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January 20, 2017
Scramble to treat wounded after botched Nigeria air strike

Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) Jan 18, 2017
Scores of injured people were airlifted on Wednesday to hospital for treatment after a botched air strike on Boko Haram Islamists in Nigeria killed at least 52 civilians and aid workers. The medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said more than 120 people were wounded Tuesday in the bombing of a camp in Rann, in the far north of Borno state, the epicentre of the jihadists' insurgency. Six Nigerian Red Cross workers were among the dead, while 11 others were injured, according to the Intern ... read more

New Gambia president demands army loyalty
Gambia's new President Adama Barrow demanded "loyalty" from the armed forces Thursday as he took the oath of office in Senegal in a standoff with Yahya Jammeh, the longtime leader refusing to step down after his election defeat. ... more
Nigeria plans inquiry into botched air strike
Nigeria on Thursday gave details of a formal probe into a botched air strike that killed at least 70 people, as aid workers feared the bloodshed could affect vital humanitarian programmes. ... more
Gambia army chief says troops will not fight intervention
Gambia's army chief said Wednesday he would not order his men to fight other African troops if they enter Gambian territory, speaking as Senegalese and other troops massed on his nation's borders. ... more
Death toll in botched Nigeria air strike soars to 70
The death toll from a botched air strike on Boko Haram fighters in northeast Nigeria rose to 70 on Wednesday, as aid agencies indicated more people could die without urgent treatment. ... more
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I.Coast rocked by protests as deadly army mutiny spreads
Ivory Coast's government on Wednesday pleaded for calm as deadly protests by angry security forces and troops spread across the country, shutting down the main port of Abidjan. ... more
Lightning kills six at Zimbabwe wake
Lightning killed six people at a funeral wake in Zimbabwe as they sheltered under a tree to escape torrential rain, police said Wednesday. ... more
Nothing to eat but cactus in Madagascar's hunger capital
A black ribbon is strapped around Karaniteny's straw hat: a symbol of mourning after she lost her 10-year-old daughter Vahana to the devastation of severe drought in October. ... more
Fossils found reveal unseen 'footprint' maker
Fossils found in Morocco from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites, including rarely seen soft-body parts, may be previously unseen animals that left distinctive fossil 'footpri ... more
I.Coast soldier killed as mutiny protests return
A mutinous soldier was killed in Ivory Coast's administrative capital Tuesday, as fresh trouble erupted in several cities after troops took to the streets, firing shots in the air and terrifying residents. ... more

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Drought may add famine to Somalia's humanitarian woes
A serious drought has left parts of Somalia at risk of famine and 320,000 children are already severely malnourished and in need of care, the UN humanitarian agency said Tuesday. ... more
Fire reported at Nigerian oil pipeline
Citing possible terrorism, Nigerian media reported Wednesday an oil pipeline was on fire less than a day after the vice president was in an oil-rich region. ... more

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A chemical that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops - such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits - to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more susceptible to a deadly virus, according to researchers at Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "In the lab, we found that the commonly used organosilicone adjuvant, Syl ... more
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Sea level in the Northeast and in some other U.S. regions will rise significantly faster than the global average, according to a report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Moreover, in a worst-case scenario, global sea level could rise by about 8 feet by 2100. Robert E. Kopp, an associate professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rut ... more
U.S., Cuba sign maritime border treaty

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Earth breaks heat record in 2016 for third year in a row
Last year, the Earth sweltered under the hottest temperatures in modern times for the third year in a row, US scientists said Wednesday, raising new concerns about the quickening pace of climate change. Temperatures spiked to new national highs in parts of India, Kuwait and Iran, while sea ice melted faster than ever in the fragile Arctic, said the report by the National Oceanic and Atmosphe ... more
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Report details how renewables can decarbonise the energy sector
Falling costs, driven by innovation in technology and policy, is spurring renewable energy deployment and with it a myriad of socioeconomic benefits, according to the new comprehensive publication released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). REthinking Energy, now in its third edition, was released at IRENA's seventh Assembly, the Agency's ultimate decision-making authority. ... more
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Populus dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, metabolites
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists as well as researchers in the fields of biofuels, materials science, and secondary plant metabolism. For nearly 10 years, researchers with DOE's BioEnergy Scie ... more
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Nigeria plans inquiry into botched air strike
Nigeria on Thursday gave details of a formal probe into a botched air strike that killed at least 70 people, as aid workers feared the bloodshed could affect vital humanitarian programmes. More than 100 people, many of them children, were injured in the bombing at a camp for people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in Rann, in the country's northeast, on Tuesday. Six local Red Cross ... more
Death toll in botched Nigeria air strike soars to 70

Fukushima 'voluntary' evacuees to lose housing support

BHP, Vale agree date to settle Brazil mine disaster claim

Tight market signs give boost to oil prices
Crude oil prices recovered some lost ground in early Thursday trading after the International Energy Agency found signs of market tightening. Crude oil prices have moved in wide swings this week as metrics and sentiments emerged on how well members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries were coordinating on a production agreement meant to offset the glut of oil that dinged ... more
IEA: U.S. shale oil 'leaner and fitter'

Saudi economic agenda tied to human rights

Russia's Gazprom shows gains on stronger European sales

Davos: China's Xi says no one will win trade war
Chinese President Xi Jinping presented himself as a champion of globalisation Tuesday, lecturing the world elite in Davos on the dangers of protectionism and the futility of trade wars The leader of the world's second largest economy became the first Chinese president to address the World Economic Forum, where 3,000 well-heeled delegates from government, business, science and the arts have g ... more
First 'Silk Road' train arrives in UK from China

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China's richest man warns Trump against trade war

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African leaders tackle piracy, illegal fishing at Lome summit
Stemming the astronomical losses caused by crime in the oceans surrounding Africa is the focus of a major continental summit on Saturday in the Togolese capital, Lome. "Over recent decades, the accumulated revenue losses resulting directly from illegal activities in the African maritime sector add up to hundreds of billions of US dollars, without counting the loss of human lives," the Africa ... more
US to deport ex-navy chief drug trafficker to Guinea-Bissau

Gunmen ambush Mexican military convoy, kill 5 soldiers

Mexican army to probe killings of six in their home

Obama puts offshore North Carolina on wind energy map
Thousands of acres offshore North Carolina are set aside for potential wind energy in one of the final moves under the Obama presidency, the government said. "This is a significant milestone for North Carolina and our country as we continue to make progress on diversifying our nation's energy portfolio," Walter Cruickshank, the acting director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, s ... more
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Poland outlines big defence buys after NATO deployments
Poland outlined major defence spending including an anti-missile system, helicopters and jet fighters on Wednesday, coinciding with concern over NATO and US policy from a new White House. Eager to shore up the alliance's eastern flank, Polish media reports say military chiefs are in the market for around 100 used US Air Force planes. Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz told reporters in ... more
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Survival of many of the world's nonhuman primates is in doubt, experts report
A report in the journal Science Advances details the grim realities facing a majority of the nonhuman primates in the world - the apes, monkeys, tarsiers, lemurs and lorises inhabiting ever-shrinking forests across the planet. The review is the most comprehensive conducted so far, the researchers say, and the picture it paints is dire. "Alarmingly, about 60 percent of primate species are n ... more
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Fears of mass killings as IS advances in Syria's Deir Ezzor
As the Islamic State group closes in on government-held areas of Syria's Deir Ezzor, residents said they are terrified of falling victim to the mass killings for which the jihadists have become infamous. Besieged by IS since early 2015, the regime-controlled third of Deir Ezzor city is home to an estimated 100,000 people. Since Saturday, IS has steadily advanced in a fresh assault on th ... more
US envoy to anti-IS coalition to stay on, IS loses ground, Libya air strikes kill dozens

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Activists slam giant Indonesian mill for environmental damage
Green groups said Thursday that one of the world's biggest pulp mills which started production on Indonesia's Sumatra island last month was causing enormous environmental damage. The groups said the $3 billion mill belonging to industry giant Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) was sourcing raw materials mostly from trees grown on drained peatlands, where haze-belching fires occur every year. The ... more
HSBC funding Indonesian forest destruction: Greenpeace

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U.S. Navy's ALMDS reaches initial operating capability
Northrop Grumman's AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System has achieved initial operational capability with the U.S. Navy. The Airborne Laser Mine Detection System, or ALMDS, is a sensor pod manufactured by Northrop Grumman to improve mine detection capabilities for naval platforms. Company officials say the delivery of the system will make Navy personnel safer during deployment. ... more
India launches second Scorpene-class submarine

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