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Albatrosses counted from space

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Science  /  No Comments

Scientists have started counting individual birds from space. They are using the highest-resolution satellite images available to gauge the numbers of Northern Royal albatrosses. This endangered animal nests almost exclusively on some rocky sea-stacks close to New Zealand’s Chatham Islands. The audit, led by experts at the British Antarctic Survey, represents the first time any […]

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Air quality: Diesel scrappage scheme being considered

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Science  /  No Comments

The government’s draft clean air plan has been dismissed as “toothless” and “weak” by critics. Under the proposals to tackle dirty air, some drivers of older cars could be paid to move to electric vehicles. The draft plan also considers retrofitting buses, lorries and black cabs as a way of delivering cleaner air. Clean air […]

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Tanzania’s conjoined twins plan to become teachers

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Health & Living, Medical, Science  /  No Comments

Tanzanian conjoined twins Maria and Consolata Mwakikuti are in their last year at secondary school and are looking forward to graduating after their final exams. The 19 year-olds are studying in Iringa Udzungwa in Tanzania’s south-west region. Their mother died after giving birth, their father has also passed away, and they were raised by a […]

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Kenya’s to launch HIV self-testing kit

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Health & Living, Medical  /  No Comments

  Kenya is set to introduce a cheap HIV self-testing kit in July, the Star newspaper reports. The kit targets an estimated 400,000 people who do not know their HIV status. Experts say the kit is 80% effective and will cost about $7 (£5) and will be available in pharmacies. HIV self-testing refers to a […]

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Italian football ‘damaged’ by handling of Muntari racist abuse case

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Africa, International  /  No Comments

Italian football’s reputation around the world has been damaged by the racist abuse Ghanaian player Sulley Muntari received and the reaction to it, the Italian Football Federation’s anti-racism advisor says. Fiona May said the decision to uphold the Pescara midfielder’s punishment for protesting against racism while taking no action against fans had “sent a bad […]

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Africans get ready for two-hour marathon attempt

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Sports  /  No Comments

Three African elite athletes will attempt to run the marathon (26 miles 385 yards, 42.195 km) in under two hours in a project being sponsored by sports giant Nike. Olympic marathon champion Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, Eritrean Zersenay Tadese, the half-marathon world-record holder, and Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa, a two-times Boston Marathon winner – will be trying […]

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Fifa backs Sulley Muntari in racism row

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Sports  /  No Comments

Football’s world governing body Fifa has backed Ghanaian player Sulley Muntari who was booked by a referee in an Italian Serie A match after complaining about racist abuse from opposition fans. It is not clear exactly why the referee made the decision, but Muntari then received a second booking for leaving the pitch and has […]

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Call to Tunisia to stop harassing journalists

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Africa  /  No Comments

The advocacy group Amnesty international is calling on Tunisian authorities to stop harassing independent journalists. It comes after the lengthy interrogation of Sami Gharbia, the founder of Nawaat, a popular news website in the country, over a story it published based on governemnt leaks. The story was about secret plans by the presidency to pass […]

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