British scientists have created a molecule they say could greatly improve the effectiveness of sunscreens and reduce the incidence of skin cancer. Whereas most sun-screens protect against exposure to short-wave, ultraviolet B rays, the scientists are targeting long-wave UVA rays which they say cause just as much damage.
Japan’s coast guard film an undersea volcano as it erupts to form a new island. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
6,000 Syrians have fled violence to seek refuge at the Lebanese border since Saturday, according to a United Nations spokesperson.
Syria’s army pushed rebels out of the southern town of Qara, strengthening its hold on a highway linking the capital to government strongholds along the coast, state media said on Tuesday. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad launched an offensive on Friday in Qara, a town which sits on the strategic route 80 km (50 miles) north of Damascus in the Qalamoun mountains.
Lebanon is keen to secure the highway as it wants to use it to transport chemical agents as part of a U.S. and Russian-backed program to eliminate its chemical weapons arsenal.
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Two explosions targeted Iran’s embassy in Beirut on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people, including an Iranian cultural attaché.
The explosions damaged at least six buildings in the embassy compound. A Lebanese-based al Qaeda-linked group known as the Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for what it described as a double suicide attack.
Photo: Civil Defense personnel extinguish a fire on cars at the site of explosions, as a group of children gathered nearby, near the Iranian embassy in Beirut November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Kheir