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May 26, 2017
AU-EU joint space-based initiative calls for proposals

Addis Ababa (XNA) May 25, 2017
The African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) on Tuesday launched the call for proposals for the space-based initiative dubbed the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (GMES and Africa) Grants. At a ceremony held in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, the two institutions said it is an open invitation for eligible institutions across Africa to apply for the 30-million-euro program, co-funded by the EU (29.5 million euros) and the AU (0.5 million euros). The two instituti ... read more

Nigeria seizes illegal arms shipment
Lagos (AFP) May 24, 2017
Nigeria said on Wednesday it had intercepted an illegal cache of arms at the port in Lagos, five months after a similar seizure in the city, a spokesman told AFP. ... more
Portions of human skeletal structure were established millions of years earlier than previously thought,
Columbia MO (SPX) May 24, 2017
For more than 3 million years, Selam lay silent and still. Eager to tell her story, the almost perfect fossil skeleton of a 2 1/2 year-old toddler was discovered at Dikika, Ethiopia - and she had a ... more
Four killed in I.Coast clashes between ex-rebels and police
Bouake, Ivory Coast (AFP) May 23, 2017
Four people were killed and many hurt when police clashed Tuesday with former rebels barricading the road into Bouake, Ivory Coast's second biggest city, in the spillover from a corrosive army mutiny over pay. ... more
Cape Town region declares drought disaster
Cape Town (AFP) May 22, 2017
South Africa's Western Cape region which includes Cape Town declared a drought disaster on Monday as the province battled its worst water shortages for 113 years. ... more
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Tunisia protester death raises fears of more unrest
Tataouine, Tunisia (AFP) May 22, 2017
A young protester was killed Monday after a national guard vehicle "accidentally" ran him over in south Tunisia, raising fears of more social unrest in a region already rocked by weeks of protest. ... more
DR Congo, China most affected by displacements in 2016: report
United Nations, United States (AFP) May 22, 2017
More than 31 million people were displaced in their own countries by conflict, violence and disasters in 2016, with China and the Democratic Republic of Congo among the worst affected, a new report by a monitoring center said Monday. ... more
Angry Ivory Coast ex-rebels block access to cities
Bouake, Ivory Coast (AFP) May 22, 2017
Disgruntled former rebels demanding government compensation payments blocked roads Monday into Ivory Coast's second biggest city, Bouake, as well as into the key northern city of Korhogo, AFP reporters said. ... more
Angolan apartheid troops battle to survive in S.Africa
Pomfret, South Africa (AFP) May 22, 2017
Angolan soldiers recruited by South Africa's apartheid government to fight against their homeland now live in squalor, forgotten and unwanted. ... more
Congo breaks ground on $58 million China-funded parliament building
Brazzaville (AFP) May 22, 2017
Congo broke ground on a new Chinese-funded parliament building in the capital Brazzaville on Monday estimated at over 52 million euros ($58 million). ... more
Tunisia protester 'accidentally' killed in south
Tataouine, Tunisia (AFP) May 22, 2017
A young protester was killed Monday after a national guard vehicle "accidentally" ran him over in south Tunisia, raising fears of mounting social unrest in a region rocked by weeks of protest. ... more

Oil production starts for Vitol offshore Ghana

Cairn fully funded for North Sea, Senegalese oil plans
Washington (UPI) May 19, 2017
Financing is in place to support development of the emerging oil basins offshore Senegal, while new output is expected from the North Sea, Cairn Energy said. ... more
Tunisian protesters shut down pumping station
Tunis (AFP) May 20, 2017
Protesters in Tunisia on Saturday closed an oil and gas installation in the south of the North African country amid growing social tensions, an official radio station said. ... more
UN envoy slams deadly attack in Libya's south
Tripoli (AFP) May 19, 2017
The UN envoy to Libya on Friday voiced alarm at reports of "significant" fatalities in an attack by a militia loyal to the unity government on a military base controlled by rival forces. ... more
Mission unaccomplished: Uganda halts hunt for LRA warlord
Obo, Central African Republic (AFP) May 20, 2017
Sweat soaks into the bright red neckerchiefs of the soldiers slouching to attention on a steamy parade ground deep in the inaccessible forests of Central African Republic (CAR). ... more

Bordeaux pins hopes for ravaged vineyards on June bloom
Saint-Émilion, France (AFP) May 26, 2017
When a severe, unseasonal cold snap gripped Bordeaux vineyards in late April, winegrowers sprang into action. They set fires in thousands of oil drums, positioning them carefully between the rows of budding grapevines in southwest France. Giant fans were deployed to battle the cold, damp air settling on the plants. Helicopters also flew low overhead, in another extravagant attempt to b ... more
Washington (UPI) May 23, 2017
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La Jolla CA (SPX) May 25, 2017
Helping plants pump iron
Urbana IL (SPX) May 23, 2017
Blue and purple corn: Not just for tortilla chips anymore
Water is surprisingly ordered on the nanoscale
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) May 25, 2017
Nanometric-sized water drops are everywhere - in the air as droplets or aerosols, in our bodies as medication, and in the earth, within rocks and oil fields. To understand the behavior of these drops, it is necessary to know how they interact with their hydrophobic environment. This interaction takes places at the curved droplet interface, a sub-nanometric region that surrounds the small pocket ... more
Paris (ESA) May 25, 2017
Sentinel-2 captures coral bleaching of Great Barrier Reef
Raleigh NC (SPX) May 26, 2017
Water efficiency in rural areas is getting worse, even as it improves in urban centers
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 22, 2017
NASA adds up record Australia rainfall
Weathering of rocks a poor regulator of global temperatures
Seattle WA (SPX) May 26, 2017
A new University of Washington study shows that the textbook understanding of global chemical weathering - in which rocks are dissolved, washed down rivers and eventually end up on the ocean floor to begin the process again - does not depend on Earth's temperature in the way that geologists had believed. The study, published May 22 in the open-access journal Nature Communications, looks at ... more
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) May 25, 2017
The forces that affect species' movements in a changing climate
Berlin (AFP) May 23, 2017
Merkel vows to convince climate change 'doubters'
New York NY (SPX) May 25, 2017
Fossil beetles suggest that LA climate has been relatively stable for 50,000 years
Solar cells more efficient thanks to new material standing on edge
Lund, Sweden (SPX) May 26, 2017
Researchers from Lund University in Sweden and from Fudan University in China have successfully designed a new structural organization using the promising solar cell material perovskite. The study shows that solar cells increase in efficiency thanks to the material's ability to self-organise by standing on edge. The current research study deals with perovskite, a new and promising material ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) May 26, 2017
How to obtain highly crystalline organic-inorganic perovskite films for solar cells
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) May 26, 2017
Smart reform the key to unlock energy storage revolution
Pennsauken NJ (SPX) May 26, 2017
Keystone lowers energy costs with rooftop solar installation in New Jersey
Discovery of an alga's 'dictionary of genes' could lead to advances in biofuels, medicine
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 26, 2017
Plant biologists and biochemists from UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco have produced a gold mine of data by sequencing the genome of a green alga called Chromochloris zofingiensis. Scientists have learned in the past decade that the tiny, single-celled organism could be used as a source of sustainable biofuel and that it produces a substance called astaxanthin, which may be useful fo ... more
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) May 22, 2017
A full life cycle assessment of second-generation biofuels
Madison WI (SPX) May 22, 2017
Triple play boosting value of renewable fuel could tip market in favor of biomass
Los Alamos NM (SPX) May 22, 2017
Insight into enzyme's 3-D structure could cut biofuel costs
Countries most affected by weather disasters do not spend more on weather services
Washington DC (SPX) May 25, 2017
Countries Most Affected by Weather Disasters Do Not Spend More on Weather Services: Countries hit hardest by weather-related disasters do not necessarily spend more on commercial weather and climate information services that assist in preparing for these events, a new study finds. Identifying countries for which this is true and improving the design and delivery of weather and climate serv ... more
Washington (AFP) May 23, 2017
Trump budget calls for deep cuts to social safety net
Los Angeles (AFP) May 24, 2017
Massive slide buries stretch of iconic California highway
Toulouse, France (SPX) May 26, 2017
Airbus Foundation and Airbus BizLab seek innovative concepts for humanitarian challenges
Michigan, a volatile market for gas prices, sees demand go up
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
Drivers in Michigan, one of the most volatile markets for gasoline, are putting slight pressure on demand because of economic conditions, a state report found. Motor club AAA reports a national average retail price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline at $2.37 for Thursday, one day before the start of the long Memorial Day holiday weekend. Demand pressures from the busy travel holi ... more
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
Budget for shale-rich Oklahoma disappoints
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
Iran networking with energy companies from Vienna
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
Preliminary data show Texas oil production down year-on-year
Chinese tech firm LeEco reverses course in US, cuts 325 jobs
San Francisco (AFP) May 24, 2017
Cash-strapped Chinese tech firm LeEco on Wednesday confirmed that it is throttling back plans to invade the US market, cutting 325 jobs months after announcing a major expansion. The layoffs were reported represent about 70 percent of the company's US staff. "The challenges with raising new capital have made it difficult in the past few months to support all of our business priorities," ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 24, 2017
Germany calls for better EU market access to China
Taormina, Italy (AFP) May 26, 2017
Trump joins new-look G7 amid trade, climate discord
Beijing (AFP) May 24, 2017
Moody's cuts China's rating on debt fears
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UN counter-drug official kidnapped in Colombia: officials
Bogota (AFP) May 4, 2017
A UN official has been kidnapped in Colombia by renegade FARC rebels just ahead of a visit Thursday by the UN Security Council to review progress in a peace accord with the guerrillas, authorities said. The official, with the UN Office on Crime and Drugs, was kidnapped Wednesday in the southeastern department of Guaviare while on a tour to promote replacing coca with legal crops, according t ... more
New Delhi (AFP) April 9, 2017
Indian, Chinese navies rescue ship hijacked by Somali pirates
Manila (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
Philippines seeks US, China help to combat sea pirates
U.S. states taking up wind energy mantle
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
Gains in wind power in the United States are coming up from the state level, with California among the leaders, an industry report found. A report from the sidelines of a wind energy conference in California from the American Wind Energy Association finds the sector supports more than 100,000 jobs in the country. The state hosting the event is one of the national leaders in wind energy ... more
Solomons MD (SPX) May 10, 2017
Scientists track porpoises to assess impact of offshore wind farms
The Hague (AFP) May 8, 2017
Dutch open 'world's largest offshore' wind farm
London, UK (SPX) May 09, 2017
OX2 will manage a 45 MW wind farm owned by IKEA Group in Lithuania
How do blind cavefish find their way? The answer could be in their bones.
Cincinnati OH (SPX) May 25, 2017
Imagine living in perpetual darkness in an alien world where you have to find food quickly by touch or starve for months at a time. The limestone caverns of Mexico's Sierra del Abra Tanchipa rainforest contain deep cisterns cloaked in utter blackness. This is where researchers at the University of Cincinnati traveled to find a little fish (Astyanax mexicanus) that has evolved to feast or e ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) May 26, 2017
Genetic mutation trade-offs lead to parallel evolution
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
Why the fate of a tiny Rio Grande fish is so important
Washington (UPI) May 24, 2017
Young birds migrating to Africa dispersed by winds, study shows
Erdogan says EU must decide on Turkey membership
Ankara (AFP) May 24, 2017
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said ahead of crunch talks with the EU's leadership it was up to Brussels to decide if it wanted Turkey as a member of the bloc. Speaking to reporters before leaving Ankara airport for the trip to Brussels which will also see him attend a NATO summit, Erdogan said Turkey was not prepared to behave like a "beggar" to gain membership. Tensions be ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 25, 2017
China condemns US after warship sails near South China Sea reef
Brussels (AFP) May 25, 2017
Trump meets wary NATO and EU in 'hellhole' Brussels
Vatican City (AFP) May 24, 2017
Trump promises peace push after 'fantastic' pope meet
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New hypothesis about the origin of humankind suggests oldest hominin lived in Europe
Toronto, Canada (SPX) May 26, 2017
The common lineage of great apes and humans split several hundred thousand earlier than hitherto assumed, according to an international research team headed by Professor Madelaine Bohme from the Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment at the University of Tubingen and Professor Nikolai Spassov from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The researchers investigated two fossils o ... more
Columbia MO (SPX) May 24, 2017
Portions of human skeletal structure were established millions of years earlier than previously thought,
Washington (UPI) May 19, 2017
Study reveals architecture of the 'second brain,' the enteric nervous system
Raleigh NC (SPX) May 22, 2017
'Moral enhancement' technologies are neither feasible nor wise
NATO must 'step up' after Manchester attack: Stoltenberg
Brussels (AFP) May 24, 2017
NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that the Manchester bombing shows the alliance must agree at a summit with US President Donald Trump to do more to combat terrorism. Terrorism will be top of the agenda at Thursday's meeting in Brussels which comes amid sharp divisions over joining the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group. "I expect NATO allies to step up and agree ... more
Manila (AFP) May 24, 2017
Duterte threatens martial law for all of Philippines
Iligan, Philippines (AFP) May 24, 2017
Islamist militants take Catholic hostages in Philippines: Church
Washington (AFP) May 23, 2017
US forces kill seven Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen raid: Pentagon
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Activists protest logging in Poland's ancient forest
Warsaw (AFP) May 24, 2017
Activists chained themselves to logging equipment in Poland's ancient Bialowieza forest on Wednesday, accusing authorities of felling trees in protected areas of the UNESCO World Heritage site. The move comes after a "final warning" by the European Commission sent to Warsaw in April saying it could take legal action to halt large-scale logging in Europe's last primeval woodland. Dawid K ... more
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) May 24, 2017
Planting trees cannot replace cutting CO2 emissions
Washington DC (SPX) May 22, 2017
Myanmar's extensive forests are declining rapidly due to political and economic change
Washington DC (SPX) May 22, 2017
Solving the mystery of the white oak
Lockheed awarded contract for Trident II D5 navigation subsystem
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
Lockheed Martin Rotary and Missile Systems has received a $79.9 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense for technical and program management support services for the Trident II D5 Shipboard System Integration, or SSI, with the program focusing on the missile system's navigation subsystem. The contract covers navigation hardware, software design, installation and services fo ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 22, 2017
General Dynamics to support Columbia-class submarine development
Washington (UPI) May 19, 2017
General Atomics receives Ford-class carrier contract
Washington (UPI) May 18, 2017
Lockheed Martin lays keel for USS St. Louis

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