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April 19, 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

EPIDEMICS
Diarrhoea kills more than 500 in Somalia since January: UN
Geneva (AFP) April 13, 2017
Cholera and acute diarrhoea have killed more than 500 people and left tens of thousands of others sick in drought-hit parts of Somalia since January, the United Nations said Thursday. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
At least 97 migrants missing as boat sinks off Libya
Tripoli (AFP) April 13, 2017
At least 97 migrants were missing after their boat sank on Thursday off the Libyan coast, a navy spokesman said. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
DR Congo suspends military cooperation with Belgium
Kinshasa (AFP) April 14, 2017
The Democratic Republic of Congo has suspended military cooperation with former colonial power Belgium after Brussels criticised President Joseph Kabila's choice of prime minister, sources said Friday. ... 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
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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
OIL AND GAS
Russia interested in oil and gas opportunities in Senegal
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
Russia has an opportunity to foster a better trade relationship with Senegal, an emerging West African oil producer, the Russian foreign minister said. ... 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
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
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


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TERROR WARS
Niger troops kill 57 Boko Haram fighters: security sources
Niamey (AFP) April 10, 2017
Niger troops have killed 57 Boko Haram jihadists during fighting in the southeast Niger, a security source told AFP Monday. ... more
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
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

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Italy producers in Asia rice row
Rome (AFP) April 13, 2017
Italy's rice producers sounded the alarm Thursday over competition from Asia, saying the national industry was in crisis and consumers were unwittingly buying pesticide-contaminated grains harvested by exploited children. Italian farmers' association Coldiretti said imports of rice from Asia was driving the price of the home-grown staple into the ground, while lax labelling laws meant famili ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 17, 2017
Organic cover crop methods examined for weed control
Madison WI (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Termite gut holds a secret to breaking down plant biomass
Verona, Italy (AFP) April 16, 2017
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A rusty green early ocean
Rehovot, Israel (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Though they may seem rock solid, the ancient sedimentary rocks called iron formations - the world's chief economic source of iron ore - were once dissolved in seawater. How did that iron go from a dissolved state to banded iron formations? Dr. Itay Halevy and his group in the Weizmann Institute of Science's Earth and Planetary Sciences Department suggest that billions of years ago, the "ru ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
General Atomics providing battery for semi-autonomous underwater vehicle
Conakry (AFP) April 12, 2017
Guinea seizes shark fins from Chinese ships
Amherst MA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
New England's glacial upland soils provide major groundwater storage reservoir
Models, observations not so far apart on planet's response to greenhouse gas emissions
Seattle WA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
How hot our planet will become for a given amount of greenhouse gases is a key number in climate change. As the calculation of how much warming is locked in by a given amount of emissions, it is crucial for global policies to curb global warming. It is also one of the most hotly debated numbers in climate science. Observations in the past decade seem to suggest a value that is lower than p ... more
Nairobi (AFP) April 11, 2017
Drought, conflict and famine in Africa
Bejing, China (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
How ENSO and Atlantic ADO impact East Asian winter monsoon
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
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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
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Mechanism behind the electric charges generated by photosynthesis
Golden CO (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
NREL's new perovskite ink opens window for quality cells
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Shedding light on the absorption of light by titanium dioxide
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
At least 97 migrants missing as boat sinks off Libya
Tripoli (AFP) April 13, 2017
At least 97 migrants were missing after their boat sank on Thursday off the Libyan coast, a navy spokesman said. Survivors said the missing include 15 women and five children, General Ayoub Qassem told AFP. He said the Libyan coastguard had rescued a further 23 migrants of various African nationalities just under 10 kilometres (6 miles) off the coast of Tripoli. The boat's hull was c ... more
Beijing (AFP) April 14, 2017
Smoking to kill 200 million in China this century: WHO
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Evaluating forecasts of extreme events
Jerusalem (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Glowing bacteria detect buried landmines
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IMF: Russian response to low oil prices 'comprehensive'
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
The Russian economy is on the slow path to recovery as it rebounds from the shock triggered by the collapse in crude oil prices, the head of the IMF said. Russia's economy lingered in recession last year and the national currency, the ruble, declined in value after crude oil prices dipped below $30 per barrel. Oil prices have been fluid this year, trading in a range of around $45 per ba ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
Texas aims for diverse energy mix
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
Bankruptcy leads to closure of platform offshore California
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
Call issued to invest in West African energy sector
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
Kenosha, United States (AFP) April 18, 2017
Trump seeks headway on 'Buy American, Hire American' pledge
Beijing (AFP) April 18, 2017
IMF raises China growth forecast to 6.6% this year, 6.2% in 2018
Washington (AFP) April 14, 2017
US: China, Germany must do more to cut trade surpluses
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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
Oklahoma to end tax credits for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
Oklahoma is resting on its laurels in the renewable energy sector by signing legislation ending tax credits for the wind industry, the state's governor said. Gov. Mary Fallin put her signature on a bill that ends tax credits for wind power, effective July 1. In a statement, the governor said the tax credits were part of a comprehensive energy strategy that left wind accounting for more ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
German power company examining new wind energy options.
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"
Hunting behind steep drop in animal numbers in tropics: report
Washington (AFP) April 13, 2017
Hunting poses a major threat to mammals and birds in tropical regions near population centers and roads, according to new research published Thursday in the US journal Science. An international team of researchers found that mammal and bird populations dropped on average by 83 percent and 57 percent, respectively, in zones situated seven to 40 kilometers (four to 25 miles) from access points ... more
Exeter, UK (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Computer game helps scientists understand animal camouflage
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Florida manatees likely to persist for at least 100 years
Washington (AFP) April 12, 2017
US scientists track fish migration using DNA in water samples
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
Science says: Let a stranger pick your profile picture
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
If you want to look your best in your profile picture, research suggests delegating the decision to a stranger. When scientists in Australia studied the profile picture selection process, they found many make poor decisions. When strangers were allowed to choose a person's profile pic, the images scored better first impressions. "Previous work has shown that people make inference ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Putting social science modeling through its paces
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
New system to destroy chemical warfare agents announced
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
A mobile treatment system that destroys chemical warfare agents without producing hazardous waste has been announced by Southwest Research Institute. The system it helped develop comes in two configurations, one wet and one dry. The dry pollution control process, suited for arid or remote regions, uses a Dedicated EGR engine thermal destruction device developed by Southwest Resea ... more
Baghdad (AFP) April 13, 2017
Anti-IS strike rules unchanged under Trump: general
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
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