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February 27, 2017
Rare 'Ring of Fire' eclipse to cross Southern Hemisphere

Washington (UPI) Feb 25, 2017
The sky above parts of Earth's Southern Hemisphere will be illuminated Sunday in a "ring of fire" during the first solar eclipse of 2017, NASA said. The annular eclipse will be mainly visible near parts of the Southern Hemisphere, including Chile, Argentina and Angola. Unlike a total solar eclipse, an annular eclipse happens when the moon is too far from the Earth to obscure the sun completely, leaving the sun's edges exposed and producing the "ring of fire" effect, NASA said. "An annula ... read more

France sends backup to Niger after 16 troops killed
Niamey (AFP) Feb 26, 2017
France is to send a contingent of counterterror forces to help the army in Niger after militants ambushed a military patrol killing 16, the defence ministry said. ... more
UN airstrikes in C.Africa target 'heavily armed' militia
Bangui, CAR (AFP) Feb 26, 2017
UN peacekeeping mission MINUSCA said it had conducted airstrikes in the Central African Republic Sunday against a "heavily armed" group of fighters advancing on the city of Bambari. ... more
16 killed in three days of DR Congo clashes
Goma, Dr Congo (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Sixteen people have been killed in three days of fighting this week that pitted the Democratic Republic of Congo's army against a rebel militia, a military spokesman told AFP Thursday. ... more
I.Coast hosting bid to save its last chimpanzees
Abidjan (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Ivory Coast, which has seen a 90 percent decrease in its chimpanzees in just 20 years, is to host international talks in July in a bid to save the primates. ... more
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meeco installed biggest solar energy plant in Zimbabwe
Zug, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Many companies in Africa are struggling with electricity scarcity, power cuts and the reliance on diesel generators. The current installation of the so far largest solar energy plant in Zimbabwe wit ... more
FAR makes further progress offshore Senegal
Perth, Australia (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Drilling of a fifth appraisal well into what may become one of the more promising basins off the West African coast is completed, FAR Ltd. announced. ... more
DR Congo investigating alleged army massacre video
Kinshasa (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Democratic Republic of Congo said Wednesday that "as a precautionary measure" it was investigating a video purportedly showing government troops massacring civilians prompted outrage. ... more
IS won't be defeated unless corruption tackled: report
London (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Western governments need to step up their efforts to combat corruption if they are to defeat jihadists such as the Islamic State group and Boko Haram, Transparency International warned Tuesday. ... more
Libya signs deal with Russia's Rosneft
London (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
An agreement with Russian oil company Rosneft helps lay a foundation for the recovering oil sector in Libya, Libya's top oil producer said. ... more
Civilians in the crossfire of Boko Haram and the military
Monguno, Nigeria (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
The four women lay dazed on the beds of the clinic. The face of one of them was burnt. Another broke her leg during the Nigerian army offensive against Boko Haram Islamists in their village. ... more

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DR Congo dubs video massacre fake, but admits "excesses"
Kinshasa (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
A Democratic Republic of Congo spokesman condemned as a "ridiculous montage" Saturday a video purporting to show a massacre of unarmed civilians by DR Congo soldiers (FARDC). ... more
Decline of grass threatens world's most endangered antelope
Laramie WY (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
University of Wyoming researchers took a big step toward solving the mystery of the decline of hirola, a rare African antelope, conducting wildlife research in one of the most formidable environment ... more
Gabon's forest elephants slain for ivory at alarming rate
Miami (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Poachers are killing elephants for their ivory at an alarming rate in the central African nation of Gabon, leading to a loss of 80 percent of the population in the last decade. ... more
A tonne of ivory, hacked into pieces, seized in Uganda
Kampala (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Ugandan authorities have seized more than a tonne of ivory, chopped into small pieces and treated with a chemical intended to prevent it being detected, the national wildlife protection service said Monday. ... more

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Boca Raton FL (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
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Mumbai (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Mumbai's original inhabitants fear world's tallest statue
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Researchers unravel powerful tool in maize breeding
University Park PA (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Widely accepted vision for agriculture may be inaccurate, misleading
Marine ecologist offers suggestions for achieving a strong, lasting 'blue economy'
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Incentive-based solutions offer significant hope for addressing the myriad environmental challenges facing the world's oceans - that's the central message a leading marine ecologist delivered in Boston during a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Jane Lubchenco, a distinguished professor in the Oregon State University College of Sc ... more
Exeter, UK (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Basking sharks seek out winter sun
Paris (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Small ponds have outsized impact on global warming: study
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Cash-strapped Rio de Janeiro to privatize water utility
Warming ponds could accelerate climate change
Exeter, UK (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Rising temperatures could accelerate climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide stored in ponds and increasing the methane they release, new research shows. The scientists experimentally warmed an array of ponds over seven years by 4-5+ C and studied the impacts on greenhouse gas emissions and rates of metabolism. Changes observed after the first year became "amplified" over a ... more
Quixeramobim, Brazil (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Brazil's poorest region suffers worst drought in a century
Paris (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
Climate study delivers dire warning on Alpine snow
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release
Dream of energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Milano-Bicocca are bringing the dream of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy one step closer to reality thanks to high tech silicon nanoparticles. The researchers developed technology to embed the silicon nanoparticles into what they call efficient luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). These LSCs are the key eleme ... more
Bangkok, Thailand (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Prime Road and First Solar complete 18MW of Thai solar farms
Washington (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
U.S. renewables a job engine, trade groups say
Zug, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
meeco installed biggest solar energy plant in Zimbabwe
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Scientists use nanoparticles, ultraviolet light to turn CO2 into fuel
Durham, N.C. (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Scientists at Duke University have developed a new method for catalyzing the conversion of carbon dioxide into methane, a component of many alternative fuels. The reaction is bolstered by the presence of rhodium nanoparticles and ultraviolet light. Rhodium is known to accelerate, or catalyze, a variety of reactions used for industrial processes, but the energy boost offered by the rare ... more
Edmonton, Alberta (UPI) Feb 10, 2017
Alberta backing bioenergy programs
Syracuse NY (SPX) Feb 01, 2017
A better way to farm algae
Leiden, The Netherlands (SPX) Jan 31, 2017
DuPont Industrial Biosciences to develop new high-efficiency biogas enzyme method
Civilians trickle towards Iraq forces in new Mosul assault
Al-Buseif, Iraq (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
On the edge of the village of Al-Buseif, captured overnight from the Islamic State group by Iraqi forces advancing on western Mosul, a federal policeman signalled to fleeing civilians. The small group of villagers, some carrying makeshift white flags, walked slowly along a dirt road in the valley below, metres (yards) from the western bank of the Tigris river. They were the first civilia ... more
Rome (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Berlusconi lunch on auction to help Italy quake victims
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Hong Kong 'Snowden refugees' sought by Sri Lanka agents: lawyer
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
Rio sets aside recession, violence fears for carnival
Saudi FM in first visit to Iraq since 2003
Baghdad (AFP) Feb 25, 2017
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir held talks in Baghdad with Iraq's leadership Saturday, the first such visit by a chief diplomat from the kingdom since 2003. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi received Jubeir and his accompanying delegation, a statement from his office said, a key step in efforts to normalise frosty ties. Both sides "discussed cooperation in various fields, includ ... more
New York (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
Oil prices end the week on a down note
Vienna (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
OPEC: We're at 86 percent compliance to cuts
Edmonton, Alberta (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
Economy in oil-rich Alberta turning corner
China overtakes US as Germany's top trade partner
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
China overtook the United States last year to become Germany's biggest trading partner for the first time, official data showed, a shift likely to reassure Berlin as worries grow over US President Donald Trump's protectionist leanings. The figures compiled by federal statistics office Destatis and seen by AFP on Friday showed that the total volume of trade between China and Germany climbed b ... more
Beijing (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
China selects new chiefs for top economic posts
Washington (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Trump plots 'tough policies' to return jobs from China
Washington (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
US Treasury's Mnuchin dials back Trump economic promises
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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
Lome (AFP) Oct 15, 2016
African leaders tackle piracy, illegal fishing at Lome summit
New York (AFP) Oct 5, 2016
US to deport ex-navy chief drug trafficker to Guinea-Bissau
Culiacan, Mexico (AFP) Sept 30, 2016
Gunmen ambush Mexican military convoy, kill 5 soldiers
US grid can handle more offshore wind power
Newark DE (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Injecting large amounts of offshore wind power into the U.S. electrical grid is manageable, will cut electricity costs, and will reduce pollution compared to current fossil fuel sources, according to researchers from the University of Delaware and Princeton University who have completed a first-of-its-kind simulation with the electric power industry. The researchers consulted with PJM Inte ... more
Lansing, Mich. (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
Michigan meets renewable energy targets
Stavanger, Norway (UPI) Feb 9, 2017
British grid drawing power from new offshore wind farm
Milan, Italy (SPX) Jan 31, 2017
Prysmian UK to supply land cable connections for East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm
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Ants stomp, termites tiptoe: Predator detection by a cryptic prey
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Termites and ants are mortal enemies, their predator-prey relationship dating back into the Miocene. Both armies, if they come into contact, will fight to the death. Yet termites, despite being sightless, carry out their work within millimetres of ant nests thanks to an incredible talent. University of New South Wales (Canberra) researchers Sebastian Oberst (now Senior Lecturer at the newl ... more
Utrecht, Germany (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Wintering ducks connect isolated wetlands by dispersing plant seeds
Miami (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Bees can learn to roll a ball for food: study
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Those who help each other can invade harsher environments
US Air Force general urges better communication with Russia in Syria
Washington (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
The US-led coalition bombing the Islamic State group in Syria needs better communication with the Russian military and other regional players, a top US Air Force general said Friday. General Herbert "Hawk" Carlisle, who heads the Air Combat Command, said air space is getting increasingly congested as IS loses territory and efforts against the group focus on smaller areas. "By definition, ... more
Berlin (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Germany to boost troops as US urges more defence spending
Warsaw (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Poland ousts 90 percent of top brass in defence overhaul
Washington (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Trump security advisor McMaster: tank battle hero of the Gulf War
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38,000-year-old pointillism rock art found in France
New York (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
Newly discovered rock art in France suggests the origins pointillism, the painting technique made popular by Georges Seurat and Vincent Van Gogh, can be traced back more than 35,000 years to the Upper Paleolithic. Most art historians date the birth of pointillist techniques to the 1880s, but 16 engraved limestone blocks in France's Vézère Valley suggest the technique was being used by ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Tiny fibers open new windows into the brain
Aztec, N.M. (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
New evidence highlights maternal hierarchy of Pueblo Bonito
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
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Iraq air force strikes IS targets in Syria
Baghdad (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
The Iraqi air force struck members of the Islamic State group inside neighbouring Syria on Friday, officials said, adding that the targeted militants were responsible for recent bombings in Baghdad. The strike was announced by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in a statement and is believed to be the first of its kind by Iraqi jets on Syrian territory. "We ordered the air force command to s ... more
Washington (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
IS forcing children, disabled into suicide cars: US general
Beirut (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Syria rebels say Al-Bab captured from IS jihadists
London (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
British IS bomber was ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee: report
Forests worldwide threatened by drought
Stirling, UK (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Forests around the world are at risk of death due to widespread drought, University of Stirling researchers have found. An analysis, published in the journal Ecology Letters, suggests that forests are at risk globally from the increased frequency and severity of droughts. The study found a similar response in trees across the world, where death increases consistently with increases in drou ... more
Yangon (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Myanmar makes record seizures of illegal timber
Syracuse, N.Y. (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
Study: The forest is getting farther away, especially in rural America
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Laissez-faire is not good enough for reforestation
SAIC unveils ACV 1.1 prototype for U.S. Marines
Charleston, S.C. (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Science Applications International Corporation unveiled its first Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 to the U.S. Marine Corps during a ceremony in Charleston, S.C. The Marine Corps is set to receive 16 of the vehicles, which are also being produced by BAE Systems. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in March. "We are confident that this vehicle is equipped with the latest technology whi ... more
Washington DC (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
To rule the waves: US eyes large-scale navy revamp plan
Moscow (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Russia to lay down two submarines in 2017
Washington (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
Guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City conducts live-fire exercise

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