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September 11, 2012
SPACE SCOPES
General Dynamics to Deliver Antennas for Largest, Most Powerful Radio Telescope in Southern Hemisphere
Newton NC (SPX) Sep 10, 2012
General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies is partnering with Stratosat Datacom to supply 64 radio-telescope antennas, ancillary electronic components and support for South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope program. The Stratosat/General Dynamics SATCOM consortium will perform a minimum of 75 percent of the work on the 632 million rand ($75 million) contract in South Africa to maximize the skill development and involvement of its local industry, including the qualification testing, tooling design and vir ... read more

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WAR REPORT

Egypt army says killed 32 'criminals' in Sinai
Egypt's armed forces have killed 32 "criminal elements" in an ongoing operation against Islamists in the lawless Sinai peninsula, a military spokesman said on Saturday. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS

Nigeria trains more peacekeeping troops
Nigeria is expanding its program of training troops for peacekeeping operations. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Loss of tropical forests reduces rain
Deforestation can have a significant effect on tropical rainfall, new research confirms. The findings have potentially devastating impacts for people living in and near the Amazon and Congo forests. ... more
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24/7 Energy News Coverage
Amazon takes on iPad with new Kindle Fire tablet

Hong Kong to restrict foreign homebuyers from 2013

US judge OKs partial settlement in e-book case

Nordic-Baltic states seek more cooperation

Outside View: Jobs outlook grim

Empire-style computers? Frenchman takes PCs to lap of luxury

Google-Microsoft field smartphones to take on iPhone 5

EU businesses urge China's new leaders to speed reforms

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ENERGY TECH

Nigeria has former militants guarding oil
Nigeria has hired former militants to provide pipeline security in the country's troubled Niger delta. ... more
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ENERGY TECH

S.Africa lifts freeze on shale gas exploration
South Africa on Friday said it was lifting a freeze on shale gas exploration in a move condemned by environmentalists who fear that controversial fracking will pollute scarce water sources. ... more
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ENERGY TECH

Ugandan govt. releases oil exploration map
Uganda's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has released an oil exploration draft map. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Floods kill 18 in Burkina Faso, leave 21,000 homeless
Heavy rains and flooding since the start of June have claimed 18 lives in Burkina Faso and made more than 21,000 people homeless, an emergency aid official said Thurday. ... more
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Cause of aging remains elusive

Mature forests store nitrogen in soil

Brisbane Sugarbag bees launch all-conquering raids

Recently discovered microbe is key player in climate change

New Insights on Carbonic Acid in Water

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Global consumption driving tropical deforestation

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Benign malaria key driver of human evolution in Asia-Pacific
Their finding challenges the widely-accepted theory that Plasmodium falciparum, which causes the most lethal form of malaria, is the only malaria parasite capable of driving genome evolution in huma ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Oil spill ship's officers deported from New Zealand
The captain and second officer of a ship that caused New Zealand's biggest sea pollution disaster were deported to the Philippines Thursday after completing half of their seven-month jail terms. ... more
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SPACE TRAVEL

Africa needs own space agency: Sudan's Bashir
Africa needs its own space research agency, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir told a regional conference of communications ministers who met on Wednesday as the continent's IT sector grows. ... more
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SPACE TRAVEL

Africa eyes joint space agency
African nations would work together in peaceful research under a proposal for a space agency being considered Wednesday at a meeting in Sudan of the continent's communications and IT ministers. ... more
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WAR REPORT

Egypt satellite operator drops Syria channels
Egyptian satellite operator Nilesat on Wednesday cut transmission of Syrian state channels, as requested by the Arab League group for Syria, a Nilesat executive said, angering Damascus. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Controversy in Liberian forest logging
Liberia's rainforests are at risk from uncontrolled logging by private companies that could deprive people of economic benefits, an environmental group warns. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS

Kenya readies Somali Kismayo attack
Kenyan military officials in Somalia are planning to attack the port city of Kismayo, which is a stronghold of the militant group al-Shabaab. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS

Weapons destined for Mali held up in Guinea since July
Weapons destined for Mali which were bought by the country's ousted regime have been held in Guinea since July due to a request from a regional bloc, the state minister for defence said Wednesday. ... more
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China launches first mission to moon and back

Two families of comets found around nearby star

Organic molecules in Titan's atmosphere are intriguingly skewed

U.S. holds test on Aegis tracking capability

Thales providing satcom capability to Qatar

NASA uses ultra-black nano-coating for solar coronagraph

Cosmonauts complete 3rd EVA for October

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PILLAGING PIRATES

Nigeria navy retakes control of hijacked oil tanker
Nigeria's navy on Wednesday retook control of a Singapore-owned tanker carrying a fuel cargo that had been hijacked near Lagos, and its crew of 23 Indian nationals was unharmed, the company said. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS

Rebel chief returns to Chad after surrender
Chad's FPR rebel chief Abdel Kader Baba Ladde, who was wanted by his country's army, landed in the capital Ndjamena Wednesday, days after turning himself in to Central African armed forces. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Sixty-eight people die in Niger floods since July
At least 68 people have been killed and nearly 500,000 displaced by flooding in the west African nation of Niger since July amid heavy rains, the government said in a new toll on Wednesday. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Cameroon palm oil plantation deal 'must be stopped'
A large palm oil plantation project in development in Cameroon since 2010 will put livelihoods and ecosystems in peril if allowed to continue, a US-based think-tank warned Wednesday. ... more
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ENERGY TECH

Nigerian oil output slumps
Nigeria's oil production has fallen below government projections. ... more
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SPACEMART

SES and Castor expand capacity to meet Southern Africa connectivity needs
SES and Castor Networks has announced that the Dutch provider of teleport, VSAT and broadcasting services has signed a capacity expansion agreement on SES' NSS-7 satellite to meet the growing needs ... more
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PILLAGING PIRATES

EU Naval Force Somalia warns ship owners
EU Naval Force Somalia is urging ship owners to remain vigilant off Somalia. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Congo, China, sign 975m-euro deal to rebuild Brazzaville
Congo and China on Tuesday signed accords worth 975 million euros as part of a project to rebuild parts of the capital Brazzaville devastated by a deadly munitions depot blast in early March. ... more
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Aerostat surveillance system being evaluated by CBP

Intelsat General To Study Commercialization of USAF Satellites

Russian Bank Offers 5 Billion Rubles for GLONASS

ESA spaceplane progressing towards Vega launch

BAE Systems Australia producing more missile decoy systems

Turkish cruise missile tipped for F-35

US-led strikes kill more than 500 militants in Syria

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WOOD PILE

Liberia forests sold off in secret logging contracts: report
Forty percent of Liberia's forests have been sold off in secretive and often illegal contracts, Global Witness said Tuesday, just days after the country's president announced a probe into the issuing of logging permits. ... more
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ENERGY TECH

Nigerian community urges action on oil devastation
Nigerians from a region devastated by oil spills on Monday called on the president to take action, more than a year after a UN report said the contamination may require the world's biggest cleanup. ... more
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NUKEWARS

Iran scores with summit but wrongfooted by nuclear report
Iran scored a point against Western efforts to isolate it by hosting a summit this week of 120 Non-Aligned Movement countries, but its bid to boost its prestige was wrongfooted by a new report on its controversial nuclear activities, analysts said. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

Storms kill 20 people in Algeria
Storms sweeping across northeast Algeria have killed 20 people and injured 56, the state news agency APS on Sunday cited emergency services as saying. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS

Liberia gets Norwegian security training
Liberia has selected a Norwegian company to increase security on its worldwide commercial fleet. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Cellphones AIDS tests studied in S.Africa, S.Korea
South African and South Korean researchers are working on making a smartphone capable of doing AIDS tests in rural parts of Africa that are the worst hit by the disease, a researcher said Friday. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Oil spilling from Turkish bulk carrier wreck off Cape Town
Oil from a Turkish bulk carrier that ran aground three years ago off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa's prime tourist city, was spilling onto two beaches on Saturday, officials said. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

One dead, small tsunami after 7.6 Philippine quake
A 7.6 earthquake struck off the Philippine coast on Friday, triggering landslides that killed at least one person and a small tsunami that hit the eastern part of the archipelago, authorities said. ... more
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