Water Access Vital to US Foreign Interests, Congress Told

Sept. 13, 2015 - Access to water is critical to a secure world, subcommittees of the House Foreign Affairs Committee was told. More than 200 armed conflicts in recent history have been fought, at least in part, because of disputes about water, the committee was informed at a hearing last week. Watch the video at full story.

Federal Judge Blocks Waters Rule in Some States

Aug. 27, 2015 - A Federal judge temporarily blocked the EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers from enforcing its "Waters Rule of the United States" in certain states. The judge said that the states, which had sued arguing that the rule would do irreparable harm to their ability to regulate their own waterways, had a good chance of prevailing in the case. The rule had been scheduled to go into effect August 28.

Syrian Market Bombing Death Toll Tops 100

Aug. 17 - The Syrian air force continued bombing north of Damascus Monday, one day after bombing a market area in the area. About 100 people were killed in that Sunday attack in Douma, an air raid which escalated fighting near the Syrian capital and was condemned by human rights and humanitarian workers.

Food Security Impacted by Extreme Weather, Task Force Reports

Aug. 14 - The future supply of food for the world's population is becoming increasingly vulnerable to extreme weather conditions, a UK-US research group said in a report. Governments and organizations should take steps to reduce risk if they are to meet a 60% increase in food demand by 2050, it said.

Fighting Mars Peace Efforts for Syria, Libya

Aug. 13. - Despite diplomatic moves in Syria and Libya, fighting continued in the two countries. A truce in regions of Syria was extend an extra two days, and multi-faction fighting in Libya occurred during and after Geneva peace talks.

Coast Guard Sees Challenges in Arctic, Cyberspace

Aug. 5, 2015 - As ice melts at record levels in the Arctic Circle, military and safety challenges will mount, said the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft. But drug trafficking from the tropics and cyberspace digital attacks are also major security concerns, he said.

Syria: Food Aid in Crisis, Assistance Slow in Coming

Aug. 4, 2015 - A $65 million donation by the United States last week helped the World Food Programme continue its food program for Syrians fleeing war. But the UN food agency said it still requires more to provide food aid for about 4 million displaced Syrians.