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March 16, 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
FROTH AND BUBBLE
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
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
SHAKE AND BLOW
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
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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
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
OIL AND GAS
Total starts production in deep Congolese waters
Washington (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
French supermajor Total said it started production at a deep-water prospect off the Congolese coast with a production capacity of 100,000 barrels per day. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Oil production ongoing in Libya, OMV says
Zurich (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
A spokesperson for Austrian energy company OMV said oil production in Libya is ongoing and the opportunity for gains is expected this year. ... more


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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
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
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Niger drought leaves schools closed
Niamey (AFP) March 10, 2017
More than half of schoolchildren have quit class in some parts of Niger due to drought which is forcing entire families of farmers to move to seek better pastures, the UN said Friday. ... more
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

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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
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Cold climates and ocean carbon sequestration
Pasadena CA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
We know a lot about how carbon dioxide (CO2) levels can drive climate change, but how about the way that climate change can cause fluctuations in CO2 levels? New research from an international team of scientists reveals one of the mechanisms by which a colder climate was accompanied by depleted atmospheric CO2 during past ice ages. The overall goal of the work is to better understand how and why ... more
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Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Vicious circle of drought and forest loss in the Amazon
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Niger drought leaves schools closed
EU close to 2020 renewable energy target
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Members of the European Union are about 3 percentage points away from meeting their 2020 objectives for renewable energy, its statistics office reported. Members of the EU agreed to a benchmark of 20 percent for a share of renewable energy on their grids by 2020. Eurostat, the bloc's record-keeping office, said the share of renewable energy in final consumption in 2015, the last full ye ... more
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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
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Nepal police demolish camp for earthquake displaced
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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
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Total starts production in deep Congolese waters
Washington (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
French supermajor Total said it started production at a deep-water prospect off the Congolese coast with a production capacity of 100,000 barrels per day. "Moho Nord is the biggest oil development to date in the Republic of the Congo," Arnaud Breuillac, president for Total's exploration and production division, said in a statement. "A showcase for Total's deep offshore operational excel ... more
Berlin (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
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New York NY (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
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Family of Trump son-in-law in $4 bn deal with Chinese company
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A company owned by the family of President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is set to receive more than $400 million from a Chinese firm that is investing in its Manhattan office tower, Bloomberg reported Monday. The Kushner Companies deal with Anbang Insurance Group for the property at 666 Fifth Avenue is worth $4 billion, with real estate experts calling it an unusually favorable ... more
Beijing (AFP) March 15, 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
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Sydney, Australia (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Fish on the South Pacific island of Rarotonga have evolved the ability to survive out of water and leap about on the rocky shoreline because this helps them escape predators in the ocean, a ground-breaking new study shows. "Avoiding predators might be an explanation of why some animals move from their ancestral homes into starkly different environments, but evidence for this is rare becaus ... more
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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
Brussels (AFP) March 15, 2017
NATO urges Turkey, Austria to end spat blocking programs
Washington (AFP) March 14, 2017
Moscow apparently has forces at base in Egypt
Jerusalem (AFP) March 15, 2017
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400,000-year-old fossil human cranium is oldest ever found in Portugal
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A large international research team, directed by the Portuguese archaeologist Joao Zilhao and including Binghamton University anthropologist Rolf Quam, has found the oldest fossil human cranium in Portugal, marking an important contribution to knowledge of human evolution during the middle Pleistocene in Europe and to the origin of the Neandertals. The cranium represents the westernmost hu ... more
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'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
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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
Did humans create the Sahara desert?
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
New research investigating the transition of the Sahara from a lush, green landscape 10,000 years ago to the arid conditions found today, suggests that humans may have played an active role in its desertification. The desertification of the Sahara has long been a target for scientists trying to understand climate and ecological tipping points. A new paper published in Frontiers in Earth Sc ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
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Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
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U.S. Navy orders overhaul of Mk 92 fire control system
Washington (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin with a $68 million basic ordering agreement to overhaul Mk 92 fire control systems. Under the agreement, the company is tasked with performing various equipment changes, repairs, overhauls and field services to support in-service engineering requirements. Additional work will include computer programming and documentation development. The eng ... more
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
British naval base readies for new aircraft carriers
Pretoria (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Denel, TKMS collaborate on Navy vessels
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
New Zealand receives ANZAC combat system trainer


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