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April 20, 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
Suspected meningitis epidemic kills 745 in Nigeria
Abuja (AFP) April 19, 2017
A meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 745 people, an increase of more than 50 percent in barely a week, officials said Wednesday, sounding the alarm over the feared epidemic. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Key leopard population 'crashing', study warns
Paris, France (AFP) April 19, 2017
The leopard population in a region of South Africa once thick with the big cats is crashing, and could be wiped out within a few years, scientists warned Wednesday. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Endangered species poached in protected areas: WWF
Geneva (AFP) April 18, 2017
Illegal poaching, logging and fishing of sometimes critically endangered species is taking place in nearly half of the world's most protected natural sites, environmental campaigners WWF warned Tuesday. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Invading 'rat of the sky' irks Algerians
Algiers (AFP) April 13, 2017
"It's not a bird, it's a rat - and it's squatting on my terrace," Ali says of his new neighbour, a yellow-legged gull - a pest ubiquitous in the Algerian capital. ... more
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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
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
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
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


Four dead in army, police clashes in Nigeria: source

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
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

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Organic cover crop methods examined for weed control
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 17, 2017
To grow crops organically, farmers fight weeds with chemical-free weapons. One of the most common is a disk. Farmers rip out weeds and churn them into the soil with these disks. But it takes heavy tractors to do this efficiently, and large tractor tires compress the soil as they roll across the field. The process also depletes soil organic carbon, which plants depend on for nutrients, moisture, ... more
Verona, Italy (AFP) April 16, 2017
Can Prosecco help Italy unlock China wine market?
Linan, China (AFP) April 20, 2017
Busy harvest time in China's bamboo forests
Linkoping, Sweden (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Ag scientists using electronics to control plant growth
General Atomics providing battery for semi-autonomous underwater vehicle
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
General Atomics has secured a contract to provide a battery to power the U.S. military's developing Semi-Autonomous Hydrographic Reconnaissance Vehicle. Under the contract, awarded Monday, General Atomics will supply its Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant battery system, also known as LiFT. The Semi-Autonomous Hydrographic Reconnaissance Vehicle, or SAHRV, is a project intended to develop a pla ... more
Sede Boqer, Israel (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
New membranes can remove viruses from drinking water
Karlovac, Croatia (AFP) April 19, 2017
Croatian rivers face hydroelectric peril
Athens GA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Migration from sea-level rise could reshape cities inland
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
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Washington DC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
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Center for Sustainable Energy Partners with EnergySage to Offer an Online Multifamily Solar Marketplace
San Diego CA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is collaborating with EnergySage, an online solar marketplace, to promote and simplify installations of solar electric power systems at multifamily residences in California. The partnership has resulted in the development of an easy-to-use, online comparison-shopping tool that provides information about the unique opportunities for shared solar proje ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Powerpedia Forms Nonprofit to Provide Free Solar Systems to Orphanages Throughout Baja Mexico and Beyond
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
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Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
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Degradable electronic components created from corn starch
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
As consumers upgrade their gadgets at an increasing pace, the amount of electronic waste we generate continues to mount. To help combat this environmental problem, researchers have modified a degradable bioplastic derived from corn starch or other natural sources for use in more eco-friendly electronic components. They report their development in ACS' journal Industrial and Engineering Chemistry ... more
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Sri Lanka ends search for garbage survivors as toll hits 32
Colombo (AFP) April 19, 2017
Sri Lanka on Wednesday ended the grim search for survivors five days after a huge garbage mountain collapsed onto a slum, killing 32 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents. Another 11 people were injured when the 300-foot (90-metre) dump partially collapsed on Friday as Sri Lankans celebrated their traditional new year. "We are still carrying out clearing operations," ... more
Tripoli (AFP) April 13, 2017
At least 97 migrants missing as boat sinks off Libya
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Smoking to kill 200 million in China this century: WHO
Port-Au-Prince (AFP) April 19, 2017
Haiti to rebuild National Palace toppled in 2010 quake
Hazardous chemicals go unregulated in routine oil and gas operations
Oakland CA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
California and more than two dozen other states require oil and gas producers to disclose the chemicals they use during hydraulic fracturing activities, enabling scientific and public scrutiny of the environmental and human health hazards these substances may pose. But all existing disclosure regulations cover chemical use only in hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, and, in California, two ... more
Duqm, Oman (AFP) April 19, 2017
Chinese investors launch Oman industrial project
University Park PA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Shale gas threat to forests can be eased by consolidating infrastructure
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
Canada pipeline development facing headwinds
US: China, Germany must do more to cut trade surpluses
Washington (AFP) April 14, 2017
China and Germany are not manipulating the value of their currencies to gain an unfair trade advantage, but both should do more to reduce their large trade surpluses with the United States, the Treasury Department said Friday. The decision was expected after President Donald Trump this week reversed himself and said China was not a currency manipulator. And although the administration's ... more
Kenosha, United States (AFP) April 18, 2017
Trump seeks headway on 'Buy American, Hire American' pledge
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IMF raises China growth forecast to 6.6% this year, 6.2% in 2018
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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
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Invading 'rat of the sky' irks Algerians
Algiers (AFP) April 13, 2017
"It's not a bird, it's a rat - and it's squatting on my terrace," Ali says of his new neighbour, a yellow-legged gull - a pest ubiquitous in the Algerian capital. The 60-year-old is not alone in despising this versatile scavenger, whose Mediterranean population has boomed in recent decades. The "rat of the sky" has taken advantage of human waste to supplement its normal marine diet, br ... more
Geneva (AFP) April 18, 2017
Endangered species poached in protected areas: WWF
Washington (AFP) April 13, 2017
Hunting behind steep drop in animal numbers in tropics: report
Paris, France (AFP) April 19, 2017
Key leopard population 'crashing', study warns
Trump's threatened 'armada' still far from N. Korea: official
Washington (AFP) April 18, 2017
An aircraft carrier the US Navy said was steaming toward the Korean Peninsula amid rising tensions has not yet departed, a US defense official acknowledged Tuesday. The Navy on April 8 said it was directing a naval strike group headed by the USS Carl Vinson supercarrier to "sail north," as a "prudent measure" to deter North Korea. Pentagon chief Jim Mattis on April 11 said the Vinson was ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
Swedish government increases defense spending
Seoul (AFP) April 17, 2017
Pence visits Tokyo to reaffirm security ties as N. Korea tensions rise
Brussels (AFP) April 17, 2017
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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 (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
Neuroscientists measure 'higher' state of consciousness
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
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
Greenhouse gas effect caused by mangrove forest conversion is quite significant
Corvallis OR (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Clear-cutting of tropical mangrove forests to create shrimp ponds and cattle pastures contributes significantly to the greenhouse gas effect, one of the leading causes of global warming, new research suggests. A seven-year study, led by Oregon State University and the Center for International Forestry Research, spanned five countries across the topics from Indonesia to the Dominican Republic. ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Stanford study explores risk of deforestation as agriculture expands in Africa
Beijing, China (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
A new parameterization of canopy radiative transfer for land surface radiation models
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BAE Systems to build sixth Astute-class submarine for Britain
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
BAE Systems in Britain has received a $1.77 billion Ministry of Defense contract to build a sixth Astute-class nuclear-powered submarine for the Royal Navy. The Agamemnon will be about 318 feet long, have a submerged speed of 30 knots and an endurance of 90 days. It can carry Tomahawk missiles as well as torpedoes. Securing the contract for the sixth Astute class submarine is a s ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
Sweden taps Saab for signal intelligence ship
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Finland to commission design of new corvettes
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Leonardo subsidiary supplies auxiliary engines for U.S. Coast Guard vessels


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