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Iran cities hit by anti-government protests

Iran cities hit by anti-government protests

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceAnti-government demonstrations that began in Iran on Thursday have now spread to several major cities.Large numbers reportedly turned out in Rasht, in the north, and Kermanshah, in the west, with smaller protests in Isfahan, Hamadan and elsewhere.The protests began against rising prices but have spiralled into a general outcry against clerical rule and government policies.A small number of people have been arrested in Tehran, the capital.They were among a group of 50 people who gathered in a city square, Tehran's deputy governor-general for security affairs told the Iranian Labour News Agency.How did the protests start?The demonstrations began in the north-eastern city of Mashhad - the country's second most-populous - on Thursday.People there too...
Yemen's cities running out of fuel and clean water in 'imminent catastrophe,' UN says

Yemen's cities running out of fuel and clean water in 'imminent catastrophe,' UN says

World
A Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemeni rebels eased an air, land, and sea blockade of Yemen a week ago, but it is still keeping commercial ships with food and fuel from docking and unloading their cargo in the country, putting millions at risk of starving, the United Nations said this weekend. Millions of Yemenis depend on those supplies, and without fuel, health and water facilities can’t run. So Yemen’s cities are running out of clean water, the chiefs of several United Nations agencies and other top humanitarian officials said in a statement Saturday. “Urban water networks in seven cities have run out of fuel and now depend on humanitarian organizations to fill in the gap,” the officials said. “Other cities will shortly be in a similar situation if the blockade is not lifted, which wo
Nasa forecast: Which cities will flood as ice melts?

Nasa forecast: Which cities will flood as ice melts?

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceA forecasting tool reveals which cities will be affected as different portions of the ice sheet melt, say scientists. It looks at the Earth's spin and gravitational effects to predict how water will be "redistributed" globally. "This provides, for each city, a picture of which glaciers, ice sheets, [and] ice caps are of specific importance," say the researchers. The tool has been developed by scientists at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. Their findings are published in the journal Science Advances. Senior scientist Dr Erik Ivins said: "As cities and countries attempt to build plans to mitigate flooding, they have to be thinking about 100 years in the future and they want to assess risk in the same way that insurance companies do."...
Volcanic eruption in Japan spreads ash in 4 cities, towns

Volcanic eruption in Japan spreads ash in 4 cities, towns

Technology
A volcano in southwestern Japan is erupting for the first time in six years, spewing ash over nearby farms, cities and towns. Japanese broadcaster TBS showed elementary school students wearing helmets and masks Thursday on the way to their school at the foot of the Shinmoedake volcano. Residents also described hearing rumbles from the volcano and ash fell in at least four cities and towns in Miyazaki prefecture. Street cleaners swept ash from city streets, and farmers used leaf blowers to clear the growing piles of ash from the tops of their plastic greenhouses. The volcano on the border of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures started erupting Wednesday for the first time in six years. On Thursday, an ash plume rose 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) from the crater, the Japan Meteorological Agency ...
Office space leasing down 2% in top 7 cities during January-June: Colliers

Office space leasing down 2% in top 7 cities during January-June: Colliers

Finance
NEW DELHI: Office space leasing fell 2 per cent in January-June 2017 to 18.9 million sq ft in seven top cities but demand is expected to remain steady in the second half, according to property consultant Colliers. "The gross office take-up amounted to 9.6 million sq ft in Q2 2017 representing a nominal 2 per cent increase quarter- on-quarter from 9.3 million sq ft," Colliers India said in a statement. Total office absorption in H1 2017 stands at 18.9 million sq ft, marginally down by 2 per cent from the corresponding period of last year, it added. Colliers tracks seven office markets -- Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune. "Despite recent layoffs' alert by technology companies due to automation and changing technology, we expect the commercial market to...