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August 08, 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

FLORA AND FAUNA
Skin-ditching gecko inexplicably leaves body armor behind when threatened
Gainesville FL (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
When trouble looms, the fish-scale geckos of Madagascar resort to what might seem like an extreme form of self-defense - tearing out of their own skin. Their unusually large, overlapping scale ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Calls for peace on eve of tense Kenya election
Nairobi (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
Former US president Barack Obama led international calls for peace Monday ahead of Kenyan elections seen as too close to call, with fears that violence could flare in east Africa's richest economy. ... 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
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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
AFRICA NEWS
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
Oil success continues offshore Senegal
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
Companies exploring the waters off the coast of Senegal said they've made another oil discovery just north of the flagship SNE oil field. ... 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


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FLORA AND FAUNA
Villagers in Niger 'massacre' 27 hippos
Niamey (AFP) July 13, 2017
At least 27 hippos have been slaughtered in a touristy zone in western Niger by villagers who blame them for destroying crops and harming livestock, local authorities said on Thursday. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
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
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
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



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
Paris (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Paris's urban rooftop hives hope to preserve honeybees
Urbana IL (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
New system could remove two water pollutants from ag fields
Los Angeles (AFP) July 13, 2017
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Leidos Innovations receives contract for U.S. Navy's undersea warfare system
Washington (UPI) Aug 4, 2017
Leidos Innovations is receiving a $7.2 million modification to an existing contract for spare parts and support services for the U.S. Navy's AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 undersea warfare system on surface ships. The modification applies towards the system used by the U.S. Navy and foreign military sales. The work will be conducted in Norfolk, Va. and is expected to be completed by July 2018. ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
Marine reserves can help commercial fishermen catch more fish, avoid bycatch
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Current threats to our oceans are revealed
Caracas (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
4,500 families, major dam affected by Venezuela flooding
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
Washington (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Government report sees drastic climate change impact in US: NYT
Paris (AFP) July 31, 2017
Small odds of reaching 2 C climate goal: researchers
Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
Could spraying particles into marine clouds help cool the planet
Solar glasses generate solar power
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Organic solar cells are flexible, transparent, and light-weight - and can be manufactured in arbitrary shapes or colors. Thus, they are suitable for a variety of applications that cannot be realized with conventional silicon solar cells. In the Energy Technology journal, researchers from KIT now present sunglasses with colored, semitransparent solar cells applied onto lenses that supply a ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
New method enhances broadband light absorption in solar cells
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Lightweight catalyst for artificial photosynthesis
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
A new picture emerges on the origins of photosynthesis in a sun-loving bacteria
Additive selectively converts CO2 to multicarbon fuels
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Chemists have figured out a new, more efficient way to create carbon-based fuels from carbon dioxide (CO2). In chemical reactions performed in the lab, a Caltech team has identified a new additive that helps selectively convert CO2 into fuels containing multiple carbon atoms - a step toward ultimately making renewable liquid fuels that are not derived from coal or oil. "The results were qu ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one
Pullman WA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels
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
Tech advances will lead to MH370 discovery - Malaysia Airlines
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Elephants, tigers kill one human a day in India
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Third gas discovery declared off the coast of Myanmar
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
Australian energy company Woodside Petroleum said it was reviewing its options after finding natural gas during an exploration campaign offshore Myanmar. The company said it made its third natural gas discovery since early 2016 at the Southern Rakine basin off the coast of Myanmar. Dubbed Pyi Thit-1, the company said it's another success story for an underdeveloped part of the world. ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
GasBuddy: Gas prices could go higher, but not too much
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
Oil success continues offshore Senegal
Caracas (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
Venezuela army hunts rebels behind raid on military base
Canada to protect national interests during NAFTA talks
Washington (UPI) Aug 4, 2017
As energy trade groups enter the fray, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told leaders national interests would be protected during NAFTA negotiations. The first round for negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement starts August 16 in Washington, D.C. Canada counts on the United States as its top trading partner and is the top oil exporter to its southern neighbor. Trad ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Chinese export, import growth rates slow in July
Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Trump action on China trade likely to have broad support
Beijing (AFP) July 18, 2017
China's Xi calls for more imports and more 'open economy'
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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
Vertical axis wind turbines can offer cheaper electricity for urban and suburban areas
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
According to a prediction made by the U.S. Department of Energy, wind energy could provide 20 percent of electricity in the U.S. by the year 2030. This has motivated researchers from the University of Utah's Department of Mechanical Engineering to investigate the performance capabilities and financial benefits of vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) in urban and suburban areas. A VAWT is a ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
U.S. wind power momentum up 40 percent from last year
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
Shale-rich Oklahoma to host mega-wind farm
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of offshore wind energy in the UK
Skin-ditching gecko inexplicably leaves body armor behind when threatened
Gainesville FL (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
When trouble looms, the fish-scale geckos of Madagascar resort to what might seem like an extreme form of self-defense - tearing out of their own skin. Their unusually large, overlapping scales flake off so easily that one biologist in the late 1800s tried collecting the geckos with cotton, but even with careful handling, few fish-scale gecko specimens have been preserved with all scales i ... more
Davis CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
The biology of color
Sydney (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
Idle spiders' epic sea journey from Africa to Australia
Saint-Aignan-Sur-Cher, France (AFP) Aug 5, 2017
Surviving baby panda in 'perfect health' says French zoo
US, allies slam Chinese island-building
Manila (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
The United States, Australia and Japan on Monday denounced Beijing's island-building and militarisation of the South China Sea, in contrast to the increasingly tepid response from Southeast Asian nations over the festering issue. China claims nearly all of the sea, through which $5 trillion in annual shipping trade passes and which is believed to sit atop vast oil and gas deposits. Its s ... more
Manila (AFP) Aug 6, 2017
China scores diplomatic coup in sea row
Beijing (AFP) Aug 5, 2017
China ups ante in high-altitude standoff with India
Beijing (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Vatican official says the Pope 'loves China'
Origin of human genus may have occurred by chance
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
An often cited claim that humans, who are smarter and more technologically advanced than their ancestors, originated in response to climate change is challenged in a new report by a Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology researcher at George Washington University. Many scientists have argued that an influx, described as a "pulse," of new animal species appear in the African fo ... more
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Cultural flexibility was key to surviving extreme dry periods in Africa
College Station TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Shedding light deeper into the human brain
Jena, Germany (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Identifying major transitions in human cultural evolution
Anti-IS operations enter fourth year
Washington (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
The US-led coalition campaign to destroy the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria enters its fourth year this week, and the Pentagon believes the jihadists' defeat is inevitable. On August 8, 2014 two FA-18 jets launched from the USS George W. Bush aircraft carrier in the Gulf and dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on IS fighters near Arbil in northern Iraq. The action marked the begi ... more
Moscow (AFP) July 17, 2017
Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death
Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
US approves sale of war planes to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
Nimitz carrier strike group joins Operation Inherent Resolve
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Payments to rural communities offer a new opportunity to restore China's native forests
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Despite massive efforts at reforestation, China's native forests continue to be displaced by plantations. A new study by researchers from the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB), Princeton University, and Sun Yat-sen University argues that rural communities could help reverse this trend if they were given incentives to protect and restore native forests on their ... more
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Austal lays keel for first Pacific Patrol Boat
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