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March 23, 2017
SES and Intersat to provide internet connectivity across Africa

Luxembourg (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
SES and Intersat have signed a multi-year agreement to deliver internet services across Africa. Intersat, one of the largest providers of internet solutions on the African continent, will be providing broadband connectivity to businesses and consumers via SES's NSS-12 satellite, located at 57 degrees East. The latest agreement with SES includes a new C-band capacity lease, infrastructure services out of the SES Betzdorf teleport and a renewal of upgraded Ku-band capacity out of the SES Djibouti Te ... read more

France's far-right leader Le Pen visits troops in Chad
N'Djamena (AFP) March 21, 2017
France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen arrived Tuesday in Chad to visit French soldiers deployed against jihadists, ignoring protests from the regime's main opposition. ... more
Cloaked in rags and dust, Somalis flee looming famine
Baidoa, Somalia (AFP) March 20, 2017
Mariam Ibrahim, her seven children and two neighbouring families were the last to leave their village in southwestern Somalia. ... more
Water carriers in Madagascar bear brunt of global crisis
Antananarivo (AFP) March 22, 2017
As usual, they get up before dawn and, one by one, place their cans in a neat row at the base of the water pump, ready for another long day of waiting and carrying. ... more
Wild chimpanzees have surprisingly long life spans
New Haven CT (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
A 20-year demographic study of a large chimpanzee community in Uganda's Kibale National Park has revealed that, under the right ecological conditions, our close primate relatives can lead surprising ... more
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China's demand for medicine fuels African donkey slaughter
Mogosani, South Africa (AFP) March 21, 2017
Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine. ... more
Libya rescues 420 migrants off its coast: navy
Tripoli (AFP) March 20, 2017
Libya has in two days rescued 420 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, a navy spokesman said Monday, but three were found dead and 30 reported missing. ... more
Nigerian rights group denounces 'attacks' on Amnesty office
Abuja (AFP) March 21, 2017
A Nigerian rights group on Tuesday called for an investigation into "attacks" on the Amnesty International office in Abuja following heavy criticism by the country's military. ... more
Senegal oil bonanza imminent, FAR Ltd. says
Washington (UPI) Mar 22, 2017
In a report to shareholders, energy company FAR Ltd. said its flagship basin offshore Senegal was primed for growth because of low costs and good appraisals. ... more
Cocoa industry agrees plan to tackle deforestation
London (AFP) March 16, 2017
Major chocolate makers, including Ferrero, Nestle and Mars, agreed Thursday a landmark initiative to tackle deforestation in top cocoa producers Ivory Coast and Ghana - a move hailed by Prince Charles. ... more
Diving with the sharks
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Swimming with metaphorical sharks is one thing, but actually getting into the water with the razor-toothed ocean predators? Crazy, right? Not according to the masses of shark-obsessed scuba divers w ... more

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South Sudan buys weapons during famine: UN report
United Nations, United States (AFP) March 17, 2017
South Sudan's government is spending oil revenue on weapons as the country descends into a famine largely caused by President Salva Kiir's military campaign, a confidential UN report says. ... more
13 killed in Kenya in drought-related violence
Nairobi (AFP) March 15, 2017
Thirteen people, mostly women and children, have been killed in central Kenya this week in a cycle of violence between rival farming tribes hit by drought, police and the Red Cross said. ... more
700 dead as malaria 'epidemic' hits Burundi
Nairobi (AFP) March 14, 2017
About 700 people have died from malaria in Burundi so far this year, the health minister said, with the authorities having registered 1.8 million infections in a rising epidemic. ... more
Ethiopia rubbish dump landslide death toll soars to 113
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 15, 2017
The death toll from a landslide at Ethiopia's largest rubbish dump in the capital Addis Ababa climbed to 113 on Wednesday, among them many women and children. ... more

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China's demand for medicine fuels African donkey slaughter
Mogosani, South Africa (AFP) March 21, 2017
Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine. The gelatin found in the animals' skin has made them a target, leading to a growing wave of donkey slaughtering in several African countries, as gangs seek to fuel a lucrative, and in South Africa i ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Wild sunflowers provide resilient diversity
Wellington (AFP) March 21, 2017
New Zealand's 'green' image under threat: OECD
Washington (UPI) Mar 21, 2017
Almond-crop fungicides are harmful to honey bees
Microorganisms in the subsurface seabed on evolutionary standby
Aarhus C, Denmark (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Researchers at the Center for Geomicrobiology at Aarhus University, Denmark, have sequenced the genomes of several microorganisms inhabiting the subsurface seabed in Aarhus Bay. The results reveal the extreme evolutionary regime controlling microbial life in the deep biosphere. Microbial evolution is arrested in the subsurface seabed as cells are buried in under a continuously growing laye ... more
Dehradun, India (AFP) March 21, 2017
India grants sacred rivers status of 'legal persons'
Durham NC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Predicting how bad the bends will be
Washington (UPI) Mar 21, 2017
Study: Amazon River is at least 9 million years old
2017 already marked by climate extremes: UN
Geneva (AFP) March 21, 2017
Extreme weather and climate conditions, including Arctic "heatwaves", are continuing this year, after 2016 topped the global temperature charts and saw shrinking sea ice and surging sea levels. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warned Tuesday that the drastic shifts seen in the global climate system that resulted in a range of alarming records last year appear to be continuing unab ... more
Baidoa, Somalia (AFP) March 20, 2017
Cloaked in rags and dust, Somalis flee looming famine
New York NY (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Under the dead sea, warnings of dire drought
Paris (AFP) March 20, 2017
Climate change 'makes deadly China pollution worse'
Revealing the microscopic mechanisms in perovskite solar cells
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
A material with the perovskite crystal structure has become very popular for solar cells. While most perovskites are inorganic compounds, this new material is a hybrid of relatively inexpensive organic and inorganic materials. In just a few short years, researchers have achieved remarkable power conversion efficiency with these perovskites, comparable with the best photovoltaic materials availab ... more
Dubai (AFP) March 20, 2017
Dubai harvests desert sun at vast solar plant
London, UK (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
New solar energy plant to be installed on Barbuda
Washington (UPI) Mar 20, 2017
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Study IDs link between sugar signaling and regulation of oil production in plants
Upton NY (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Even plants have to live on an energy budget. While they're known for converting solar energy into chemical energy in the form of sugars, plants have sophisticated biochemical mechanisms for regulating how they spend that energy. Making oils costs a lot. By exploring the details of this delicate energy balance, a group of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National ... more
Hampton VA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
NASA Study Confirms Biofuels Reduce Jet Engine Pollution
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
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SES is enabling disaster response and connecting affected communities
Luxembourg (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
SES offers a broad range of solutions to support humanitarian and disaster relief efforts across the globe. Some of them were showcased during the Humanitarian ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Forum organised by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), and held on the 21 and 22 March in Mountain V ... more
Tripoli (AFP) March 20, 2017
Libya rescues 420 migrants off its coast: navy
Beijing (AFP) March 21, 2017
Face recognition flushes out China's toilet paper crooks
Los Angeles (AFP) March 21, 2017
Closures along iconic California highway hit tourism
Supply-side pressure leaves bruise on oil prices
Washington (UPI) Mar 22, 2017
Questions about Trump-era economic trends and concerns about a glut of oil in the market pushed crude oil prices sharply lower in early Wednesday trading. S&P Global Platts said in a daily newsletter emailed to UPI that analysts it surveyed expected to see a build in U.S. crude oil inventories of 2 million barrels per day for the week ending March 17. Data reported late Tuesday by the A ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 22, 2017
Russia will play OPEC ball, report finds
Washington (UPI) Mar 22, 2017
New Zealand expects strong interest in oil, gas auction
Washington (UPI) Mar 22, 2017
Germany's Wintershall expects steady oil, gas output for 2017
G20 finance ministers to meet under America First shadow
Berlin (AFP) March 15, 2017
Finance ministers from the world's top nations gather in Germany Friday as fears grow that US President Donald Trump could upend the global economic order with his America First policy. Within two months of moving into the White House, Trump has already torn up the trans-Pacific free trade pact, threatened punitive tariffs against multinationals with factories outside the United States and a ... more
Newark DE (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
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Berlin (AFP) March 16, 2017
Merkel, Xi defend free trade ahead of G20 meet
Budapest (AFP) March 19, 2017
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Philippines seeks US, China help to combat sea pirates
Manila (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
The Philippines is seeking US and Chinese help to guard a major sea lane as Islamic militants shift attacks to international shipping, officials said Wednesday. Manila does not want the Sibutu Passage between Malaysia's Sabah state and the southern Philippines to turn into a Somalia-style pirate haven, coast guard officials said. The deep-water channel, used by 13,000 vessels each year, ... more
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North Carolina ready for offshore wind energy auction
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
More than 100,000 acres off the coast of North Carolina go on the auction block Thursday for potential wind energy development, the U.S. government said. The U.S. Department of Interior pounded the gavel to open the seventh offshore wind auction, putting 122,405 acres off the North Carolina coast on the block for commercial wind energy leasing. In August 2014, the Bureau of Ocean ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
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London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
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Paris (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
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Wild chimpanzees have surprisingly long life spans
New Haven CT (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
A 20-year demographic study of a large chimpanzee community in Uganda's Kibale National Park has revealed that, under the right ecological conditions, our close primate relatives can lead surprisingly long lives in the wild. The study, published March 19 in the Journal of Human Evolution, establishes an average life expectancy of about 33 years in its sample of 306 chimpanzees, nearly twic ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 20, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
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Beirut (AFP) March 18, 2017
Lebanon rescues 3 Siberian tiger cubs en route to Syria
Tillerson to skip NATO meeting next month
Washington (AFP) March 21, 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will skip a NATO meeting in April but travel to Russia the same month, fuelling fears about Washington's commitment to the alliance. Tillerson will be replaced by his deputy at the Brussels meeting on April 5 and 6, despite Washington's efforts to quash questions about US President Donald Trump's support for NATO and quest for better ties with Moscow. ... more
Seoul (AFP) March 21, 2017
China overtakes Japan in S.Koreans' worst countries list
Washington (UPI) Mar 20, 2017
U.K. sends 120 troops to Estonia for NATO mission
Tallinn (AFP) March 22, 2017
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Human skull evolved along with two-legged walking, study confirms
Austin TX (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
The evolution of bipedalism in fossil humans can be detected using a key feature of the skull - a claim that was previously contested but now has been further validated by researchers at Stony Brook University and The University of Texas at Austin. Compared with other primates, the large hole at the base of the human skull where the spinal cord passes through, known as the foramen magnum, ... more
University Park PA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Nose form was shaped by climate
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
Human skull and bipedalism evolved side-by-side
Tanjung Gusta, Indonesia (AFP) March 17, 2017
Indonesian tribes gather amid push to protect homelands
Arab Israeli woman jailed for joining IS with family
Jerusalem (AFP) March 21, 2017
An Arab Israeli who took her young family to Iraq and joined the Islamic State group was sentenced to more than four years in prison Tuesday, the justice ministry said. Sabreen Zbedat spent months in the jihadists' Iraqi stronghold Mosul with her husband and three children, in the first known case of an entire Arab Israeli family joining IS, Israel's domestic security agency Shin Bet said. ... more
Washington (AFP) March 23, 2017
Allies vow to destroy IS as attacks overshadow talks
Paris (AFP) March 23, 2017
World leaders stand with Britain after London attack
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
'Lab-on-a-glove' could bring nerve-agent detection to a wearer's fingertips
Late US billionaire's record land gift lays Chile row to rest
Santiago (AFP) March 18, 2017
Douglas Tompkins's widow vividly remembers the suspicions the late billionaire raised when he started buying up land in Patagonia, the natural paradise at the bottom of South America. Some accused him of preparing a storage site for American nuclear waste, she says. Others said he was starting a cult, still others that he wanted to launch a Jewish state - even though he was raised Episcopal ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Did humans create the Sahara desert?
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Louisiana wetlands hurting from accelerated sea level rise
Sydney (AFP) March 13, 2017
Huge swathe of Australian mangroves 'die of thirst'
U.S. Navy picks Austal for littoral combat ship services
Washington (UPI) Mar 21, 2017
Austal USA received a $36.6 million contract modification to provide core class services and studies for the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ships. The company's services will include engineering assessment, production tasks, and conducting special studies to evaluate the costs of how the vessels are utilized. Austal will also test new technologies associated with the littoral combat ship p ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 20, 2017
Lockheed Martin gets $98M for SEWIP production
Kaohsiung, Taiwan (AFP) March 21, 2017
Taiwan launches submarine project in face of China threat
Kaohsiung, Taiwan (AFP) March 21, 2017
Taiwan launches submarine project in face of China threat

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