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March 17, 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

CLIMATE SCIENCE
13 killed in Kenya in drought-related violence
Nairobi (AFP) March 15, 2017
Thirteen people, mostly women and children, have been killed in central Kenya this week in a cycle of violence between rival farming tribes hit by drought, police and the Red Cross said. ... 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
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
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
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


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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
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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Study: Suburban bees prefer to forage on farms, not in the city
(UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Scientists at Ohio State University found honey bees living in the outer suburbs - where residential development transitions into agricultural land - tend to forage on farms, not in urban gardens. Researchers tracked the feeding habits of honey bees from colonies in an apiary located in a suburban cemetery in central Ohio. The study, conducted in 2014, lasted from late summer t ... more
Brussels (AFP) March 15, 2017
Popular weedkiller doesn't cause cancer: EU agency
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Microbes measure ecological restoration success
Tucson AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
This small molecule could have a big future in global food security
Great Barrier Reef may never recover from bleaching: study
Paris (AFP) March 15, 2017
Australia's Great Barrier Reef may never recover from last year's warming-driven coral bleaching, said a study Wednesday that called for urgent action in the face of ineffective conservation efforts. Record-high temperatures in 2015 and 2016 drove an unprecedented bleaching episode, which occurs when stressed corals expel the algae that live in their tissue and provide them with food. Bl ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Seawater threat to California Central Coast aquifers
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Could Leftover Heat from Last El Nino Fuel a New One
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Hawaiian biodiversity began declining before humans arrived
13 killed in Kenya in drought-related violence
Nairobi (AFP) March 15, 2017
Thirteen people, mostly women and children, have been killed in central Kenya this week in a cycle of violence between rival farming tribes hit by drought, police and the Red Cross said. Police spokesman George Kinoti said the violence broke out on Monday when Ilchamus herdsmen, a sub-group of the Tugen people, launched an attack on members of the Pokot tribe seeking to steal their cattle. ... more
Pasadena CA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Cold climates and ocean carbon sequestration
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Vicious circle of drought and forest loss in the Amazon
Washington (AFP) March 15, 2017
Pentagon chief says climate change threatens security
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
Barrington RI (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Nuera Solar Announces Partnership with The Solar Village Project
Lappeenranta, Finland (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Iran and Middle East could adopt fully renewable electricity systems
Brussels (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
EU funding renewable energy efforts in Algeria
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
Petrol and jet fuel alternatives are produced by yeast cell factories
University Park PA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Energy crop production on conservation lands may not boost greenhouse gases
Hampton VA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
NASA Study Confirms Biofuels Reduce Jet Engine Pollution
Ai Weiwei slams 'shameful' politicians ignoring refugees
Prague (AFP) March 16, 2017
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Thursday slammed "shameful" politicians who ignore refugees as he launched a giant art installation centered on their fate at the National Gallery in Prague. Called "Law of the Journey", the show features a 70-metre-long (230-foot-long) inflatable boat with 258 oversize refugee figures. A tribute to the thousands who have drowned crossing the Mediter ... more
Kathmandu (AFP) March 14, 2017
Nepal police demolish camp for earthquake displaced
Hamam Al-Alil, Iraq (AFP) March 14, 2017
After fleeing homes, Iraqis near Mosul wait for tents
Tokyo (AFP) March 17, 2017
Japan court rules government liable for Fukushima disaster
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Russia's Lukoil backs OPEC production cut extension
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
It's reasonable to give serious consideration to extending a production agreement led by OPEC, the head of Russian oil company Lukoil said Thursday. Russia is contributing as a non-member state to an effort steered by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries that aims to correct an oversupplied market through managed production declines. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
Fitch: Azerbaijan's energy company facing mixed pressures
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
DNO turns a profit on Kurdish assets
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Oil and gas exporter Norway keeps policy rate static
Family of Trump son-in-law in $4 bn deal with Chinese company
Washington (AFP) March 14, 2017
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
Chinese premier warns US against 'trade war'
Berlin (AFP) March 15, 2017
G20 finance ministers to meet under America First shadow
Berlin (AFP) March 16, 2017
Merkel, Xi defend free trade ahead of G20 meet
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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
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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
North Carolina ready for offshore wind energy auction
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
More than 100,000 acres off the coast of North Carolina go on the auction block Thursday for potential wind energy development, the U.S. government said. The U.S. Department of Interior pounded the gavel to open the seventh offshore wind auction, putting 122,405 acres off the North Carolina coast on the block for commercial wind energy leasing. In August 2014, the Bureau of Ocean ... more
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Flagship English Channel wind farm nears completion
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
Leap onto land saves fish from being eaten
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
Champaign IL (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Milkweed losses may not fully explain monarch butterfly declines
Hanoi (AFP) March 14, 2017
Vietnam seizes 100 kgs of rhino horn from Kenya
Paris (AFP) March 14, 2017
Science unravels spiders' monstrous food web
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
Berlin (AFP) March 17, 2017
Germany wants change to NATO two-percent budget goal
Vilnius (AFP) March 16, 2017
Lithuania wants NATO command headquarters on eastern flank
Brussels (AFP) March 15, 2017
NATO urges Turkey, Austria to end spat blocking programs
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400,000-year-old fossil human cranium is oldest ever found in Portugal
Binghamton NY (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
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
Columbia SC (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Widespread platinum may help solve Clovis people mystery
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
'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
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