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Lockdowns, tanking stocks: Virus fight shifts to Europe, US

Lockdowns, tanking stocks: Virus fight shifts to Europe, US

Health
MADRID -- The global battle to contain the coronavirus reached a new level of urgency Monday, as governments locked down their borders, a new wave of closures and restrictions kept more than 500 million students at home, and pleas went out to funnel masks and ventilators to places struggling with soaring caseloads. The growing sense of crisis rocked global financial markets, particularly on Wall Street, where the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 12.9 percent. Investors' fears that the outbreak will throw the global economy into a recession sent the market to its worst one-day loss since 1987. The shifting fronts in the battle were made clear by figures showing that cases outside China — where the virus originated — surpassed those inside its borders for the first time. Spain officiall
U.S. shifts AFRICOM strategy as troops are ‘overmatched’ by militants

U.S. shifts AFRICOM strategy as troops are ‘overmatched’ by militants

Business
Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Africa Command is shifting its strategy to focus on containing al-Qaida and Islamic State affiliates and other militant groups, according to reports and comments from Pentagon officials. "The Secretary of Defense has been conducting a comprehensive review of DoD forces, programs and activities within each Combatant Command to ensure alignment with the National Defense Strategy's priorities. U.S. Africa Command was the first to present their findings and recommendations," Pentagon spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said in a Wednesday statement. "As part of this review and in order to better compete with China and Russia in Africa, the Secretary is directing the deployment of elements of the Army's 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) to the continent to conduct train, a...
Wind shifts caused by human-induced global warming cause of West Antarctic’s melting ice

Wind shifts caused by human-induced global warming cause of West Antarctic’s melting ice

Science
Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Human-caused climate change has triggered wind shifts in Antarctica, according to a new study, driving accelerated melting across the continent's west coast. The research -- published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience -- is the first to draw a direct link between human-induced global warming and Western Antarctica's rapidly melting glaciers. Scientists have previously shown that influxes of warm coastal water are driving the loss of ice among Western Antarctica's largest glaciers. Previous research has also shown that variable wind patterns dictate the movement of warm and cold water masses. For the latest study, scientists used satellite observations and climate model simulations to analyze how these wind patterns have changed since 1920. The data showed the wi...