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Day: December 18, 2016

Earth woefully unprepared for surprise comet or asteroid, Nasa scientist warns
ENGLISH, Technology

Earth woefully unprepared for surprise comet or asteroid, Nasa scientist warns

    The biggest problem, basically, is there’s not a hell of a lot we can do about it at the moment, said Dr Joseph Nuth, a researcher with Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Speaking at the annual meeting of American Geophysical Union, Nuth noted that large and potentially dangerous asteroids and comets are extremely rare, compared to the small objects that occasionally explode in Earth’s sky or strike its surface. But on the other hand they are the extinction-level events, things like dinosaur killers, they’re 50 to 60 million years apart, essentially. You could say, of course, we’re due, but it’s a random course at that point. Comets follow distant paths from Earth but sometimes get knocked into the neighbourhood. Nuth said that the Earth had a close encounter in 1996, whe...
Union chief says Christmas strikes co-ordinated to bring down this bloody Tory government
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Union chief says Christmas strikes co-ordinated to bring down this bloody Tory government

    The union leader behind the Christmas rail strikes said industrial action had been coordinated to bring down this bloody working-class-hating Tory government, it has been claimed. RMT president Sean Hoyle reportedly said the union's rule number one was to strive to replace the capitalist system with a socialist order. Britain is bracing itself for further strikes on the Southern Rail network, which is likely to spell disaster for many travelling over the Christmas period and into the new year. In excerpts of speeches published by The Times, Mr Hoyle reportedly told a meeting of hard-left activists last month, if we all spit together we can drown the bastards. The general secretary of the RMT has dismissed claims the union is part of some conspiracy to bring the Government ...
US got it so wrong on Saddam Hussein, says CIA analyst who interrogated dictator
Arab world, ENGLISH

US got it so wrong on Saddam Hussein, says CIA analyst who interrogated dictator

    The US got it wrong about Saddam Hussein and Iraq, the CIA analyst who interrogated the former dictator has said. John Nixon had numerous conversations with the deposed leader and now says that America was critically mistaken about their intervention Iraq in a number of ways. In particular, he claims, the CIA’s view of Hussein’s attitude to using chemical weapons was wrong. They were also mistaken about his health, personal habits and his involvement in running Iraq. Mr Nixon also criticised the conduct of George W Bush, under whose leadership America invaded Iraq, saying the former president heard only what he wanted to hear on the topic. During the interrogations, Mr Nixon asked Hussein if he’d ever thought of engaging in a pre-emptive strike with WMDs against US troops ...
UN getting daily reports of rapes killings and other abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Burma
Asia, ENGLISH

UN getting daily reports of rapes killings and other abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Burma

    UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the government, led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, had taken a short-sighted, counterproductive, even callous approach to the crisis. He said the government's handling of issues in northern Rakhine state, where independent monitors are barred from investigating, risk grave long term repercussions for the region. At least 86 people have been killed, according to state media, and the UN estimates 27,000 members of the largely stateless Rohingya minority have fled across the border from Rakhine into Bangladesh. The High Commissioner said killings, rapes and the burning of Rohingya homes are reported to the UN human rights office on a daily basis. The repeated dismissal of the claims of serious human rights violat...
More travel chaos as fog causes further flight disruption
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

More travel chaos as fog causes further flight disruption

    The Met Office issued a severe weather warning lasting to around midday, and said reduced visibility would continue to affect southern England and south Wales creeping into the Midlands. Meteorologist Steven Keates said visibility and conditions are improving  but warned the Met Office may issue another fog warning for Sunday night. On Sunday morning he said visibility at Bristol Airport and Exeter International Airport was around 200 metres, around 3,500 metres at Gatwick, 3,000 metres at Heathrow while at London Stansted it was 400 metres. There is still some dense patches of fog around, but things are improving, he added. On the whole it is a better picture than it was two or three hours ago. Hopefully this afternoon we will continue to see a little bit more of an impro...