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November 08, 2017
EARTH OBSERVATION
Vega to launch an Earth observation satellite for the Kingdom of Morocco



Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Nov 01, 2017
For its 10th launch of the year, and the 11th Vega mission since this launcher began its career at the Guiana Space Center in 2012, Arianespace will orbit the MOHAMMED VI - A satellite. This Earth observation satellite for the Kingdom of Morocco was developed by a consortium comprising Thales Alenia Space as system prime contractor and Airbus as co-prime. Flight VV11 marks the eighth Earth observation mission for Vega, a versatile light launcher. The liftoff will be from the Vega Launc ... read more

AFRICA NEWS
Tense standoff in Juba as troops encircle ex-army chief's home
Juba (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
South Sudan's capital Juba was tense on Saturday as more than 100 soldiers surrounded the residence of powerful former army chief Paul Malong in a bid to disarm his bodyguards. ... more
UAV NEWS
Niger to let US forces arm drones in counter-terrorism fight
Niamey (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
Niger will allow US forces stationed in the country to arm the drones being used to track jihadists, having previously allowed their use only for surveillance, the government said Saturday. ... more
ABOUT US
Bonobos help strangers without being asked
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
A passer-by drops something and you spring to pick it up. Or maybe you hold the door for someone behind you. Such acts of kindness to strangers were long thought to be unique to humans, but recent r ... more
WATER WORLD
A well changes lives in ravaged Mali city
Gao, Mali (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Among the lines of small mud houses, plastic litter and piles of parched earth, children gaze skywards at a shiny blue tank perched on steel legs. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS
Deadly heat from climate change may hit slums hardest
Miami (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
With sheet metal roofs, concrete floors, poor ventilation and spotty electricity, crowded urban slums in Africa can expect to get even hotter and deadlier due to global warming, US researchers said Monday. ... more
NUKEWARS
S. Korea announces sanctions against Pyongyang
Seoul (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
South Korea announced new unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang - the first under President Moon Jae-In - on Monday, a day before US President Donald Trump arrives in Seoul on an Asian tour dominated by the North's nuclear programme. ... more
OIL AND GAS
No letup in Juba standoff around ex-army chief's home
Juba (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Troops remained deployed around the home of South Sudan's powerful former army chief Paul Malong on Sunday in a dispute over the fate of his 30 bodyguards, an army spokesman told AFP. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
US strikes IS in Somalia for first time
Washington (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
The US conducted a pair of drone strikes against Islamic State fighters in Somalia on Friday, the first time America has hit the jihadists in the Horn of Africa nation, officials said. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Morocco architect fights concrete with tradition
Tiznit, Morocco (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
An unexpected gust of cool air greets visitors to the new archives centre in Tiznit in the mountains of southern Morocco, even without air-conditioning despite extreme heat outside its walls. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Malawi turns to British troops in poaching war
Liwonde, Malawi (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Under a scorching sun, a team of British soldiers and Malawian rangers sheltered under a tree ready to pounce on their prey: poachers. ... more


There will be blood, Nigerian militant group warns

AFRICA NEWS
US mission in Niger not what US commanders say it was: reportw
Washington (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
The military operation that left four US commandos dead in Niger was actually a mission to capture or kill a jihadist leader, not a routine reconnaissance patrol as asserted by the Pentagon, ABC News reported Thursday. ... more
WAR REPORT
One killed, two hurt in Morocco tourist town shooting
Rabat (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
One man was shot dead and two others were hurt in a tourist area of Marrakesh, authorities in Morocco said, adding that it appeared to be a local settling of scores. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Shell completes $4.4 billion in sales a day before earnings report
Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2017
Royal Dutch Shell said Wednesday it made further progress in a major divestment plan by completing the sale of assets in Gabon and in the North Sea. ... more
OIL AND GAS
US approves $1 bln Qatar arms deal despite Gulf crisis
Washington (AFP) Nov 1, 2017
The United States government on Wednesday approved a $1.1 billion deal to service Qatar's F-15 fighter jets despite the diplomatic stand-off between the Gulf emirate and its neighbors. ... more



Extreme dining in Shanghai: French chef's twist on haute cuisine
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
A van spirits ten guests to a secret location in Shanghai, where they enter a non-descript industrial building as Strauss's theme from "2001: A Space Odyssey" fills the air. Inside is avant-garde restaurant Ultraviolet, the city's newest three-star Michelin eatery, where adventurous gourmands happily pay up to 6,000 yuan ($900) per head and the waitlist for a seat is three months. The g ... more
London (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
First luxury Perigord truffle is cultivated in Britain
Tumaco, Colombia (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Black leaders who urged farmers to dump coca on run from Colombia gangs
New York NY (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Swapping where crops are grown could feed an extra 825 million people
Researchers use forensic science to track turtles
Washington (UPI) Nov 6, 2017
Biologists tracking vulnerable turtle species in the Mediterranean have borrowed a technique from forensic scientists. By measuring "stable isotope ratios," scientists at the University of Exeter were able to determine where turtles were traveling from to breed Cyprus. Isotopes are variants of the same chemical element. Each variant boasts a different number of neutrons in its nucleus. ... more
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
50 years of data from oxygen minimum lab helps predict the oceans' future
Suva, Fiji (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Tiny Fiji looks for global impact at Bonn climate talks
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Penn engineers develop filters that use nanoparticles to prevent slime build-up
Cities can cut greenhouse gas emissions far beyond their urban borders
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Greenhouse gas emissions caused by urban households' purchases of goods and services from beyond city limits are much bigger than previously thought. These upstream emissions may occur anywhere in the world and are roughly equal in size to the total emissions originating from a city's own territory, a new study shows. This is not bad news but in fact offers local policy-makers more leverage to t ... more
Bonn (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
2017 set to be hottest non-El Nino year: UN
Bonn (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
Plea for 'urgent action' on climate shadowed by Trump
Washington (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
White House OKs report warning climate change caused by humans
OMCO Solar expands to met demand for field-fast racking systems
Phoenix, AZ (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
OMCO Solar, a division of OMCO Holdings, has announced a significant expansion to their solar product offerings and construction leadership teams, bringing years of solar experience to support the launch of their exclusive, Field-Fast fixed-tilt racking solution. Chosen as Director of Solar Product Engineering, Matt Kesler will oversee all current and future solar engineering and design op ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 2, 2017
European lender closer to green finance goals
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Mechanochemistry paves the way to higher quality perovskite photovoltaics
Washington (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
US renewable energy booms despite Trump vow to quit Paris deal
Study identifies additional hurdle to widespread planting of bioenergy crops
Indianapolis IN (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
A study examining how certain decisions impact what farmers plant and harvest identified one crucial factor that researchers believe needs to be added to the list of decision variables when considering bioenergy crops: the option value. Most studies have not examined the role of the option value, which has to do with farmers waiting to see how bioenergy crop prices will change in the futur ... more
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Penn researchers mimic giant clams to enhance the production of biofuel
Newark DE (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Research aims to help renewable jet fuel take flight
Champaign IL (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Expanding Brazilian sugarcane could dent global CO2 emissions
Air force error allowed Texas shooter to buy guns despite conviction
Washington (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
A domestic violence conviction legally prohibited the Texas church shooter from buying guns, but the Air Force failed to enter it into a database used to run background checks, officials said Monday. Devin Kelley - who shot dead 26 people at a Texas church - could therefore have passed the background check required to buy a gun, which would have raised red flags if the conviction had been ... more
Washington (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
In reversal, US tech firms back bill on human trafficking
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Crime writer Ian Rankin predicts rise of 'kind and gentle' books
United Nations, United States (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
UN council weakens response to Myanmar after China objects
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Study maps Sub-Saharan Africa's dependency on China
Paris (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Sub-Saharan Africa nations are growing more dependent on China as an export market, putting them at greater risk to shifts in the Chinese economy, a study published Tuesday said. "There is no doubt about a strong dependence on China for countries that produce oil and minerals," said Ruben Nizard, an economist and Sub-Saharan Africa specialist at the French financial services firm Coface. ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 7, 2017
Tight markets, demand spike mean higher gas prices
Washington (UPI) Nov 7, 2017
Oil prices inch lower after Monday's massive rally
Washington (UPI) Nov 7, 2017
An Iranian benchmark for oil just topped $60 per barrel
Canada: Amazon to add 1,000 jobs in Vancouver
Montreal (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Amazon announced Friday that it will double its workforce in Canada's western metropolis of Vancouver, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) north of its Seattle headquarters, to 2,000. The company said in a statement it would open a new office in downtown Vancouver in 2020 to accomodate the new staff, which will bring its total number of its employees across Canada to 6,000. "We are among th ... more
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Alibaba launches electronic trading hub in Malaysia
Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
China cracks down on fraudulent provincial growth figures
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 1, 2017
Hong Kong skyscraper sold for record $5.15 bn
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
New York sets high bar for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
The state of New York aims to become a new hub for the wind energy industry with its unique geographical position and ambitions goals, a state leader said. New York ranks 11th in the nation in terms of installed wind energy capacity and is the 15th windiest. As of 2014, the state had 20 wind energy projects in service, with a total capacity of 1.8 gigawatts of capacity. The state set of ... more
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Construction to begin on $160 million Industry Leading Hybrid Renewable Energy Project
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Scotland outreach to Canada yields wind energy investment
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Flights of honeybees reveal individual directional tendencies
Washington (UPI) Nov 3, 2017
Just as humans and other animals are often more dexterous with one hand or paw - usually the right - honeybees have individualized flight pattern preferences. Some prefer to go right, others feel more comfortable going left. Left-handedness is relatively rare among humans. But according to the latest research, plenty of bees go left. The insects are more democratic in their directiona ... more
Mexico City (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
Endangered vaquita porpoise dies in captivity
London, UK (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Landmark discovery turns marathon of evolution into a sprint
Liwonde, Malawi (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Malawi turns to British troops in poaching war
China's military ordered to pledge total loyalty to Xi
Beijing (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
China's military has been ordered to pledge absolute loyalty to President Xi Jinping while a paramilitary police force now literally sings his praises, further cementing his place as the country's most powerful leader in decades. The world's largest armed forces should be "absolutely loyal, honest and reliable to Xi", said a new guideline issued by the Central Military Commission and reporte ... more
Brussels (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
NATO to revamp command structure to counter Russia threat
Washington (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
The Trump A to Z, from America First to 'Zero'
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
Fish food and golf bromance: 5 takeaways from Trump in Japan
Japanese scientists estimate the mutation rate from chimpanzee parents to their offspring
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Mutations generate genetic variation, and are a major driving force of evolution. Therefore, examining mutation rates and modes are essential to better understand the genetic basis for physiology and evolution. One traditional method to estimate this rate is a 'phylogenetic' approach that examines the sequence divergence between two species, and the time between divergence events. However, ... more
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Bonobos help strangers without being asked
Jakarta (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Newly discovered orangutan species is most endangered great ape
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Study shows how memories ripple through the brain
Mattis looks to diplomacy as IS crumbles in Syria
Helsinki (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday that he supported a diplomatic solution for the Syria conflict, as America and its partners look beyond the defeat of the Islamic State group in the war-torn nation. Speaking to reporters ahead of his arrival for talks in Finland on Monday, Mattis said intelligence assessments - based primarily on the numbers of jihadists who have surrendered, des ... more
Paris (AFP) Nov 1, 2017
Homeward bound? Europe mulls fate of jihadist families
Washington (AFP) Nov 1, 2017
Guantanamo judge orders US general's detention for contempt
Paris (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
Jihadists at large: 3 most wanted for Paris, Brussels attacks
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
It takes a microclimate to raise a pinyon tree
Fort Collins CO (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
With all the discussion about global climate change effects, new research shows that another kind of climate is an important factor in regional pinyon pine tree recovery after drought events - the microclimate. Microclimates are localized climates found within a larger one, like that of a cool canyon in the desert Southwest. These microclimates occur because of local differences in the lan ... more
Kent UK (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Protecting 'high carbon' rainforest areas also protects threatened wildlife
Waiapi, Brazil (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
For Amazon tribe, rainforest is a whole world
Waiapi, Brazil (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Beer o'clock in the Amazon: the tribe that loves to party
S. Korea 'in talks to buy nuclear submarine' from US: reports
Seoul (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
South Korea is negotiating with the United States to buy nuclear-powered submarines to guard against threats from Pyongyang, local reports said Tuesday, as President Donald Trump said Seoul would buy "billions of dollars" of US weapons. Nuclear-powered submarines can stay submerged for months, giving them a far greater range than their diesel-powered counterparts, and are also crucial to an ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 7, 2017
BAE awarded $22M contract for work on USS Little Rock, USS Sioux City
Jerusalem (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Netanyahu associates grilled in German sub graft probe: report
Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2017
Raytheon awarded contract computer systems on Zumwalt-class destroyers
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