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September 19, 2017
VSAT NEWS
More cities in the DRCongo get satellite-enabled high-speed connectivity



Luxembourg (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
SES Networks' longtime customer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Gilat Telecom, has expanded the satellite capacity under contract with SES Networks in the country, now topping more than 3.0 Gbps. Gilat has been providing Kinshasa, the capital and largest city in DRC, with expansive internet connectivity services for many years, and has seen unprecedented network reliability and resiliency from the SES Networks service. The company has now also launched service over SES's O3b Medium ... read more

WOOD PILE
Restored forest now shelters dozens of endangered species
Porto-Novoa Benin (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
During the last twenty years, scientists worked hard to protect and restore the scattered patches of a dilapidated forest and its surroundings of agricultural and fallow vegetation in southern Benin ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Niger floods leave at least 54 dead, 200,000 displaced
Niamey (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
Flooding unleashed by three months of torrential rain in Niger has killed at least 54 people and left nearly 200,000 displaced, the UN said Friday. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
HRW accuses Mali, Burkina troops of sweeping rights abuses
Bamako (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Malian and Burkinabe soldiers have killed, tortured and disappeared civilians while trying to root out jihadists in central Mali, Human Rights Watch said Friday. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Niger flooding kills 50, displaces over 100,000 since June
Niamey (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Flooding unleashed by three months of torrential rain in Niger has killed at least 50 people and displaced nearly 120,000, according to fresh UN data out Thursday. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS
Pro-Biafra supporters clash with Nigerian troops
Warri, Nigeria (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
Pro-Biafra supporters clashed with troops in southeast Nigeria on Sunday, with claims that five people were killed, although the army quickly denied any loss of life. ... more
TERROR WARS
US kills six in Shabaab air strikes in Somalia
Washington (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
US forces in Somalia conducted three air strikes on Islamist Shabaab targets Wednesday, killing six fighters with the Al-Qaeda linked group, the US military said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Gulf nations still at risk from spat with Qatar, Moody's says
Washington (UPI) Sep 13, 2017
The ongoing row between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors, many of which are OPEC members, is credit negative, Moody's Investors Service said. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Niger River authorities warn of flooding in Benin, Nigeria
Niamey (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
The Niger Basin Authority issued a warning Saturday of possible flooding in Benin and Nigeria, two countries downstream on the river, which is currently flooding in Niger. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Libyan oil production back to normal
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Operations at the Sharara oil field in Libya, the country's largest, are back to normal following short-term "irregularities," an Austrian energy company said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Baker Hughes gets in on Egyptian natural gas bonanza
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2017
A contract to provide services for the giant Zohr natural gas field off the Egyptian coast is a win-win for its economy and our business, Baker Hughes said. ... more


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EPIDEMICS
WHO sounds alarm over DRCongo cholera epidemic
Kinshasa (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
The World Health Organization on Saturday sounded the alarm over a cholera outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo which has already claimed 528 lives and reached "worrying proportions". ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Tales of murder and suffering in Hong Kong ban debate
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
A Kenyan park ranger who said his closest friend was shot dead while protecting elephants urged Hong Kong not to compensate the city's ivory traders in an emotive speech to lawmakers on Wednesday. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Mexico, Russia eye energy trade relations
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Structural reforms in the energy sector could lead to greater bilateral trade between Mexico and Russia, Mexico's president said from a regional summit. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Good first half of 2017 for West African explorer FAR Ltd.
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
FAR Ltd., an Australian energy company with a focus offshore West Africa, reported a strong first half, adding it expected positive cash for the next year. ... more



Foodies cheesed off as China says 'non' to France's finest
Beijing (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Fans of French cheeses in China have received news they may find hard to digest: the country's food hygiene authorities have turned their noses up at some people's favourite fare, blocking imports of Camembert, Brie and Roquefort. "We haven't been able to get our orders through customs for three weeks," Vincent Marion, co-founder of Cheese Republic, one of China's leading online cheesemonger ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
EU chamber urges China to lift cheese ban
Aqaba, Jordan (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Parched Jordan starts growing vegetables in
Melbourne FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Research finds roots use chemical 'photos' to coordinate growth
Taking a deep breath in the North Atlantic
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
The Labrador Sea in the North Atlantic is one of the few areas in the world ocean where cold, saline seawater sinks to large depths and forms deep water. This convection process also transports oxygen into the deep sea. A team of scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (San Diego, California), Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research ... more
London (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
130-tonne 'monster fatberg' clogs London sewer
Sydney (AFP) Sept 18, 2017
Giant sea snail plan to rescue Barrier Reef
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Old fish are rare in today's heavily fished oceans
Climate change and hurricanes: do we need a smoking gun?
Paris (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Many climate scientists are convinced that mega-storms Harvey and Irma - which left scores dead and caused massive economic losses - were boosted by global warming, but hesitate to say so in as many words. Call it the hurricane paradox. On the one hand, top experts point to the laws of physics, computer modelling, and measurable increases in sea levels and the temperatures of both ocea ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 18, 2017
France hopeful of persuading Trump to stay in climate accord
Washington (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
US looks to work with Paris climate accord 'partners': Tillerson
Montreal (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
US says it will withdraw from Paris accord without more favorable terms
Defects in next-generation solar cells can be healed with light
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers have shown that defects in the molecular structure of perovskites - a material which could revolutionise the solar cell industry - can be "healed" by exposing it to light and just the right amount of humidity. The international team of researchers demonstrated in 2016 that defects in the crystalline structure of perovskites could be healed by exposing them to light, but the effects w ... more
Dubai (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
Dubai awards contract for final phase of solar park
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Engineers develop tools to share power from renewable energy sources during outages
Washington (UPI) Sep 13, 2017
Obama-era solar power program reaches goal early
A sweeter way to make green products
Newark DE (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
The shampoo you washed your hair with this morning. The balloons for the party. Refrigerators and sunglasses, medicine and mosquito repellent, guitar strings and fishing lures. These - and thousands of other products we use every day - contain chemicals made from petroleum. But researchers at the University of Delaware can now offer manufacturers a much sweeter alternative to this fossil fuel. ... more
London, UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
How to draw electricity from the bloodstream
Cardiff UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Scientists make methanol using air around us
Urbana IL (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Could switchgrass help China's air quality?
America asks: How did eight people die in Florida nursing home?
Miami (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Shocked Americans were struggling on Thursday to understand how eight elderly people in a Florida retirement home - directly across the street from a hospital - could have died in the days following Hurricane Irma's devastating passage. The matter is now in the hands of the law. Making the drama even more shocking, the deaths could perhaps have been prevented by hooking up an emergency ... more
Naples, United States (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Trump views flooding's aftermath in hurricane-ravaged Florida
Pointe-a-Pitre (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
France's hurricane-hit St Martin on guard for health threats
Dar Al Kabirah, Syria (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
Russia plays up role as peacemaker, donor in Syria
Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
Rally in oil prices stalls despite global tensions
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Indications of positive economic momentum for the G20, global tensions and terrorism left oil prices near the yearly high, despite volatility early Friday. More than 20 people were hospitalized after an explosion shook a train leaving the Parsons Green station in southwest London during the morning rush hour. London's Metropolitan Police said there were treating it as a terrorist-relate ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Iran 'prepared for any measure' for oil market stability
Tehran (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
China provides $10 billion credit line to Iran
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Russia's Gazprom raises investment guideline
China bank loans rebound in August
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
Chinese bank loans rebounded in August to hit 1.09 trillion yuan ($166 billion), beating analysts' expectations as demand was buoyed by home buyers. The figure was up from 825.5 billion yuan in July according to the Chinese central bank, and exceeded forecasts from analysts surveyed by Bloomberg, although it remains far below the 1.54 trillion yuan loaned by banks in in June. However, th ... more
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Europe must seize Brexit 'window of opportunity', says Juncker
Beijing (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Top Chinese bitcoin exchange shuts down
Tallinn (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
France slams Silicon Valley for skirting tax in Europe
InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
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
Bangkok (AFP) June 1, 2017
Golden Triangle narco-gangs churning out new highs, UN warns
Kimberly-Clark next U.S. company to draw more on renewables
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Kimberly-Clark, a paper-based personal care production company, said today that it will now get about a third of its power needs met by wind power in Texas and Oklahoma. The company, which has its headquarters in Texas, announced it has agreed to purchase 245 megawatts worth of electricity from two new wind power projects in Texas and Oklahoma. That's the equivalent of about one-third o ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Finding better wind energy potential with the new European Wind Atlas
London (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
UK wind electricity cheaper than nuclear: data
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Last of the 67 turbines for a British wind farm installed
Bye bye Basi: World's oldest captive panda dies
Shanghai (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
The world's oldest captive giant panda has died at the ripe old age of 37 - more than 100 in human years - her handlers in China said on Thursday as they gave "Basi" an emotional send-off. The Straits Giant Panda Research and Exchange Center in southeastern China, where she has lived for 33 years, bid a heartfelt farewell to the bear, with a memorial service that featured Basi's body surro ... more
Paris (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Elephants hide by day, forage at night to evade poachers
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Monarch butterflies disappearing from western US
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Scientists create alternate evolutionary histories in a test tube
Russia launches war games on NATO's eastern flank
Moscow (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Russia on Thursday began major joint military exercises with Belarus along the European Union's eastern flank - a show of strength that has rattled nervous NATO members. Named Zapad-2017 (West-2017), the manoeuvres, scheduled to last until September 20, are taking place on the territory of Moscow's closest ally Belarus, in Russia's European exclave of Kaliningrad and in its frontier Pskov a ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Trump plans to visit China, Japan, S. Korea in November
Istanbul (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Turkey signs landmark Russian weapons deal
Washington (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
Trump's generals look to provide a steady hand
Large-scale study of genetic data shows humans still evolving
New York NY (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
In a study analyzing the genomes of 210,000 people in the United States and Britain, researchers at Columbia University find that the genetic variants linked to Alzheimer's disease and heavy smoking are less frequent in people with longer lifespans, suggesting that natural selection is weeding out these unfavorable variants in both populations. Researchers further find that sets of genetic ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Groups are more likely to lie than individuals, new study shows
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Human settlement in the Americas may have occurred in the late Pleistocene
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Humans are still evolving, study suggests
Philippines' Duterte may declare martial law next week: defence chief
Manila, Philippines (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte may declare nationwide martial law next week if threatened massive protests by communists and other leftists against his rule turn violent or disrupt the country, his defence chief said Friday. "He said, if the left will try to have a massive protest, start fires on the streets, they will disrupt the country, then I might (declare martial law)," Defence S ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
US kills six in Shabaab air strikes in Somalia
Moscow (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Russia claims killing of IS 'minister of war' in Syria
Damascus (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Israel hits Syria site reportedly used for chemical weapons
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Poland accuses EU's top court of bias in primeval forest case
Warsaw (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Poland on Wednesday accused the EU's top court of taking sides in a lawsuit lodged by the European Commission against it for logging in the Bialowieza Forest, Europe's last primeval woodland. Warsaw and the Commission argued their cases on Monday before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, where Poland is accused of commercial logging in the protected UNESCO World Heritage site ... more
Porto-Novoa Benin (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Restored forest now shelters dozens of endangered species
Abidjan (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Chocolate industry driving deforestation of Ivory Coast: report
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Researchers discover new tree genus in the Andes
Britain plans a new class of Navy frigate
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Britain's Ministry of Defense and Royal Navy has launched plans to obtain a new frigate to replace Type 23 frigates now in service. The project was announced Thursday by Minister for Defense Procurement Harriett Baldwin and came on the heels of the ministry's announcement of a new shipbuilding strategy. "A day after we launched the National Shipbuilding Strategy, we are taking ou ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Navy leaders testify before Congress on McCain, Fitzgerald collisions
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Navy to issue order for heavy lift of the USS John S. McCain
Jerusalem (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Ex-minister questioned as Israel submarine graft probe widens


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