Detect and Destroy: NASA’s New Effort to Keep Earth Safe From Asteroids

If the US is going to have a “Space Force,” it might as well do something useful, right? NASA, the US government’s first space agency, certainly thinks so; that’s why it’s helping coordinate a improved asteroid detection, tracking and deflection system, in case a life-destroying stellar object is careening our way.
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Trump Has Called for Pentagon to Make Beds Available for 20,000 Children at US Military Bases

Julia Conley, staff writer Responsibility for unaccompanied children and families who arrive in the U.S. via the southern border appeared to shift to the U.S. military on Thursday, as the Pentagon agreed to prepare to house approximately 20,000 children on military bases.
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Dubai-based logistics startup Fetchr denies the rumors of acquisition by Jollychic

Fetchr, the Dubai-based logistics startup has denied the rumors of acquisition by Chinese ecommerce platform Jollychic. A source had told MENAbytes that Jollychic that’s focused on ecommerce in Middle East & North Africa has acquired majority stake in Fetchr. The deal according to the source had valued Fetchr between $100-$120 million, the exact figure reported in a […] The post Dubai-based logistics startup Fetchr denies the rumors of acquisition by Jollychic appeared first on MENAbytes .
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As 'Wealthiest and Freest Country in the World,' Nikki Haley Tells Bernie Sanders It's 'Ridiculous' to Examine US Poverty

Jake Johnson, staff writer Responding to Sen. Bernie Sanders' call for the Trump administration take immediate action to address extreme poverty in the U.S. after a United Nations report found that millions of Americans are experiencing "massive levels of deprivation," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley declared in a letter on Thursday that it is "patently ridiculous" for the U.N. to examine poverty in America because it is "the wealthiest and freest country in
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"Stop the War! Feed the Poor!": March by Poor People's Campaign Ends With Arrests in DC

Jessica Corbett, staff writer As part of the final week of Poor People's Campaign demonstrations leading up to the movement's Mass Rally and Moral Revival in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, hundreds of protesters joined together in chants and songs as they marched to and then were arrested outside of the U.S. Capitol Building on Thursday.
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"I'm So Happy Because I Have My Son": Intercept Documents Mother's Brave Fight to Reclaim Son From Trump's Cruel Policy

Common Dreams staff The plight of a Guatemalan mother and her five-year-old son documented by Debbie Nathan, a journalist for The Intercept, offers a personal view of the torment and heartache that has resulted from the decision by President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rip children from their families—a practice that has generated national outrage and global condemnation.
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‘Prime Strategic Interest’: France Poised to Invest in More Space Assets

The French Defense Minister has called for increased financing to support surveillance in outer space, just three days after US President Donald Trump ordered the creation of a “Space Force” as the sixth branch of the US military.
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We won’t make the same mistakes, says Zimbabwe’s Rtd Gen Sibusiso Moyo

.fb-like span { overflow:visible !important; width:450px !important; margin-right:-200px; } By BBC   In his well-cut suit, with outstretched hand and beaming smile, Sibusiso Moyo is the very picture of a modern politician. He speaks [...]
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Angola wants to have a share of the booming industry of banana production [Business Africa]

Banana fair prestige of agricultural activity Almost all African countries produce a significant amount of banana, but only a few actually export them. In Cameroon and the Ivory Coast, experimental programmes have been implemented with EU funding to increase the competitiveness of the industry while improving environmental practices. Angola, a country that has been resilient in the midst of oil crisis, has set its sight on diversifying its economy by organising an international banana fair that attracted 150 national and
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NFL Players Demand Sweeping Prison Reform, Denying Trump's Request for List of Potential Pardons

Julia Conley, staff writer In a New York Times op-ed, several current and former NFL players rejected President Donald Trump's request for a list of people they would like to see him pardon, demanding instead that he enact far-reaching reforms to end the crisis of mass incarceration.
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Saying 'A Handful of Pardons' Won't Cut It, NFL Players Demand Sweeping Prison Reform

Julia Conley, staff writer In a New York Times op-ed, several current and former NFL players rejected President Donald Trump's request for a list of people they would like to see him pardon, demanding instead that he enact far-reaching reforms to end the crisis of mass incarceration.
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Restoring government control across Central African Republic is ‘key’ to lasting peace, stability – UN envoy

While many positive steps have been taken in the Central African Republic (CAR), progress has been too slow and is continually under threat from “those who seek private gains through violence,” the United Nations envoy on the ground told the Security Council on Thursday, underscoring that restoring government authority is “key”, both now and in the long-term.
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Congo-Cameroon fiber optic project, a medium for regional interconnectivity [Business Africa]

Fiber optic between Congo and Cameroon Interconnectivity between Central African countries including Cameroon and Congo Republic is about get better as the latter launched a second phase of a fibre optic project. This second project comes after the first phase financed by the World Bank for the interconnection of Congo with Gabon at a cost of CFAF 15 billion. This particular phase of the project is said to be co-financed by the African Development Bank. The project is
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Bringing on Badly Needed 'Prophetic Voice,' New York Times Hires Michelle Alexander as Full-Time Columnist

Jake Johnson, staff writer In a refreshing break from its recent streak of awful opinion page hires—one that included neoconservative climate-denier Bret Stephens and Bari Weiss, a reliable apologist for Israeli atrocities—the New York Times announced on Thursday that it has hired author, civil rights lawyer, and criminal justice reform advocate Michelle Alexander as a full-time columnist.
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'Crisis of Trust': Poll Finds People Living in Democracies Think Governments Aren't Acting in Public Interest

Jessica Corbett, staff writer Democracies worldwide are experiencing a "crisis of trust," according to the Democracy Perception Index (pdf) released Thursday, which found that among citizens of democratic nations, the majority does not believe that their voices matter in politics or that governments are acting in the public interest.
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Morocco’s WaystoCap named among the Technology Pioneers of 2018 by World Economic Forum

Every year, the World Economic Forum recognizes a limited number of early-stage companies involved in design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to make a significant impact on business and society as Technology Pioneers. This year, WaystoCap, a Casablanca-based cross-border B2B ecommerce marketplace has been named among 61 companies for the Technology […] The post Morocco’s WaystoCap named among the Technology Pioneers of 2018 by World Economic Forum appeared first on MENAbytes .
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Barbara Lee Urges UN to Probe Trump's Human Rights Abuses at Border as Violation of International Law

Julia Conley, staff writer Amid reports of grave abuses of children at immigrant detention facilities run by the U.S. government, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) urged the United Nations to investigate the conditions that children are being subjected to after being separated from their families by the Department of Homeland Security.
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Turkey to start implementing retaliatory tariffs against US

Turkey will start implementing on Thursday retaliatory tariffs worth $266.5 million against the United States over ‘ill-advised’ and ‘unsupportable’ additional steel tariffs enacted by Washington, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said.
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Bahrain denies false allegations about relations with Israel

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain has denied allegations being circulated on social media about relations with Israel, stressing that there was no statement from Bahraini official in this regard and that these reports are merely fa
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Liberia:Weah Wants Afreximbank Ratified

[New Republic] President George Weah has resubmitted for ratification, a Bill titled: An Act ratifying the agreement for the establishment of the African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK) which was submitted to that august by former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on November 27, 2017.
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Outrage as White Supremacist Organizer of Fatal Charlottesville Rally Plans DC Anniversary Event

Jessica Corbett, staff writer News that white supremacists are planning a two-day "white civil rights rally" near the White House in August to mark the one-year anniversary of last year's deadly "Unite the Right" demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia has provoked widespread outrage and calls for counterprotests.
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Liberia:Plugging Revenue Leakages At Liberia's Seaports

[New Republic] The era of revenue leakages in millions of dollars that were not realized from Marine operations, lease payment and remittances through concession fees at the "Gateway to the Nation's Economy" is being plugged.
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Liberia:Pres. Weah Wants African Export-Import Bank Established

[New Liberia] President George Weah has resubmitted an Act seeking to ratify an Agreement for the establishment of the African Export- Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK) to the 54th National Legislature.
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'Abu Ghraib for Eighth-Graders': Allegations of Immigrant Children Being Tortured at Virginia Detention Facility

Jake Johnson, staff writer "Beaten while handcuffed." "Locked up for long periods in solitary confinement." "Strapped...to chairs with bags placed over their heads." These are among the many shocking allegations leveled against a Virginia detention facility by immigrant children as young as 14-years-old, the Associated Press reported on Thursday, citing the first-hand accounts and sworn statements of abuse victims detailed in federal court filings.
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Turkey vows ‘contribution to global peace’ as credible NATO ally, receives first F-35

Turkey has vowed to continue its contribution to global peace and security as a credible NATO ally on the day it officially received its first F-35A stealth fighter from the contractor Lockheed Martin in a symbolic but milestone ceremony at the aerospace’s company headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas on June 21.
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Liberia:VP Taylor Sues Facebooker

[NEWS] A staff in the Office of Deputy House Speaker, Prince Moye, has been sued by Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor and Representative J. Marvin Cole of Bong County.
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Liberia:Group Completes Activities On Mining In Bong, Gbapolu Counties

[NEWS] A development youth group under has completed community Level Engagement on the Impact of Artisanal Mining in two manning communities in Bong and Gbapolu Counties.
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UN chief welcomes ‘positive steps’ towards peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia

The United Nations has announced its readiness to support Eritrea and Ethiopia following recent peace overtures between the two neighbouring States in the Horn of Africa.
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'Thousands' of Men in UK Are Live Streaming Child Abuse From Philippines

The UK's National Crime Agency has called for a "fundamental recalibration" as they tackle unprecedented levels of online pedophilia. They said gangs had increasingly moved from drugs to people trafficking and they said 400 people a month were being arrested in the UK for viewing child abuse images, with live streaming of abuse a growing menace.
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South Africa:Political Party Funding - 10 Weighty Quotes From Chief Justice Mogoeng's Ruling

[News24Wire] Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng on Thursday confirmed a ruling by the Western Cape High Court which found that the Promotion of Access to Information Act was unconstitutional because it did not provide for the disclosure of information pertaining to the private funding that political parties receive.
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400 square-km northern Iraq region cleared of militants: Turkish PM

Turkey has cleared 400 square kilometers of region in northern Iraq of militants, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on June 21, adding that Turkey has 11 temporary military bases in Iraq’s north.
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Activities by Eritrean nationals in Diaspora

Eritrean nationals in the US, Zambia, Italy and UK conducted various activities featuring the attachment they have with the homeland.   Asmara, 21 June 2018- Eritrean nationals in the US, Zambia, Italy and UK conducted various activities featuring the attachment they have with the homeland. Members of the national associations in Chicago, US, held discussion with the officials at the Eritrean Embassy in the US on the objective situation in the homeland and on issues
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Eritrea nationals in Diaspora commemorate Martyrs Day

Eritrean nationals residing in the US, Canada, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Italy and Austria commemorated Martyrs Day, June 20, with patriotic zeal.   Asmara, 21 June 2018 - Eritrean nationals residing in the US, Canada, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Italy and Austria commemorated Martyrs Day, June 20, with patriotic zeal. At the commemoration event the Eritrean community members held in Philadelphia and its environs the nationals contributed 6,600 Dollars towards martyrs trust. Likewise, at the commemoration
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‘Nation Alliance’ vows to ensure separation of powers if they win June 24 polls

The opposition alliance running for Turkish parliamentary elections has vowed to ensure the separation of powers in the event of a victory by amending the presidential system stipulated by a referendum on constitutional changes last year, in a memorandum revealed on June 21.
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Tanzania:Tanzania Coffee Exports Increases

[Daily News] THE Kilimanjaro New Co-operative Initiative Joint Venture Enterprise project (KNCI JVE) has increased coffee exports from 36 tonnes to 90 tonnes during the 2017/18 season, generating 1.22bn/-.
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Tanzania:Zanzibar Logs Foreign Hefty Trade Growth

[Daily News] Zanziba -ZANZIBAR foreign trade turnover grew by 51.5 per cent in 2017 compared to the previous year and amounted to about 145.7bn/-, the minister for finance and planning has said.
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'Shut This Place Down': Children Drugged and Given Forced Injections at Texas Detention Facility, Lawsuit Says

Julia Conley, staff writer As thousands of children remain in federal custody at the U.S.-Mexico border, federal court filings allege that children in at least one detention center in Texas have been forcibly given medications that have made them dizzy, lethargic, and even incapacitated.
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Botswana:Nhabe Has Potential to Grow Hybrid Rice

[Botswana Daily News] Maun -Maun Administration Authority senior assistance council secretary, Ms Mogomotsi Seemule says Nhabe region has the potential to be a site for growing hybrid rice.
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Nazım Hikmet’s personal belongings auctioned online

The great Turkish poet and writer Nazım Hikmet’s personal belongings, which he collected or made in prison, are being sold online by an auction house. The belongings were found in garbage by waste pickers.
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Tanzania:Manyara Farmers Count Losses As Floods, Pests Ruin 746 Acres of Crops

[Citizen] Mirerani -A total of 746 acres of various crops at Endiamtu Ward in Simanjiro District in Manyara Region have been destroyed, 385 acres by floods and 361 acres by armyworms, reducing yields for farmers.
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Tanzania:MPs, Farmers Say 'No' to Changes in Cashew Nuts Law

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -MPs and representatives of cashew nut growers yesterday faulted the government's proposal to amend the Cashew nut Industry Act , 2009, as suggested in the Finance Bill, 2018.
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Africa:Initiative Set to Open Up EU Market for SMEs in E. Africa

[Citizen] Arusha -Small and medium-sized enterprises across the East Africa region will now easily access the lucrative European Union market under an initiative unveiled here Wednesday June 20.
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Zambia:Ten Killed in Mine Accident

[Zambia Reports] A mine accident at Kitwe's slag dump commonly known as the Black mountain has claimed 10 lives while 7 others have sustained serious injuries.
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US Pilot Stumbles Upon Bizarre Flying Object Above New York

In May 2018 the magazine War Zone reported of an alleged encounter between the US Navy and an unidentified flying object in 2004. The publication claimed the US military had several such encounters, but the reports about them are allegedly classified.
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South Africa:Concourt Confirms Voters Have the Right to Be Informed On Private Political Funding

[News24Wire] The Constitutional Court has confirmed a ruling by the Western Cape High Court which found that the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) was unconstitutional because it did not provide for the disclosure of information pertaining to the private funding that political parties receive.
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New regulation imposes ‘Turkish majority crew’ rule for archeological excavations

According to a new regulation, 51 percent of archeological excavation teams led by foreign crews should consist of Turkish nationals. The purpose of this new regulation is to train more Turkish archeologists.
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Researchers Design Universal Medication Builder

An international research team has designed a universal medication builder which will make it easier and more effective when it comes to coupling nanoparticles with molecules-detectors of hazardous cells, for example, cancer cells.
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Nigeria:Substandard Products - Maritime Stakeholders Call for Return of SON to Ports

[Vanguard] Following the rising rate of fake and substandard imports into Nigeria, Importers and licensed customs agents have called for the return of Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) to the ports.
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Tanzania:Agribusiness Gets U.S.$30 Million Boost

[Daily News] AFRICAN Agricultural Trade Investment Fund has partnered with Private Agricultural Sector Support (PASS) Trust in a 30 million US dollar (about 70bn/-) deal to boost the country's agricultural sector.
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