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Nigerian candidate says delayed presidential vote could be compromised

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 11:07

The vote pits President Muhammadu Buhari, in power since 2015, against former vice president Atiku Abubakar. Previous elections in Africa's biggest democracy and top oil producer have been marred by vote rigging, voter intimidation and post-election violence. Kingsley Moghalu - one of the best-known candidates aside from Buhari and Atiku - and civil society groups said there was uncertainty over the extent to which ballot papers and result sheets may have been exposed.


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Saudi crown prince signs $20 billion in agreements with Pakistan

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 10:44

CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has signed agreements with Pakistan worth $20 billion, Saudi-owned Arabiya TV quoted Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as saying on Sunday. The crown prince arrived in Pakistan earlier on Sunday on the first stop of a trip to South Asia and China. (Reporting by Hesham Hajali; Editing by Susan Fenton)


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Indonesian presidential hopefuls vow energy self-sufficiency through palm

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 10:20

Indonesia's two presidential candidates pledged on Sunday to achieve energy self-sufficiency by boosting the use of bioenergy, particularly fueled by palm oil, to cut costly oil imports by Southeast Asia's biggest economy. Indonesia, the world's biggest palm oil producer, has been pushing for all diesel fuel used in the country to contain biodiesel to boost palm consumption, slash fuel imports, and narrow a yawning current account gap. In a televised election debate, President Joko Widodo said if he won a second term the government planned to implement a B100 program, referring to fuel made entirely from palm oil, after last year making it mandatory to use biodiesel containing 20 percent bio-content (B20).


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Bill De Blasio Slams Amazon’s ‘Abuse of Corporate Power’

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 09:42

“They couldn’t handle the heat in the kitchen,” de Blasio said. Separately, de Blasio said he had not ruled out a 2020 presidential run, but would take his message about corporations nationwide regardless of his decision. Amazon’s announcement has sparked a furious debate over whether local officials and activists should be blamed for losing New York an estimated 25,000 to 40,000 high-paying tech jobs, or whether the firm had reacted too rashly to public concerns.


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Trump policies unite allies against him at European security forum

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 09:41

Promising that "America will be back" once Donald Trump leaves office, Biden won a standing ovation at the Munich Security Conference from delegates who find the president's brusque foreign policy stance hard to like. Biden's successor, Mike Pence, was met with silence at a reception in the palatial Bavarian parliament on Friday evening after he delivered his signature line: "I bring you greetings from the 45th president of the United States, President Donald Trump." His four-day trip to Europe succeeded only in deepening divisions with traditional allies over questions such as Iran and Venezuela and offered little hope in how to deal with threats ranging from nuclear arms to climate change, diplomats and officials said. Misgivings about Washington's role in the world are being felt by ordinary people as well as foreign policy specialists.


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NASA posts image of ghostly blue objects, deep in the cosmos

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 09:19

When a star is born, a chaotic light show ensues. NASA's long-lived Hubble Space Telescope captured vivid bright clumps moving through the cosmos at some 1,000 light years from Earth. The space agency called these objects clear "smoking gun" evidence of a newly formed star -- as new stars blast colossal amounts of energy-rich matter into space, known as plasma. Seen as the vivid blue, ephemeral clumps in the top center of the new image below, these are telltale signs of an energy-rich gas, or plasma, colliding with a huge collection of dust and gas in deep space.As NASA says, these blue masses are transient creations in the cosmos, as "they disappear into nothingness within a few tens of thousands of years."Bright lights inside a nebula.Image: ESA/Hubble/NASA/K. StapelfeldtThese blue clumps are traveling at 150,000 mph in the upper left direction (from our view, anyhow). In total, there are five of these ghostly clumps, hurtling through space. SEE ALSO: Opportunity rover's last picture is as grim as it is darkNASA doesn't identify the new star itself, called SVS 13, perhaps because it's obscured by thick clouds of dust and gas.This collection of dust and gas is a part of a distant nebula, which are often the remnants of exploded stars swirling through the infinity of space. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?


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Germany sees big rise in security problems affecting infrastructure

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 08:43

Germany has experienced a big increase in the number of security incidents hitting critical infrastructure such as power grids and water suppliers, the BSI cybersecurity agency said on Sunday, adding however that they were not all due to hacking. The Welt am Sonntag weekly had reported on Sunday that Germany had learned of 157 hacker attacks on critical infrastructure companies in the second half of 2018 compared to 145 attacks in the whole of the previous year. "The number of reports of IT security incidents has increased but it is not to be equated with the number of cyber attacks," tweeted the BSI in response to the newspaper report.


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Saudi Arabia signs warship construction deal with France's Naval Group

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 07:44

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI), the kingdom’s state defense company, made the announcement at the IDEX military exhibition in Abu Dhabi, a show piece event for Saudi Arabia's close ally the United Arab Emirates. Saudi Arabia, among the top five defense spenders in the world, has been fighting a costly war in Yemen since 2015 in support of the internationally recognized government against the armed Houthi movement. The latest agreement includes building warships, frigates, corvettes and related items in Saudi Arabia through a majority SAMI-owned joint venture with the French firm, SAMI Chief Executive Andreas Schwer told reporters.


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Could Plug Power Be a Millionaire-Maker Stock?

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 07:04

The energy industry player's future depends on the outperformance of an unlikely fuel source.


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10 Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know About Your Heart

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 06:20

Like, how big is it, actually?Read More...


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Victoria Beckham looks to '70s prints, Preen influenced by dance

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 06:15

Victoria Beckham looked back to the 1970s for her show at London Fashion Week on Sunday, presenting a collection rich in vibrant colors and patterns, while label Preen opted for retro floral prints and layered skirts inspired by dance and music. In front of an audience that included Beckham's husband David and their children, models showed off dresses and skirts slim fitted over the knee, some with abstract chain patterns. Beckham also stuck to her signature silhouette of fitted skirt suits, which were chequered, and wide-leg trousers.


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Former coal-fired power plant is demolished in Germany

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 06:09

BERLIN (AP) — A long-shut coal-fired power plant in western Germany has been demolished with the help of more than 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of explosives.


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Will SpaceX Shut Europe Out of the Space Launch Market?

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 05:10

How do you say "we're losing the space race" in French?


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Germany sees big rise in hacker attacks on infrastructure: paper

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 04:54

Germany has experienced a big increase in the number of hacker attacks on critical infrastructure such as power grids and water suppliers, the Welt am Sonntag weekly reported on Sunday. Citing information from the BSI federal cybersecurity agency, the newspaper said Germany had learned of 157 hacker attacks on critical infrastructure companies in the second half of 2018 compared to 145 attacks in the whole of the previous year. German and European authorities have become increasingly worried about the risk of security breaches in infrastructure as well as interference in elections especially from Russia, China and far-right groups.


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Russia's Gazprombank freezes accounts of Venezuela's PDVSA: source

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 04:49

Russian lender Gazprombank has decided to freeze the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm to reduce the risk of the bank falling under U.S. sanctions, a Gazprombank source told Reuters on Sunday. While many foreign firms have been cutting their exposure to PDVSA since the sanctions were imposed, the fact that a lender closely aligned with the Russian state is following suit is significant because the Kremlin has been among Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s staunchest supporters. "PDVSA’s accounts are currently frozen.


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Green New Deal: Republicans talk up climate change plan – but not because they like it

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 04:00

Republicans trumpet the Green New Deal because they think the climate change plan that touts social justice is a losing proposition for Democrats.


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Understanding the Stages of Heart Disease

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 04:00

Heart disease often starts quietly, progressing from high blood pressure to clogged coronary arteries with few obvious symptoms. But too often it ends with a bang: a heart attack. Here’s how to u...


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Understanding the Stages of Heart Disease

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 04:00

Heart disease often starts quietly, progressing from high blood pressure to clogged coronary arteries with few obvious symptoms. But too often it ends with a bang: a heart attack. Here’s how to u...


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Amazon's Deep Bench Calms Investors Despite Bezos Scandal, NYC Rift

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 03:47

Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos announced his divorce. Strip out Bezos and Amazon from the headlines and the stories are more mundane. Amazon still has more than 100 million Prime members, whose subscription fees make them more loyal to the company because they can capitalize on shipping discounts.


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Iran summons Pakistan's envoy over deadly suicide bomb attack: Tasnim

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 03:00

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has summoned the Pakistani ambassador to protest about a suicide bombing that killed 27 of its elite Revolutionary Guards near the border earlier this week, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday. The Sunni group Jaish al Adl (Army of Justice), which says it seeks greater rights and better living conditions for the ethnic minority Baluchis, claimed responsibility for the attack on Wednesday. Iran says militant groups operate from safe havens in Pakistan and have repeatedly called on the neighboring country to crack down on them. (Writing by Parisa ...


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