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December 12, 2017
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Dutch want arms dealer's extradition after S.Africa arrest



The Hague (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Dutch prosecutors are requesting the extradition of convicted Dutch arms dealer Guus Kouwenhoven, arrested in South Africa on Friday, to serve a 19-year sentence for his role in Liberia's bloody civil war. "This morning shortly after eight o'clock local time, Interpol South Africa arrested Guus K. at his home in Cape Town," the Dutch public prosecution service said. "The Netherlands requested his extradition following his conviction to a prison sentence of 19 years," by a Dutch court in April, ... read more

TERROR WARS
Six Nigerian soldiers killed in Boko Haram ambushes
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
At least six soldiers died in two separate Boko Haram ambushes in northeast Nigeria, military and civilian militia sources said on Monday. ... more
ABOUT US
Scientists show how Himalayan rivers influenced ancient Indus civilization settlements
London UK (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
The Indus or Harappan Civilisation was a Bronze Age society that developed mainly in the northwestern regions of South Asia from 5300 to 3300 years ago, at about the same time as urban civilisations ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Five workers laying fibre-optic cables murdered in Mali
Bamako (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Four Malians and a Togolese working for a Chinese telecoms firm were kidnapped and murdered while laying fibre-optic cables in central Mali, multiple sources told AFP on Sunday. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Militias, poachers wreak havoc on central Africa's wildlife: monitor
Libreville (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Sudan's Janjaweed, Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army and other notorious militias are wreaking havoc on wildlife in central Africa, poaching and trafficking elephants, hippopotamuses, buffaloes and other animals, a monitor said Friday. ... more
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EARLY EARTH
Inner ears of ancient, extinct sea monsters mirror those of today's animals
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
The inner ears of extinct aquatic reptiles from millions of years ago closely resemble those of some living aquatic animals with similar lifestyles or body proportions, including crocodiles, sea tur ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Drought behind worsening power outages in Malawi
Blantyre, Malawi (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Large parts of Malawi have been plunged into darkness as water levels at the country's main hydro power plant fell to critical levels due to a severe drought, the electricity company said Thursday. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
UN pledge to tackle lead poisoning too late for some victims
Nairobi (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Irene Akinyi Odinga has lead poisoning. With no money for treatment, the young mother of two stares death in the face. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Cairo, Moscow sign contract for Egypt's first nuclear plant
Cairo (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
Egypt and Russia signed a contract on Monday for the building of Egypt's first nuclear power plant, during a visit to Cairo by President Vladimir Putin. ... more
TERROR WARS
Nigeria appoints new chief to head Boko Haram fight
Abuja (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Nigeria has replaced the officer leading troops fighting Boko Haram, the army said on Thursday, after a recent surge in deadly attacks in the country's remote northeast. ... more
DEMOCRACY
Mauritania activists released after executions protest
Nouakchott (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Five family members seeking justice for black Mauritanian soldiers executed in 1990 have been released after almost a week in detention for protesting at an independence day celebration, a security official and a rights group told AFP on Thursday. ... more


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EPIDEMICS
Campaigners incensed at failings in Africa AIDS war
Abidjan (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Angry AIDS activists are urging western and central Africa to step up the fight against HIV, saying millions of people, especially children, are at risk from complacency and underfunding. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
African protected area can support 10s of thousands of elephants
Maputo, Mozambique (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Despite some forest loss, Mozambique's sprawling Niassa National Reserve has the potential to support tens of thousands of elephants and 1,000 lions according to a new land-use study published in th ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Cambodia seizes shipment of ivory hidden in hollow logs
Phnom Penh (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Cambodia has seized nearly a tonne of ivory hidden in hollowed-out logs and discovered inside an abandoned shipping container, an official said Wednesday. ... more
ABOUT US
Paleontologists reveal Little Foot, the most complete remains of an early human relative
Washington (UPI) Dec 6, 2017
After 20 years of careful excavation, paleontologists are finally ready to present the world's most complete Australopithecus fossil found to date. ... more



NASA, University of Maryland Join Forces on Food Security
College Park MD (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
NASA has tapped the University of Maryland to lead a new consortium focused on putting satellite data to use to enhance food security and agriculture around the world. The Earth Observations for Food Security and Agriculture Consortium (EOFSAC) will combine the expertise of more than 40 partners to advance the use of Earth observations in informing decisions that affect the global food sup ... more
Riverside CA (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Shining a light on plant growth and development
Cincinnati OH (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Archaeologist says fire, not corn, key to prehistoric survival in arid Southwest
Amherst MA (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Soil researchers quantify an underappreciated factor in carbon release to the atmosphere
Resilience of Great Barrier Reef offers opportunities for regeneration
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
New research has found that, despite the extensive damage to coral in recent events, there are still 100 reefs on the Great Barrier Reef that are well suited to promoting the regional recovery of the ecosystem after major disturbances. The results publishing 28 November in the open access journal PLOS Biology by Dr Karlo Hock, Prof Peter Mumby, and colleagues from the University of Queensl ... more
East Boothbay ME (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Fear of sharks influences seaweed growth on Fijian coral reefs
Santa Monica, CA (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
US transportation and water infrastructure not broken
Koror, Palau (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Pacific's Palau forces tourists to sign eco-pledge
Macron's 'real world' climate summit to focus on finance
Paris (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Two years to the day after 195 nations adopted the Paris Agreement, French President Emmanuel Macron will convene a follow-up climate summit Tuesday to jump-start the lagging transition to a greener global economy. Launched in part to counter US President Donald Trump's decision to exit the landmark 2015 treaty, the One Planet Summit - co-sponsored by the United Nations and the World Bank - ... more
Blantyre, Malawi (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Drought behind worsening power outages in Malawi
Paris (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Climate victims seek justice, on the street and in the courtroom
Washington (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Paris climate summit a chance for real progress: World Bank
Sustainable solvent platform for photon upconversion increases solar utilization efficiency
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The conversion of solar energy into electricity is currently restricted by a concept known as the Shockley-Quesser limit. This limitation allows only photons that have higher energies than those of the bandgap to be used, while those with lower energies are wasted. In an effort to obtain a solution to this problem and make solar energy conversion more efficient, the process of converting photons ... more
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Guanidinium stabilizes perovskite solar cells at 19 percent efficiency
Uncha Amirpur, India (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
India faces painful move to cleaner energy
Warwick UK (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Solar power advances possible with new 'double-glazing' device
Bristol scientists turn beer into fuel
Bristol UK (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Chemists at the University of Bristol have made the first steps towards making sustainable petrol using beer as a key ingredient. It is commonly accepted that there is an urgent need for sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels for transportation to replace diesel and petrol. One of the most widely used sustainable alternatives to petrol world-wide is bioethanol - in the United State ... more
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Hydrogen gas from enzyme production
Kanazawa, Japan (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Next generation solvent contributes to next generation biofuel production from biomass
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Algae could feed and fuel planet with aid of new high-tech tool
Unearthing the underground effects of earthquakes and volcanoes
Fukuoka, Japan (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Most of what we know about earthquakes and volcanoes is based on what we can observe at the Earth's surface. However, most of the action - especially early activity that could help with disaster prediction and preparedness - occurs deep underground. Developing a clearer picture of changes in subsurface conditions, together with continuous monitoring, could provide life-saving information i ... more
Buffalo NY (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
New mapping technique can help fight extreme poverty
Cabaret, Haiti (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
In helping earthquake victims, life lessons for Haiti youth
Washington (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
US House approves easing of interstate rules on concealed guns
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Go further, Sierra Club tells Minnesota oil pipeline reviewers
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
A Minnesota utility regulator needs to take a stronger stance than it did on a proposal from Enbridge to overhaul an oil pipeline system, the Sierra Club said. Enbridge is proposing an overhaul of the Line 3 segment of a broader network that extends through parts of Canada and into the northern United States. Construction on the entire network to a terminal in Wisconsin began in 2010 an ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
First LNG cargo ready to leave the Russian Arctic
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Canadian oil closer to getting out of North America
Washington (UPI) Dec 11, 2017
Oil prices rise on extended market optimism
China exports surge in November as trade tensions flare
Beijing (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
China's exports surged more than twice the expected pace in November, official data showed on Friday, as tensions with its largest trading partners flare. The healthy trade data is welcome news for the world's number-two economy as Beijing looks to tackle industrial overcapacity, winter pollution and a ballooning debt pile. Exports jumped 12.3 percent year-on-year to $217.4 billion, blow ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
China exports soar higher than expected in November
Brussels (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
EU wins tougher, swifter anti-dumping trade powers
Washington (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
US hits Vietnam with huge duties on steel made with Chinese material
Huge Australia-bound cocaine haul siezed by French navy
Sydney (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
A massive cocaine haul bound for Australia in the hull of a yacht has been intercepted by the French navy in the Pacific, officials said on Friday. The 1.46 tonnes of the drug with an estimated street value of Aus$322 million (US$256 million) was seized in the South Pacific and four crew members, believed to be Lithuanian and Latvian nationals, arrested. The vessel "Afalina", which set s ... more
Jakarta (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Indonesia to deport 153 Chinese for $450 million scam
Washington (AFP) June 28, 2017
US lists China among worst human trafficking offenders
U.S. wind turbines getting taller and more efficient
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
U.S. federal data show installed wind turbines are taller and more efficient than in the past, though hydroelectric power still holds a slight edge. The U.S. Energy Information Administration found that the average height and power generating capacity for wind turbines installed in the country are taller and more efficient that in years past. "Since 2012, the average height of wi ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
New wind farm in service off the British coast
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
End tax credits for wind energy, Tennessee Republican says
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
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Militias, poachers wreak havoc on central Africa's wildlife: monitor
Libreville (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Sudan's Janjaweed, Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army and other notorious militias are wreaking havoc on wildlife in central Africa, poaching and trafficking elephants, hippopotamuses, buffaloes and other animals, a monitor said Friday. The threat comes from "highly organised armed groups who are linked to human rights violations and ongoing political instability" as well as state actors, armed ... more
Iowa City IA (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Pigeons can discriminate both space and time
Paris (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Sumatra's receding forests pushing tigers to the brink
New Delhi (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
Five elephants killed by train in India
Pentagon braces for possible government shutdown
Washington (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
The Pentagon on Thursday warned of possible weapons delays and other military ramifications if the government shuts down over a budget deal impasse or passes a stop-gap spending bill to avert it. The US government is facing the looming prospect of shutting down as Republicans and Democrats wrangle over federal spending. Top leaders from both parties were due to meet at the White House la ... more
Vienna (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
US warns Russia over Ukraine at OSCE meeting
Colombo (AFP) Dec 9, 2017
Sri Lanka hands over debt-laden port to Chinese owner
New York (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Billionaire Guo Wengui wants regime change in Beijing
Scientists show how Himalayan rivers influenced ancient Indus civilization settlements
London UK (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
The Indus or Harappan Civilisation was a Bronze Age society that developed mainly in the northwestern regions of South Asia from 5300 to 3300 years ago, at about the same time as urban civilisations developed in Mesopotamia and Egypt. Archaeological evidence shows that many of the settlements in the Indus Civilisation developed along the banks of a river called the Ghaggar-Hakra in northwest Ind ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Scientists revamp 'Out of Africa' model of early human migration
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Archaeologists revise chronology of the last hunter-gatherers in the Near East
Birmingham UK (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Research suggests gorillas can develop food cleaning behavior spontaneously
Six Nigerian soldiers killed in Boko Haram ambushes
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
At least six soldiers died in two separate Boko Haram ambushes in northeast Nigeria, military and civilian militia sources said on Monday. Four troops were killed and 12 injured on Sunday when their convoy was attacked near Damboa, 90 kilometres (56 miles) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state. Two soldiers were killed in the same area on Saturday, the sources told AFP, speaking on ... more
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
IS battle may be won, but Iraq faces major challenges
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 9, 2017
'Defeated' IS still poses danger in Iraq
Beirut (AFP) Dec 9, 2017
IS cut back from 'caliphate' to pockets of land
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Forests are the key to fresh water
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Freshwater resources are critical to both human civilization and natural ecosystems, but UBC researchers have discovered that changes to ground vegetation can have as much of an impact on global water resources as climate change. UBC Okanagan Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences Professor Adam Wei, PhD candidate Qiang Li and researchers from the Chinese Academy of Forestry recently ... more
Washington (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
US agency confirms Canada softwood lumber hurting US industry
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Flying laboratory reveals crucial tropical forest conservation targets in Borneo
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
NASA Survey Technique Estimates Congo Forest's Carbon
Ocean of Things Aims to Expand Maritime Awareness across Open Seas
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
The internet of things connects an ever-growing number of smart devices for up-to-the-minute monitoring and tracking of many common events. Head out to most parts of the open ocean, however, and no such capability exists for real-time monitoring of maritime activity. DARPA has announced its Ocean of Things program, which seeks to enable persistent maritime situational awareness over large ... more
Ottawa (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Canada rejects Fincantieri-Naval Group warships offer
London (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Queen inaugurates new 'best of British' aircraft carrier
Washington (UPI) Dec 6, 2017
General Dynamics gets $432 million submarine contract upgrade
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