Archive for November, 2015

Sunday, November 29th, 2015 at 2:09am

Twin suicide bomb blast rocks northern Cameroon village

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At least seven people, including two attackers, have been killed in a twin suicide bomb attack in northern Cameroon, security sources and an official have said. The attacks on Saturday in the village of Dabanga in Cameroon’s Far North Region are suspected to have been carried out by members of Nigeria’s armed group Boko Haram. “The provisional […]

Sunday, November 29th, 2015 at 2:09am

Syrian fighters claim several villages near Aleppo

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Syrian fighters have seized a town and several villages in Syria’s northern Aleppo province from troops and allied Shia forces amid intense fighting. A coalition of rebel groups, including the Nusra Front, announced on Saturday that they had taken back control of Tal Bajer in the southwestern countryside of Aleppo, after losing it to Syrian […]

Saturday, November 28th, 2015 at 2:03pm

The farmers growing vegetables with LED lights

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In thisTechKnow episode we see how a niche group of commercial farmers in the US is growing pesticide-free produce inside industrial warehouses with the help of artificial light. Green Sense Farms runs its vertical farm from a 2,800 square metre warehouse just outside Chicago. The farm is bathed in a pink glow – the effect of the […]

Saturday, November 28th, 2015 at 2:03pm

National anthems: beating the drums of war?

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When George Orwell wrote in 1945 that sport is “war minus the shooting”, it was recognition of the power of sports to arouse nationalistic sentiments. Orwell would have seen an echo of his words in the spectacle of thousands of football supporters across Europe singing the French national anthem as a show of solidarity for […]

Saturday, November 28th, 2015 at 2:03pm

Black Lives protesters take on ‘blue code of silence’

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The organisers thought they’d attract a bigger crowd. The police prepared for thousands.  But with a chill wind whipping off Lake Michigan, driving the rain into the faces of demonstrators, it was still an impressive turnout. In just three days, church groups, trade unions and community organisations turned hundreds and hundreds on to the streets. […]

Saturday, November 28th, 2015 at 1:46am

Who is buying ISIL’s oil?

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On the face of it, it looks like any state-run oil industry. Engineers, managers and traders, all help extract, refine and distribute oil, which makes its way across Syria and Iraq as well as overseas. But this is no state-run company. This is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) lifeline – a […]

Saturday, November 28th, 2015 at 1:46am

Maldives police pepper spray opposition protesters

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Maldives – A number of opposition MPs in the Maldives have been hospitalised after police used pepper spray to suppress a demonstration calling for the release of jailed former president Mohamed Nasheed. Police stepped in after thousands of opposition protestors assembled at the Artificial Beach in the capital Male on Friday for the start of […]

Saturday, November 28th, 2015 at 1:46am

Five Poles abducted as pirates storm ship off Nigeria

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Pirates have attacked a Polish-owned cargo vessel off the Nigerian coast, kidnapping five crew members, Poland’s authorities have confirmed.  Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said on Friday that the captain, three officers and a sailor, all Polish citiziens, were abducted on Thursday night from the Szafir, a Cyprus-registered ship en route from Antwerp to the Nigerian port of […]

Friday, November 27th, 2015 at 1:29pm

France pays tribute to Paris attacks victims

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France has paid tribute to the 130 people killed in the November 13 Paris attacks, with President Francois Hollande leading a solemn ceremony in honour of the victims. Families of those killed in the attacks, claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, joined some of the wounded at ceremonies on […]

Friday, November 27th, 2015 at 1:29pm

The first real advance of the northern winter

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The first surge of winter cold has just come south into the continents of the northern hemisphere. After a warm spell of many weeks, a drop of 10 to 20 degrees Celsius happened virtually overnight. Heavy snow came to northern Japan, beating a 62-year-old November snowfall record in Sapporo. Alpine skiers in Europe enjoyed the […]

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