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  • Solar plane completes historic round-the-world trip 25 Jul 2016 | 9:47 pm

    The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft, piloted by Bertrand Piccard, makes its final approach for landing at Al Batin Airport in Abu Dhabi to complete its world tour on July 26, 2016Solar Impulse 2 landed Tuesday in the UAE, completing its epic journey to become the first sun-powered airplane to circle the globe without a drop of fuel to promote renewable energy. The plane touched down at 04:05 (0005 GMT) in the capital Abu Dhabi after a more than 48 hour-long flight from Cairo, the final leg in its journey which began on March 9 last year. Swiss explorer and project director Bertrand Piccard was in the cockpit during the 2,763 kilometre (1,716 mile) flight from Cairo, crossing the Red Sea, the vast Saudi desert and flying over the Gulf.

  • Olympic plotters saw 'opportunity to reach paradise': prosecutor 25 Jul 2016 | 6:49 pm

    Brazilian prosecutor Rafael Brum Miron gestures during an interview with Reuters in CuritibaBy Stephen Eisenhammer CURITIBA, Brazil (Reuters) - Twelve Brazilian suspects arrested for discussing a potential attack during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro were "no joke," the prosecutor for the case told Reuters on Monday. Dismissing criticism that the recent arrests were a calculated move to show Brazil taking the threat of terrorism seriously, Rafael Brum Miron said the suspects, alleged sympathizers of the Islamic State militant group, discussed an attack with at least two foreigners who formed part of a messaging group. One suspect, he said, wrote via the Telegram messaging service that "the Olympics are an opportunity to reach paradise." Another, who was detained on Sunday following a search after initial arrests last Thursday, had discussed acquiring heavy weaponry.

  • DR Congo vows to jail opposition leader if he returns 25 Jul 2016 | 4:54 pm

    Opposition figure Moise Katumbi (C) arrives at the courthouse in Lubumbashi on May 13, 2016The Democratic Republic of Congo's justice minister on Monday vowed to jail opposition leader Moise Katumbi if he returned home after leaving the country for medical treatment. Katumbi was seen as the leading challenger to President Joseph Kabila in elections due to be held this year, but left the country in May after the government announced he would be tried for endangering state security and held him in prison. Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba warned that if he did so, he would be detained.

  • Olympic travelers face tiny risk of Zika: US study 25 Jul 2016 | 4:28 pm

    Under a worst-case scenario, just three to 37 of the up to 500,000 people expected to go to Rio de Janeiro for the games, could be expected to come down with ZikaThose traveling to Brazil for the Olympics face a tiny risk of getting infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause birth defects in pregnant women, US researchers said Monday. Under a worst-case scenario, just three to 37 of the up to 500,000 people expected to go to Rio de Janeiro for the games, which start next month, could be expected to come down with Zika, said the report by the Yale University School of Public Health. "The possibility that travelers returning from the Olympics may spread Zika has become a polemic issue that has led to athletes dropping out of the event, and without evidence, undue stigmatization of Brazil," said study co-author Albert Ko, chair of the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at Yale.

  • Solar plane nears end of historic round-the-world trip 25 Jul 2016 | 4:10 pm

    This handout photo, courtesy of Solar Impulse, shows Solar Impulse 2, the solar powered plane, piloted by Swiss Bertrand Piccard taking off from Cairo's International Airport in Egypt on July 24, 2016Solar Impulse 2 on Monday neared the end of its epic journey to become the first sun-powered airplane to circle the globe without a drop of fuel to promote renewable energy. When the experimental aircraft touches down in Abu Dhabi it will cap a remarkable 42,000-kilometre (26,097 mile) journey across four continents, two oceans and three seas. Solar Impulse 2 was expected to enter UAE airspace at around 1:30 am local time on Tuesday (2130 GMT Monday), and land in Abu Dhabi at around 4:00 am (0000 GMT).

  • Weather disasters raise conflict risk in multi-ethnic nations: study 25 Jul 2016 | 2:17 pm

    Afghan internally displaced family carries water containers on their donkeys on the outskirts of JalalabadBy Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Multi-ethnic nations are vulnerable to armed conflicts after weather disasters such as heatwaves and droughts in a trend that could worsen with global warming, scientists said on Monday. The outbreak of 23 percent of armed conflicts in ethnically diverse countries, a group that includes Afghanistan and Somalia, since 1980 coincided in the same month with such weather disasters, the study said. Conversely, cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming, or measure to adapt such as drought-resistant crops, could reduce risks in nations with many ethnic divisions such as in north and central Africa or central Asia, the study said.

  • Children at Froome's old school wear special yellow T-shirts 25 Jul 2016 | 10:17 am

    2016 race winner, Britain???s Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader???s yellow jersey, front left, cycles in the pack down the Champs Elysees during the twenty-first stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 113 kilometers (70.2 miles) with start in Chantilly and finish in Paris, France, Sunday, July 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Children at Chris Froome's old school in South Africa have been celebrating his victory at the Tour de France by wearing special yellow T-shirts.

  • Regional armies struggle in last push against Boko Haram 25 Jul 2016 | 10:07 am

    A Niger soldier stands in guard at the Boudouri site for displaced persons outside the town of DiffaBoko Haram is nearly finished," Niger's Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum told a crowd of refugees seated quietly on dusty, sun-baked flats. Seven years into an insurgency that spread from Nigeria into Chad, Niger and Cameroon, regional armies are now in a final push to defeat Boko Haram, a once obscure Islamist sect turned deadly militant group. "If there's no strategy to attack Boko Haram together, we won't ever finish with them," Mahamadou Liman Ali, an opposition lawmaker from southern Niger, told Reuters in Niamey.

  • FIFA bans council member Niersbach in World Cup bids probe 25 Jul 2016 | 10:04 am

    FIFA council member Wolfgang Niersbach, a member of FIFA's ruling council, was banned from soccer for one year on Monday in the first sanction from the investigation into Germany's 2006 World Cup bid.

  • As severe drought threatens southern Africa, US gives $127M 25 Jul 2016 | 9:35 am

    FILE - In this file photo taken Sunday Jan. 29, 2016, Last Zimaniwa feels the broken ground at a spot which is usually a reliable water source that has dried up due to lack of rains in the village of Chivi , Zimbabwe. The United States on Monday July 25, 2016 announced $127 million in aid for southern African countries where the worst drought in decades is affecting millions of people. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States on Monday announced $127 million in aid for southern African countries where the worst drought in decades is affecting millions of people, stunting children and tempting some farmers to eat their grains instead of saving them as seed for the next crop.

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