investors weighed OPEC’s plans to hold informal talks next month.

Dutch gymnast sent home from Olympics for partying too hard

By Marissa Payne, The Washington Post on Aug. 09, 2016, at 11:38 a.m.
Yuri van Gelder, the Dutch gymnast who earned the nickname “Lord of the Rings” for his world-champion performance on that apparatus, will leave Rio de Janeiro, possibly with a new social-media driven moniker: “Lord of the Drinks.”
Passengers check in at a counter of Delta Air Lines in Mexico City, Mexico, Aug. 8, 2016.

Delta on long road back to normal after massive flight cancellations

By Reuters on Aug. 09, 2016, at 11:04 a.m.
It’s still unclear what caused the malfunction. Delta attributed it to a power outage, though Georgia Power said it is was mostly likely an internal computer glitch.

Brazilian priest cited in ‘Spotlight’ hangs himself in jail

By Reuters on Aug. 09, 2016, at 9:10 a.m.
BRASILIA — A Brazilian priest mentioned in the Catholic clergy sex abuse film “Spotlight” was found dead in a prison cell after he was arrested again for suspected pedophilia, authorities said Monday. Father Bonifacio Buzzi, 57, hanged himself with a sheet in a jail in the state of Minas Gerais …

Suicide bomber kills at least 70 at Pakistan hospital; IS claim responsibility

By Gul Yousafzai, Reuters on Aug. 08, 2016, at 3:22 p.m.
A suicide bomb blast in southwestern Pakistan tore through a mourning ceremony led by lawyers honoring a colleague shot dead earlier Monday, killing at least 63 people in a region that hosts a range of Islamist and rebel factions.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine, Aug. 4, 2016.

Philippine lawmaker seeks to ban Donald Trump from country

By Reuters on Aug. 08, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.
A Philippine lawmaker is seeking to permanently ban U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump from visiting the Southeast Asian nation after the billionaire called it one of the “terrorist nations.”

Iran says it executed nuclear scientist for spying

By Brian Murphy, The Washington Post on Aug. 07, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
Iran has executed a nuclear scientist who mysteriously turned up in the United States six years ago and returned to Tehran a few months later, authorities said Sunday, in the first official confirmation of the researcher’s fate since he arrived back in his homeland. Iranian officials offered no details about …

Man yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ wounds two Belgian police in machete attack

By Reuters on Aug. 06, 2016, at 7:57 p.m.
The attacker was shot by a third officer and subsequently died of his wounds, but the police officers were out of danger, police said.
Fireworks explode during the opening ceremony.

Rio brings its samba style to opening ceremony of Summer Olympics

By Joshua Partlow and Chico Harlan, The Washington Post on Aug. 06, 2016, at 1:14 p.m.
The four-hour Opening Ceremonies had a gutted budget but a soaring feel as the stadium in this seaside city pulsed with lights, fireworks, circus-like acrobatics and a samba singalong that embraced the nation’s partying style.

Stray bullet flies into equestrian media center at Olympics

By Caroline Stauffer and Daniel Flynn, Reuters on Aug. 06, 2016, at 1:14 p.m.
Also on Saturday a bomb squad detonated an unattended backpack near the end of the cycling course.
Du Li (left) of China, Virginia Thrasher (center) of U.S. and Yi Siling (right) of China pose with their medals.

US wins first gold medal of Olympic Games

By Reuters on Aug. 06, 2016, at 10:58 a.m.
American teenager Virginia Thrasher won the first gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Saturday.
Fans arrive for the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympic Games on Friday at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Blame it on Rio: Some US companies see sales hit from Olympics

By Anna Driver and Malathi Nayak, Reuters on Aug. 05, 2016, at 7:40 p.m.
Viacom Inc., Netflix Inc. and Discovery Channel all say they are bracing for a hit to ad sales or subscriptions during the Games.
A Bitcoin (virtual currency) paper wallet with QR codes and a coin are seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris, France, May 27, 2015.

Bitcoin plunges, rebounds after hackers steal $65 million

By Yuji Nakamura and Lulu Yilun Chen, Bloomberg on Aug. 03, 2016, at 12:15 p.m.
Bitcoin plunged, then erased losses Wednesday as one of the largest exchanges halted trading because hackers stole about $65 million of the digital currency.
Liberal Member of Parliament Carolyn Bennett speaks on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Oct. 17, 2012.

Canada launches inquiry into missing, murdered indigenous women

By Leah Schnurr, Reuters on Aug. 03, 2016, at 11:25 a.m.
“The national inquiry is an important step in our journey of reconciliation,” Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett said.