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Sierra Leone mudslides and flooding leave at least 200 dead, untold number missing, buried

via The Japan Times    Aug 15, 2017

Flooded streets in Regent near Freetown are seen Monday. The death toll from massive flooding in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown climbed to 312, the local Red Cross told AFP. Red Cross spokesman Patrick Massaquoi told AFP the toll could rise further as his team continued to survey disaster areas in Freetown, where heavy rains have caused homes to disappear under water and triggered a mudslide. | SOCIETY 4 CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION SIERRA LEONE / VIA AFP-JIJI

Mudslides and torrential flooding killed at least 200 people in and around Sierra Leone’s capital early Monday following heavy rains, with many victims trapped in ...

Renegade leader defects from al-Shabab to Somalia government amid purge of group’s ranks

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

A renegade leader of Somalia’s Islamic extremist insurgents, al-Shabab, has surrendered to the government.Mukhtar Robow was flown to Mogadishu Sunday from Hudur in southwestern Somalia, ...

Kenyan opposition chief Odinga, calling polls rigged, urges followers to skip work Monday

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga (far left) holds a microphone as he addresses supporters in the Kibera area of Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday. Odinga urged his supporters to skip work on Monday in a protest over the country's disputed election and the police killings of rioters, even as the government denounced violent demonstrations as unlawful and urged Kenyans to return to their jobs. | AP

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga urged his supporters to skip work on Monday to protest what he charged were rigged elections that gave victory to ...

Libya’s banning of ships from migrant ‘search and rescue’ zone hailed by Italy, seen by NGOs as ‘deady gap’ in sea

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

The Italian rescue ship Vos Prudence run by NGO Doctor Without Borders (MSF) arrives July 14 in the port of Salerno carrying 935 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean sea. French NGO MSF announced on Saturday the activities of vessel Prudence, the largest of the rescue boats for migrants in the Mediterranean sea, were temporarily suspended following a ban by the Libyan Navy to sail off the Libyan coast. | AFP-JIJI

The Italian government on Sunday welcomed Libya’s decision to bar foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast, as two more international charities ...

Bolt bids emotional farewell to track on final day of world championships

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

Usain Bolt stops to make his signature pose during a lap of honor on the final day of the IAAF World Athletics Championships on Sunday in London. | AP

Usain Bolt took a last leisurely stroll around the track, placed his hands over his heart and then pointed toward the stands, where barely a ...

Egypt punishes medics who took selfies in front of deadly train wreck

via The Japan Times    Aug 13, 2017

Egyptians look at the wreckage from a fatal rail collision in the area of Khorshid on the outskirts of the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on Saturday. | AFP-JIJI

Egypt’s health ministry has punished six medics who took selfies in front of a deadly train wreck by transferring them to a remote part of ...

Matsuyama trails leader by one stroke at PGA

via The Japan Times    Aug 13, 2017

Hideki Matsuyama tees off on the second hole during the third round of the PGA Championship on Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina. | USA TODAY / VIA REUTERS

Hideki Matsuyama shot a 2-over-par 73 on Saturday and gave up his share of the overnight lead after the third round of the PGA Championship, ...

White nationalist rally linked to three deaths in Virginia

via The Japan Times    Aug 13, 2017

A car drives into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. | AP

A car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally Saturday in a Virginia college town, killing a 32-year-old woman as ...

Kenyatta declared winner of disputed Kenyan presidential vote

via The Japan Times    Aug 12, 2017

President Uhuru Kenyatta reacts after he was announced winner of the presidential election at the national tallying center in Nairobi on Friday. Beside him is Deputy President William Ruto. | REUTERS

President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner Friday of Kenya’s hard-fought presidential election, but opposition candidate Raila Odinga alleged the voting was rigged.In announcing the ...

Soil science can help save a hungry planet

By Esther Ngumbi
- via The Japan Times    Aug 12, 2017

By 2050, the world's population will approach 10 billion people. Feeding them all will require novel solutions.




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