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November 17, 2017
Network Innovations Delivers Hurricane Relief Via Satellite
McLean, VA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
The recent hurricanes that hit Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico once again spotlighted the frailty of terrestrial communications services. Hurricane-force winds in the Florida Keys and Houston brought trees down on utility lines carrying telephone and Internet service and knocked out cell phone towers, while Hurricane Maria completely destroyed the terrestrial communications infrastructure of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As experience over the past few years has shown, land-based communi ... read more

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UN urges end to Myanmar attacks against Rohingya
UN member-states on Thursday urged Myanmar authorities to end a military campaign against the Muslim Rohingya in a resolution adopted despite opposition from China, Russia and some regional neighbours. ... more
Dimming Sun's rays to cool planet will affect storms too: study
Injecting billions of reflective particles into the stratosphere could help cool an overheating planet, but would also alter the intensity of tropical storms, researchers said Tuesday. ... more
US chemical plants must prepare for more Harveys: official
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Canada announces rapid response force for peacekeeping
Canada will boost its support for UN peacekeeping missions by mobilizing a rapid response force of 200 soldiers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday. ... more
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New research shows chimpanzees alert their friends and relatives to the presence of poisonous snakes. ... more
15,000 scientists say threats to planet now 'far worse'
Twenty-five years after global scientists issued a "warning to humanity" about dangers to the environment, a new update released Monday says most of the planet's problems are getting "far worse." ... more
Iran scrambles to aid victims of killer quake
Thousands of Iranians on Tuesday spent a third night in the cold as authorities scrambled to help those made homeless by a major earthquake that killed more than 400 people. ... more
Fuel removal device installed at meltdown-hit Fukushima reactor
Workers at Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have installed a device to remove nuclear fuel from a meltdown-hit reactor nearly seven years after the crisis was sparked by a tsunami, a spokesman said Monday. ... more

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Nuclear tax refund keeps RWE on track for 2017
German energy giant RWE on Tuesday said it was confident of hitting the upper targets of its 2017 outlook after a huge nuclear tax refund boosted its nine-month performance. ... more
Sandy Hook families renew legal push against gun maker
Families of victims in one of America's worst mass shootings pushed again Tuesday to hold gun manufacturers responsible for the 2012 massacre that killed 20 small children and six adults. ... more
Climate change imperils one in four UNESCO natural sites
Climate change imperils one in four UN-listed natural heritage sites, including coral reefs, glaciers, and wetlands - nearly double the number from just three years ago, a report said Monday. ... more
Dutch to give storm-hit isles 600 mln euros to rebuild
The Dutch government announced Friday it will release 617 million euros ($720 million) to help rebuild its Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma in September. ... more
Allianz confident for 2017 after hurricane-battered Q3
German insurer Allianz reported plunging profits for the third quarter as a series of natural disasters undermined its earnings, but said it was on track to hit its full-year targets. ... more
Fighting overdose epidemic, US bans all fentanyl-type drugs
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Mexico earthquake reconstruction will cost $2.5bn: Pena Nieto
Reconstruction in central and southern Mexico following two deadly earthquakes in September that killed 465 people will require a $2.5 billion investment, President Enrique Pena Nieto announced Tuesday. ... more
Lifeline trails restored to Nepal's quake-hit villages
As the dust settled from Nepal's massive earthquake, a fresh humanitarian crisis was just beginning: supply lines to remote communities had been destroyed, and villagers were starving. ... more
UN council weakens response to Myanmar after China objects
The UN Security Council on Monday dropped plans to adopt a resolution demanding an end to the violence in Myanmar in the face of strong opposition from China and instead opted for a statement, diplomats said. ... more
Air force error allowed Texas shooter to buy guns despite conviction
A domestic violence conviction legally prohibited the Texas church shooter from buying guns, but the Air Force failed to enter it into a database used to run background checks, officials said Monday. ... more
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Major US tech firms reversed course Friday and endorsed a proposal in Congress which could hold website owners liable for human trafficking. ... more
Crime writer Ian Rankin predicts rise of 'kind and gentle' books
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New SOFT e-textiles could offer advanced protection for soldiers and emergency personnel
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