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April 17, 2017
AFRICA NEWS
'A few dozen' US troops deployed to Somalia: Pentagon



Washington (AFP) April 15, 2017
The United States is deploying "a few dozen" troops to Somalia to assist the national army and conduct unspecified security operations, a US military spokeswoman said Saturday. The soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division, a light infantry unit trained for air assaults, will mainly train and equip Somalia's army "to better fight Al-Shabab," an Al-Qaeda linked extremist group, the spokeswoman for the US Africa Command based in Germany, Samantha Reho, told AFP. They will also conduct "security f ... read more

MISSILE NEWS
Boeing receives contract modification for Harpoon missile support
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
Boeing received an $8.3 million contract modification to continue performing various Harpoon missile support services for the U.S. Navy. ... more
WATER WORLD
Guinea seizes shark fins from Chinese ships
Conakry (AFP) April 12, 2017
Guinea has seized a haul of shark fins and carcasses from Chinese ships fishing illegally off the coast of the west African country and fined the owners. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Four dead in army, police clashes in Nigeria: source
Lagos (AFP) April 12, 2017
A bloody clash between the army and police in Nigeria's restive northeastern Yobe state on Wednesday left one soldier and three police dead, a security source told AFP. ... more
EARLY EARTH
Scientists discover fossil of dinosaur ancestor with surprising croc-like appearance
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Scientists have long wondered what the earliest dinosaur relatives looked like. Most assumed they would resemble miniature dinosaurs, about the size of chickens, and walk on two legs. The disc ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE
Drought, conflict and famine in Africa
Nairobi (AFP) April 11, 2017
Drought and conflict have pushed the Horn of Africa, Nigeria and Yemen to the brink of famine, and a lack of aid funding means many could starve to death, the UN said Tuesday. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Mosul zoo lion and bear flown out of Iraq
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) April 10, 2017
Simba the lion and Lula the bear, the ailing last two residents of Mosul zoo, were flown out of Iraq Monday to receive emergency care from an animal welfare group. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Oil stimulating the economy of Ghana, IMF says
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
The economic prospects for emerging West African oil player Ghana are encouraging given the large increase in production, the International Monetary Fund said. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
S.Africa to re-think nuclear deal after junk status : ANC
Johannesburg (AFP) April 9, 2017
South Africa's ruling party on Sunday said the government will have to re-think its costly and highly contentious nuclear expansion programme following last week's relegation of the country's creditworthiness to junk. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Libya estimates field closure costing $9.8 million per day
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
The closure of one of the largest oil fields in Libya means a loss of about $9.8 million and the outage of huge volumes of oil, a national oil company said. ... more
IRAQ WARS
Iraq's Sadr warns Assad could share Kadhafi's fate
Najaf, Iraq (AFP) April 11, 2017
Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr on Tuesday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that he risked suffering the same fate as slain Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi if he did not step down. ... more


Niger troops kill 57 Boko Haram fighters: security sources

AFRICA NEWS
Three killed in Mogadishu army camp attack: military
Mogadishu (AFP) April 10, 2017
A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Mogadishu army camp Monday, killing at least three soldiers a day after the army chief escaped an attack on his convoy, military sources said. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
El Nino can warn on cholera outbreaks in Africa: study
Washington (AFP) April 10, 2017
El Nino, the cyclical climatic phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean, is linked to shifts in cholera cases in Africa, providing an early warning that could save lives, scientists said Monday. ... more
OIL AND GAS
OMV sees Libya as a natural fit
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Libya fits in well with a strategy of capitalizing on mature onshore oil basins and service to European energy needs, the head of Austria's OMV said. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
New Somali army chief escapes deadly car bombing
Mogadishu (AFP) April 9, 2017
Somalia's new army chief escaped a car bombing Sunday that killed at least five people in a bloody response by Shabaab militants to the president's declaration of war on the group. ... more

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To save honey bees, human behavior must change
Annapolis MD (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
In the search for answers to the complex health problems and colony losses experienced by honey bees in recent years, it may be time for professionals and hobbyists in the beekeeping industry to look in the mirror. In a research essay to be published this week in the Entomological Society of America's Journal of Economic Entomology, Robert Owen argues that human activity is a key driver in ... more
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So sheep may safely graze
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
Fungus uses light to invade, attack wheat plants
Llorente, Colombia (AFP) April 12, 2017
Colombia forces struggle to root out coca
Into the DNA of a coral reef predator
Onna, Japan (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
The Crown-of-Thorns Starfish - or COTS - is a familiar sight for scuba divers in tropical waters: the starfish, resembling the biblical that gave it its name, swarms over coral reefs around the world in huge spawning and destructive events. In the modern era, COTS were first reported in 1957 from the very shores in front of OIST, in the village of Onna-son, Okinawa where it is locally known as " ... more
Conakry (AFP) April 12, 2017
Guinea seizes shark fins from Chinese ships
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Drought, conflict and famine in Africa
Nairobi (AFP) April 11, 2017
Drought and conflict have pushed the Horn of Africa, Nigeria and Yemen to the brink of famine, and a lack of aid funding means many could starve to death, the UN said Tuesday. More than 20 million people are at risk of famine in Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria, a tragedy already affecting 100,000 people in war-torn South Sudan. Worldwide, Africa has been hardest hit by famine in recent decade ... more
Rochester NY (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Tibet sediments reveal climate patterns from late Miocene, 6 million years ago
Beijing, China (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
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Bejing, China (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
How ENSO and Atlantic ADO impact East Asian winter monsoon
Powerpedia Forms Nonprofit to Provide Free Solar Systems to Orphanages Throughout Baja Mexico and Beyond
San Diego CA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Powerpedia, a San Diego-based renewable energy consultancy has announced the formation of the nonprofit organization "#GetChargedUp" to facilitate a multi-year commitment of providing free solar systems to orphanages throughout Baja Mexico and beyond, under its flagship program #EmpowerOrphans. "I recently had a chance to spend the day with children and volunteers at the Rancho de Los Nino ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
IEA: India needs diverse investments in renewables
Treviso, Italy (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Upsolar Introduces its Floating Solar Technology to Europe
Livermore CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Americans use more clean energy in 2016
For Palestinian family, an udder-ly unique power source
Dahriya (AFP) April 12, 2017
Power comes in many forms, but Kamal al-Jebrini's family looked to where others may fear to tread for a new source of it: cow dung. The family has begun recycling waste from its cows to produce electricity for one of the largest Palestinian dairy plants and even to provide power to some houses. They discovered the idea during trips abroad and decided cow dung that would otherwise mainly ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Algal residue - an alternative carbon resource for pharmaceuticals and polyesters
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017
Gripen fighter completes test flights using 100 percent biofuel
Champaign IL (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
Scientists engineer sugarcane to produce biodiesel, more sugar for ethanol
Glowing bacteria detect buried landmines
Jerusalem (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
The need for safe and efficient technologies for detecting buried landmines and unexploded ordnance is a humanitarian issue of immense global proportions. About half a million people around the world are suffering from mine-inflicted injuries, and each year an additional 15 to 20 thousand more people are injured or killed by these devices. More than 100 million such devices are still buried in o ... more
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) April 10, 2017
Mosul zoo lion and bear flown out of Iraq
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017
World's oldest dental fillings found in Italy
New York NY (AFP) Apr 12, 2017
US says ending UN mission in Haiti is a 'strong example'
Iran vows to match Qatar in terms of overall energy production
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Iran could go tit-for-tat on production trends with Qatar given recent developments at a Persian Gulf oil and gas field, the Iranian oil minister said. Iran's Oil Ministry last month said production started from the oil layer in the South Pars field complex in the Persian Gulf for the first time. Using a floating production and offloading vessel, or FPSO, the ministry said production co ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Oil stimulating the economy of Ghana, IMF says
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
U.S. offshore oil production on the rise
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Oil prices relatively flat after mixed report on supply and demand
China producer prices jump 7.6% in March: govt
Beijing (AFP) April 12, 2017
Prices for goods at the factory gate in China jumped in March, the government said Wednesday, in a positive sign of strengthening demand for the world's second-largest economy. The producer price index (PPI) rose 7.6 percent year-on-year in March, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, slightly beating economists' expectations of a 7.5 percent increase in a Bloomberg News survey. ... more
Stanford-Le-Hope, United Kingdom (AFP) April 10, 2017
First 'Silk Road' train from Britain leaves for China
Washington (AFP) April 14, 2017
US: China, Germany must do more to cut trade surpluses
Santiago (AFP) April 10, 2017
Chile, China start talks to expand trade deal
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Indian, Chinese navies rescue ship hijacked by Somali pirates
New Delhi (AFP) April 9, 2017
The navies of India and China carried out a joint operation Sunday to rescue a merchant ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, the Indian defence ministry said. After receiving a distress call on Saturday night, the Indian warships established contact with the captain of the merchant vessel who had locked himself in a strong room along with the rest of the Filipino crew. " ... more
Manila (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
Philippines seeks US, China help to combat sea pirates
German power company examining new wind energy options.
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
Technology for wind energy could use fixed-wing or sails for power in a way that would make deployment easier for deep waters, a German company said. German energy company E.ON said it made an investment commitment with Ampyx Power to test so-called airborne wind energy technology. "This novel technology has the potential to transform the global offshore wind generation market as ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
Canada sees emerging role for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017
U.N. says low-carbon economy not a "pipe dream"
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Mega-wind farm offshore Denmark clears hurdle
US scientists track fish migration using DNA in water samples
Washington (AFP) April 12, 2017
A simple analysis of fish DNA in water drawn from two New York rivers successfully tracked the presence or absence of numerous species during a spring marine migration, according to research published Wednesday. The inexpensive technique, which can have broad applications in monitoring and protecting aquatic life, was conducted in the East River, which is actually an inlet, and the Hudson Ri ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Discovered: Novel group of giant viruses
Rehovot, Israel (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Making spines from sea water
Chitwan, Nepal (AFP) April 10, 2017
Nepal's rhinos on road to recovery with cross-country move
Philippines, US to hold military drills
Manila (AFP) April 16, 2017
The Philippine military said Sunday it would hold annual exercises with US troops next month, reaffirming its commitment to the alliance despite cooling relations under President Rodrigo Duterte. The 10-day exercises will be the first held under Duterte, who has suggested cancelling the drills and called for the withdrawal of American troops, putting into question Manila's 70-year-old allian ... more
Washington (AFP) April 12, 2017
NATO essential but allies must pay up says Trump; Ryan to visit next week
Warsaw (AFP) April 12, 2017
As NATO moves in troops, reforms hit Poland's military hard
Kathmandu (AFP) April 16, 2017
Nepal, China begin first-ever joint military exercises
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Putting social science modeling through its paces
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
The social sciences can play important roles in assisting military planners and decision-makers who are trying to understand complex human social behaviors and systems, potentially facilitating a wide range of missions including humanitarian, stability, and counter-insurgency operations. Current social science approaches to studying behavior rely on a variety of modeling methods-both quali ... more
Champaign IL (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Study reveals 10,000 years of genetic continuity in northwest North America
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
Married couples with shared ancestry tend to have similar genes
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Researchers uncover prehistoric art and ornaments from Indonesian 'Ice Age'
Anti-IS strike rules unchanged under Trump: general
Baghdad (AFP) April 13, 2017
The rules of engagement governing US-led strikes against the Islamic State group have not been changed under President Donald Trump's administration, a commander said on Thursday. After taking office in January, Trump ordered the development of a "new plan" to defeat IS, and called for recommendations on changing rules of engagement and "policy restrictions" that go beyond the requirements o ... more
Baghdad (AFP) April 16, 2017
IS attacked Iraq forces with chemical weapons: military
Baghdad (AFP) April 11, 2017
IS now controls less than seven percent of Iraq, military says
Niamey (AFP) April 10, 2017
Niger troops kill 57 Boko Haram fighters: security sources
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Corvallis OR (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
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