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Monday, July 25, 2016

Drought hits Northeastern US, could last months - The China Post

CONCORD - At Lavoie's Farm in New Hampshire, beans and corn haven't broken through the ground yet and fields of strawberries are stunted. 

The drought that has taken hold in the Northeast is especially felt at John Lavoie's farm in Hollis, presenting him with some tough choices. Irrigation ponds are drying up, forcing him to choose between tomatoes and berries or apple and peach trees. 
Lavoie decided to hold off watering the fruit trees so he could quench the tomato and berry plants before they succumb to the heat.

Snowden Scoffs at Accusations of Russian Hand in US Democrats' Scandal

In an all-too familiar tactic shared by the US political right and left alike, the Democratic Party has blamed the WikiLeaks release of internal emails on Russia. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, however, isn't convinced.

Over the weekend, WikiLeaks released a cache of some 20,000 emails from high-ranking members within the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The correspondence has embarrassed party elites, showing an obvious bias against Clinton's primary opponent Bernie Sanders. The revelations have already forced DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down.

Bomb note on Qantas plane evacuation New Zealand's Queenstown Airport: Reports,/NZ News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

SYDNEY - Parts of Queenstown airport in New Zealand was evacuated on Sunday (July 24) after a bomb threat was found on a Qantas plane, media reports said.
The alarm was raised after a cleaner reportedly found a note on board the B737 that had arrived from Sydney at about 3pm, the Guardian reported.
There were no passengers onboard at the time the note was discovered, it said.

Loads of rubbish clogging up Malaysian rivers, SE Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

IPOH • Two thousand, two hundred tonnes of rubbish - equivalent to the combined weight of more than 300 adult African elephants - is dumped into rivers, drains and waterways of Malaysia every month.
In the 110km Sungai Klang, the main river that meanders through downtown Kuala Lumpur and Greater KL, 700kg of rubbish is thrown every day despite 10 years of "clean river" campaigns, said Datuk Hanapi Mohamad Noor, a former director at the government's Department of Irrigation and Drainage. The river consists of Sungai Klang and Sungai Gombak which merge into one and contains 13 major tributaries.

Thai students use social media to stoke opposition to draft charter | Reuters

Thai student protesters will use social media tools, from Facebook to Japanese messaging app Line, to persuade voters to reject a military-backed draft constitution, some of the activists said on Monday. 

The students rank among the most vocal critics of Thailand's military government ahead of an Aug. 7 referendum to approve a contentious draft constitution that critics fear could cement military control over civilian politics for years.

Migrants on Serbia-Hungary border go on hunger strike, want to enter EU | Reuters

About 150 migrants, mainly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, on Monday started a hunger strike in a field in Serbia on the border with Hungary to demand passage to the European Union. 

The group, which initially numbered about 300 people, had traveled to the border over the weekend from Belgrade and settled in a field about 100 m (yards) from Hungary's wire-fenced frontier with Serbia.

Japan to see warmer weather during August-October | Reuters

Japan will see mostly warmer weather from August to October, the official forecaster said on Monday.

Eastern Japan, including the most densely populated Tokyo area, will have a 50 percent chance of hotter-than-average temperatures for the period, the Japan Meteorological Agency said in its monthly three-month forecast.

Wildfire threatens 10,000 homes near Los Angeles | Reuters

A fierce California wildfire drove thousands more residents from their homes on Monday as flames raged for a fourth day through drought-parched canyons and foothills north of Los Angeles.

Nearly 3,000 firefighters were battling the so-called Sand Fire, which has charred at least 50 square miles (130 square km) around the rugged northwestern fringes of the Angeles National Forest since it broke out on Friday, authorities said.

Climate disasters increase risk of armed conflict in multi-ethnic countries

Climate disasters like heat-waves or droughts enhance the risk of armed conflicts in countries with high ethnic diversity, scientists found. They used a novel statistical approach to analyze data from the past three decades. While each conflict is certainly the result of a complex and specific mix of factors, it turns out that the outbreak of violence in ethnically fractionalized countries is often linked to natural disasters that may fuel smoldering social tensions.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-07-climate-disasters-armed-conflict-multi-ethnic.html#jCp

Kerry: Climate change as dangerous as terrorism

New York Times
Appeal-Democrat European Union Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete welcomes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, from left, for talks to reduce hydrofluorocarbons under the Montreal Protocol at Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria, Friday July 22, 2016.

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'The best solution? Move the Mauritanian capital': water on the rise in Nouakchott

--> The Guardian Its French colonisers cared about the territory only as a sandy link between north Africa and present-day Senegal. Camel herders sipped green tea at a watering hole called Nouakchott ("the windy place") with ... Omnia Aboukorah-Voigt, GIZ project ...

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Pests and drought hit Nigeria's tomato farms

--> Deutsche Welle North-east of Abuja, Kaduna is one of Nigeria's key tomato producing states - and one of those worst hit by the moth infestation.

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Air Line Passengers Taken to Hospital from Cabin Odor

  1. July 22, WPBF 25 Tequesta – (Florida) 24 passengers taken to hospital following American Airlines evacuation. Passengers on American Airlines flight 1822 en route to Philadelphia from West Palm Beach, Florida were forced to make an emergency evacuation at Palm Beach International Airport July 21 due to a hydraulic fluid leak that caused a burning odor in the cabin. Twenty-four passengers were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.
    Source: http://www.wpbf.com/news/emergency-incident-at-palm-beach-international- airport/40821448 

Salmonella in Whole Hogs for Barecue

  1. July 21, U.S. Department of Agriculture – (Washington) Kapowsin Meats Inc., recalls pork products due to possible Salmonella contamination. Kapowsin Meats Inc., issued a recall July 21 for approximately 11,658 pounds of its Whole Hogs for Barbecue products due to potential Salmonella contamination after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service was notified of a Salmonella outbreak in connection to the pork products. The products were shipped to individual consumers, retail locations, institutions, and distributors in Washington. Source: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health- alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2016/recall-062-2 

20,000 gallons Raw Sewage Lake Norman NC

July 21, WCNC 36 Charlotte– (North Carolina) Officials: 20,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into Lake Norman. The Lincoln County Department of Public Works announced July 21 that approximately 20,000 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled into Lake Norman after the wastewater collection system experienced a discharge. Source: http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/20000-gallons-of-raw-sewage-spilled-into- lake-norman/279039284 

Metal Fragments in Hy Vee Black Beans

  1. July 21, U.S. Food and Drug Administration – (National) Hy-Vee voluntarily recalls a limited quantity of its No-Salt-Added Black Beans due to potential presence of foreign material. Hy-Vee, Inc., issued a voluntary recall July 20 for a limited quantity of its Hy-Vee No-Salt-Added Black Beans products sold in 15-ounce packages due to potential contamination with plastic and metal fragments after the company’s supplier, Fairbault Foods, Inc., recalled the products after receiving a consumer complaint stating that a pen was found in the products. No illnesses have been reported and the products were distributed to Hy-Vee stores in eight States.
    Source: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm512511.htm 

Au Mali, la situation se dégrade au nord et au centre du pays

La petite pluie nocturne qui s'est abattue sur Kidal n'a pas suffi à éteindre le feu. Les combats qui avaient éclaté la veille entre groupes touaregs ont repris, vendredi 22 juillet à l'aube, pour se calmer en milieu de matinée. Les affrontements à coups de mitrailleuses et de tirs d'obus de mortier, débutés jeudi après-midi, opposent les ex-rebelles de la Coordination des mouvements de l'Azawad (CMA) aux miliciens du Groupe d'autodéfense touareg Imghad et alliés (Gatia), un mouvement en partie soutenu par Bamako. Aucun bilan n'est encore disponible, mais plusieurs sources évoquent des morts et des blessés parmi les belligérants et les populations civiles, « prises en tenaille ».
En savoir plus sur http://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2016/07/22/au-mali-la-situation-se-degrade-au-nord-et-au-centre-du-pays_4973538_3212.html#BDOcS3b80tTqdtsy.99

Cote d’Ivoire : un mort et des blessés par balle lors d’une manifestation

Une personne est morte et une dizaine d'autres ont été blessées par balle vendredi, lors d'une manifestation violente contre la hausse des tarifs de l'électricité à Bouaké, dans le centre de la Côte d'Ivoire.
Un homme âgé de 29 ans a reçu une balle au ventre lors d'affrontements avec les forces de l'ordre, a constaté un journaliste de l'AFP qui a ensuite vu son corps à la morgue. « Au moins une dizaine de blessés ont été évacués au CHU [Centre hospitalier universitaire]. Il y a un [blessé] qui a succombé à ses blessures aux urgences. Ce sont des blessures par balles », a déclaré à l'AFP une source hospitalière.

En savoir plus sur http://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2016/07/22/cote-d-ivoire-un-mort-et-des-blesses-par-balle-lors-d-une-manifestation_4973621_3212.html#dlspXdOecSq0oKrS.99

Allemagne : un réfugié syrien se fait exploser devant un restaurant en Bavière

Une explosion devant un restaurant du centre-ville d'Ansbach, en Bavière, a fait un mort et douze blessés, dont trois grièvement, dimanche soir 24 juillet. La victime est l'auteur de l'explosion lui-même, un réfugié syrien de 27 ans qui s'était vu refuser sa demande d'asile il y a un an.
Il avait l'intention d'« empêcher » la tenue d'un festival de musique, a déclaré le ministre de l'intérieur de Bavière, Joachim Herrmann. « Selon moi, il est malheureusement très évident qu'un véritable attentat-suicide islamiste a eu lieu ici », a commenté ce dernier. Mais les enquêteurs ne disposent d'« aucune preuve » allant dans ce sens pour l'instant, selon le chef de la police, Roman Fertinger. L'homme aurait tenté de pénétrer dans l'enceinte du festival et des débris métalliques ont été retrouvés autour du lieu de l'explosion.

Cyber threats prompt Estonia to set up UK data centre — FT.com

Fearful of Russian cyber attack or invasion, the Baltic state of Estonia is planning to make a virtual copy of itself — in Britain. 
Negotiations are under way between Tallinn and London for Estonia to back up terabytes of data — everything from birth records and the electoral roll to property deeds, banking credentials and the entire government bureaucracy — to deposit in a secure location in the UK, according to Estonian officials.

Germany points finger at Kremlin for cyber attack on the Bundestag — FT.com

Germany has blamed Russia for a huge cyber attack last year on its parliament and has said that Moscow could be planning further assaults on its institutions.
"The information security of German offices in the government, the administration, the economy, science and research is under permanent threat," Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV), Germany's domestic intelligence agency, said on Friday.

PressTV-Woman killed in Germany machete attack

A machete-wielding Syrian refugee has attacked people in southwestern Germany, killing one person and injuring two others. 
Police in the town of Reutlingen, south of Stuttgart, said Sunday that the man killed a woman in a "horrific attack" on a street around noon local time.

Quelle gestion pour les forêts gabonaises ? - RFI

Le Gabon. On le présente comme le paradis oublié. Avec ses 22 millions d'hectares de forêt tropicale qui couvrent 80% de son territoire, le pays dispose d'une biodiversité unique et de ressources inestimables. Mais, une telle richesse peut-elle échapper aux appétits économiques, et comment est géré ce trésor vert ?

Iran Government Destroys 100,000 TV Satellite Dishes

Les autorités iraniennes ont détruit 100 000 antennes paraboliques et autre matériel de réception de la télévision par satellite, ont rapporté dimanche les médias iraniens.

Former President Thabo Mbeki and his family no longer support ANC News24

Johannesburg – Former president Thabo Mbeki and his family have distanced themselves from all things ANC, his cousin and DA mayoral candidate in Mnquma Local Municipality, Madoda Mbeki, told News24 on Friday.

Sierra-Leone: une foule déterre des poulets avariés dans une décharge - RFI

En Sierra-Leone, un important mouvement de foule s'est produit ce week-end à l'est de la capitale, Freetown. Des milliers de personnes se sont ruées dans une décharge pour tenter de récupérer des carcasses de poulet, jugées impropres à la consommation. Les policiers ont été débordés par la foule.