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July 27, 2017
Four Mali civilians killed in suspected jihadist attack

Bamako (AFP) July 25, 2017
At least four civilians, including a child, were killed in an attack by suspected jihadist militants in northeast Mali on Tuesday, security and official sources said. The ethnic Tuareg victims were sleeping when the attack happened in the early hours of Tuesday near the Niger border. Others there managed to flee the area, a local official said. The Tuareg encampment, some 44 kilometres (27 miles) from the northeastern town of Menaka "was attacked by terrorists. At least four people were killed," ... read more

Woman held at S.Africa airport for rhino horn smuggling
Johannesburg (AFP) July 26, 2017
South African police Wednesday arrested a 24-year-old woman with 20 kilogrammes of rhino horn before boarding a flight bound for Hong Kong, a spokesman said. ... more
Off Namibia, an underwater diamond harvest
Oranjenmund, Namibie (AFP) July 26, 2017
A vast mechanical monster rises from the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Namibia, leaving a huge swell in its wake as seawater pours off its surface. ... more
Two German UN peacekeepers killed in Mali helicopter crash
Bamako (AFP) July 26, 2017
Two German UN peacekeepers were killed Wednesday when their helicopter crashed as they were monitoring clashes in northern Mali, German and UN officials said. ... more
China warns Botswana over Dalai Lama visit
Beijing (AFP) July 26, 2017
Beijing issued a warning to Botswana Wednesday over its plans to host the Dalai Lama next month, asking the African nation to respect China's "core interests". ... more
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Botswana confirms Dalai Lama visit despite China anger
Gaborone, Botswana (AFP) July 25, 2017
Botswana on Tuesday confirmed it will allow the Dalai Lama to visit next month as "a foreign dignitary" in the face of China's fierce opposition to the Tibetan spiritual leader. ... more
Women with HIV in Cameroon still stigmatised
Yaounde (AFP) July 24, 2017
Blandine, a 28-year-old mother of a baby girl, sits restlessly on a chair in a women's health centre in Cameroon's capital, not knowing how or what to feel as she waits for an HIV test. ... more
Swaziland halves world's highest HIV infection rate
Paris (AFP) July 24, 2017
Swaziland, which bears the world's heaviest HIV burden, has almost halved the rate of new infections in five years by boosting access to virus-suppressing drugs, researchers said Monday. ... more
S.African girl, 9, is third child with HIV remission: study
Paris (AFP) July 24, 2017
A South African girl has become only the third child to beat the AIDS virus into long-term remission - almost nine years and counting - after receiving a drug cocktail in infancy, researchers announced Monday. ... more
Candidate AIDS vaccine passes early test
Paris (AFP) July 24, 2017
The three-decade-old quest for an AIDS vaccine received a shot of hope Monday when developers announced that a prototype triggered the immune system in an early phase of human trials. ... more
Love hotels targeted to fight HIV among Cameroon's teens
Guider, Cameroon (AFP) July 25, 2017
The two big maps show the districts of the northern Cameroonian town of Guider along with its brothels, nightclubs and other seedy spots to identify places from where AIDS could spread among adolescents. ... more

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Villagers in Niger 'massacre' 27 hippos
Niamey (AFP) July 13, 2017
At least 27 hippos have been slaughtered in a touristy zone in western Niger by villagers who blame them for destroying crops and harming livestock, local authorities said on Thursday. ... more
3 lions shot after escaping from South Africa's Kruger Park
Johannesburg (AFP) July 13, 2017
Three male lions that escaped over the weekend from South Africa's Kruger National Park have been shot dead after a farmer found them eating his cattle, officials said Thursday. ... more
Militants hit Nigerian crude oil pipeline
Washington (UPI) Jul 25, 2017
A militant attack on a crude oil pipeline in Nigeria has sidelined more than 100,000 barrels of oil per day, the head of a state oil company announced. ... more
Nigerian military blames homeless for botched air strike
Abuja (AFP) July 22, 2017
Nigeria's military on Friday blamed an unexpected gathering of homeless people for a botched air strike that killed 112 at a camp for those displaced by the Boko Haram conflict. ... more

One plant at a time is precise
Paris (ESA) Jul 27, 2017
Precision farming is set to become even more precise with a new camera drawing on satellite imaging. Thanks to research with ESA on new cameras, hyperspectral cameras flying on drones are now able to see details as small as 4-5 cm. Three customers are already using the first version of the ButterflEYE LS camera: in Denmark for biological diversity studies, in Australia for agricultur ... more
Los Angeles (AFP) July 13, 2017
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Paris (AFP) July 22, 2017
French grape harvest heading to historic low
Crocodile Jaw Bridge, Kenya (AFP) July 20, 2017
Kenyan cattle herders defend 'necessary' land invasions
Coral gardening is benefiting Caribbean reefs
Miami FL (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
A new study found that Caribbean staghorn corals (Acropora cervicornis) are benefiting from "coral gardening," the process of restoring coral populations by planting laboratory-raised coral fragments on reefs. The research, led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and partners, has important implications for the long-term surviva ... more
Hanoi (AFP) July 24, 2017
Vietnam says four fishermen wounded by Indonesian navy
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Coastal armoring and its ecological effects in soft sediment environments
Rome (AFP) July 26, 2017
Health risk alarm over water rationing in Rome
Could spraying particles into marine clouds help cool the planet
Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
The idea of geoengineering, also known as climate engineering, is very controversial. But as greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in our atmosphere, scientists are beginning to look at possible emergency measures. A new University of Washington study looks at the idea of marine cloud brightening, which a UW group is investigating as a promising strategy to offset global warming. The str ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 24, 2017
New carbon-capturing membranes may reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Rome (AFP) July 25, 2017
Vatican switches off fountains as Italy battles drought
Exeter UK (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Sea temperature changes contributing to droughts
Non-toxic alternative for next-generation solar cells
Cambridge UK (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Researchers have demonstrated how a non-toxic alternative to lead could form the basis of next-generation solar cells. The team of researchers, from the University of Cambridge and the United States, have used theoretical and experimental methods to show how bismuth - the so-called "green element" which sits next to lead on the periodic table, could be used in low-cost solar cells. T ... more
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
UNIST hits new world efficiency record with perovskite solar cells
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Measure adds Aerial Solar Plant Inspections to Drone Services Portfolio
London, UK (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Cubico completes acquisition of Andasol 1 and Andasol 2 concentrated solar power plants in Spain
Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels
Pullman WA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Washington State University researchers have developed a way to grow algae more efficiently - in days instead of weeks - and make the algae more viable for several industries, including biofuels. Researchers would like to produce algae efficiently because of its potential environmental benefits. Oil from the algae can be used as a petroleum alternative and algae also can be used as food, f ... more
Amherst MA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
How enzymes produce hydrogen
Okanagan, Canada (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
New biofuel technology significantly cuts production time
Smart sensors could save lives
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
In an emergency, early warning is key to escaping from a hazard, such as a forest fire or a chemical leak. Motivated to improve on safety, a team from KAUST is using 3D printing to develop a cheap, reliable system to signal danger. Existing early warning systems rely on satellite monitoring, watch towers or expensive fixed sensors. The system, developed by a team led by Associate Professor ... more
Tokyo (AFP) July 23, 2017
Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor
Kathmandu (AFP) July 21, 2017
Cheap 3D printed prosthetics could be game changer for Nepal
Oxford UK (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
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Petronas drops massive natural gas project in Canada
Montreal (AFP) July 26, 2017
Petronas said Tuesday it was pulling out of its Can$36 billion ($28.8 billion US) liquefied natural gas exporting project on Canada's west coast long opposed by environmentalists and native rights activists. The Pacific NorthWest LNG project was greenlighted in September to build a pipeline and two liquefied natural gas terminals on Lelu Island, British Columbia, an area home to a huge natur ... more
(UPI) Jul 26, 2017
Hess: Taxes mask improvements in the second quarter
(UPI) Jul 26, 2017
After LNG project scrapped, TransCanada looks for more export options
(UPI) Jul 26, 2017
Africa-focused Tullow Oil cuts costs, but keeps output steady
S. Korea's growth slows in Q2 amid falling exports
Seoul (AFP) July 27, 2017
South Korea's economic growth slowed in the past quarter, the central bank said Thursday, as a diplomatic row with top trading partner China over a US missile shield hit exports. The figures come as South Korea struggles to shake off an extended economic slowdown, a key factor in the election of left-leaning new President Moon Jae-In in May, who has promised a massive fiscal stimulus packa ... more
Beijing (AFP) July 26, 2017
China to change state-owned firms into corporations
Beijing (AFP) July 18, 2017
China's Xi calls for more imports and more 'open economy'
Beijing (AFP) July 23, 2017
China cashing out as mobile payment soars
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US lists China among worst human trafficking offenders
Washington (AFP) June 28, 2017
President Donald Trump's administration hit China Tuesday over its rights record, placing the country alongside Sudan and North Korea on a list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders. The State Department downgraded China in its annual "Trafficking in Persons Report," saying Beijing is doing little to combat the phenomenon or protect its victims. It pointed to ethnic Uighurs, ... more
Bangkok (AFP) June 1, 2017
Golden Triangle narco-gangs churning out new highs, UN warns
Bogota (AFP) May 4, 2017
UN counter-drug official kidnapped in Colombia: officials
New Delhi (AFP) April 9, 2017
Indian, Chinese navies rescue ship hijacked by Somali pirates
ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of offshore wind energy in the UK
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
ABB has won a $30 million order from ScottishPower Renewables to supply two SVC Light Static Compensators (STATCOMs) that will smooth out the voltage fluctuations that are an inherent feature of intermittent wind energy. They will increase power transfer capability, improve power quality and enhance grid stability, enabling more energy efficient and reliable power supplies for millions of ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 21, 2017
GE's renewables not enough to boost overall revenue
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Unbalanced wind farm planning exacerbates fluctuations
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Algeria seen as African leader for renewable energy
How fear alone can cause animal extinction
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
Fear alone may contribute to the extinction of animal populations according to a recent study. When scientists from McGill University and the University of Guelph exposed fruit flies to the scent of a praying mantis, a known predator, they found that the risk of extinction increased up to seven fold. The increased risk of extinction occurred because at small population sizes, as the flies spent ... more
Saint-Aignan-Sur-Cher, France (AFP) July 26, 2017
Bienvenue! French zoo announces first ever panda pregnancy
Johannesburg (AFP) July 26, 2017
Woman held at S.Africa airport for rhino horn smuggling
Mexico City (AFP) July 19, 2017
Star chefs in Mexico to defend biodiversity
China to 'step up' troop deployment against India; China buzzes US recon plane
Beijing (AFP) July 24, 2017
China warned on Monday that it will step up its troop deployment in a border dispute with India, vowing to defend its sovereignty at "whatever cost". The standoff started more than a month ago after Chinese troops started building a road on a remote plateau, which is disputed by China and Bhutan. Indian troops moved in to the flashpoint zone to halt the work, with China accusing them of ... more
Manila (AFP) July 25, 2017
China urges ASEAN to reject outside interference
Washington (UPI) Jul 25, 2017
Sweden plans large joint military exercise with NATO
Beijing (AFP) July 27, 2017
China and India locked in high-stakes, high-altitude border row
How did early humans survive aridity and prolonged drought in Africa
Washington (UPI) Jul 26, 2017
Cultural flexibility and innovation was essential to early human populations as they adapted to a rapidly changing climate. A new study, published this week in the journal PNAS, highlights the cultural adaptations that allowed early humans to expand into a variety of environments between 66,000 to 59,000 years ago, despite prolonged acidification in Southern Africa. Researchers a ... more
Buffalo NY (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
In saliva, clues to a 'ghost' species of ancient human
Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Artifacts suggest humans arrived in Australia earlier than thought
Aspen, United States (AFP) July 19, 2017
Startup touts neuro-stimulation as 'medicine for the brain'
Hong Kong maids lured by Islamic State recruiters: report
Hong Kong (AFP) July 26, 2017
Indonesian maids working in Hong Kong are being radicalised by extremists from the Islamic State group, a security think-tank said in a report Wednesday. Around 150,000 of the city's army of domestic helpers are from Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country. Against a backdrop of growing religious conservatism at home, a small number of militant maids has emerged, acc ... more
Bamako (AFP) July 25, 2017
Four Mali civilians killed in suspected jihadist attack
Moscow (AFP) July 17, 2017
Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death
Abuja (AFP) July 22, 2017
Nigerian military blames homeless for botched air strike
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Paying farmers not to cut down trees in Uganda helps fight climate change
New Haven CT (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
A new study finds that simply paying landowners in the developing world to not cut down trees can significantly reduce carbon in the atmosphere. It may also be a very cost-effective way to help meet goals such as the Paris Accord targets. The study, published this week in the journal Science, found that in Uganda, offering small financial incentives to landowners cut deforestation in half. ... more
Lisbon (AFP) July 20, 2017
Eucalyptus gets the chop after deadly Portugal forest fires
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 18, 2017
Amazon Makes Its Own Rainy Season
Brussels (AFP) July 13, 2017
EU hauls Poland to top court over ancient forest logging
Lockheed awarded contract for submarine periscope sensors
Washington (UPI) Jul 25, 2017
Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems has been awarded a $116.7 million modification to an existing contract for engineering and support of the Integrated Submarine Imaging Systems, or ISIS, program. Contract services include design, development, testing, technology integration and field engineering work for the ISIS program, the Department of Defense announced on Monday . T ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Ensuing the US Navy prevails in a contest for maritime supremacy
Washington (UPI) Jul 24, 2017
USS Harry Truman starts sea trials after maintenance, upgrade work
Washington (UPI) Jul 20, 2017
BAE starts construction of first Type 26 frigate

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