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March 15, 2017
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Moscow apparently has forces at base in Egypt



Washington (AFP) March 14, 2017
Moscow has apparently deployed military forces to a base in western Egypt, a US official said Tuesday, a sign Russia could be increasing its involvement in nearby Libya. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that Russia appears to have deployed special operations forces to an air base at Sid Barrani, which is located about 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of the Libyan border. The official said the American military is monitoring the situation closely. A Western diplomat, ... read more

FLOATING STEEL
Denel, TKMS collaborate on Navy vessels
Pretoria (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
South Africa's Denel and Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems are collaborating to provide support for the South African navy's frigates and submarines, the companies announced on Monday. ... more
TERROR WARS
'Jihadists' kill civilians, soldiers in north Mali
Ansongo, Mali (AFP) March 13, 2017
Two civilians and two Malian soldiers were killed Monday in an attack blamed on jihadists in the country's restive north. ... more
EPIDEMICS
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
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Death toll from Ethiopia landslide reaches 72
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 14, 2017
The death toll from a landslide at Ethiopia's largest rubbish dump reached 72 on Tuesday as the country's parliament declared three days of national mourning, a government minister told AFP. ... more
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Madagascar cyclone deaths rise to 78, 400,000 affected
Antananarivo (AFP) March 14, 2017
A cyclone that slammed into Madagascar last week killed 78 people and affected 400,000, the authorities said on Tuesday as they classed the event a national disaster. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Vietnam seizes 100 kgs of rhino horn from Kenya
Hanoi (AFP) March 14, 2017
Vietnam police seized more than 100 kilograms of rhino horn smuggled into the country in suitcases from Kenya on Tuesday, the latest illegal haul in the wildlife trafficking hub. ... more
WATER WORLD
Nigeria water shortages hit Boko Haram displaced
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) March 13, 2017
Tens of thousands of people who fled Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria are facing a severe lack of water, compounding widespread food shortages and security fears, aid workers said Monday. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Senegal extradites Guinean soldier wanted over massacre
Conakry (AFP) March 13, 2017
A Guinean soldier wanted over the massacre of more than 150 people in a Conakry stadium has been extradited, ending years on the run in neighbouring Senegal and paving the way for his trial. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Ethiopia rubbish landslide death toll soars to 65
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 13, 2017
At least 65 people were killed in a giant landslide at Ethiopia's largest rubbish dump this weekend, officials said Monday, in a tragedy that saw entire families including children buried alive. ... more
WATER WORLD
More salt water in Egypt's Nile Delta putting millions at grave risk
Cairo (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Increased human activity over the last few decades has slowly created a fresh water crisis that now looms for nearly 100 million people in Egypt, a scenario that scientists say could ultimately make the entire region uninhabitable by the end of this century. ... more


Niger drought leaves schools closed

SHAKE AND BLOW
Cyclone kills 50, affects 176,000 in Madagascar
Antananarivo (AFP) March 11, 2017
Cyclone Enawo killed at least 50 people and affected 176,000 people after it hit Madagascar earlier this week, the national disaster management agency said Saturday, with thousands forced into emergency shelters. ... more
SOLAR DAILY
EU funding renewable energy efforts in Algeria
Brussels (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Algeria, a member of OPEC, will get support in its efforts to diversify its economy with a $42.7 million package supporting renewable energy, the EU said. ... more
FAST TRACK
Light rail fails to fix Ethiopia's traffic troubles
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 12, 2017
Electric light railway tracks soar over Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, a rare example of mass transit infrastructure on a continent ruled by ramshackle, diesel-spewing buses. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
.africa joins the internet
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 10, 2017
In the beginning was .com, followed by a host of other .somethings, but on Friday, 32 years after the world's first domain name was registered, the African Union has launched .africa for the continent. ... more

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This small molecule could have a big future in global food security
Tucson AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Researchers at the University of Arizona have found a promising way to prevent the loss of millions of tons of crops to a fungus each year, offering the potential to dramatically improve food security, especially in developing countries. The team's approach uses transgenic corn plants that produce small RNA molecules that prevent fungi from producing aflatoxin, highly toxic substances that can r ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Researchers develop equation that helps to explain plant growth
Leioa, Spain (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Stabilizing soils with sulfates to improve their constructional properties
London, UK (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Future climate change will affect plants and soil differently
Boaty McBoatface prepares for first Antarctic mission
Hobart, Australia (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Boaty McBoatface, which received its unusual moniker in an online poll last year, is about to embark on its maiden voyage to conduct scientific research. The British National Environment Research Council in March 2016 invited voters in an online poll to name the $290 million scientific polar research ship last year. The RRS Boaty McBoatface was the top choice with 27,000 votes, 3,000 mo ... more
Sydney (AFP) March 10, 2017
Australia sees second year of Barrier Reef bleaching
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) March 13, 2017
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US desert songbirds at risk in a warming climate
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Projected increases in the frequency, intensity and duration of heatwaves in the desert of the southwestern United States are putting songbirds at greater risk for death by dehydration and mass die-offs, according to a new study. Researchers used hourly temperature maps and other data produced by the North American Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS) - a land-surface modeling effort main ... more
Niamey (AFP) March 10, 2017
Niger drought leaves schools closed
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Soils could release much more carbon than expected as climate warms
Paris (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Investment vital to adapting to climate change in West Africa
Nuera Solar Announces Partnership with The Solar Village Project
Barrington RI (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Nuera Solar has announced a partnership with the Solar Village Project, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that delivers light and power to communities in Africa, India, and Polynesia. The partnership is part of the Nuera Gives Initiative, and with the partnership Nuera Solar will provide a solar power system to the Solar Village Project for each solar system that the company installs. ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
EU close to 2020 renewable energy target
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Perovskite edges can be tuned for optoelectronic performance
Lappeenranta, Finland (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Iran and Middle East could adopt fully renewable electricity systems
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Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate a fuel that is both sustainable and relatively cheap to produce. It's using natural light to generate hydrogen from biomass. One of the challenges facing modern society is what it does with its waste products. As natural resources decline in abundance, using waste for energy is becoming more ... more
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
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Pullman WA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
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Nepal police demolish camp for earthquake displaced
Kathmandu (AFP) March 14, 2017
Nepal police Tuesday demolished the largest remaining settlement of people displaced by a powerful earthquake that struck nearly two years ago, a move that will leave hundreds homeless. Around 100 families were still living in the camp in Kathmandu when police wearing riot gear used bulldozers to flatten the bamboo and tarpaulin structures. "The gods will curse the government. We don't h ... more
Prague (AFP) March 10, 2017
Giant Ai Weiwei refugee installation to go on display in Prague
Hamam Al-Alil, Iraq (AFP) March 14, 2017
After fleeing homes, Iraqis near Mosul wait for tents
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 12, 2017
Priceless remains lie in ruins at Mosul museum
Drop in crude oil prices keep U.S. gas prices low
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
A drop in crude oil prices was a relief for U.S. consumers who saw retail gas prices drop in kind, but the relief may be short-lived, a market analysis finds. Motor club AAA reports a national average retail price for a gallon of regular unleaded at $2.29, a slight drop from the previous day and the eleventh consecutive day for a decline. That follows a dramatic drop last week in crude ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Crude oil prices move lower on OPEC production data
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Production gains seen in some OPEC members
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
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Chinese premier warns US against 'trade war'
Beijing (AFP) March 15, 2017
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday warned the United States against starting a trade war while expressing optimism that the world's two largest economies could keep relations steady despite frictions in the Trump era. "We don't want to see any trade war breaking out between the two countries. That wouldn't make our trade fairer," Li told reporters at a press conference closing China's a ... more
Washington (AFP) March 14, 2017
Family of Trump son-in-law in $4 bn deal with Chinese company
Beijing (AFP) March 14, 2017
China industrial output offers fresh sign of stability
Beijing (AFP) March 12, 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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Flagship English Channel wind farm nears completion
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
The first turbines for the English Channel's Rampion wind farm, which will meet the demands of nearly 347,000 homes, are installed, a German company said. German energy company E.ON said the first of the 116 turbines were installed off the coast of Sussex during the weekend. With a peak capacity of 400 megawatts, the Rampion wind farm will meet the average demands of nearly 347,000 aver ... more
Paris (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
French, Spanish companies set for more wind power off coast of France
Washington DC (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Wind energy gaining traction, U.S. trade group says
Essen, Germany (UPI) Mar 3, 2017
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Vietnam seizes 100 kgs of rhino horn from Kenya
Hanoi (AFP) March 14, 2017
Vietnam police seized more than 100 kilograms of rhino horn smuggled into the country in suitcases from Kenya on Tuesday, the latest illegal haul in the wildlife trafficking hub. Vietnam is a hot market for rhino horn, believed to have medicinal properties and is in high demand among the communist nation's growing middle class. The country is a popular transit point for illegal anima ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
How big brains evolved could be revealed by new mathematical model
Vienna (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Stressed seabirds not concerned with offspring, study says
Paris (AFP) March 8, 2017
Bird-slaying snakes ravage island forests
NATO head says more defence spending 'essential' to US ties
Brussels (AFP) March 13, 2017
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Monday told allies to boost defence spending, as demanded by US President Donald Trump, if they want to preserve crucial transatlantic defence ties. "This is essential for the continued strength of the transatlantic bond on which our alliance is founded," Stoltenberg said in NATO's 2016 annual report. "For almost 70 years the unique partnership between Euro ... more
Washington (AFP) March 14, 2017
Moscow apparently has forces at base in Egypt
Manila (AFP) March 13, 2017
Chinese ships allowed to survey Philippine territory: Duterte
Beijing (AFP) March 9, 2017
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Widespread platinum may help solve Clovis people mystery
Columbia SC (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
No one knows for certain why the Clovis people and iconic beasts - mastodon, mammoth and saber-toothed tiger - living some 12,800 years ago suddenly disappeared. However, a discovery of widespread platinum at archaeological sites across the United States by three University of South Carolina archaeologists has provided an important clue in solving this enduring mystery. The research findin ... more
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Aboriginal hair shows 50,000 years connection to country
Paris (AFP) March 9, 2017
China's elderly live longer, but are less fit: study
Hanover NH (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Dartmouth study finds modern hunter-gathers relocate to maximize foraging efficiency
'Jihadists' kill civilians, soldiers in north Mali
Ansongo, Mali (AFP) March 13, 2017
Two civilians and two Malian soldiers were killed Monday in an attack blamed on jihadists in the country's restive north. Mali's defence ministry confirmed two soldiers were killed and two injured during the assault by armed men close to the village of Fafa, which lies near the border with Niger. Reinforcements were on their way to the area, the ministry said. A security source reach ... more
Washington (AFP) March 10, 2017
January raid in Yemen killed 4 to 12 civilians: US
Washington (AFP) March 8, 2017
IS hopes to hold onto shreds of 'caliphate': US official
Istanbul (AFP) March 8, 2017
Turkey, Russia, US military chiefs seek better coordination against IS
Louisiana wetlands hurting from accelerated sea level rise
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Sea levels along the Louisiana coast are rising at four times the global average. New research suggests the state's already degraded wetlands are paying the price. Over the last decade, sea levels have risen roughly half an inch per year along Louisiana's coast. The future might not look so dire if the state's natural coastal buffer, its wetlands, was in better shape. Wetlands of ... more
Sydney (AFP) March 13, 2017
Huge swathe of Australian mangroves 'die of thirst'
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
How nature creates forest diversity
Bangkok (AFP) March 2, 2017
The battle to save Bangkok's 'Green Lung'
Royal Navy names new offshore patrol vessel
London (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Britain's Royal Navy has officially named the first ship in the second batch of updated River-class offshore patrol vessels from BAE Systems. HMS Forth is about 295 feet long and displaces 2,204 tons of water. It has a top speed of about 24 knots and is equipped with a 30mm cannon and a helicopter flight deck. The ship was named Thursday at a BAE Systems shipyard in Glasgow, Scot ... more
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
British naval base readies for new aircraft carriers
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
U.K. Royal Navy buys electric cars for store transit
Pretoria (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Denel, TKMS collaborate on Navy vessels


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