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Mugabe family backs down over burial after ‘threat to Grace’

Mugabe family backs down over burial after ‘threat to Grace’

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You can see it from the suburbs of Harare, stamped onto a sizable chunk of hillside.It is a burial ground fit for a king - or a long-time dictator like Robert Mugabe - and it was the former Zimbabwean president who paid the North Koreans to construct it back in 1981. It is called Heroes' Acre, Zimbabwe's cemetery for its most extraordinary citizens, and it will not come as any surprise when I tell you that a special plot was reserved for the man who commissioned it. ...
Italy OKs Ocean Viking to dock in Lampedusa, Sicily, with Libyan migrants

Italy OKs Ocean Viking to dock in Lampedusa, Sicily, with Libyan migrants

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Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Italy granted permission to a ship carrying 82 Libyan migrants to dock Saturday in Lampedusa, Sicily, and allowed the passengers to disembark. The Ocean Viking rescued the migrants nearly a week ago in the Mediterranean Sea. The ship carried 58 men, six women and 17 minors, including a 1-year-old child. On Wednesday, a pregnant woman and her husband, who were passengers on the ship, were airlifted to Malta and she gave birth there. The passengers were taken to a safe place in Lampedusa, Doctors Without Borders, which is known by the acronym MSF, said in a news release. "This comes after a coalition of European states has stepped up with another ad hoc solution to enable the disembarkation and relocation of rescued people," the release said. "The Italian authorities' off...
Saudi Arabia oil and gas production reduced by drone strikes

Saudi Arabia oil and gas production reduced by drone strikes

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Saudi Arabia has cut oil and gas production following drone attacks on two major oil facilities run by state-owned company Aramco.Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said the strikes had reduced crude oil production by 5.7m barrels a day - about half the kingdom's output.A Yemeni Houthi rebel spokesman said it had deployed 10 drones in the attacks.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed the attacks on Iran saying there was no evidence they came from Yemen.The fires are now under control at both facilities, Saudi state media say. Aramco CEO Amin Nasser said no casualties had been reported in the attacks.The Saudis lead a Western-backed military coalition supporting Yemen's government, while Iran backs th...
Saudi Arabia oil facilities ablaze after drone strikes

Saudi Arabia oil facilities ablaze after drone strikes

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Drone attacks have set alight two major oil facilities run by the state-owned company Aramco in Saudi Arabia, state media say.Footage showed a huge blaze at Abqaiq, site of Aramco's largest oil processing plant, while a second drone attack started fires in the Khurais oilfield.The fires are now under control at both facilities, state media said.A spokesman for the Iran-aligned Houthi group in Yemen said it had deployed 10 drones in the attacks.The military spokesman, Yahya Sarea, told al-Masirah TV, which is owned by the Houthi movement and is based in Beirut, that further attacks could be expected in the future.He said Saturday's attack was one of the biggest operations the Houthi forces had undertaken inside S...
Climate change: Electrical industry’s ‘dirty secret’ boosts warming

Climate change: Electrical industry’s ‘dirty secret’ boosts warming

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It's the most powerful greenhouse gas known to humanity, and emissions have risen rapidly in recent years, the BBC has learned. Sulphur hexafluoride, or SF6, is widely used in the electrical industry to prevent short circuits and accidents. But leaks of the little-known gas in the UK and the rest of the EU in 2017 were the equivalent of putting an extra 1.3 million cars on the road. Levels are rising as an unintended consequence of the green energy boom.Cheap and non-flammable, SF6 is a colourless, odourless, synthetic gas. It makes a hugely effective insulating material for medium and high-voltage electrical installations. It is widely used across the industry, from large power stations to wind turbines to electrical sub-station...