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August 07, 2017
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State Department approves sale of A-29 Super Tucanos to Nigeria



Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
The State Department has approved a $593 million sale to Nigeria of A-29 Super Tucano attack planes with associated parts, training, facilities and weapons. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered their certification of the foreign military sale to Congress, as required by law, on August 2. The twelve A-29s will be used by Nigeria to combat the Islamist militia Boko Haram and other extremist groups, such as the Islamic State West Africa splinter group. It will also serve to cou ... read more

TERROR WARS
US approves sale of war planes to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram
Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
The State Department has approved the sale of US warplanes to Nigeria to aid its fight against Boko Haram militants, ending a suspension of weapons sales that followed a deadly Nigerian military strike on a refugee camp. ... more
FIRE STORM
Tunisia loses swathes of forest in fires
Tunis (AFP) Aug 5, 2017
Around 2,000 hectares of forest in Tunisia have gone up in flames over the past week, with some of the fires probably started deliberately, the authorities said on Saturday. ... more
WATER WORLD
Angolan leader opens nation's largest hydro plant
Luanda (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who steps down from office at the end of this month, on Friday officially opened the country's largest hydro-electric dam. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Rwanda's Kagame in landslide poll win with around 98% of votes
Kigali (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Rwandan President Paul Kagame sailed to a third term in office with a tally hovering around a whopping 98 percent of votes, partial results showed Saturday. ... more
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Zimbabwe confirms clash between soldiers and police
Harare (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Zimbabwean security forces confirmed Friday that soldiers and police fought on the streets of Harare earlier this week, as nationwide tensions grow under 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Italy parliament approves Libya naval mission
Rome (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
The Italian parliament gave the go-ahead Wednesday to a naval mission aimed at boosting the Libyan coastguard in its fight against human traffickers and further reducing the number of migrant arrivals on Italy's coasts. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Idle spiders' epic sea journey from Africa to Australia
Sydney (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
A species of spider that usually travels no further than a few feet from where it was hatched, likely made an epic sea journey on a "land raft" from South Africa to call Australia home, a study said Thursday. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Platts: OPEC balancing act is starting to wobble
Washington (UPI) Aug 4, 2017
Liberia and Nigeria, two countries exempt for OPEC-led efforts to balance the market, continue to threaten the overall objective, S&P Global Platts reported. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Gambian environmentalists to sue 'polluting' Chinese firm
Banjul, Gambia (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Gambian conservationists are suing a Chinese firm they say polluted a lagoon by dumping waste into the sea, their lawyer told AFP Tuesday, after a government agency settled out of court with the company. ... more
MARSDAILY
Tributes to wetter times on Mars
Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
A dried-out river valley with numerous tributaries is seen in this recent view of the Red Planet captured by ESA's Mars Express. This section of the Libya Montes region, which sits on the equator a ... more


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3 lions shot after escaping from South Africa's Kruger Park
Johannesburg (AFP) July 13, 2017
Three male lions that escaped over the weekend from South Africa's Kruger National Park have been shot dead after a farmer found them eating his cattle, officials said Thursday. ... more
WOOD PILE
US firms buying timber from illegal PNG logging: NGO
Port Moresby (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
American consumers may be fuelling logging linked to illegal land grabs in Papua New Guinea which have devastated local communities and the world's third largest tropical rain forest, Global Witness said Tuesday. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
European support for Sahel 'mutually reinforcing': Germany
Bamako (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
French and German support for a regional Sahel force to battle jihadists will persuade other European nations of the benefits of backing the counter-terror measure, Germany's defence minister said Tuesday. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
China opens first overseas base in Africa: media
Beijing (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
China has officially opened its first overseas naval base in Djibouti, state media said Tuesday, a major step for the country's expansion of its military presence abroad. ... more



Heatstruck Italy starts harvesting its thirsty vines
Rome (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Italy's annual wine harvest, the biggest in the world, is off to its earliest start in a decade as the country swelters in a heatwave following months of drought. Winemakers have also had to contend with spring frosts and hailstorms this year and the country's agri-food agency Coldiretti is anticipating a 10-15 percent fall in volumes. But producers say a good year for drinkers is still ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
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Paris (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
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Coral disease outbreaks fluctuate with El Nino years
Melbourne, FL (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Occurrences of three common diseases affecting Caribbean corals spike during El Nino years, an alarming association given how climate change may boost the intensity of El Ninos. The findings from Florida Institute of Technology research associate Carly Randall and biology professor Rob van Woesik, published earlier this month in the journal Scientific Reports, are based on an analysis of 1 ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Current threats to our oceans are revealed
Manhattan KS (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Climate plays role in decline of critical Asian water resources
Luanda (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
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US to join climate talks despite Paris accord exit
Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
The United States announced Friday it would still take part in international climate change negotiations in order to protect its interests, despite its planned withdrawal from the Paris accord on global warming. Two months after President Donald Trump announced the United States would abandon the 2015 global pact, his administration confirmed it had informed the United Nations of its "intent ... more
Paris (AFP) July 31, 2017
Small odds of reaching 2 C climate goal: researchers
Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
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Los Angeles (AFP) July 28, 2017
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India facing renewable energy challenges
(UPI) Jul 31, 2017
An effort in India, one of the world's strongest economies, to improve the renewable energy sector could face headwinds, Moody's Investors Service said. India aims to triple its renewable power capacity by 2022 to 175 gigawatts by drawing on new solar and wind energy sources. The country is No. 4 in the world in terms of new solar power, No. 4 in the world based on cumulative wind power ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
Chinese renewable energy capacity growing rapidly
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
A new picture emerges on the origins of photosynthesis in a sun-loving bacteria
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
World Bank tries to make Pacific solar power decisions easier
Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Biochar from recycled waste may both enhance crop growth and save health costs by helping clear the air of pollutants, according to Rice University researchers. Rice researchers in Earth science, economics and environmental engineering have determined that widespread use of biochar in agriculture could reduce health care costs, especially for those who live in urban areas close to farmland ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
Pullman WA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels
Amherst MA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
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Brazil troops storm Rio slums to catch gang leaders
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 6, 2017
Thousands of Brazilian army troops raided Rio de Janeiro slums in a pre-dawn crackdown on crime gangs Saturday, leaving parts of the city looking like a war zone on the first anniversary of the opening of the Olympic Games. Five favelas were targeted by around 1,300 police and 3,600 troops in a sweep starting at 4 am (0700 GMT), the Rio state security service said in a statement. Their m ... more
Rome (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Italy parliament approves Libya naval mission
Sydney (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
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New Delhi (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Elephants, tigers kill one human a day in India
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U.S. labor balances OPEC supply strains to leave oil prices even
Washington (UPI) Aug 4, 2017
OPEC production concerns were balanced by strong labor figures from the United States, the world's largest economy, leaving oil prices flat early Friday. The U.S. Labor Department reported non-farm payrolls increased by 209,000 last month and hourly earnings in the same broad sector increased 9 cents to $26.36. "Over the year, average hourly earnings have risen by 65 cents, or 2. ... more
Caracas (AFP) Aug 6, 2017
Venezuela's military: Key things to know
Washington (UPI) Aug 4, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Aug 4, 2017
Kuwait ships first batch of oil to refinery in Vietnam
China factory activity gathers steam in July: Caixin
Beijing (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
China's manufacturing activity increased last month as both production and new order rates grew rapidly, independent figures showed Tuesday, but analysts warned the economy still faces headwinds from policy tightening. The Caixin Purchasing Manager's Index - an indicator of conditions at small manufacturers - came in at 51.1 in the month, up from 50.4 in June as it marked a four-month high ... more
Panama City (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
'Clear' risk of trade war from protectionist policies: WTO chief
Beijing (AFP) July 31, 2017
China orders Anbang to sell Waldorf Astoria, other foreign assets: report
Washington (UPI) Aug 4, 2017
Canada to protect national interests during NAFTA talks
Huge Australia-bound cocaine haul siezed by French navy
Sydney (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
A massive cocaine haul bound for Australia in the hull of a yacht has been intercepted by the French navy in the Pacific, officials said on Friday. The 1.46 tonnes of the drug with an estimated street value of Aus$322 million (US$256 million) was seized in the South Pacific and four crew members, believed to be Lithuanian and Latvian nationals, arrested. The vessel "Afalina", which set s ... more
Jakarta (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Indonesia to deport 153 Chinese for $450 million scam
Washington (AFP) June 28, 2017
US lists China among worst human trafficking offenders
Bangkok (AFP) June 1, 2017
Golden Triangle narco-gangs churning out new highs, UN warns
U.S. wind power momentum up 40 percent from last year
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
About half of the population in the state of Kansas could now be drawing energy from wind power as the U.S. sector gains momentum, an industry report showed. A quarterly report from the American Wind Energy Association found the sector is gaining traction. Compared with last year, there were 40 percent more wind energy projects under construction or advancing through the development sta ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
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Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Jul 21, 2017
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Idle spiders' epic sea journey from Africa to Australia
Sydney (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
A species of spider that usually travels no further than a few feet from where it was hatched, likely made an epic sea journey on a "land raft" from South Africa to call Australia home, a study said Thursday. The Australian trapdoor spider, known scientifically as Moggridgea rainbow, is only found on Kangaroo Island off the south Australian coast and lives a sedentary land-based lifestyle, r ... more
Saint-Aignan-Sur-Cher, France (AFP) Aug 5, 2017
Surviving baby panda in 'perfect health' says French zoo
New York (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
US crushes nearly two tons of ivory in NY Central Park
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Malaysia seizes rare animal parts worth almost $1 mn
China scores diplomatic coup in sea row
Manila (AFP) Aug 6, 2017
China on Sunday scored a diplomatic coup in its campaign to weaken regional resistance against its sweeping claims to the South China Sea when Southeast Asian nations issued a diluted statement on the dispute and agreed to Beijing's terms on talks. After two days of tense meetings on the dispute in the Philippine capital, foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Na ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
Wintershall warns U.S. against playing 'geopolitical football.'
Beijing (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
China unmoved as Trump rails over North Korea
Beijing (AFP) Aug 5, 2017
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Cultural flexibility was key to surviving extreme dry periods in Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
The flexibility and ability to adapt to changing climates by employing various cultural innovations allowed communities of early humans to survive through a prolonged period of pronounced aridification. The early human techno-tradition, known as Howiesons Poort (HP), associated with Homo sapiens who lived in southern Africa about 66 000 to 59 000 years ago indicates that during this period ... more
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US approves sale of war planes to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram
Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
The State Department has approved the sale of US warplanes to Nigeria to aid its fight against Boko Haram militants, ending a suspension of weapons sales that followed a deadly Nigerian military strike on a refugee camp. The State Department informed Congress late Wednesday it had approved the $593 million sale of 12 Super Tucano A-29 ground attack aircraft, a deal that includes supplying th ... more
Moscow (AFP) July 17, 2017
Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
Nimitz carrier strike group joins Operation Inherent Resolve
Hong Kong (AFP) July 26, 2017
Hong Kong maids lured by Islamic State recruiters: report
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EU warns Poland to obey logging ban in ancient forest
Brussels (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
The EU warned Poland Wednesday to obey a ban on logging in Europe's last primeval woodland, saying it would add any breach to a broader Brussels case against Warsaw over democratic standards. Poland's right-wing government vowed on Monday that logging would continue in the ancient Bialowieza forest despite an injunction issued last week by the European Court of Justice, the bloc's top court. ... more
Jena, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Humans have been altering tropical forests for at least 45,000 years
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
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Columbia, MO (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
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Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group starts COMPTUEX exercises
Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
The Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group departed on August 1 for its Composite Training Unit Exercise in anticipation of its deployment later this year, the U.S. Navy announced this week. The COMPTUEX exercises will certify that the Roosevelt and all supporting ships in Carrier Group Nine are capable of conducting their assigned operations during the upcoming cruise, which could eas ... more
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
Malaysian PM under pressure over French sub deal
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
NRL-developed Topcoat Applied on Entire Freeboard of Navy Ship
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
US sailor missing during South China Sea joint naval drill


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