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Police clash with protesters in Paris as violence flares at anti-security bill demos

Police clash with protesters in Paris as violence flares at anti-security bill demos

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Police clashed with protesters in Paris as demonstrations over a new French security law turned violent.Thousands took to the streets of the French capital and other major cities on Saturday to protest President Emmanuel Macron's proposed legislation, which they claim would restrict civil liberties and increase surveillance. Demonstrators were also marching against police brutality, but officers were forced to fire tear gas when a small number of them burned cars, smashed shop windows and set fire to barricades.Part of Mr Macron's draft bill - that would have banned the filming of police officers - had to be rewritten earlier this week after it sparked a major backlash. Image: Thousands took to the streets for the protest against the 'global sec...
Flares, grenades and tear gas thrown as Rome’s anti-lockdown protests continue

Flares, grenades and tear gas thrown as Rome’s anti-lockdown protests continue

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Violence broke out in Rome as anti-lockdown protesters threw flares and flash grenades at police, who fought back with tear gas and water cannons.Supporters of the far-right party Forza Nuova (New Force) were largely among the crowd of a few hundred in Piazza del Popolo, one of Rome's famous landmarks. They were protesting against new COVID-19 restrictions, including a 6pm curfew for bars and restaurants and the closure of public gyms, cinemas and swimming pools. Image: Far right demonstrators clashed with police during the protest Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the measures on Sunday to try to slow a second wave of infections.Scuffles broke out when the protesters, who were shouting "freedom, freedom," lit coloured ...
Scientists pinpoint release of energy that powered series of solar flares

Scientists pinpoint release of energy that powered series of solar flares

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Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Scientists have precisely pinpointed the explosive release of energy that powered a series of solar flares -- a first. The solar flares were originally recorded in 2017 by the Expanded Owens Valley Solar Array, EOVSA, a radio telescope operated by the New Jersey Institute of Technology. While studying solar activity, the radio telescope spotted the birth of a new region of magnetic energy adjacent to an existing sunspot. The explosion of energy sent extremely hot plasma spewing from the solar atmosphere out into space. Recently, scientists reexamined the data collected by the EOVSA, looking for unique patterns recorded in microwave spectrum. Until now, scientists have only been able to study solar flares by examining the electromagnetic signatures registered at the phot...

US-Afghan army convoy fires flares, hits drivers on road

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A local witness and the US mission in Afghanistan say a joint US-Afghan military has fired flares at several civilian vehicles, causing the cars to catch fire and injuriesByThe Associated PressNovember 9, 2019, 10:14 AM1 min read A local witness and the U.S. mission in Afghanistan say a joint U.S.-Afghan military convoy has confronted several civilian vehicles with flares, after a confrontation on the road. The U.S. forces statement says Saturday that American troops released flares as a deterrent after making several attempts to wave the drivers off the road, but didn't aim at the vehicles. It said U.S. forces were trying to stop the vehicles from approaching the convoy in eastern Laghman province Friday night and didn't see any damage immediately to the vehicles. Imad Dawran, a witness t...
Secrets of solar flares are unlocked

Secrets of solar flares are unlocked

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Scientists may finally understand the mechanism behind solar flares.Flares can occur on their own, or be accompanied by powerful eruptions of plasma (charged gas) from the Sun.If charged particles from these eruptions reach Earth, they can create havoc with infrastructure, such as satellite systems and power grids.Now, researchers in France say the interaction of distinct magnetic structures controls these outbursts from our star.Generally speaking, solar eruptions are caused by a sudden, violent rearrangement of the Sun's magnetic field.At a deeper level, the process is controlled by two types of structures that form in the magnetic field of the Sun: ropes and cages.The rope is confined within the magnetic cage. If the cage is strong, it can contain the rope's contortions, but when the ca...