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October 09, 2017
AFRICA NEWS
Nigeria: Cooperation 'key' to defeating jihadists



Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Greater international cooperation is required to defeat Boko Haram and neutralise the threat from the Islamist militants in Nigeria and beyond, military commanders and politicians said this week. The jihadists, who are allied to the Islamic State group, have destroyed swathes of remote northeast Nigeria since 2009, killing at least 20,000 people and forcing more than 2.6 million from their homes. Counter-insurgency operations since early 2015 have pushed them out of captured towns and villages t ... read more

AFRICA NEWS
Three US Green Berets killed in Niger
Niamey (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Three US Green Berets and four Nigerien soldiers were killed in a clash on the Niger-Mali border, where Islamic State fighters have established a presence, officials said Thursday. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Liberian women hold mass fast for peaceful elections
Monrovia (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Dressed in identical printed skirts, a hundred Liberian women knelt in prayer after another long day in three weeks of fasting, appealing once more that their country be spared of violence. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Chevron may shed more of its portfolio
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Anglo-Swiss multinational Glencore said Friday it was looking to spend close to $1 billion to buy most of U.S. supermajor Chevron's assets in South Africa. ... more
ABOUT US
Stone Age child reveals that modern humans emerged more than 300,000 years ago
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
South Africa is well-known for its hominin fossil record. But this time, results from a study of ancient DNA presented in the September 28th First Release early online issue of Science show that the ... more
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Earliest evidence for a native African cultigen discovered in Eastern Sudan
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Archaeologists examining plant impressions within broken pottery have discovered the earliest evidence for domesticated sorghum in Africa. The evidence comes from an archaeological site (known ... more
TERROR WARS
Fleeing offensives, where are the IS jihadists going?
Beirut (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
The Islamic State group is under attack across the remaining parts of its self-proclaimed caliphate, but what happens to its thousands of fighters as their group loses grip on territory? ... more
FARM NEWS
First global pact backing indigenous land rights launched
Stockholm (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Indigenous peoples could soon regain some control of their native forests with the creation of a new global institution dedicated to securing their land rights. ... more
OIL AND GAS
OPEC-member Libya still in turmoil, EU report finds
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
A European memo on the status of stability in OPEC-member Libya warns that progress in the war-torn country may be limited. ... more
OIL AND GAS
KBR to work at gas sites in Algeria hit by terror attacks in recent years
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
Engineering company KBR said Monday it would support construction activity for gas operations in Algeria at two sites hit in terrorist attacks in recent years. ... more
WAR REPORT
US carries out more airstrikes in Libya
Washington (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
The US military has carried out more air strikes against the Islamic State group in Libya, killing several fighters, the US Africa Command said Thursday. ... more


Kurds face growing isolation; Flights to Iraq Kurd capital to stop Friday

AFRICA NEWS
Ghanaian villagers profit from monkey business
Tafi Atome, Ghana (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
The villagers of Tafi Atome, in Ghana's Volta Region, grew up listening to tales of their spiritual links to the 1,000 or so mona monkeys that inhabit the surrounding lush forest. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
The link between drought and riots in sub-Saharan Africa
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
The scientific community has been working on the possibility of a relationship between periods of drought and rioting for several years. The University of Geneva (UNIGE), operating in partnership wi ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Wildlife groups accused of funding abuses against Pygmies in Africa
Libreville (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Wildlife guards funded by the WWF and other conservation groups have carried out systematic abuses against tribes in central Africa, an activist group claimed on Monday. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Kiir tells South Sudan police to work with UN
Juba (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
President Salva Kiir on Wednesday ordered South Sudanese police to cooperate with a new 4,000-strong United Nations force being deployed in the capital Juba. ... more



Bee-harming pesticides in 75 percent of honey worldwide: study
Miami (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Traces of pesticides that act as nerve agents on bees have been found in 75 percent of honey worldwide, raising concern about the survival of these crucial crop pollinators, researchers said Thursday. Human health is not likely at risk from the concentrations detected in a global sampling of 198 types of honey, which were below what the European Union authorizes for human consumption, said t ... more
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Corvallis OR (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Climate change, population growth may lead to open ocean aquaculture
Did rapid sea-level rise drown fossil coral reefs around Hawaii?
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Investigations to predict changes in sea levels and their impacts on coastal systems are a step closer, as a result of international collaboration between the University of Sydney and researchers from Japan, Spain, and the United States. Scientists globally are investigating just how quickly sea-level rise can occur as a result of global warming and ice sheets melting. Recent findings sugg ... more
Wellington (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Pacific's Niue creates huge marine sanctuary
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Shipping, fishing killed Canada right whales: autopsy
Valletta (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Prince Charles warns 'plastic on the menu' in world's fish
Every economy at risk from climate change, IMF says
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
The consequences of a changing climate pose a threat to every single economy in the world, the head of the International Monetary Fund said from Massachusetts. An annual report from the World Health Organization and UNICEF said global hunger is on the rise, affecting 11 percent of the world's population, in part because of climate change. The report found a link between conflict and cli ... more
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Ninety-eight scientists launch a 2,000-year global temperature database
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Auditor slams Canada on lack of climate actions
Sydney (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Drought not dingos behind mainland Australia tiger extinction: study
New efficient catalyst for key step in artificial photosynthesis
Upton, NY (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Chemists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have designed a new catalyst that speeds up the rate of a key step in "artificial photosynthesis" - an effort to mimic how plants, algae, and some bacteria harness sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide into energy-rich fuels. This step - called water oxidation - releases protons and electrons from water molecules, ... more
Riyadh (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Saudi Arabia opens bid for 'utility scale' solar project
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Scientists propose new way of increasing the efficiency of solar batteries
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Governor Brown Sends SCE to CEC Investigation and ABC Solar Files CPUC Petition to Censor SCE
A key step in synthetic fuel production from seawater patented by NRL
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
The world's oceans cover approximately 70 percent of Earth's surface and contain roughly 93 percent of the planet's carbon dioxide (CO2). With around 38,000 gigatons (Gt) of carbon, our world's oceans contain 16 times as much carbon as that found on land or in the atmosphere combined. "With greater attention being directed at mitigating the effects CO2 can have on the environment, an inter ... more
Liverpool UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
Ames IA (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Surrounded by potential: New science in converting biomass
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Olive mill wastewater transformed: From pollutant to bio-fertilizer, biofuel
Hurricane survivors swap Caribbean seas for English peas
Preston, United Kingdom (AFP) Oct 7, 2017
When they signed up to study in the Caribbean they thought they were heading for an island paradise. But when Hurricane Irma devastated Sint Maarten, they ended up being transferred to drizzly northern England instead. When the Category Five storm destroyed the island's infrastructure last month, more than 700 students and staff at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC ... more
New Orleans (AFP) Oct 8, 2017
US Gulf Coast begins cleanup after Nate proves weaker than expected
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
800 Yazidis refugees resettled in Canada: minister
Los Angeles (AFP) Oct 8, 2017
Sandy Hook mother angry but hopeful after Las Vegas slaughter
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We're not satisfied yet with markets, Saudi oil minister says
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
The move by OPEC and non-OPEC producers to balance the market is working, but the work is not yet finished, Saudi Arabia's oil minister said from Moscow. An energy forum under way in Moscow and St. Petersburg is about halfway through. Speaking at the conference, Saudi Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih said market recovery is apparent, and the success of the agreement is obvious, but producer ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Global GDP gains and OPEC chatter lift oil prices higher
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Kinder Morgan signs contracts for Trans Mountain expansion
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Time running out on closing budget gap in shale-rich Oklahoma
Outsiders challenge Chicago school for Nobel economics prize
Stockholm (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
The 2017 Nobel season wraps up Monday with the economics prize, which could this year honour fields rarely awarded by the committee, such as development economics or French economist Esther Duflo's research on poverty. The Nobel Economics Prize was created by the Swedish central bank "in memory of Alfred Nobel" and first awarded in 1969, unlike the other prizes which were created in his last ... more
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
EU targets China with tough rules on cheap imports
Beijing (AFP) Sept 30, 2017
Chinese manufacturing accelerates for second straight month
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
$37.7 million bowl sets Chinese ceramic auction record
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
Germany gets economic lift with wind energy
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
With the start of construction of a new wind farm off the coast of Germany, officials said the nation's economy was supported through low-carbon efforts. German energy company E.ON, with support from Norway's Statoil, hosted a ceremony to mark the start of construction for the Arkona offshore wind farm, which formally started in late August. Christian Pegel, a regional Germany en ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
French energy company to build wind power sector in India
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
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Animals that play with objects learn how to use them as tools
York, UK (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Researchers have discovered that New Caledonian crows and kea parrots can learn about the usefulness of objects by playing with them - similar to human baby behaviour. The study, led by researchers at the Universities of York and St Andrews, demonstrated that two types of bird were able to solve tasks more successfully if they had explored the object involved in the task beforehand. It has ... more
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Iraqi animal lovers go online to help save Baghdad's strays
Newark DE (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Examining the lifestyles of microbes
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Cats kill more than one million birds per day in Australia
Trump makes cryptic 'calm before the storm' remark
Washington (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
President Donald Trump made a cryptic remark Thursday about the present time possibly representing the "calm before the storm," but declined to specify what specific crisis - if any - he was referring to. Trump made the remark during a photo opportunity at the White House as he and First Lady Melania prepared to have dinner with military leaders and their spouses, following a meeting with ... more
Manila (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Philippines hails US as top ally, welcomes war games
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Hong Kong lawmaker guilty of desecrating Chinese flag
Washington (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Trump accepts Duterte's ASEAN summit invite after all
Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding Early humans seem to have recognised the dangers of inbreeding at least 34,000 years ago, and developed surprisingly sophisticated social and mating networks to avoid it, new research has found. The study, reported in the journal Science, examined genetic information from the remains of anatomically mode ... more
Tucson AZ (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Ancient humans left Africa to escape drying climate
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Scientists find more modern human traits influenced by Neandertal DNA
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Isotopic analyses link the lives of Late Neolithic individuals to burial location in Spain
Major battlefronts against IS in Iraq and Syria
Beirut (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
The Islamic State group has lost swathes of territory in its self-declared "caliphate" in recent months, including its emblematic Iraq stronghold Mosul and most of its Syrian bastion Raqa. On Thursday, Iraqi forces recaptured the northern town of Hawija, the centre of one of IS's last two remaining enclaves in the country. The jihadists are also facing parallel Russian- and US-backed off ... more
The Hague (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Sarin used in Syria 5 days before Khan Sheikhun: OPCW
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 7, 2017
Iraq-Syria border set for last major assault on IS: US general
Brussels (AFP) Oct 7, 2017
Belgium seeks to bring back children stranded by IS
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Predicting insect feeding preferences after deforestation
Annapolis, MD (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Like a scene from the movie Alien, insect parasitoids inject their eggs into unsuspecting hosts, their offspring grow and eat from within, eventually bursting out leaving dead, empty host vessels. These tiny predators, many of them wasps, can have major ecological and economic impacts. For example, wasps in the genus Melittobia attack pollinating bumblebees. Parasitoid wasp larvae feed on ... more
Guelph, Canada (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
DNA barcoding technology helping monitor health of all-important boreal forest
Warsaw (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Poland rejects EU evidence on primeval forest dispute
Miami (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Forest loss means tropics emit more carbon than they trap: study
Navy leadership testifies before SASC on ship collisions, readiness concerns
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
Senior leaders from the U.S. Navy told a U.S. Senate committee on Tuesday that it is "very hard to understand" how two Navy destroyers collided with civilian ships, but chalked up the issues to gaps in readiness and leadership. Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, Navy Chief of Operations Adm. John Richardson and Government Accountability Office official John Pendleton testified Tuesd ... more
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Australia selects Saab for naval C4I systems


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