Climate ‘mysteries’ still puzzle scientists, despite progress

What worries one of the world’s leading climate scientists the most? Heatwaves — and particularly the tendency of current models to underestimate the intensity of these bursts of deadly, searing temperature. This is one of the “major mysteries” science still has to unravel, climatologist Robert Vautard told AFP, even as researchers are able to pinpoint […]

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Behind Airbus-Boeing truce lies a common rival: China

China’s home-grown C919 passenger jet taking off from Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport on its maiden flight in 2017 Paris (AFP) – While the United States and Europe waged a 17-year trade battle over subsidies to Boeing and Airbus, China poured money into its own commercial aircraft to take on the Western aviation duopoly. It took […]

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EU’s new top graft fighter to probe ‘powerful and dangerous’

Europe’s new top graft fighting body will probe the “powerful”, “rich” and “dangerous”, its head warned Friday on her first visit to an EU member since taking up her post. The Luxembourg-based European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), headed by Laura Codruta Kovesi, a former Romanian anti-corruption chief, started work this month. The independent outfit has […]

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Europe bids to join NFT art auction craze

Europe has joined the craze for NFTs, virtual art pieces inspired by cryptocurrencies that turn the impermanence of the internet into a prized collector’s item to be bought and sold like a Rembrandt. Drawing quizzical head-scratching by many, these digital objects authenticated by blockchain technology have drawn millions of dollars at auctions, with even the […]

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After $53 billion in European sales last year, Amazon paid $0 in corporate taxes

Economic justice advocates expressed outrage and called for a crackdown on tax evasion on Tuesday after Amazon’s latest filings in Luxembourg revealed that the online giant paid $0 in corporate taxes to European countries last year despite reporting record-high sales of nearly $53 billion amid the Covid-19 pandemic. “Amazon’s revenues have soared under the pandemic […]

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Cordae – Wassup Lyrics (feat. Young Thug)

[Intro: Cordae] Daytrip took it to ten (Hey) What’s up? What’s up? What’s up? What’s up? What’s up? What’s up? What the f*ck, yeah, hold on [Chorus: Cordae & Young Thug] Ayy, what’s up, nigga? (What’s up?) What the f*ck, nigga? (What the f*ck?) Bought that bitch a Birkin bag Now she in love with […]

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Pandemic hits ‘critical point’ as Europe deaths top one million

Europe passed the grim milestone of one million coronavirus deaths on Monday, as the World Health Organization warned that infections are rising exponentially despite widespread efforts aimed at stopping them. The death toll across Europe’s 52 countries, compiled by AFP from official sources, totalled at least 1,000,288 by 1830 GMT. “We are in a critical […]

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Massive cargo ship turns sideways in Suez Canal, blocking all traffic

A cargo container ship that’s among the largest in the world has turned sideways and blocked all traffic in Egypt’s Suez Canal, officials said Wednesday, threatening to disrupt a global shipping system already strained by the coronavirus pandemic. The MV Ever Given, a Panama-flagged container ship that carries trade between Asia and Europe, became grounded […]

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Prince of House of Hanover on trial in Austria

Prince of House of Hanover on trial in Austria – Media representatives wait before the start of the trial against Prince Ernst August of Hanover at the regional court where the head of one of Europe’s oldest royal families is facing charges including resisting state authority and grievous bodily harm. – Fotokerschi.At/Werner Kerschbaum/APA/dpa The head […]

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Europe presses Turkey to rethink ditching violence-on-women pact

By Jonathan Spicer ISTANBUL (Reuters) – European leaders criticised what they called Turkey’s baffling and concerning decision to pull out of an international accord designed to protect women from violence, and urged President Tayyip Erdogan to reconsider. Erdogan’s government on Saturday withdrew from the Istanbul Convention, which it signed onto in 2011 after it was […]

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The dark truth about conspiracy theories: They’re everywhere! Can they be stopped?

Conspiracy theories take can bewildering forms, as has become especially clear in the current era, when a recently deposed U.S. president became instrumental in spreading and popularizing an entire interlocking universe of demonstrably false conspiratorial narratives. But the historical development of conspiracy theories is becoming clearer, thanks to research across multiple disciplines, synthesized for a […]

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The daily life of a Neanderthal revealed from the gunk in their teeth

The typical vision of Neanderthals has not been particularly flattering, often featuring a giant club and spear and unfortunate sartorial choices. For years, researchers have worked to overturn this view, albeit with limited evidence. A typical Neanderthal stereotype. Shutterstock/Angkrit But new research, published today in Nature, provides some of the first nuanced, detailed insights into […]

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Russia rejects calls from Europe court to release Alexei Navalny

Europe’s rights court told Russia on Wednesday to release jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny out of concern for his life, but Moscow swiftly rejected the call. Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most outspoken opponent, was arrested and jailed upon returning to Russia last month following months of treatment in Germany for a nerve agent poisoning he […]

In tracking virus mutations, most countries flying blind

To monitor changes to the coronavirus that could supercharge the pandemic or render vaccines less effective, scientists must sequence its genetic code to catalogue potentially dangerous mutations as they emerge. But so few countries are conducting and sharing surveillance that experts are as worried about the mutations they cannot see as those they can. Publication […]

Global right-wing extremism networks are growing — America Is just now catching up

During the past two years, U.S. counterterrorism officials held meetings with their European counterparts to discuss an emerging threat: right-wing terror groups becoming increasingly global in their reach. American neo-Nazis were traveling to train and fight with militias in the Ukraine. There were suspected links between U.S. extremists and the Russian Imperial Movement, a white […]

Biden team says US will not lift travel bans — despite Trump statement

Washington (AFP) – US President-elect Joe Biden’s spokeswoman quickly dismissed Donald Trump’s announcement Monday that a Covid-19 ban on travelers arriving from much of Europe and Brazil would be lifted, underlining the fractious transition of power. “On the advice of our medical team, the Administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on 1/26,” tweeted […]