Africa

Paddy Ashdown slams ‘kneejerk’ Tory response to jihadi terror threat

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Intervention comes as Cameron prepares anti-terror message, with prime minister criticised over ‘damaging’ rhetoric  Jump to comments Tensions between Conservatives and Liberal Democrats over how to counter the terrorism threat from extremists have been exposed as Paddy Ashdown accuses Tory ministers of “kneejerk” responses and of stoking fear in the minds of the British people. The former Liberal Democrat leader ... Read More »

Schrödinger’s cat caught on quantum film

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Schrodinger’s cat, the good ole thought experiment that’s been twisting (non-Quantum physicist) brains for decades. Scientists might have just caught it. Or not. Typical. What you see above is a combined image where a stencil was bombarded with cosmic rays photons, but the photons that generated the image actually never interacted with the stencil — stay with us. It was ... Read More »

BT alleged to have supplied high-speed fibre-optic cable to aid US drone strikes

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BT says $23m circuit linking US hub with base for unmanned craft in Djibouti is general purpose, not a special military system The government has been asked to investigate whether BT is aiding drone strikes with a specially built military internet cable connecting US air force facilities in Northamptonshire to a base for unmanned craft in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa. Evidence is mounting that the ... Read More »

Egypt’s Sisi says Qatar and Turkey are spending millions to spread chaos in Arab lands

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Egyptian president accuses the two nations and the Muslim Brotherhood of trying to destabilize Egypt, the Egypt Independent reports. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi accused Qatar and Turkey and the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood of spending millions of dollars to spread chaos in the Arab world.“Qatar, Turkey and the international organization of the Brotherhood are currently establishing many ... Read More »

South Sudan crisis: UN helicopter crashes near Bentiu

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The UN says one of its cargo helicopters has crashed in South Sudan, with unconfirmed reports saying it was shot down. Three crew died, while one survived, said the UN mission in South Sudan, adding that an inquiry was under way. A UN official told the AP news agency the Mi-8 helicopter had apparently been shot down. Thousands of people have ... Read More »

Tripoli airport seized in fight between Libyan militias

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(CNN) – Control of Tripoli International Airport changed hands Saturday evening, after an alliance of Islamist militias from around Libya seized the reins from a rival group. Fighting was intense and spread from around the airport to other parts of Tripoli. Unknown fighter jets struck locations used by the alliance — known as the Libya Dawn forces — killing at least ... Read More »

To South Sudan’s woes, add famine — 50,000 kids at risk of death

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With war and weather pushing thousands to the brink of starvation, aid workers in South Sudan are warning of a large-scale humanitarian disaster. (James Sprankle and Ty McCormick/The Washington Post) MALAKAL, South Sudan — Nyarony Choing is as old as South Sudan. And like the world’s newest nation, she has been to hell and back before her fourth birthday. When ... Read More »