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Fires, tear gas highlight another round of Yellow Vests protests in Paris

Fires, tear gas highlight another round of Yellow Vests protests in Paris

World
April 20 (UPI) -- Days after Paris firefighters put out a devastating blaze at the Notre-Dame Cathedral, they rushed to extinguish small fires around Place de la Republique set by Yellow Vests protesters demonstrating Saturday against high taxes and economic equality. Paris police fired tear gas at protesters while bicycles, bins, motorbikes and cars alongside streets were set on fire. One group of protesters stole goods from a sports shop after smashing its front window, The Guardian reported. The Yellow Vests protests have been ongoing since last November, starting as a fuel tax revolt but have come to represent social policies and dissatisfaction with the French government in general. Much of action happened at Place de la Republique where protesters set the bulk of the fires and poli...
Nebraska fires head basketball coach Tim Miles

Nebraska fires head basketball coach Tim Miles

Sports
March 26 (UPI) -- The Nebraska Cornhuskers will be looking for a new basketball coach after firing coach Tim Miles on Tuesday. The school announced that they have dismissed Miles after seven seasons. This past year, the team went 19-17; 6-14 in the Big Ten. The season ended for Nebraska after a loss in the NIT Tournament Sunday to TCU. The Cornhuskers have not made the NCAA Tournament since the 2014 season. Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos said in a statement that the team did not have "consistent success" enough for him to continue with Miles as coach. "Tim Miles is a good basketball coach who has put his heart, soul and energy into the Nebraska men's basketball program over the past seven years," Moos said. "Ultimately, we have not maintained a level of consistent success and stabi...
Ancient comet impact triggered fires, climate change, megafauna extinctions

Ancient comet impact triggered fires, climate change, megafauna extinctions

Science
March 13 (UPI) -- Scientists have uncovered new evidence that a cosmic impact sparked wildfires and triggered a period of global climate change at the end of the Pleistocene epoch some 13,000 years ago. Previously, researchers had only found evidence of the period of climatic change known as the Younger Dryas, or YDB, in the Northern Hemisphere. New findings, however, suggest the Southern Hemisphere also experienced a sudden climatic shift -- and much more. "We have identified the YDB layer at high latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere at near 41 degrees south, close to the tip of South America," James Kennett, geology professor emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara, said in a news release. Kennett is a proponent of the Younger Dryas Boundary Impact Hypothesis, which pos...
Blast off! Musk's SpaceX fires rocket into orbit

Blast off! Musk's SpaceX fires rocket into orbit

Technology
Elon Musk's SpaceX has launched a rocket out of the Earth's atmosphere, in a major step towards reviving America's human spaceflight programme.The unmanned crew capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket was fired from Florida bound for the International Space Station at 7.49am GMT. The key test flight is aiming to prove to NASA that astronauts will be safe on future flights. Before lift off, billionaire Musk tweeted a photo of the inside of the Crew Dragon capsule with a mannequin nicknamed Ripley strapped in it. SpaceX said the spacesuit for Ripley, apparently a reference to the protagonist in the sci-fi movie Alien played by Sigourney Weaver, has been embedded with sensors around its head, neck, and spine to monitor how a flight would feel for a human astronaut. The International ...
Trudeau fires Canada's ambassador to China amid Huawei controversy

Trudeau fires Canada's ambassador to China amid Huawei controversy

World
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has fired Canada's ambassador to China, John McCallum.It follows controversial comments Mr McCallum made about an extradition case involving a senior executive from the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.Mr Trudeau said in a statement he had asked John McCallum to step down, but did not offer a reason.The detention of Meng Wanzhou, at the request of the US, angered China and soured Canada's relations with Beijing.Ms Meng, Huawei's chief financial officer, is accused by the US of evading sanctions on Iran. Both she and Huawei deny those allegations.What did Justin Trudeau say?In a statement, the Canadian prime minister said: "Last night I asked for and accepted John McCallum's resignation as Canada's ambas...