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December 05, 2017
AFRICA NEWS
Regional force deploys to Lesotho over security concerns



Maseru, Lesotho (AFP) Dec 2, 2017
A 258-strong regional force was deployed to Lesotho on Saturday to ease security concerns in the landlocked kingdom after the killing of the country's top army commander in September. The move by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), a regional bloc, was approved in September after Khoantle Motsomotso was shot dead at a barracks by officers from a perceived rival faction. The shootout came just two months after elections and shattered hopes of ushering in a new era of stability in t ... read more

OIL AND GAS
Markets try for another rally Friday after U.S. oil upset the previous session
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
Enthusiasm caught up with OPEC's decision to extend production cuts through 2018, with a de facto lid on Libya and Nigeria sending oil prices higher on Friday. ... more
TERROR WARS
S. Sudan to join Chemical Weapons Convention: watchdog
The Hague (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
South Sudan is joining the Chemical Weapons Convention outlawing the use of toxic arms, meaning only three nations have not signed on to the treaty, a global watchdog said Friday. ... more
ABOUT US
Chimp females who leave home postpone parenthood
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
New moms need social support, and mother chimpanzees are no exception. So much so that female chimps that lack supportive friends and family wait longer to start having babies, according to research ... more
OIL AND GAS
Libyan PM asks for easing of arms embargo
Washington (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj on Thursday told US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that he hopes a UN arms embargo can be eased. ... more
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EPIDEMICS
Nigeria's flourishing 'miracle cure' business for HIV/AIDS
Lagos (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
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WAR REPORT
Egypt's Sisi tells army to restore Sinai security in 3 months
Cairo (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi publicly ordered on Wednesday his military chief of staff to restore security in Sinai within three months after militants killed more than 300 worshippers, demanding "complete brutal force." ... more
OIL AND GAS
Africa-focused Tullow Oil sees 2018 as a productive year
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
Refinancing $2.5 billion in loans means that, after resolving potentially pivotal West African issues, Tullow Oil enters 2018 on good footing, an officer said. ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Burkina, France launch W.Africa's biggest solar plant
Zagtouli, Burkina Faso (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Burkina Faso and France on Wednesday launched West Africa's biggest solar farm, a 33-megawatt facility designed to power tens of thousands of households and ease dependence on imported energy. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
For Gabon's sickly uranium miners, a long quest for compensation
Mounana, Gabon (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
"We are all sick. It's our health, and we are being conned," Moise Massala says angrily. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Mali justice minister resigns after activist's acquittal
Bamako (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Mali's justice minister resigned late Monday following the acquittal of a popular radio presenter and activist who alleged that the president and top military leaders were failing to keep the country secure. ... more


China hails new Zimbabwe leader, denies role in transition

AFRICA NEWS
Cash and history keep Europe as Africa's prime partner
Abidjan (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Hard cash but also the intangible ties of history have kept Europe in pole position as Africa's main partner, even if an influx of Chinese investment is prompting many African countries to look eastward. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
China taps Africa at Morocco Silk Road investment forum
Marrakesh, Morocco (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
A two-day investment forum opened in Morocco's Marrakesh on Monday as China seeks to revive ancient Silk Road trade routes from Asia to Europe and Africa. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Gambia court charges soldiers with coup plot
Banjul, Gambia (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
A Gambian military court on Monday charged 10 soldiers with treason and mutiny for plotting to overthrow the country's newly elected government in July, and two more with helping a sergeant evade arrest. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
From Myanmar to Zimbabwe, China's global footprint grows
Beijing (AFP) Nov 24, 2017
China has traditionally rejected US-style interventionism, but its deepening economic involvement in volatile countries like Myanmar and Zimbabwe is thrusting Beijing towards a more assertive global role, analysts say. ... more



Tokyo 2020 to feed IOC food from disaster-hit regions
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
International Olympic officials will be fed produce from northern Japan hit by the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster, as Tokyo 2020 organisers aim to dispel fears over food from the region. "Restoration of the disaster-hit area is an important pillar of our Games," a spokeswoman for the Tokyo 2020 organising committee told AFP. "By offering food from three disaster-hit prefectures, we ho ... more
Rome (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
UN dishes up prickly pear cactus in answer to food security
Davis CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Gene discovery may halt worldwide wheat epidemic
Istanbul (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Istanbul anglers keep up tradition despite stocks alarm
Seagrass is a key fishing ground globally
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
New research demonstrates that seagrass meadows are important fishing grounds all around the globe. The work highlights that there is an urgent need to start appreciating and understanding this role to be able to build more sustainable fisheries. A study led by Dr Lina Mtwana Nordlund at Stockholm University, published in the scientific journal Fish and Fisheries, examines the global extent to w ... more
Watamu, Kenya (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Sea turtles' sad fate: from restaurant menus to plastic 'soup'
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
Fishing nets pose grave threat to New Zealand's yellow-eyed penguin
St. Louis MO (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Sharks evolved aircraft-like attributes to suit habitats
Decline in atmospheric carbon dioxide key to ancient climate transition
Southampton UK (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
A decline in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels led to a fundamental shift in the behaviour of the Earth's climate system around one million years ago, according to new research led by the University of Southampton. A team of international scientists used new geochemical measurements, coupled with a model of the 'Earth system', to show that the growth and changing nature of continenta ... more
Paris (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Around 50 leaders set for Paris climate summit
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
Europe backing climate ambitions with capital
Columbus OH (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Researchers pin down one source of a potent greenhouse gas
Gore Mountain ski resort completes massive solar farm
Albany NY (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and Borrego Solar have announced the completion of Gore Mountain Ski Resort's 5.3 megawatt solar array in Washington County, the largest solar installation dedicated to a ski resort in the nation. The project supports Governor Cuomo's goal to have 50 percent of the State's el ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Windows of opportunity: Solar cell with improved transparency
Zagtouli, Burkina Faso (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Burkina, France launch W.Africa's biggest solar plant
Golden CO (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
NREL develops switchable solar window
Breakthrough process for directly converting methane to methanol
Medford MA (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
The direct oxidation of methane - found in natural gas - into methanol at low temperatures has long been a holy grail. Now, researchers at Tufts have found a breakthrough way to accomplish the feat using a heterogeneous catalyst and cheap molecular oxygen, according to a paper published in the journal Nature by a team led by Tufts University chemical engineers. Methanol is a key feedstock ... more
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Beijing bans fireworks, evil spirits rejoice
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
China may have invented fireworks but Beijing banned them from the capital Friday ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations, as authorities clamp down on potentially dangerous activities. The new regulation was passed by the local government, state news agency Xinhua said, and comes amid a city-wide campaign that is driving an estimated tens of thousands of migrants from homes that authorities de ... more
Santiago (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Southern Chile iceberg splits from glacier, threatens navigation
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
China, Myanmar hail close ties amid Rohingya outcry
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
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Iraq says southern oil exports set a record
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
The Iraqi Oil Ministry said exports from southern ports set a record, but more work was needed to make up for losses from issues in the north of the country. The ministry said the southern port at Basra recently sent out an average of 3.9 million barrels of oil per day, the highest capacity ever reached there. In a statement, Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said southern exports wer ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
Oil in mid-$60 per barrel range fair, Russian company says
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
Texas looks to port overhaul to keep pace with oil and gas exports
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
Danish gas field gets new life after fate questioned
Buy it with bitcoin in New York, but it's not cheap
New York (AFP) Dec 3, 2017
At Melt Bakery, a hole in the wall that sells ice cream sandwiches in New York's upscale Manhattan neighborhood, you can pay for your guilty pleasure in bitcoin. And while a few swipes of a mobile app are all it takes to fill your electronic wallet, the novelty, for now, comes at a hefty cost. Melt is one of several small stores in America's biggest city now accepting the bitcoins, haile ... more
Washington (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Trump administration rejects China's bid for market economy status
Beijing (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
China and Canada sign trade agreements during Trudeau visit
Sydney (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Australia casino giant Crown hit with class action over China
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
U.S. wind turbines getting taller and more efficient
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
U.S. federal data show installed wind turbines are taller and more efficient than in the past, though hydroelectric power still holds a slight edge. The U.S. Energy Information Administration found that the average height and power generating capacity for wind turbines installed in the country are taller and more efficient that in years past. "Since 2012, the average height of wi ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
New wind farm in service off the British coast
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
End tax credits for wind energy, Tennessee Republican says
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Five arrested over elephant killing in Sri Lanka
Colombo (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Sri Lankan police have arrested five men for allegedly killing a wild elephant, with officers seizing ivory and tusk-cutting tools, officials said Friday. Villagers in the island's northwest had alerted wildlife authorities after a popular local elephant called "Dala Poottuwa", or crossed tusker, disappeared. Its carcass was later found with a bullet wound in the skull. Authorities b ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
China seizes 12 tonnes of endangered pangolin scales
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
The Yeti of the Himalayas is probably an Asian bear, DNA shows
Exeter UK (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Plant respiration could become a bigger feedback on climate than expected
Tillerson meets EU, NATO leaders under cloud
Brussels (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets his EU and NATO counterparts in Brussels Tuesday to shore up ties, with allies insisting he still plays a "key role" despite doubts over his future. Tillerson will hold talks over lunch with European Union foreign ministers and the bloc's diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini, before a two-day NATO meeting set to focus on North Korea's missile programm ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Dozens of Japan MPs visit controversial war shrine
Saint-Aignan-Sur-Cher, France (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Brigitte Macron fetes first panda born in France
Sydney (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
New Australia laws to deal with foreign political meddling
Gorillas can learn to clean food on their own, without social cues
Washington (UPI) Dec 4, 2017
Gorillas don't need to witnesses others cleaning their food to adopt the behavior. They can learn it on their own - spontaneously. Many of the gorilla's abilities are thought to be socially acquired, including food cleaning behavior. But during a series of tests, researchers found gorillas cleaned sand from a dirty apple 75 percent of the time. "In four of our five gorillas, at ... more
Salt Lake City, United States (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Trump removes protection for swaths of Utah parks
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Chimp females who leave home postpone parenthood
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Long-term logging study demonstrates impacts on chimpanzees and gorillas
Half of Yazidis kidnapped by IS still missing
Erbil, Iraq (AFP) Dec 3, 2017
Around half of the Yazidis kidnapped by the Islamic State group three years ago are still missing, Iraqi Kurdish officials said Sunday. In 2014, IS jihadists killed thousands of Yazidis in Sinjar and kidnapped thousands of women and girls from the religious minority to abuse them as sex slaves. Kurdish fighters backed by the US-led coalition against IS captured Sinjar from the jihadists ... more
Sarajevo (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Bosnia puts jihadist arrested with weapons in detention
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 2, 2017
Two mass graves found in Yazidi district of Iraq
The Hague (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
S. Sudan to join Chemical Weapons Convention: watchdog
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NASA Survey Technique Estimates Congo Forest's Carbon
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
The equivalent of 85 billion tons of carbon dioxide - a huge amount equal to three-quarters of the carbon stored in forests across the contiguous United States - is locked in the living vegetation of one African country that holds much of the second largest tropical rainforest in the world, according to new research. The study conducted by NASA, UCLA and the World Wide Fund for Nature-Germ ... more
Jakarta (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Greenpeace slams Indonesia palm oil industry on deforestation
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Amazon's recovery from forest losses limited by climate change
Warsaw (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Poland says compliant with EU court order against ancient forest logging
'Explosion' dashes last hopes for missing Argentine sub with 44 aboard
Mar Del Plata, Argentina (AFP) Nov 24, 2017
Argentina's navy confirmed Thursday that an unusual noise heard in the Atlantic near the last known position of a missing submarine appeared to be an explosion, dashing the last hopes of finding the vessel's 44 crew members alive. Relatives of the missing sailors reacted with grief and anger to the news after holding out hope since the sub was reported overdue at its Mar del Plata base on N ... more
Mar Del Plata, Argentina (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
Argentina says abnormal noise heard after sub's last contact as hopes fade
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
Huntington Ingalls launches 8th National Security Cutter for Coast Guard
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
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