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Veteran Kazakh leader Nazarbayev resigns after three decades in power
Veteran Kazakh leader Nazarbayev resigns after three decades in power

Nazarbayev, 78, the last Soviet-era leader still in charge of his country, said he would retain key security council and party leader positions while handing over the presidency to a loyal ally for the rest of his term, which ends in April 2020. "I have taken a decision, which was not easy for me, to resign as president," Nazarbayev said in a televised address before signing a decree terminating his powers from March 20. "As the founder of the independent Kazakh state I see my task now in facilitating the rise of a new generation of leaders who will continue the reforms that are under way in the country." His decision hit the price of Kazakh bonds and even appeared to weigh on the...

The Apple Heart Study Was Successful at Detecting a Life-Threatening Condition
The Apple Heart Study Was Successful at Detecting a Life-Threatening Condition

Preliminary results indicate the study was a smashing success.

Emergency ascent in Indian Ocean as sub fills with smoke
Emergency ascent in Indian Ocean as sub fills with smoke

ALPHONSE ISLAND, Seychelles (AP) - A British scientist and her American pilot made an emergency ascent from 100 meters (328 feet) beneath the surface of the Indian Ocean on Tuesday after smoke filled the cockpit of their submersible.

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Brazil's Bolsonaro backs Trump wall, derides immigrants ahead of meeting

Bolsonaro, a far-right congressman who rode to the presidency with a brash, anti-establishment campaign modeled on Trump's 2016 run, has pledged a new era of pro-American policy in the Southern Hemisphere's second-largest country. Ahead of Tuesday's Oval Office meeting, Bolsonaro waived a visa requirement for U.S. visitors to Brazil and later in a Fox News interview on Monday night threw his weight behind Trump's immigration agenda, which includes a wall on the Mexican border. "We do agree with President Trump's decision or proposal on the wall," Bolsonaro said, in remarks translated to English by the broadcaster.

US accuses Russia, China of undermining space peace push
US accuses Russia, China of undermining space peace push

The US on Tuesday accused Russia and China of raising the risk of conflict in space, notably by developing anti-satellite weapons, as diplomats held talks on a treaty to keep space peaceful. The closed-door negotiations in Geneva involving experts from 25 governments -- including the US, China and Russia -- are aimed at laying the groundwork for a legally-binding text to prevent an arms race in outer space.

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It's Never Too Late to Get Measles-Or the Vaccine

Some people might even need the vaccine again.

UAE announces pan-Arab body for space programme
UAE announces pan-Arab body for space programme

Eleven Arab states including Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Morocco on Tuesday signed on to the first regional team to cooperate on a space programme, the UAE said. "Today at the Global Space Congress in Abu Dhabi, we attended the signing of a charter to establish the first Arab body for space cooperation, bringing together 11 Arab states," said Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum in comments carried by the government media office. The pan-Arab team's first project is "a satellite that Arab scientists will work on from here in the UAE", he said.

Greetings From America
Greetings From America's New Energy Coast

In the coastal bend of South Texas, the future of the global energy market is being constructed one epic infrastructure project at time.

FDA puts partial hold on clinical trials of AbbVie
FDA puts partial hold on clinical trials of AbbVie's cancer drug

AbbVie Inc said on Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration placed a partial clinical hold on all trials of its cancer drug Venclexta for multiple myeloma, after a review of data found a higher proportion of deaths in the Venclexta arm of the late-stage study. Patients who are currently enrolled in studies and receiving the therapy may continue with the treatment, but no new patients should be enrolled in trials testing Venclexta for multiple myeloma until a further analysis of the data is completed, the drugmaker said. The drug is already approved to treat other types of cancer, including chronic lymphocytic leukemia and acute myeloid leukemia.

Cyclone hit millions across Africa in record disaster: U.N.
Cyclone hit millions across Africa in record disaster: U.N.

MAPUTO/HARARE (Reuters) - Cyclone winds and floods that swept across southeastern Africa affected more than 2.6 million people and could rank as one of the worst weather-related disaster recorded in the southern hemisphere, U.N. officials said on Tuesday. Rescue crews are still struggling to reach victims five days after Cyclone Idai raced in at speeds of up to 170 kph (105 mph) from the Indian Ocean into Mozambique, then its inland neighbors Zimbabwe and Malawi. "There's a sense from people on the ground that the world still really hasn't caught on to how severe this disaster is," Matthew Cochrane, spokesman for International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, told a...

Bioterror fears over Marburg virus, Ebola
Bioterror fears over Marburg virus, Ebola's deadlier 'cousin', as US begins $10m vaccine project

America has begun a $10m project making a vaccine to a deadly cousin of the Ebola virus considered a potential bioterrorism weapon. Finding a way to stop Marburg virus is "an urgent public health and biodefence need", the US government said. The haemorrhagic fever virus has caused a string of deadly outbreaks in Africa since it was discovered in the 1960s. Several outbreaks have had high mortality rates, killing four-out-of-five infected. "In addition to the threat of naturally occurring infection, the Marburg virus, like Ebola, is deemed a potential bioterrorism threat by the US Department of Homeland Security," a statement said. The US government's Biomedical Advanced Research and...

Tombot, the fluffy robot therapy dog that can keep seniors company
Tombot, the fluffy robot therapy dog that can keep seniors company

As technology becomes more lifelike thanks to machine learning and artificial intelligence, sentient robots are being developed that focus more on human companionship rather than task-oriented performance. Recently, a new robot companion whose artistic design was made by Muppet puppet creator Jim Henson's Creature Shop just reached its funding goal on Kickstarter weeks before its deadline: the Tombot Puppy. This golden retriever is designed to "emulate live animal appearance and behaviors, providing ongoing fun, happiness, and emotional support," primarily to seniors and those who cannot have a real pet of their own.

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Why you'll never meet a white supremacist who cares about climate change

Behind the urgency of climate action is the understanding that everything is connected; behind white supremacy is an ideology of separation Students march through the streets during a strike to raise climate change awareness on 15 March in Wellington, New Zealand. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty ImagesAs the news of the Christchurch mosque massacre broke and I scoured the news, I came across a map showing that the Friday morning climate strike in Christchurch was close to the bloodbath. I felt terrible for the young people who showed up with hope and idealism, wondered whether the killer or killers chose this particular day to undermine the impact of this global climate action. It was a...

When snakes strike, lives shatter
When snakes strike, lives shatter

On June 15, 2015, four-year-old Chepchirchir Kiplagat's life changed forever. Sleeping beside her on a mattress on the floor of their modest, mud-walled home, Chepchirchir's two-year-old sister Scholar was also bitten. "It was hard to tell what had happened because the children were crying from the pain," their father Jackson Chepkui, a 39-year-old livestock farmer, told AFP at home in the tiny village of Embosos in Kenya's remote western Baringo county.

AP finds hot records falling twice as often as cold ones
AP finds hot records falling twice as often as cold ones

Over the past 20 years, Americans have been twice as likely to sweat through record-breaking heat rather than shiver through record-setting cold, a new Associated Press data analysis shows.

Ancient Inscription Points to Lost Temple of Unknown God in Yemen
Ancient Inscription Points to Lost Temple of Unknown God in Yemen

A 2,000-year-old bronze tablet from Yemen, has engraved writing that mentions a lost temple dedicated to a god named "Athtar Ḥarmān," a deity whom scholars have never heard of before.Written in the Sabaic language, in a text known as Sabaean, the bronze inscription reads:"Ilīmataʿ and Khabīʾat, the two servants of Khawliyān offered to Athtar Ḥarmān, the owner of Bana, with a tablet of bronze, their sons and those he will add, for their salvation" (translation by Christian Robin). [Cracking Codices: 10 of the Most Mysterious Ancient Manuscripts]"This plaque comes from a temple dedicated to the god Athtar Ḥarmān," Robin, researcher emeritus at the French...

Atomic Anxiety: 10 Times the U.S. Military
Atomic Anxiety: 10 Times the U.S. Military 'Lost' Nuclear Weapons

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Fantastic 5: These 5 Reasons Prove Nothing Can Stop the U.S. Army
Fantastic 5: These 5 Reasons Prove Nothing Can Stop the U.S. Army

Here are five that we will likely see in the coming years.

Physicist Marcelo Gleiser:
Physicist Marcelo Gleiser: 'Science does not kill God'

The annual Templeton Prize, which recognizes outstanding contributions to "affirming life's spiritual dimension," was awarded Tuesday to Brazilian Marcelo Gleiser -- a theoretical physicist dedicated to demonstrating science and religion are not enemies. A physics and astronomy professor whose specializations include cosmology, 60-year-old Gleiser was born in Rio de Janeiro, and has been in the United States since 1986. "Atheism is inconsistent with the scientific method," Gleiser told AFP Monday from Dartmouth College, the New Hampshire university where he has taught since 1991.

Stealth Bombers, Nuclear Attack Submarines and Aircraft Carriers: The U.S. Military
Stealth Bombers, Nuclear Attack Submarines and Aircraft Carriers: The U.S. Military's Future

Where Washington's defense dollars will flow.

Stealth History: How the F-35 Lightning Took To the Sky
Stealth History: How the F-35 Lightning Took To the Sky

Just how did the F-35 go from being a glimmer in the eye of Pentagon bureaucrats to the most expensive weapon system in human history?

Nearly four in 10 US HIV infections from people unaware of infection
Nearly four in 10 US HIV infections from people unaware of infection

Almost 40 percent of new HIV cases in the US occur because people do not know they are infected, while a similar proportion know but are not in treatment, according to a study released Monday. The report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is based on 2016 data and aims to bolster a strategy outlined by President Donald Trump to end the epidemic within 10 years. The study found that 38 percent of infections came from HIV-positive people who were unaware of their status, and 43 percent from people who knew they were infected but took no anti-retroviral drugs.

Cancer deaths falling for half decade in EU: study
Cancer deaths falling for half decade in EU: study

The death rate from cancer has been falling for half a decade in the EU, researchers said Tuesday, although the overall number is expected to rise to 1.4 million this year due to an expanding population. The chances of dying from cancer for men has dropped about six percent from 139 deaths per 100,000 males in 2014 to 131 this year, according to a paper in the Annals of Oncology medical journal. The study showed that lung cancer among women will this year claim more lives than breast cancer -- 96,800 against 92,800.

Asia bracing for destruction by alien pest: fall armyworms
Asia bracing for destruction by alien pest: fall armyworms

THA MUANG, Thailand (AP) - Fall armyworms, a longtime American pest, are munching their way around the globe, raising alarm now in Asia after entrenching themselves in Africa.

Aircraft Carrier Alliance: Would China Build These Deadly Warships for Russia?
Aircraft Carrier Alliance: Would China Build These Deadly Warships for Russia?

Could this happen?

Orangutan mother blinded by air gun pellets in Indonesia
Orangutan mother blinded by air gun pellets in Indonesia

SIBOLANGIT, Indonesia (AP) - An orangutan mother has been blinded after being shot with at least 74 air gun pellets on Indonesia's Sumatra island, where threats to the endangered species have increased as the palm oil and paper industries shrink its jungle habitat.

Is Able Engineering Holdings Limited (HKG:1627) Creating Value For Shareholders?
Is Able Engineering Holdings Limited (HKG:1627) Creating Value For Shareholders?

Today we'll evaluate Able Engineering Holdings Limited (HKG:1627) to determine whether it could have potential as an investment idea. Specifically, we're going to calculate its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE),Read More...

The battle to bring antivenoms to Africa
The battle to bring antivenoms to Africa

Watamu (Kenya) (AFP) - Snake antivenoms have been around for 125 years, are effective and can be produced cheaply at scale. Yet Africa, with its abundance of deadly snakes, has an alarming shortage of the life-saving medicine.

Bolsonaro touts
Bolsonaro touts 'changed', U.S.-friendly Brazil to Washington

The day before he is due to meet like-minded populist President Donald Trump at the White House, Bolsonaro told business leaders he would like to partner more with the United States. Brazil had changed, he said. "We have good relationships around the world," he added, "but I am extending

Abel Prize for maths awarded to woman for first time
Abel Prize for maths awarded to woman for first time

The Abel Prize in mathematics was on Tuesday awarded to Karen Uhlenbeck of the United States for her work on partial differential equations, the first woman to win the award, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters said. "Karen Uhlenbeck receives the Abel Prize 2019 for her fundamental work in geometric analysis and gauge theory, which has dramatically changed the mathematical landscape," said Abel Committee chairman Hans Munthe-Kaas in a statement. "Her theories have revolutionised our understanding of minimal surfaces, such as those formed by soap bubbles, and more general minimization problems in higher dimensions," he said.

Scientists bring woolly mammoth cells back to life
Scientists bring woolly mammoth cells back to life

The woolly mammoth is long gone, having been pushed to extinction thousands of years ago, but in recent years, there have been no shortage of efforts to test the feasibility of bringing the species back. No, we're not talking about Jurassic Park-esque cloning -- at least not yet -- but a mammoth specimen discovered nearly a decade ago is bringing scientists closer than ever to realizing that dream.The mammoth, named Yuka, was found frozen in Siberia in 2010. Miraculously, even after thousands of years of lying dormant, scientists out of Japan recently managed to bring some of the animal's biological material back to life.As CNN reports, 90-year-old Akira Iritani, a Japanese biologist who...

Breast cancer survival improving following HRT scares, figures show
Breast cancer survival improving following HRT scares, figures show

Breast cancer survival is significantly improving in the UK following scares over the safety of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), a major international study has found. The analysis reveals Britain's survival rate has gone from the worst among Europe's biggest countries to second best in the last five years. Improved screening for middle-aged women is partly the reason, however the authors also credit a reduction in take-up of HRT by menopausal women. The treatment is used to ease uncomfortable symptoms of the menopause such as hot flushes, migraines, disrupted sleep, mood changes and depression by topping up low levels of hormones produced by the body. A link between the treatment and a...

Short walk once-a-week can lower risk of death: study
Short walk once-a-week can lower risk of death: study

A brisk stroll once or twice a week is enough to reduce the risk of dying from heart attack, stroke or cancer, according to a statistical study of nearly 90,000 people released Tuesday. Two-and-a-half to five hours weekly of such "moderate physical activity" -- broken into segments of no less than 10 minutes -- resulted in a 31 percent reduction in risk, they found.

Parts of US Midwest deluged in historic deadly floods
Parts of US Midwest deluged in historic deadly floods

The US Midwest struggled Monday with historic flooding that claimed at least three lives, displaced residents and damaged hundreds of homes and businesses. Swollen waters hit much of Nebraska, as well as parts of Iowa, Wisconsin, and South Dakota, after a major storm last week dumped snow and rain, even as melting snow was already raising the levels of area waterways. Neighboring states could also be affected as floodwaters drain, officials said.

Wednesday wonders: Super moon, spring equinox are an astronomical doubleheader
Wednesday wonders: Super moon, spring equinox are an astronomical doubleheader

We've got a doubleheader of astronomy action this Wednesday: The final 'super moon' of the year and the vernal equinox, which marks the first day of spring.

Japan is going to blast a crater in an asteroid for science
Japan is going to blast a crater in an asteroid for science

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft is doing some big things during its time at the asteroid known as Ryugu. JAXA, Japan's space program, arrived at the space rock last year and, after much planning, fired a projectile into its surface late last month to collect some samples of it surface. Now, JAXA is planning for an even more daring maneuver.Getting samples from Ryugu's surface is great, but JAXA also wants to fetch some of the material from within the asteroid itself. Hayabusa2 isn't equipped with a drill or digging tool to pierce the asteroid's surface, but it did bring some explosives.Hayabusa2's first sample attempt was fairly straightforward, with the spacecraft dropping down near the...

Tarek El Moussa's Message to His Kids After Learning He's Cancer Free Will Make You Tear Up
Tarek El Moussa's Message to His Kids After Learning He's Cancer Free Will Make You Tear Up

"I told myself no matter what, you can't quit!"

Giant squid gets makeover before showtime
Giant squid gets makeover before showtime

A little elbow grease, some formaldehyde, and a lot of ingenuity -- that's what it took for taxidermists at the Museum of Natural History to prettify a giant squid along with a coelacanth, a rare fish known as the "living fossil". Six metres (20 feet) long -- not counting its tentacles -- and weighing in at 80 kilos (180 pounds), the squid, nicknamed "Wheke", hangs from a workshop during a recent visit, suspended on a pulley. "It's the real thing!", enthused Christophe Gottini, who has been primping and plumping inert creatures at the museum for nearly half-a-century.

My "Nagging Headache" Turned out to Be a Stroke
My "Nagging Headache" Turned out to Be a Stroke

Her "headache" was a stroke, and it almost killed her. Now she's on a mission to save the lives of others who don't recognize stroke symptoms.

Giant squid gets makeover before showtime
Giant squid gets makeover before showtime

A little elbow grease, some formaldehyde, and a lot of ingenuity -- that's what it took for taxidermists at the Museum of Natural History to prettify a giant squid along with a coelacanth, a rare fish known as the "living fossil". Six metres (20 feet) long -- not counting its tentacles -- and weighing in at 80 kilos (180 pounds), the squid, nicknamed "Wheke", hangs from a workshop during a recent visit, suspended on a pulley. "It's the real thing!", enthused Christophe Gottini, who has been primping and plumping inert creatures at the museum for nearly half-a-century.

Exclusive: As Venezuela crisis deepens, U.S. sharpens focus on Colombia rebel threat
Exclusive: As Venezuela crisis deepens, U.S. sharpens focus on Colombia rebel threat

U.S. Admiral Craig Faller, the head of the U.S. military's Southern Command that oversees U.S. forces in Latin America, told Reuters the United States had sharpened its focus on the rebels and increased its sharing of intelligence with Colombian officials.  U.S. officials see a growing threat from both Colombia's National Liberation Army (ELN) and factions of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that refuse to adhere to a 2016 peace agreement to end five decades of civil war. The United States believes the rebels are taking advantage of Venezuela's crisis to expand their reach in that country and the scope of long-standing illegal activities, including drug trafficking.

Climate Change Strikes? This Critical U.S. Air Force Base Is Now Flooded
Climate Change Strikes? This Critical U.S. Air Force Base Is Now Flooded

"One potential consequence, if America and the world don't reduce carbon emissions, is more at-risk military bases. The January 2019 report identifies at least 79 major installations that could suffer impacts from flooding, drought, desertification, wildfires and thawing permafrost."

Why Youth-Led Climate Strikes Should Be a Wake-Up Call to Global Leaders
Why Youth-Led Climate Strikes Should Be a Wake-Up Call to Global Leaders

The fact that they're young shows exactly why they're right. Read More...

I Was About to Lose My Battle with Kidney Cancer-Until This New Treatment Saved My Life
I Was About to Lose My Battle with Kidney Cancer-Until This New Treatment Saved My Life

He had no idea it would take years of failed treatments before he would find an answer.

Scientists Say Parents and Teachers Overreact to Bullying
Scientists Say Parents and Teachers Overreact to Bullying

"We should not convey the idea that having arguments, falling out, having enemies, hurting someone's feelings, having your feelings hurt, is unacceptable. It's life."

This Video Might Be the Future of Russia
This Video Might Be the Future of Russia's Army: Armed Ground Robots

The Russian army is developing tactics for a future force of armed ground robots. And the tactics include human infantry scouting ahead of the main drone formations.

New Zealand shooter to represent himself in court as former lawyer says he appears
New Zealand shooter to represent himself in court as former lawyer says he appears 'lucid'

The Australian terrorist who filmed himself slaughtering 50 worshipers at two mosques in New Zealand has asked to represent himself in court, prompting concerns the trial could become a platform to promote his far-Right ideology. Brenton Tarrant, a white supremacist who gunned down his victims with a semi-automatic rifle at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, sacked his court-appointed lawyer so he could defend himself.  His former lawyer, Richard Peters, told reporters that the attacker "indicated he does not want a lawyer" and that he "wants to be self-represented in this case." Mr Peters, who represented Tarrant at a preliminary court hearing, played...

Felicity Huffman's 'Desperate Housewives' character paid $15K to get kids into private school
Felicity Huffman's 'Desperate Housewives' character paid $15K to get kids into private school

A plotline involving Felicity Huffman's "Desperate Housewives" character seems to have eerily foreshadowed her role in the college

U.N. hosting Western Sahara talks in Switzerland this week
U.N. hosting Western Sahara talks in Switzerland this week

The U.N. envoy for the contested Western Sahara will convene talks in Switzerland later this week, seeking compromise after a first round in December that marked a return to the negotiating table for the first time in six years, a statement said. United Nations efforts have repeatedly failed to broker a settlement over the desert territory, contested between Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario since Spain left in 1974. U.N. envoy Horst Koehler said after talks in December that all sides had agreed to meet again in early 2019.

The Pentagon Wants to Test a Space-Based
The Pentagon Wants to Test a Space-Based 'Particle Beam' by 2023

The exotic directed energy weapon would be used to shoot down enemy missiles moments after takeoff.

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