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Heatwave: England has had joint hottest summer on record, Met Office says

Heatwave: England has had joint hottest summer on record, Met Office says

Science
Getty ImagesEngland has had its joint hottest summer on record, the Met Office says. Provisional figures show the summer of 2022 - covering June, July and August - had an average temperature of 17.1C.This year's summer tied with 2018 for the warmest, according to records stretching back to 1884. It means four of the five warmest summers on record have happened since 2003, as the effects of climate change are felt on the nation's summer temperatures, the Met Office said. This year's summer included the record-breaking heat in July when temperatures in the UK exceeded 40C for the first time as part of a widespread heatwave. Hot and dry conditions have dried up rivers, damaged crops and fuelled wildfires, as well as leaving much of England in drought. For both England and the UK as a whole, i...
China and Russia to build joint moon base

China and Russia to build joint moon base

Technology
China and Russia have announced their intention to build a new lunar research station together, launching a new era of collaboration in space between the two countries.According to a statement published on the China National Space Administration (CNSA) website, the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) would also be open to use by other countries. No timeline was given for the construction of the ILRS, which was described as a "comprehensive scientific experiment base with the capability of long-term autonomous operation". Image: CNSA recovery crew members check the Chang'e 5 probe after it returned to Earth The research station could be built either on the lunar surface or in lunar orbit to conduct "scientific research activiti...
Boris Johnson offers to host all Euro 2020 games in the UK and outlines plans for joint bid for 2030 World Cup

Boris Johnson offers to host all Euro 2020 games in the UK and outlines plans for joint bid for 2030 World Cup

Sports
Boris Johnson has offered to host every European Championship game in the UK this summer – and wants the World Cup in Britain and Ireland in 2030. The Euros – pushed back a year due to the coronavirus pandemic – are due to be staged across 12 countries, with the semi-finals and final being held at Wembley in London. AFP Johnson wants the UK to host the European Championship and the 2030 World Cup But with the Covid restrictions still causing disruption throughout Europe – and given England’s successful vaccine roll-out – Johnson has offered to take on extra games if UEFA is forced to alter its plans. Speaking to The Sun, the PM said: “We are hosting the Euros. We are hosting the semis and the final. “If there’s, you know, if they want any other match...
U.S.-Japan joint exercise, involving 46,000 troops, called a success

U.S.-Japan joint exercise, involving 46,000 troops, called a success

Business
Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Keen Sword 21, an 11-day military exercise involving 9,000 U.S. and 37,000 Japan Self-Defense Force personnel, was declared a success at its conclusion. "Keen Sword was a tremendous success with respect to operating and integrating with our allies," said Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, commander of U.S. Forces Japan, in a statement at the conclusion of the exercises on Thursday. Advertisement "By learning from and working alongside each other, not only did we improve our joint and bilateral capabilities, we once again demonstrated our unwavering resolve to the U.S.-Japan Alliance, which has been the foundation of peace, stability, and security in the Indo-Pacific region for the past 60 years," Schneider said. The field training event, in and around Japan, involved U.S. Army, Nav...
AA auction risks stalling as rivals eye joint offer

AA auction risks stalling as rivals eye joint offer

Business
Two of the putative bidders for the AA are in talks about joining forces in a move that could undermine shareholders' hopes of a hotly contested bidding war for Britain's biggest breakdown recovery service.Sky News has learnt that Warburg Pincus is holding preliminary discussions about partnering with a consortium comprising two other buyout firms - Centerbridge Partners and Towerbrook Capital Partners. The talks have yet to result in a definitive agreement, but if the three firms do formally team up, it would leave Platinum Equity as the only publicly declared potential counterbidder to the consortium.Apollo Global Management had been contemplating an offer, but is understood to have switched its interest to participating in a potential refinancing of the AA's £2.65bn debt mountain.The li...