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U.S. discusses Iran sanctions with Iraq, Baghdad hurt by curbs on Iranian gas imports

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 05:54

"Sanctions were mentioned, they're a reality, they're there," Perry told reporters in Baghdad after meeting Iraq's oil and electricity ministers, without providing further details of the discussion. Washington gave Iraq a 45-day waiver over imports of Iranian gas when it reimposed sanctions on Iran's oil sector on Nov. 5. Iraqi officials have said they need around two years to wean themselves off Iranian gas imports and find an alternative source.


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Yemen's warring parties exchange prisoner lists, talks focus on Hodeidah

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 05:38

Both parties at the consultations in Sweden, set to last until Dec. 13, have yet to settle major sticking points, including a ceasefire in the port of Hodeidah, reopening of Sanaa airport and shoring up of the central bank. The talks are being held as Western allies press Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, leaders of a military coalition backing the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, to end a war that has pushed Yemen to the verge of famine. Delegates said the prisoner swap would be conducted via Houthi-held Sanaa airport in north Yemen and government-held Sayun airport in the south - a process overseen by the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross.


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UN science panel chief calls for more action to curb warming

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 04:57

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The head of the U.N.'s top science panel on climate change said Tuesday the world needs to "do more and faster" to prevent global warming on a scale that would cause irreversible environmental damage and hit poor societies hard.


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Great snakes! Indonesians wrestle with giant python

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 04:50

A viral video showing a gigantic python wrapping itself around an Indonesian villager has secured more than a million views, after locals wrestled with the serpent before successfully caging it. The November 22 video, shot by villager Ronal Efendi Coto, shows the man fighting as others try to pry him loose from the python's notorious death grip. In June, an Indonesian woman was found dead inside in the belly of a giant python after it was captured near where she vanished while tending her vegetable garden on Sulawesi island.


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'Miracle' Excavation of 'Little Foot' Skeleton Reveals Mysterious Human Relative

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 04:34

Following an epic 20-year-long excavation in South Africa, researchers have finally recovered and cleaned the nearly complete skeleton of an ancient human relative: an approximately 3.67-million-year-old hominin nicknamed Little Foot. Little Foot is likely a previously unknown species, the researchers said. In four newly posted studies — all available on bioRxiv, meaning they are not yet published in a peer-reviewed journal — the researchers delved into Little Foot's anatomy.


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Children whose older siblings have autism or ADHD may have increased risk for both disorders

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 04:10

New US research has found that children whose older siblings have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are also at an increased risk for both disorders. The findings, published online in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, showed that later-born children whose siblings had ASD also had a 30 times higher risk of ASD, as well as a 3.7 times higher risk of ADHD, compared to later-born siblings of children without either condition.


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How Worried Should You Be About AbbVie's $5.8 Billion Boondoggle?

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 04:01

Rova-T looks like a bust. But AbbVie isn't.


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Anger Isn't As Bad As You Think. Here's Why.

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 04:00

Feeling mad? Good! Here's how to use that anger more positively.


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The Latest: Activists critical of detentions, deportations

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 03:52

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on U.N. climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local):


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Waste plant fire stokes Italy garbage crisis

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 03:50

Twelve teams of firefighters battled Tuesday to put out a vast fire at a garbage dump in Rome as critics slammed the capital's beleaguered waste manager and warned of chaos to come. The odour of burning refuse wafted across the historic centre as the blaze, which began overnight, crept steadily from the site in the north-east of the city. City hall said it had called the national civil protection agency and the environmental protection agency to an emergency task force meeting and was monitoring air quality in the area.


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Burberry, H&M and Stella McCartney unite to fight global warming

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 03:46

Burberry, H&M, Stella McCartney and Hugo Boss are teaming up to fight climate change with the signing of a new charter. The brands are just some of the 43 fashion businesses to have signed the newly-unveiled ‘Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action', a UN Climate Change initiative. Additional signatories include adidas, Gap Inc., Kering, Levi Strauss & Co., Puma SE, PVH Corp. and Target, as well as organizations such as the China National Textile and Apparel Council and the Outdoor Industry Association and Textile Exchange.


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Carbon conscious: how one man is shrinking his footprint

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 03:34

STOLLBERG, Germany (AP) — Some people count their calories. Dirk Gratzel counts his carbon emissions


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Exploring Earth's final frontiers: Five Deeps Expedition attempts to visit the bottom of the world's oceans

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 03:16

For the last three years, a society of explorers, oceanographers, engineers and scientists has been secretly working on a project without precedent; now the adventurer Victor Vescovo will push the results of their labour to the limit. A collaboration between undersea-technology company Caladan Oceanic, specialist tour operator Eyos Expeditions and Triton Submarines, the Five Deeps Expedition is the first global ocean journey to send a manned submersible to the five deepest points below the surface of the Earth’s oceans. Having already climbed the world’s seven highest mountain peaks and trekked to the North and South Poles, Caladan Oceanic founder Vescovo knows all about extreme environments, but he’ll face his most formidable challenge yet when he pilots The Limiting Factor, the name given to the first commercially certified full ocean depth submersible developed for this task. Nobody has ever been to the bottom of four of the world’s oceans; Vescovo will be the first to see these unfathomable frontiers. A test run of The Limiting Factor The project is due to commence later this week with a dive down 8,648m to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean’s Puerto Rico Trench and all going well it will continue throughout 2019. Later journeys in the two-person submsersible will descend to the South Sandwich Trench (8,428m/27,651ft below the surface of the Southern Ocean); the Java Trench in the Indian Ocean (7,725m/25,344ft); Marina Trench/Challenger Deep in the Pacific Ocean (10,898m/35,755ft); and Malloy Deep in the Arctic Ocean (5,669m/18599ft). The Limiting Factor will be transported from one remote location to another aboard a ship named Pressure Drop, which has been adapted especially for this mission. Among the many support staff on board will be Rob McCallum, co-founder of Eyos Expeditions and the project’s expedition leader. The Pressure Drop McCallum previously led expeditions to the wrecks of the RMS Titanic (which rests today at a depth of 4,000m/13,123ft) and the battleship Bismarck (5,000m/16,404ft), using twin ‘Mir’ submersibles. He will be responsible for the overall coordination of the Five Deeps expedition, and describes it as: “A dream project [that] allows us to finally explore the last frontier on Earth. I guess from here we head to Mars!” Also supporting the project will be scientist Dr Alan Jamieson of Newcastle University, who has undertaken 50 deep sea exploration missions. He will play a vital role in interpreting the unexpected discoveries that likely await. “They will,” he says, “promise a world of new scientific innovation in almost every area of biological, geological and oceanographic study.” A Fangtooth fish is one of the unusual creatures known to reside in especially deep waters. The Five Deeps expedition hopes to uncover many more. Credit: Getty Images There are plans, too, to share the team’s findings with the public. For now, this is a private rather than commercial endeavour but BAFTA- and Emmy-winning Atlantic Productions and lauded documentary filmmaker Anthony Geffen will also participate in the expedition. Footage they capture is expected to be screened by the Discovery Channel at a later date. The Limiting Factor in action Says Geffen: “This is one of the most significant explorations and scientific expeditions… Each of the dives is like following a moon shot… [we will] bring millions around the world into the cockpit of the submersible and provide them with a viewing experience unlike any before it.” Should an especially wealthy viewer be particularly inspired by the footage they will also have an opportunity to directly replicate Vescovo’s daring voyages. After the project is completed, The Limiting Factor and its support vessel will be offered for sale. Sign up for the Telegraph Luxury newsletter  for your weekly dose of exquisite taste and expert opinion. 


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Snow to streak into Rockies, blanket ski resorts at midweek

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 02:27

The same storm system bringing torrential rainfall to coastal areas of the Northwest and heavy snow to the Cascades through Tuesday night will deliver a fresh blanket of snow to ski resorts across the Rockies during the middle of the week.


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Brazil should stay in Paris climate agreement: future environment minister

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 02:08

Bolsonaro said on the campaign trail that he could pull out of the Paris Agreement, which sets targets for countries to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases. "My inclination is ...to say that we shouldn't leave the agreement," Ricardo Salles, who is tipped to become minister after Bolsonaro assumes office Jan. 1, said in an interview. "All countries must respect Brazilian autonomy to manage its territory and to decide its environmental policies internally," he said.


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Vivendi Demands Telecom Italia Fire Directors Allied to Elliott

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 01:01

Key InsightsVivendi is turning up the heat in its battle to win back control of Italy’s dominant phone company from Elliott after the U.S. activist’s allies last month pushed out the company’s CEO, a Vivendi ally.Telecom Italia’s board, dominated by Elliott allies, has resisted Vivendi’s demand for a shareholder meeting to appoint auditors for 2019 onwards.


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Why the F-35 Will Soon Be Deadlier Than Ever

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 01:00

The new hardware and software, to be operational on the F-35 by 2021, includes seven racks per aircraft consisting of 1,500 module components, including new antennas and weapons release systems.


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Ghosn's Lawyers Push Back, Saying Charges Against Him Are Flawed

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 00:18

On Monday, Tokyo prosecutors indicted Ghosn for understating his income, charges they’ve said previously could put him in jail for at least 10 years. While the prosecutors didn’t provide further detail on the substance of their case, the pay Ghosn is said to have deferred until his retirement so that it doesn’t fall under reporting rules is said to be a focus. Ghosn’s lawyers say the charge that Ghosn helped himself by converting compensation to deferred pay is flawed because the compensation agreement wasn’t properly ratified, according to a statement by the office of Motonari Otsuru, Ghosn’s lawyer, and provided to Bloomberg News.


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London's $22 Billion Supertrain Is Worth the Wait

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 00:00

On Monday, London’s authorities confirmed that the railway connecting Heathrow Airport in the west with Canary Wharf in the east will need up to 2 billion pounds more funding (lifting  it from the 15 billion pounds or so initially expected). An already revised Autumn 2019 opening date might not be met. Critics have branded Crossrail’s missteps as a “catastrophe” and  a “shambles.” The project’s chairman Sir Terry Morgan has stepped down. But is Europe’s biggest construction project really such a big failure?


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London's $22 Billion Supertrain Is Worth the Wait

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 00:00

On Monday, London’s authorities confirmed that the railway connecting Heathrow Airport in the west with Canary Wharf in the east will need up to 2 billion pounds more funding (lifting  it from the 15 billion pounds or so initially expected). An already revised Autumn 2019 opening date might not be met. Critics have branded Crossrail’s missteps as a “catastrophe” and  a “shambles.” The project’s chairman Sir Terry Morgan has stepped down. But is Europe’s biggest construction project really such a big failure?


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