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October 17, 2017
Angola's First Satellite to Be Launched From Baikonur Spaceport Dec. 7

Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 10, 2017
Rocket and Space Corporation Energia's General Designer Yevgeniy Mikrin said that a Ukrainian-made Zenit carrier rocket, loaded with the AngoSat-1 satellite, built at Angola's request, will be launched from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan on December 7. Ukrainian-made Zenit carrier rocket, loaded with an AngoSat-1 satellite built at Angola's request will be launched from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan on December 7, Russia's Rocket and Space Corporation (RCS) Energia's General Designer ... read more

'Thirsty protests' hit Morocco over water shortages
Rabat (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Residents angered by persistent water shortages in southern Morocco have taken to the streets in a series of "thirsty protests" that has grabbed the attention of the country's king. ... more
Pangolin trade forces Ghana to look at new wildlife laws
Accra (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Ghana is facing calls to update its laws on wildlife crime after fears the country has become a transit route for the illegal trade in pangolin scales. ... more
Scientists discover remains of an ancient bobcat-sized predator in Tanzania
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Paleontologists have discovered a new species of extinct hyaenodont in Tanzania. The fossil offers new insights into the disappearance of hyaenodonts - once Africa's top predator - during the Paleogene. ... more
Chad extends key conservation area in national park
N'Djamena (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Chad is to boost protection for a key haven for endangered wildlife in the south of the country under an agreement with a conservation group. ... more
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New witness emerges over Rwandan genocide: French legal source
Paris (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
French judges have heard from a new witness who claims to have seen missiles allegedly used to kill former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana, whose death sparked genocide in 1994, a source close to the case told AFP on Monday. ... more
Rwanda military uses torture to force confessions: HRW
Kigali (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Rwanda's military has used asphyxiation, electric shock and mock executions to torture confessions out of detainees, Human Rights Watch said in a report published Tuesday. ... more
French supermajor Total places bet on offshore Guinea
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
French energy company Total said Monday it was expecting a big oil pay off from the under-explored deep waters off the coast of the Republic of Guinea. ... more
At least 8 migrants drown as boat collides with navy vessel: Tunisia
Tunis (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
At least eight migrants drowned after their boat sank following a collision with a Tunisian navy vessel in the Mediterranean, the defence ministry said on Monday. ... more
Nigeria: Cooperation 'key' to defeating jihadists
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Greater international cooperation is required to defeat Boko Haram and neutralise the threat from the Islamist militants in Nigeria and beyond, military commanders and politicians said this week. ... more
Liberian women hold mass fast for peaceful elections
Monrovia (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Dressed in identical printed skirts, a hundred Liberian women knelt in prayer after another long day in three weeks of fasting, appealing once more that their country be spared of violence. ... more

Three US Green Berets killed in Niger

Chevron may shed more of its portfolio
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Anglo-Swiss multinational Glencore said Friday it was looking to spend close to $1 billion to buy most of U.S. supermajor Chevron's assets in South Africa. ... more
Stone Age child reveals that modern humans emerged more than 300,000 years ago
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
South Africa is well-known for its hominin fossil record. But this time, results from a study of ancient DNA presented in the September 28th First Release early online issue of Science show that the ... more
Earliest evidence for a native African cultigen discovered in Eastern Sudan
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Archaeologists examining plant impressions within broken pottery have discovered the earliest evidence for domesticated sorghum in Africa. The evidence comes from an archaeological site (known ... more
Fleeing offensives, where are the IS jihadists going?
Beirut (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
The Islamic State group is under attack across the remaining parts of its self-proclaimed caliphate, but what happens to its thousands of fighters as their group loses grip on territory? ... more

India to close colonial-era military farms
Allahabad, India (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Under a hot afternoon sun workers scrub down cows at the Allahabad Military Farm, the latest hangover of India's colonial past being forced into the 21st century. The 700-acre (285-hectare) farm in the city of 1.1 million people, along with 38 other military farms set up by the country's former British rulers, is to be closed in coming weeks. The yellow and white Victorian-era buildings ... more
Medio Purus Extractive Reserve, Brazil (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Smallscale farmers try to solve Amazon's big problems
Brunswick NJ (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Genetically boosting the nutritional value of corn could benefit millions
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Sustainable irrigation may harm other development goals
Huge spike in global carbon emissions linked to El Nino
Miami (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
A huge spike in carbon emissions seen in the past couple of years has puzzled scientists, since there was no evidence of a rise in human activities, like fossil fuel burning, that might explain it. But new satellite data shows that the weather phenomenon El Nino is to blame, because it led to dry spells that put stress on plants and trees across the tropics, and made it harder for them to pe ... more
Rabat (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
'Thirsty protests' hit Morocco over water shortages
La Ciotat, France (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Underwater nurseries help revive Mediterranean fish stocks
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Harvey runoff is threatening coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico
Trump environment chief: US to end Obama climate plan
Washington (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
The head of the US Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that President Donald Trump's administration will move to repeal his predecessor Barack Obama's plan to restrict greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking in Kentucky at a political event attended by coal miners, EPA chief Scott Pruitt said he would Tuesday "be signing a proposed rule to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan of the pa ... more
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
'Plan B': Seven ways to engineer the climate
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
British government unveils green spending plans
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
As Paris climate goals recede, geoengineering looms larger
Futuristic solar-powered Dutch family car hailed 'the future'
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
A futuristic Dutch family car that not only uses the sun as power but supplies energy back to the grid was hailed as "the future" Sunday as the World Solar Challenge wrapped up. The innovative bi-annual contest, first run in 1987, began in Darwin a week ago with 41 vehicles setting off on a 3,000-kilometre (1,860-mile) trip through the heart of Australia to Adelaide. Dutch car "Nuna 9" w ... more
Ituxi Extractive Reserve, Brazil (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Solar panels shine in darkest Amazon, the 'last frontier'
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Total moves deeper into solar energy market
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Flying Dutch win world solar car race in Australia
Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have determined how electrocatalysts can convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water and electricity. The discovery can lead to the development of efficient electrocatalysts for large scale production of synthesis gas - a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. "The electroche ... more
Styria, Austria (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Breaking down stubborn cellulose
Liverpool UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
Berlin (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
NGOs slam UN aviation agency plan for biofuels
Trump warns federal help for Puerto Rico not open-ended
Washington (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Donald Trump warned Thursday that his willingness to help hurricane-battered Puerto Rico was not unlimited, prompting a furious backlash, with the mayor of San Juan branding the president a "Hater in Chief." Puerto Rico is struggling to recover after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island, leaving 44 people dead and cutting power and running water to much of its population, and its gover ... more
Washington (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Branson calls for sustainable rebuilding of storm-battered Caribbean
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
New military op in gang-plagued Rio favela
Mexico City (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Risking lives, Mexicans try to salvage belongings after quake
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Geopolitical risk adds big premium to oil prices Monday
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Geopolitical issues and concerns added a considerable risk premium to the price of oil on Monday as fighting erupted in the north of OPEC-member Iraq. Much of the oil production and distribution centers in Iraq are near the southern port city of Basra, though traders have focused on operations in the north since the Kurdish region held a contentious referendum for independence in late S ... more
Brussels (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
EU launches expert mission to Iraq
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Amid fighting, Kurdish oil payments continue
Caracas (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Maduro claims landslide win in disputed Venezuela elections
US inflation jumps in the wake of Hurricane Harvey
Washington (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Soaring fuel prices drove US inflation to an eight-month high in September, with the cost of gasoline hitting an eight-year record, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The spike in gasoline costs was likely tied to Hurricane Harvey, which idled much of US energy production in late August and created shortages, officials said. Otherwise, US price pressures remained tame, suggesting th ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
Energy-hungry China takes step to buffer against economic shocks
Beijing (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
China's imports from North Korea fall as trade with world surges
Seoul (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
S. Korea, China renew $56 bn currency swap deal despite diplomatic tensions
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
Huge energy potential in open ocean wind farms in the North Atlantic
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
There is considerable opportunity for generating wind power in the open ocean, particularly the North Atlantic, according to new research from Carnegie's Anna Possner and Ken Caldeira. Their work is published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Because wind speeds are higher on average over ocean than over land, wind turbines in the open ocean could in theory intercept more ... more
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
OX2 hands over Ajos wind farm to IKEA Finland
Miami (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Wind farms in Atlantic could power the world: study
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
Germany gets economic lift with wind energy
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Study reveals secrets of planet formation
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
Scientists have discovered a new explanation for how young stars and their newborn planets avoid "radial drift," a phenomenon that can rob stellar systems of their planet-forming material. Most planets form as material coalesces in a star's circumstellar disk of dust and debris. But debris disks can also diffuse or be eaten up by their host star, and researchers have struggled to figure ... more
Oxford UK (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Scientists complete conservation puzzle, shaping understanding of life on earth
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Scientists discover remains of an ancient bobcat-sized predator in Tanzania
Accra (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Pangolin trade forces Ghana to look at new wildlife laws
India, Russia to hold first 'tri-service' war games
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
India and Russia will hold large-scale military exercises engaging their armies, navies and air forces for the first time, the defence ministry in New Delhi said Monday. The two countries have held annual naval exercises since 2003 but this is the first occasion that both will combine all military services. They come on the back of regional tensions, with New Delhi and China ending a mon ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
China's Xi caught between Kim nukes, Trump tweets
Washington (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Trump puts America first, but more and more alone
Vilnius (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Lithuania hikes defence budget to meet NATO target
World Bank: 1.1 bn people 'invisible', lacking official identity
Washington (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Over 1.1 billion people mainly in Asia and Africa lack official proof of identity that would get them access to public health care, education and finance, according to the World Bank. More than a third of these "invisible" people are children, the Bank said in a report issued for its annual meeting in Washington this week. That is particularly hard on groups of people forcibly displaced ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
DNA proves Newfoundland was populated by distinct groups three different times
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Scientists identify genes critical for hearing
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding
Once promised paradise, IS fighters end up in mass graves
Dhuluiyah, Iraq (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
The Islamic State group once drew recruits from near and far with promises of paradise but now bodies of jihadists lie in mass graves or at the mercy of wild dogs as its "caliphate" collapses. Flies buzz around human remains poking through the dusty earth in the Iraqi town of Dhuluiyah, 90 kilometres (55 miles) north of Baghdad, at a hastily-dug pit containing the bodies of dozens of IS figh ... more
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 7, 2017
Iraq-Syria border set for last major assault on IS: US general
Brussels (AFP) Oct 7, 2017
Belgium seeks to bring back children stranded by IS
Beirut (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Major battlefronts against IS in Iraq and Syria
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Conservation cutbacks put Brazil's Amazon animals at risk
Medio Purus Extractive Reserve, Brazil (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Benedito de Souza scoops back sand hiding a nest of baby giant Amazon River turtles that he had covered over weeks ago to hide from predators. Suddenly exposed, dozens of the tiny reptiles make a run for it. During the dry season in Brazil's Amazon, the Purus River snaking through the Medio Purus Extractive Reserve shrinks to leave vast beaches on which thousands of turtles lay their eggs ev ... more
Miami (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
More trees, better farming could slash carbon emissions: study
Milan (AFP) Oct 8, 2017
Italy's high-rise forests take root around the world
Woods Hole MA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Carbon feedback from forest soils will accelerate global warming
Navy officers fired over 'preventable' USS McCain collision
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Two top Naval officers have been fired from their positions on the USS John S. McCain over the warship's "preventable" deadly collision with an oil tanker in August. Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, the commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke class destroyer, and his executive officer Cmdr. Jessie L. Sanchez were relieved of their duties on Tuesday by Navy Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, the commander ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
US sacks top navy commanders after deadly warship collision
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Leonardo to provide new communications software for Australian submarines
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Navy to commission 14th Virginia-class submarine

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