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All-time temperature records for June broken across Europe

All-time temperature records for June broken across Europe

World
Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic have all set new national temperature records for June as a scorching heatwave escalates in large parts of western and central Europe.Thursday will likely see France surpass its previous June record of 41.FC (106F), set on 21 June 2003, according to Sky News' weather presenter Isobel Lang. The country's highest ever temperature, 44.1C (111.38F), was recorded at two separate locations in southern France on 12 August during the same 2003 heatwave. Image: Public 'cool places' have been designated across France to help people cope with the temperatures Met Office forecaster Matthew Box said an "enormous reservoir" of hot air from the Sahara has engulfed the continent, which is expected to bring tempe...

Google’s activities under scrutiny by US, Europe regulators

Technology
Google, the tech giant known universally for its search engine, also has fingers in a number of other pies, like online advertising, email messaging and video. That gives U.S. antitrust enforcers, who have reportedly evinced a new interest in pursuing competition charges against Google, lots to look at. Governments around the world are becoming increasingly unnerved by the power amassed by major technology companies — with the dominance of Google in search, Facebook in social networking and Amazon in e-commerce raising the sharpest concerns. In the most dramatic scenario, a case might be made for breaking the companies into smaller pieces. The U.S. Justice Department is readying an investigation of Google's business practices in search and other areas, and whether they violate antitrust l
Indians go short-haul for a break, US and Europe stay expensive on Jet crisis, Pakistan curb

Indians go short-haul for a break, US and Europe stay expensive on Jet crisis, Pakistan curb

Finance
Short-haul, visaon-arrival destinations are gaining traction this summer as airfares and holiday packages to the US and Europe stay expensive due to the Jet Airways crisis and closure of Pakistani airspace. Travel to destinations like Thailand, Malaysia, Mauritius, Cambodia and the Maldives is picking up with the airlines of some of these countries also enticing travellers with attractive offers, online travel agencies and tour operators said. “Summer travel has been impacted over the past few months because of issues ranging from capacity constraint due to the grounding of Jet Airways to the closure of airspace over Pakistan that has led to an increase in airfares. We have noticed travellers favouring short-haul destinations, especially those that offer visa-free entry or visa-on-arrival
Packs of wolf-dogs could wipe out wolves in Europe, scientists warn

Packs of wolf-dogs could wipe out wolves in Europe, scientists warn

Science
May 23 (UPI) -- Europe's population of wolf-dog hybrids is growing. In a new paper, scientists warn packs of wolf-dogs could soon erase the genetic identify of wolves. "We need to address this issue before wolf-dog hybrids back-cross with wolves to the extent that wolf populations will be lost to hybrid swarms, and the conservation of wild populations will become unfeasible," Valerio Donfrancesco, an ecologist at the University of Exeter, said in a news release. According the latest research, part of the problem is a lack of information, as well as a lack of agreement -- over the details and seriousness of the problem -- among scientists. "The fact that we know so little about the ecology, behavior and social acceptance of the wolf-dog hybrids adds a layer of concern to the issue," Donfr...
Olive tree killer disease still poses risk to Europe

Olive tree killer disease still poses risk to Europe

Science
Southern Europe countries are said to be at the greatest risk from a deadly disease described as a "very serious threat" to the EU's olive industry.The European Food Safety Authority (ESFA) says computer modelling has helped understand how it spreads, but there is no cure for infected plants.Experts describe Xylella as one of the "most dangerous pathogens worldwide".It was first recorded in Italy in 2013, and has since spread to other European nations.Olive killer disease reaches Spain"One of the problems of Xylella is that is a bit of a silent spreader," explained Dr Stephen Parnell from the University of Salford and chairman of the EFSA's working group on Xylella fastidiosa pest risk assessment."You can have different lengths ...