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Malaysia election: Opposition scores historic victory

Malaysia election: Opposition scores historic victory

World
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has scored a historic victory in the country's general election.The election commission said Mr Mahathir's opposition alliance had won 115 seats, over the threshold of 112 seats needed to form a government.Mr Mahathir, 92, defeated the governing Barisan Nasional coalition, which has been in power for more than 60 years.He came out of retirement to take on his former protege, Najib Razak."We are not seeking revenge, we want to restore the rule of law," Mr Mahathir told reporters.He said he hoped a swearing-in ceremony would be held on Thursday. Mr Mahathir will become the oldest elected leader in the world.A government spokesman later declared nationwide public holidays for Thursday and Friday.With only a few seats left to count, official res...
Another season, another historic low for Arctic wintertime sea ice

Another season, another historic low for Arctic wintertime sea ice

Science
March 23 (UPI) -- The maximum extent of the Arctic's wintertime sea ice, reached last week, marked another historic low. According to the latest analysis, it was the second lowest since satellites began tracking the phenomenon 39 years ago.Every year, the Arctic's sea ice grows in the winter and shrinks in the summer, reaching two extents, a maximum and a minimum. In recent years, both extents have been increasingly small.Just ahead of the official end of winter, the Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent on March 17, a grand total of 5.59 million square miles, 448,000 fewer square miles miles than the average maximum extent measured between 1981 and 2001.This year's maximum extent measure just 23,200 more square miles than last year's record low maximum extent.The four smallest maximum...
Historic seventh for GB cross-country skier Musgrave

Historic seventh for GB cross-country skier Musgrave

Sports
XXIII Olympic Winter GamesVenue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 FebruaryCoverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage timesAndrew Musgrave produced the best performance by a Briton in an Olympic cross country event as he finished seventh in the men's skiathlon at the Pyeongchang Games.The 27-year-old, who held the previous best which was 29th in the sprint at Sochi 2014, moved into second with 5km remaining of the gruelling 30km race.However, the Scot was caught by the pack on the final circuit.Norway's Simen Hegstad Kruger clinched gold as his country completed a 1-2-3.Musgrave will also compete in his favoured event, the 15km freestyle, on Friday followed by the team sprint competition with childhood friend Andrew Young.S...
Scientists identify historic correlation between ocean circulation and rainfall

Scientists identify historic correlation between ocean circulation and rainfall

Science
Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Climate scientists have discovered a link between Atlantic Ocean currents and rainfall patterns in the Western Hemisphere. Evidence of the correlation extends from the present back several thousand years."The mechanisms that seem to be driving this correlation [in the past] are the same that are at play in modern data as well," Kaustubh Thirumalai, postdoctoral researcher at Brown University, said in a news release. "The Atlantic Ocean surface circulation, and however that changes, has implications for how the rainfall changes on continents."Thirumalai, lead author of the new Nature Communications study, conducted the research while earning his PhD at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics.The Atlantic Ocean surface circulation moves warm water from the tropics t...
Lubaina Himid in historic Turner Prize win

Lubaina Himid in historic Turner Prize win

Entertainment
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceLubaina Himid has become the oldest winner of the Turner Prize, and the first black woman to pick up the art award.The 63-year-old Zanzibar-born, Preston-based artist won the £25,000 prize for work addressing racial politics and the legacy of slavery.The judges praised her "uncompromising tackling of issues including colonial history and how racism persists today".She was named the winner at a ceremony in Hull, currently UK City of Culture.Who is Lubaina Himid?Described in February by The Daily Telegraph as "the under-appreciated hero of black British art", Himid made her name in the 1980s as one of the leaders of the British black arts movement - both painting and curating exhibitions of similarly overlooked artists.But she's now got the recogni