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October 10, 2017
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
At least 8 migrants drown as boat collides with navy vessel: Tunisia



Tunis (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
At least eight migrants drowned after their boat sank following a collision with a Tunisian navy vessel in the Mediterranean, the defence ministry said on Monday. Spokesman Belhassen Oueslati told AFP that eight bodies were found and 38 people rescued after the unidentified boat "collided with a military vessel" Sunday evening when it was approached some 54 kilometres (33 miles) off the islands of Kerkennah. Search operations for any more missing were "still ongoing", he said. Several Italia ... read more

AFRICA NEWS
New witness emerges over Rwandan genocide: French legal source
Paris (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
French judges have heard from a new witness who claims to have seen missiles allegedly used to kill former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana, whose death sparked genocide in 1994, a source close to the case told AFP on Monday. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Rwanda military uses torture to force confessions: HRW
Kigali (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Rwanda's military has used asphyxiation, electric shock and mock executions to torture confessions out of detainees, Human Rights Watch said in a report published Tuesday. ... more
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. ... 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
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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
French supermajor Total places bet on offshore Guinea
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
French energy company Total said Monday it was expecting a big oil pay off from the under-explored deep waters off the coast of the Republic of Guinea. ... 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
FARM NEWS
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


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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
THE STANS
Kurds face growing isolation; Flights to Iraq Kurd capital to stop Friday
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Iraq's Kurds faced the threat of growing isolation Thursday after a massive "yes" vote for independence in a referendum that has incensed Baghdad and sparked international concern. ... more



Genetically boosting the nutritional value of corn could benefit millions
Brunswick NJ (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Rutgers scientists have found an efficient way to enhance the nutritional value of corn - the world's largest commodity crop - by inserting a bacterial gene that causes it to produce a key nutrient called methionine, according to a new study. The Rutgers University-New Brunswick discovery could benefit millions of people in developing countries, such as in South America and Africa, who dep ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Sustainable irrigation may harm other development goals
Miami (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Bee-harming pesticides in 75 percent of honey worldwide: study
Urbana IL (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Are we at a tipping point with weed control?
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
Saudi Arabia opens bid for 'utility scale' solar project
Riyadh (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Saudi Arabia invited bids on Tuesday for a "utility-scale" 300-megawatt solar project, a first for the world's top oil exporter. "Today's bid opening represents a significant milestone for the National Renewable Energy Programme, and an important step on the way to diversifying Saudi Arabia's domestic energy mix and building a cutting edge domestic renewable energy sector," Energy Minister K ... more
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
Upton, NY (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
New efficient catalyst for key step in artificial photosynthesis
NGOs slam UN aviation agency plan for biofuels
Berlin (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Nearly 100 environmental and poverty fighting groups jointly released a letter Tuesday slamming a UN proposal that backs large-scale use of biofuels in commercial planes. Extensive burning of biofuels would vastly expand the production of palm oil, which critics say drives deforestation, higher CO2 emissions and conflicts with indigenous peoples displaced from their land. The UN's Intern ... 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 09, 2017
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India's top court bans firecracker sales before Diwali
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
India's top court ordered a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers in New Delhi on Monday, ahead of the Diwali festival that leaves the city shrouded in toxic smog. The decision comes a little over a week before Diwali - the Hindu festival of lights - when Delhi fills with acrid smoke from celebratory firecrackers set off day and night. The onset of winter usually worsens the situat ... more
Preston, United Kingdom (AFP) Oct 7, 2017
Hurricane survivors swap Caribbean seas for English peas
Tunis (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
At least 8 migrants drown as boat collides with navy vessel: Tunisia
New Orleans (AFP) Oct 8, 2017
US Gulf Coast begins cleanup after Nate proves weaker than expected
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Brent crude oil prices lower despite Gulf of Mexico idling
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
Crude oil prices were drifting into negative territory early Monday on suggestions that more U.S. shale oil could move into the global marketplace. Crude oil prices have been on a general downward trend for most of October, eating into September gains sparked by the upheaval that Hurricanes Harvey and Irma brought to the U.S. energy sector. Markets so far have shrugged off the impact fr ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
Statoil finds at least 25 million barrels of oil in the North Sea
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
Flagship Wheatstone LNG project in Australia started
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
Gulf of Mexico energy operations pick up pieces after Nate
Researchers look for ancient trade routes at the bottom of the Mediterranean
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
A team of researchers from the University of Toronto are retracing the paths of Bronze Age Mediterranean traders by studying ancient anchorages along the coast of Cyprus. Over the past summer, U of T archaeologist Carrie Fulton led daily dives to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea in search of insights into the economic and cultural relations among ancient peoples of the Mediterranean. ... more
Stockholm (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Outsiders challenge Chicago school for Nobel economics prize
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
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
Wind farms in Atlantic could power the world: study
Miami (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Wind farms in the open ocean can generate far more renewable energy than those on land, possibly enough to power the whole world, said a US study on Monday. Researchers at the Carnegie Institution for Science found that higher wind speeds over the open seas could produce five times as much energy as wind turbines over land. While no commercial-scale deep water wind farms exist at present ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
Germany gets economic lift with wind energy
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
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Iraqi animal lovers go online to help save Baghdad's strays
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
The welfare of stray cats and dogs roaming Iraq's capital Baghdad is far from a priority for most residents after years of bloodshed and insecurity. Homeless animals typically face cruelty or even extermination on the streets of the city, but now some pet lovers are looking to use social media to change attitudes and find loving owners for the four-legged friends. Agricultural college ... more
Newark DE (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Examining the lifestyles of microbes
Suiyang, China (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
From poacher to ranger: saving China's Siberian tigers
York, UK (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Animals that play with objects learn how to use them as tools
Moscow says US 'pretending' to fight IS in Iraq
Moscow (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Moscow on Tuesday accused the United States of reducing its air strikes on the Islamic State group in Iraq to allow jihadists to enter Syria and fight the Russian-backed Syrian army. Military spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the Syrian regime was attempting to push the jihadists out of eastern Deir Ezzor province, but that arrivals from Iraq were boosting their numbers. "The US-led coalit ... more
Washington (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Trump makes cryptic 'calm before the storm' remark
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
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
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Stone Age child reveals that modern humans emerged more than 300,000 years ago
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
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
The Hague (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Sarin used in Syria 5 days before Khan Sheikhun: OPCW
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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
Woods Hole MA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Carbon feedback from forest soils will accelerate global warming
Warsaw (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Poland rejects EU evidence on primeval forest dispute
Navy to commission 14th Virginia-class submarine
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
The Navy's 14th Virginia-class fast attack submarine will be commissioned into service on Saturday in Virginia. The Navy said Thomas Dee, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of the Navy, will preside over the ceremony for the future USS Washington at Norfolk Naval Station. "The future USS Washington is among the most technologically advanced platforms in the world," Dee ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
Austal, Lockheed given green light on construction of next LCS
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
BAE Systems to support Queen Elizabeth carriers
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
Navy leadership testifies before SASC on ship collisions, readiness concerns


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