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December 13, 2017
Five elephants killed by train in India

New Delhi (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
A train has struck and killed five elephants as they crossed over tracks at a tea plantation in northeast India, an official said Monday. The elephants, including a pregnant female, were part of a larger herd wandering through the plantation early Sunday in Assam state, home to India's biggest wild elephant population, when they were mowed down by the train. "All five elephants died on the spot. A stillborn calf was later removed from the pregnant female," said Vikas Brahma, head of Assam's fore ... read more

Nepal's Communist parties poised for election landslide
Kathmandu (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
Nepal's Communist parties were headed Monday for a landslide win in elections seen as a turning point after two decades of conflict, political instability and disaster that have crippled the Himalayan country. ... more
India faces painful move to cleaner energy
Uncha Amirpur, India (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Subedar Singh bears the scars of India's painful reliance on dirty power and its struggle to pay for the costly transition to the brave new world of solar and renewable electricity. ... more
China says Indian drone 'invaded' its airspace, crashed
Beijing (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
China lodged an official protest with India on Thursday after charging that an Indian drone had "invaded" its airspace before crashing, months after the two sides ended a tense border standoff. ... more
Native groups fight to save land, culture from rising tides
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
The land that the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians call home is sinking. Without help, the unique cultural traditions of the native people of Southern Louisiana could be washed away. ... more
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Smog should stop play, Indian doctors tell cricket bosses
New Delhi (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Cricket organisers must take pollution into account before allowing matches to go ahead, the Indian Medical Association told the country's governing body for the sport Thursday, after a smog-plagued Test match in New Delhi. ... more
Spaceflight Prepares to Launch Eleven Spacecraft on India's PSLV-C40
Seattle WA (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Spaceflight, a satellite rideshare and mission management provider, has announced it will be launching 11 spacecraft in early January from India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). Spacecraft i ... more
Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog
New Delhi (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Unprecedented scenes of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks have reignited debate about hosting major sports in heavily polluted New Delhi, where doctors are increasingly vocal about the health risks posed by smog. ... more
Around 50 leaders set for Paris climate summit
Paris (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Around 50 world leaders are expected in Paris for a major climate summit this month but US President Donald Trump will skip it, the French presidency said Monday. ... more
Europe backing climate ambitions with capital
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
The European Union is putting money behind its rhetoric on climate change through partnerships in Germany and in India, the commission said Wednesday. ... more
Cricketers flounder in New Delhi's hazardous smog
New Delhi (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Indian and Sri Lankan cricketers battled through hazardous smog levels in a Test match Monday as New Delhi authorities faced scathing criticism over their lack of action to combat pollution. ... more

16 dead, 100 missing as cyclone hits India, Sri Lanka

India, Sri Lanka cyclone death toll rises to 26
Colombo (AFP) Dec 2, 2017
Thousands took to relief camps in Sri Lanka and southern India on Saturday to escape rising floodwaters after a cyclone killed at least 26 people. ... more
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. ... more
ISRO eyes one rocket launch a month in 2018
New Delhi (IANS) Nov 30, 2017
India plans to have at least one rocket launch every month in 2018 from its spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh to deploy satellites in orbit, said a top space official on Tuesday. "We are pl ... more
Tibetan monk self-immolates in China: campaigners
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
A 63-year-old Tibetan monk has self-immolated in southwest China in protest against Beijing's presence in Tibet, campaigners said, the fifth person to do so this year. ... more

Draken International to buy surplus South African fighters
Washington (UPI) Dec 12, 2017
South Africa's state-owned defense company, Denel SOC Ltd., is selling 12 surplus Cheetah fighter jets to Draken International, a U.S.-based tactical fighter training company. The sales contract, announced Tuesday by Denel, includes return to service and flight acceptance tests in South Africa and aircraft delivery to the United States. The company is also pursuing post-delivery logisti ... more
Ottawa (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
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Doha (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Qatar signs $8-bn deal to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from UK
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Chinese electric carmaker to open Morocco plant
Casablanca, Morocco (AFP) Dec 9, 2017
Chinese electric car manufacturer BYD on Saturday signed an agreement to open a factory near the Moroccan city of Tangiers to build battery-powered vehicles, officials said. BYD will become the third car manufacturer, after Renault and Peugeot of French, to construct cars in the North African state. The memorandum of understanding was signed at the royal palace in the coastal city of Cas ... more
Singapore (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Singapore launches electric car-sharing service
Beijing (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Chinese auto giant to end petrol vehicle sales by 2025
Berlin (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
Volkswagen boss urges end to diesel tax breaks
US void hard to miss at Paris climate summit
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Two years ago to the day, US secretary of state John Kerry shared in the cheers and champagne in Paris as world powers sealed a landmark global climate accord. Returning to the French capital Tuesday for a follow-up summit, he cut a bitter and disappointed figure. The United States' commitment to fighting climate change - something both Kerry and former president Barack Obama hoped woul ... more
Paris (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
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Nuclear fusion project faces delay over US budget cuts: director
Washington (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
The head of the multinational nuclear fusion project known as ITER, in Washington for talks with President Donald Trump's administration, has warned US budget cuts could delay completion of the experimental reactor. Launched a decade ago by seven partners - the European Union, the United States, China, Russia, Japan, India and South Korea - the project has been plagued by delays and budget ... more
Binghamton NY (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Scientists create stretchable battery made entirely out of fabric
Surrey UK (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Surrey scientists create cheap and safe electro-catalysts for fuel cells
Adelphi MD (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Army researchers seek better batteries
Mainz physicists propose a new method for monitoring nuclear waste
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
New scientific findings suggest neutrino detectors may play an important role in ensuring better monitoring and safer storage of radioactive material in nuclear waste repository sites. Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany have made calculations to ascertain the neutrino radiation of spent nuclear fuel emits. Their figures show that neutrino detectors could be usefu ... more
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Australian waste treatment technology plays major role in management of radioactive waste
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
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Cairo (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
Cairo, Moscow sign contract for Egypt's first nuclear plant
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China exports surge in November as trade tensions flare
Beijing (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
China's exports surged more than twice the expected pace in November, official data showed on Friday, as tensions with its largest trading partners flare. The healthy trade data is welcome news for the world's number-two economy as Beijing looks to tackle industrial overcapacity, winter pollution and a ballooning debt pile. Exports jumped 12.3 percent year-on-year to $217.4 billion, blow ... more
Buenos Aires (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
US says 'litigation-centered' WTO losing focus
Beijing (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
China exports soar higher than expected in November
Brussels (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
EU wins tougher, swifter anti-dumping trade powers
US military touts drug lab air strikes in Afghanistan
Washington (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
The US military on Tuesday touted its air campaign to destroy Taliban drug facilities in Afghanistan, saying it was impacting cash flow to the insurgents. According to Air Force Brigadier General Lance Bunch, US and Afghan warplanes have destroyed 25 drug processing labs since the campaign started on November 20. "This equates to almost $80 million of drug money eliminated from the kingp ... more
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Iraq Kurds denounce PM for comparing them to jihadists
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Car bomb hits Iraqi Kurdish area, causing deaths: party official
Moscow (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Russia says provided air cover for Kurdish militia in Syria
'We're losing the battle', Macron tells Paris climate talks
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron issued a stark warning on climate change at a summit in Paris on Tuesday, telling world leaders "we are losing the battle" against global warming. "We're not moving fast enough, that's the problem," Macron told the One Planet Summit called to boost the 2015 Paris climate accord, which US President Donald Trump has renounced. "We must all act because we wi ... more
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Dennis Rodman: Trump and N. Korea's Kim 'pretty much the same'
Beijing (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Former basketball star Dennis Rodman is perhaps the only person in the world to call both US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "friend". The ex-Chicago Bulls power forward - who has swigged vodka with Kim and been fired by Trump on "Celebrity Apprentice" - believes the two unpredictable leaders "are pretty much the same people". "They love control," Rodman to ... more
Seoul (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
S. Korea to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang: report
Washington (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
US urges talks as North Korea brags of nuclear arsenal
Beijing (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
South Korean leader starts fence-mending trip to China
Philippines's Duterte offers third telecom slot to China
Manila (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has offered China Telecom a slot to be the country's third telecom provider to break up the dominance of two local firms, his spokesman said Tuesday. The offer was part of Duterte's efforts to improve ties between China and the Philippines, taking into account political as well as economic considerations, spokesman Harry Roque told reporters. "It was ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
Former Chinese leadership contender faces graft probe
Beijing (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
EU "deeply troubled" by China's human rights record
Beijing (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
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Russia asks UN for green light to send arms to C. Africa
United Nations, United States (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Russia has asked the UN Security Council for permission to supply light arms and ammunition to the struggling armed forces of the Central African Republic beginning next week, according to a request obtained by AFP on Tuesday. The move has raised concerns from France which has questioned Russia's plan, notably over the storage of the weaponry, according to a Security Council diplomat who dec ... more
Ramstein, Germany (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
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Maseru, Lesotho (AFP) Dec 2, 2017
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Bamako (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Mali justice minister resigns after activist's acquittal
Public-private partnership to speed up military technology development
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
The U.S. Department of Defense, in collaboration with the National Security Technology Accelerator, launched a new Training and Readiness Accelerator, or TREX, this week at a defense industry conference. TREX was unveiled at the Interservice, Industry Training, Simulations and Education Conference in Orlando, Fla., to members of all branches of the military and leaders in the defense in ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
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Ocean of Things Aims to Expand Maritime Awareness across Open Seas
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
The internet of things connects an ever-growing number of smart devices for up-to-the-minute monitoring and tracking of many common events. Head out to most parts of the open ocean, however, and no such capability exists for real-time monitoring of maritime activity. DARPA has announced its Ocean of Things program, which seeks to enable persistent maritime situational awareness over large ... more
Ottawa (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Canada rejects Fincantieri-Naval Group warships offer
London (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
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NASA Establishes Advisory Group for National Space Council
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
NASA has established a new advisory group on behalf of the National Space Council that will represent the expertise, interests and perspectives of non-federal aerospace organizations to the National Space Council. The official charter for the Users' Advisory Group (UAG) was signed by acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on Dec. 6, and subsequently announced in the Federal Register. I ... more
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