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U.N.: Algerian deportees headed for Europe dying in Sahara heat

U.N.: Algerian deportees headed for Europe dying in Sahara heat

World
May 16 (UPI) -- Dozens of refugees seeking asylum in Europe have died this year in the blistering heat of Africa's Sahara Desert and thousands more are trapped there, a United Nations agency said Wednesday. The International Organization for Migration said the migrants have been stranded in the desert in recent weeks after they were expelled from Algeria. It also said it's providing shelter for up to 3,500 of the displaced in Niger. Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said last year the migrants are "a threat to national security." A crackdown on migration by Algerian authorities has led to the deportations of thousands who hoped to make it to Africa's Mediterranean coast en route to Europe. Many deportees, mostly from sub-Saharan Mali, Cameroon and Nigeria, have been left in t...
Build-up of heat in cities depends on design of streets, buildings

Build-up of heat in cities depends on design of streets, buildings

Science
Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Every city's heat island effect is different. According to new research out of MIT, how a city heats up depends on the layout and design of its streets and buildings.Scientists found cities with more geometric, grid-like layouts, such as New York and Chicago, had a greater heat island effect than cities with less uniformity, like London and Boston.While grid-like cities boast a "crystalline" texture, more chaotic cities have a "glass-like" texture. In semi-solids like glass, the relationship between particles is less rigid and more liquid-like.Because cities feature a higher concentration of asphalt and concrete, which absorb and store the sun's heat very efficiently, they tend to heat up faster and stay warmer than their less developed surroundings. But as the latest rese...
Raptors host Heat, but may be without Kyle Lowry

Raptors host Heat, but may be without Kyle Lowry

Sports
TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors eked out an overtime victory over the Nets on Monday night, but they left Brooklyn uncertain about the status of injured All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry. The club said Lowry sustained "an acute back spasm" and would be reevaluated Tuesday. The injury to Lowry made a tough night even more difficult. While the Raptors were working overtime to beat the Nets 114-113, the Miami Heat were resting for their game against Toronto on Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre. Lowry hit the court hard on a play under the basket late in overtime Monday. He had trouble getting to his feet and when he did, his legs buckled. He was carried to the dressing room and then taken for x-rays. "I think (the injury is) more of a bruise than anything else," Raptors coach Dwane Casey sa...
Damian Lillard leads late rally in Portland Trail Blazers' win over Miami Heat

Damian Lillard leads late rally in Portland Trail Blazers' win over Miami Heat

Sports
MIAMI -- The Miami Heat bench players, particularly Udonis Haslem, playfully acted as if they had fainted while watching a strong first-half shooting effort by teammate Wayne Ellington. In the second half, the Heat wilted -- for real. C.J. McCollum scored a game-high 28 points and Damian Lillard came alive late as the Portland Trail Blazers rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit to defeat Miami 102-95 on Wednesday night at American Airlines Arena. Lillard, who has scored more than 30 points 10 times this season, had been held to nine points through three quarters. But he finished with 18 points to help Portland (14-13) snap a season-high five-game losing streak. "You almost hate (Lillard) having a pedestrian box score going into the fourth quarter," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of L...
Labour turns up heat over Saudi Aramco float

Labour turns up heat over Saudi Aramco float

Business
Labour is seeking to increase the pressure on ministers over a $ 2bn loan guarantee to Saudi Arabia's state oil company as it weighs a London flotation that would become the biggest stock market listing in history.Sky News has seen a letter to Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, in which his Labour shadow John McDonnell‎ demands to know details of discussions between the Government and its Saudi counterparts about the prospective flotation of Saudi Aramco.The letter, sent on Tuesday, will turn up the heat on the Government amid continuing questions over the legitimacy of efforts to persuade the S‎audis to list the company in the UK.Saudi Aramco has been estimated to be worth between $ 800bn and $ 2trn, but even at the lower end of that scale would become one of the most richly valued public co