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Puerto Rico fears post-Maria murder surge: 11 days, 32 slain

Puerto Rico fears post-Maria murder surge: 11 days, 32 slain

World
Before the sun rose on the first day of 2018, someone called 911 to report the charred, bullet-riddled body of a man with a snake-like tattoo on his left hand, lying beside a road in the Puerto Rican town of Vega Baja. The next day, two men were found dead with their feet and hands bound in Bayamon, a working-class city southwest of the capital. Another man was shot to death before dawn in nearby Vega Baja while trying to stop thieves from stealing his generator. Thirty-two people have been slain in Puerto Rico in the first 11 days of the year, double the number killed over the same period in 2017. If the surge proves to be more than just a temporary blip, January could be the most homicidal month on the island in at least two years, adding a dangerous new element to the island's recovery...
Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016

Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016

Science
Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Last year's increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years. Researchers say a combination of human activities and the El NiƱo weather phenomenon drove CO2 to a level not seen in 800,000 years.Scientists say this risks making global temperature targets largely unattainable.This year's greenhouse gas bulletin produced by the WMO, is based on measurements taken in 51 countries. Research stations dotted around the globe measure concentrations of warming gases including carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. The figures published by the WMO are what's left in the atmosphere after significant amounts are absorbed by the Earth's "sinks", wh
Twitter shares surge as it eyes first profit

Twitter shares surge as it eyes first profit

Technology
Shares in Twitter have risen sharply after the company said it could be on course to turn its first-ever quarterly profit.Wall Street cheered results for the three months to the end of September that suggested its drive to cut expenses and find new sources of revenue were bearing fruit.Twitter shares have performed woefully since it made its stock market debut in 2013 but they jumped 18% on Thursday as the company looked on the verge of delivering a profitable bottom line.It was the most notable winner on a day when other tech heavyweights - Google owner Alphabet, and Amazon - also posted well-received quarterly results.Twitter has struggled to capitalise on its popularity with public figures such as Donald Trump to attract more users and advertisers away from competitors such as Facebook ...
Amazon and Alphabet see sales surge

Amazon and Alphabet see sales surge

Business
Tech giants Amazon and Google's parent Alphabet have posted a surge in sales over the last three months.Shares in Alphabet jumped above $ 1,000 in after-hours trading after the company reported sales up 24% to $ 27.8bn.Amazon, the world's biggest e-commerce site, saw sales rise 34% to $ 43.7bn - nearly the size of Slovenia's economy last year.Meanwhile, Microsoft's profit beat estimates on gains from cloud services.Alphabet's profits for the three months to 30 September rose to $ 7.8bn, from $ 5.6bn for the same quarter last year.The company's chief financial officer Ruth Porat said the firm was delighted with the way it was performing."We had a terrific quarter, with revenues up 24% year on year, reflecting strength across Google and Other Bets," she said."Our momentum is a result of inve...