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November 18, 2017
WAR REPORT
Novel on legacy of Algerian war wins France's richest prize



Paris (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
A powerful account of what happened to an Algerian "harki" family who sided with the French during the country's war of independence won France's most lucrative book prize Thursday. "The Art of Losing" by 31-year-old Alice Zeniter had already won three major awards, and had been shortlisted for the prestigious Goncourt and Femina prizes for its portrait of a family caught on the wrong side of history. Zeniter - herself the granddaughter of a "harki" - beat Veronique Olmi's "Bakhita" to the Stu ... read more

TERROR WARS
Egypt confirms death of leading jihadist in air strikes
Cairo (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Egypt's interior ministry confirmed on Thursday the death of one of the country's most wanted militants in air strikes late October against a group behind a deadly ambush on policemen. ... more
TERROR WARS
Algeria minister says region under threat after IS defeats
Cairo (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said Wednesday that North Africa is under threat from foreign fighters escaping the Islamic State jihadist group's defeats in Iraq and Syria. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Critics hit US over elephant trophy imports
Washington (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
The administration of US President Donald Trump faced a barrage of criticism on Thursday from animal rights groups after it authorized the import of Zimbabwean elephant hunting trophies. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Climate change and neglect threaten Senegal's Saint Louis
Saint Louis, Senegal (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
The echo of Koranic verse from a religious school in Senegal's Saint-Louis is familiar, but just metres down the beach classes have fallen silent in another building abandoned to the ravages of climate change. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS
Amnesty warns companies on child labour in DRCongo cobalt mining
Kinshasa (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Leading technology and electric car companies have been accused of failing to ensure minerals used in their products are not mined using child labour, Amnesty International said in a report on Tuesday. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Army takes over Zimbabwe: What we know
Harare (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Zimbabwe is under the control of the military two days after its army chief warned President Robert Mugabe against purging the ruling party's senior ranks. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Virginia Tech explore causes of land cover change in African savannas
Blacksburg VA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
A new study by Virginia Tech researchers tracks land cover changes in the Chobe district of Northern Botswana and provides information that will allow governments and nonprofit organizations to impr ... more
CAR TECH
Tesla unveils its all-electric semi truck
Hawthorne, United States (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
After revolutionizing electric cars, Tesla is tackling a new frontier in "green" transportation with the introduction a futuristic all-electric semi truck. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
UN peacekeeping missions under pressure to reform in Africa
Dakar (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
African leaders called this week for an overhaul in the way peacekeeping missions are handled on the continent, as the United Nations itself reconsiders its deployments in an age of cross-border terrorism. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Cooling in high and mid-latitudes led to aridification in Northern Africa
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
It is one of the driest regions of the Earth, yet, in a cave in the Egyptian Sahara, paintings have been found depicting people swimming. This stone-age art is thought to be up to ten thousand years ... more


African leaders urge support for new security doctrine

ROCKET SCIENCE
Vega launches Earth observation satellite for Morocco
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Nov 09, 2017
Arianespace has launched a Vega rocket to deliver an Earth observation satellite into orbit for the Kingdom of Morocco. Liftoff of Vega's 11th mission from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French ... more
AFRICA NEWS
US investigators return to scene of Niger ambush
Washington (AFP) Nov 12, 2017
US investigators on Sunday returned to a village in Niger where four American soldiers were killed in an ambush in October carried out by Islamist militants, the military said. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Dozens of new wildlife corridors identified for African mammals
Davis CA (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have identified 52 potential wildlife corridors linking protected areas across Tanzania. Using a cost-effective combination of interviews with loc ... more
SOLAR DAILY
In Morocco, a blue tourist town is turning green
Chefchaouen, Morocco (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Huddling against a hillside in northern Morocco is a tourist town famed for the striking blue of its buildings, and now the mayor is mixing in another colour - green. ... more



Peruvian farmer scores small win in court over German energy giant
Hamm, Germany (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
A Peruvian farmer won a small but significant legal victory Monday when a German court said his appeal against energy giant RWE, which he accuses of contributing to climate change that is threatening his Andean home, had merit. After hearing oral arguments from both sides, the higher regional court in the western city of Hamm said Saul Luciano Lliuya's demand for damages from RWE was "admiss ... more
Little Rock, United States (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
Weed-killer prompts angry divide among US farmers
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Cover crops shield soil from extreme temps
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Sensors applied to plant leaves warn of water shortage
Nepal scraps mega hydropower deal with Chinese firm
Kathmandu Nov 14, 2017
Nepal has cancelled an agreement with a Chinese company to build the largest hydroelectric plant in the impoverished landlocked country, which suffers from chronic energy shortages. The project, agreed in June, would have nearly have doubled Nepal's current hydropower production and cost an estimated $2.5 billion. But the finance ministry recommended it be scrapped, saying it had been aw ... more
Dhaka (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
New islands could solve Bangladesh land crisis: experts
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
How a 'shadow zone' traps the world's oldest ocean water
Washington (UPI) Nov 6, 2017
Researchers use forensic science to track turtles
Artificially cooling planet 'risky strategy,' new research shows
Exeter UK (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Proposals to reduce the effects of global warming by imitating volcanic eruptions could have a devastating effect on global regions prone to either tumultuous storms or prolonged drought, new research has shown. Geoengineering - the intentional manipulation of the climate to counter the effect of global warming by injecting aerosols artificially into the atmosphere - has been mooted as a p ... more
Bonn (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
World leaders plead for climate action at UN forum
Bonn (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Climate envoy slams rejection of Paris deal; WH says US will cut on own terms
Bonn (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Merkel, Macron to front diplomatic push at UN climate talks
Learning from photosynthesis
Tempe AZ (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
The green sulfur bacterium makes its home in the chilly waters of the Black Sea. To eek out its lonely existence, this life form scavenges energy from the feeble sunlight available to it at a depth of over 250 feet. Plants perform the same remarkable trick, gathering radiant energy from the sun and converting it to biological energy essential for growth. This process - perfected over billi ... more
Guelph, Canada (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Recurrent Energy secures debt financing for 20 MW California solar project
Paris (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Sunny future for renewables thanks to China: IEA
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Butterfly wing inspires photovoltaics that could triple light absorption
To find new biofuel enzymes, it can take a microbial village
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
A new study led by researchers at the Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), based at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), demonstrates the importance of microbial communities as a source of stable enzymes that could be used to convert plants to biofuels. The study, recently published in the journal Nature Microbiology, reports on the discovery of new typ ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Desert solar to fuel centuries of air travel
Livermore CA (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Sandia speeds transformation of biofuel waste into wealth
Indianapolis IN (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Study identifies additional hurdle to widespread planting of bioenergy crops
Network Innovations Delivers Hurricane Relief Via Satellite
McLean, VA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
The recent hurricanes that hit Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico once again spotlighted the frailty of terrestrial communications services. Hurricane-force winds in the Florida Keys and Houston brought trees down on utility lines carrying telephone and Internet service and knocked out cell phone towers, while Hurricane Maria completely destroyed the terrestrial communications infrastructure of Puer ... more
Bonn (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Dimming Sun's rays to cool planet will affect storms too: study
United Nations, United States (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
UN urges end to Myanmar attacks against Rohingya
Miami (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
15,000 scientists say threats to planet now 'far worse'
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Norwegian central bank calls for oil, gas divestment
Washington (UPI) Nov 16, 2017
The Norwegian central bank said Thursday it wanted to remove oil stocks from the government pension fund to cut the vulnerability to weak market prices. Norges Bank, the country's central bank, said in a letter to the Norwegian Ministry of Finance it was recommending the removal of oil and gas stocks from the benchmark Government Pension Fund Global, arguing that it would make Norwegian ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 16, 2017
New oil production from Norway cleared ahead of schedule
Bonn (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Fossil fuel investment spells 'unsustainable future': UN chief
Washington (UPI) Nov 16, 2017
High U.S. oil exports the new normal under right conditions
China imposes new rules on bank policy to curb risks
Beijing (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
China has set new rules to curb risks at its policy banks, stepping up oversight of the country's financial system as Beijing looks to avert a feared debt crisis in the world's number two economy. For the first time, the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) will impose specific rules designed in part to reduce financial risk at three banks tasked with funding Beijing's pet projects and ... more
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
EU parliament toughens law to limit cheap Chinese imports
Paris (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
Watchdog warns of 'high risk' digital currency offers
Washington (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
US industrial output rises as hurricane hit reverses
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
End tax credits for wind energy, Tennessee Republican says
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
It's wasteful to keep offering production tax credits to a "mature technology" like wind energy in the United States, a Tennessee Republican said. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., spoke on the floor in support of ending a wind production tax credit by the end of the year as part of a broader tax overhaul under consideration in the nation's capital. "We have turned our attentio ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
New York sets high bar for wind energy
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
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Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
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Unloved vultures fight for their survival in Pakistan
Changa Manga, Pakistan (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Once a common sight in the skies of Pakistan, today the white-backed vulture is facing extinction - its population devastated by the use of industrial drugs to breed the cattle whose carcasses they traditionally feed on. Bird numbers have plummeted by more than 99 percent since the 1990s, according to the local branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which is desperately attempting to ens ... more
Lawrence KS (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Study finds 'black box' methods used by biologists probably overestimate number of new species
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Sad farewell as Malaysia-born panda heads to China
Washington (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
US court convicts Irish man of rhino horn trafficking
Trump says Philippines vital for military reasons
Manila (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Donald Trump said Tuesday strong US ties with the Philippines were vital for military reasons, as he ended a trip to Manila in which he ignored allegations of mass murder under Rodrigo Duterte. The US president said he had repaired relations with the Philippines, which soured last year when the administration of former president Barack Obama criticised Duterte's drug war. "The (Philippin ... more
Manila (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Duterte says Philippines owes China 'debt of gratitude'
Manila (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Trump hails 'fantasic job' on Asia tour, but ends it abruptly
Washington (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
US attorney general slams 'epidemic' of leaks to media
High cognitive ability not a safeguard from conspiracies, paranormal beliefs
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
The moon landing and global warming are hoaxes. The U.S. government had advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks. A UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. Is skepticism toward these kinds of unfounded beliefs just a matter of cognitive ability? Not according to new research by a University of Illinois at Chicago social psychologist. In an article published online and in the February 2018 i ... more
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Chimp study reveals how brain's structure shaped our evolution
Miami (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Study shows video games could cut dementia risk in seniors
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Put your head inside a brain
IS has lost 95% of its 'caliphate': US-led coalition
Amman (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
The Islamic State group has lost 95 percent of the cross-border "caliphate" it declared three years ago in Iraq and Syria, the US-led coalition fighting it has said. "Since our coalition was formed in 2014, ISIS has lost 95 percent of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria," Washington's envoy to the coalition, Brett McGurk, said late Wednesday after a meeting in Jordan, using an ... more
Cairo (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Algeria minister says region under threat after IS defeats
Cairo (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Egypt confirms death of leading jihadist in air strikes
Moscow (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Russia posts videogame image as 'proof' US helps IS: monitor
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Heat island effect enables urban trees to grow faster
Munich, Germany (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Trees in metropolitan areas have been growing faster than trees in rural areas worldwide since the 1960s. This has been confirmed for the first time by a study on the impact of the urban heat island effect on tree growth headed by the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The analysis conducted by the international research team also shows that the growth of urban trees has already been exposed ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 12, 2017
Urban trees are growing faster than their rural peers
Washington (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
US imposes anti-dumping duties on Chinese hardwood plywood
Storrs CT (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Ecological restoration success higher with natural measures
BAE awarded contract to repair, modernize USS Tortuga
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair has been awarded $139.8 million to repair and modernize the USS Tortuga LSD-46, a Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship. The deal, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense, is classified as a firm-fixed-price contract, meaning, BAE Systems will not be reimbursed for potential additional costs while executing the contract. Earlier this year, ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 16, 2017
Navy accepts delivery of USS Ralph Johnson
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2017
General Dynamics to sustain U.S., British submarine weapons systems
Dubai (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
UAE closes deal for two Gowind navy corvettes: Macron
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