Russia’s U.N. envoy Churkin dies suddenly in New York

MOSCOW Russia’s combative ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly in New York on Monday after being taken ill at work, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The ministry gave no details on the circumstances of his death but offered condolences to his relatives and said the diplomat had died one day before his 65th birthday.

Hear This: Class Pay Gap in Britain Shows Snobbery Persists

LONDON — For a relatively small country, Britain is blessed with a multitude of regional and even neighborhood accents. While all these varied pronunciations add flavor to the language, they also have their pitfalls: Whenever British people speak, their fellow citizens immediately hear the unmistakable twang of class.

Edible drone could deliver immediate food relief to disaster zones (VIDEO)

The Pouncer drone is made of an edible, starch-based thermoplastic. Its creator says just one aircraft could deliver enough food to feed 80 people for a day. The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which has a three meter wingspan and compartments filled with food, water and medical supplies, can be launched from a military aircraft or from ground sites in the first hours of a disaster.

Rubbish idea: China’s fire-breathing drones are future of garbage disposal (VIDEO)

Instead of wasting technicians’ time and a disproportionate amount of resources by sending a crew with a cherry picker to clear power lines manually, a properly equipped drone can take care of the problem in seconds and in spectacular fashion, as the video that was recently published on Chinese social media site QQ.com shows.