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Amazon looks to the sky to store products
(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc has filed for a patent to use airships to store products and serve as a base for delivery-drones.
The patent application was filed two years ago but was spotted only on Wednesday by Zoe Leavitt, an analyst at technology data and research firm CB Insights.
According to the patent filing, drones launched from the so-called "airborne fulfillment centers" (AFCs) would use far less power than those launched from the ground.
The AFCs would hover at about 45,000 feet (13,700 meters) and be restocked and resupplied by "shuttles or smaller airships." http://bit.ly/2ihP1AU
Amazon, which was not immediately available for comment, has laid out plans to start using drones for deliveries next year.
(Reporting by Laharee Chatterjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Ted Kerr)
Germany divided again as Leipzig gets emotions running high
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Love or hate, it seems there's nothing in between.Leipzig's rapid ascent through the ranks of German soccer is stoking heated debate on the roles of tradition, pride and commercialism in the nation's favorite sport.Founded in 2009, Leipzig leads the Bundesliga by three points from powerhouse Bayern Munich after a record 13-game unbeaten start including eight wins from its last eight games.Success is bringing increased attention - and wrath. Leipzig's team bus has been… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Baghdadi: The enigmatic IS jihadist chief
Baghdad (AFP) - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi rose from obscurity to lead the world's most infamous and feared jihadist group, but shuns the spotlight and cultivates an aura of mystery.A recording purportedly of the Islamic State leader's voice was released on Thursday, the first such message in 2016.It came as thousands of Iraqi forces started to mass around the city of Mosul, where Baghdadi publicly announced the creation of his "caliphate", the most ambitious and brutal experiment in modern jihad.The… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Malawi 'hyena' man faces sentencing over sex ritual
Nsanje (Malawi) (AFP) - An HIV-positive Malawian man who said he slept with at least 100 girls and women in traditional cleansing rituals was to be sentenced Tuesday after being convicted of "engaging in harmful practices".Eric Aniva was prosecuted on the orders of President Peter Mutharika after publicly speaking about his role as a "hyena" in a BBC documentary.Custom in some parts of southern Malawi demands that a man, known as a "hyena", is paid to have sex with bereaved widows to exorcise… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
HCM City’s domestic tax collection highest in decade
The southern metropolis Ho Chi Minh City collected 35 trillion VND (1.52 billion USD) for its coffer during January 2017, departments and agencies reported the municipal authorities during a working session on February 6. Of the figure, nearly 24.6 trillion VND (1.06 billion USD) was from domestic taxes, a record in the past decade and up 13 percent annually. It was attributable to the increasing number of well-performing enterprises and local support for them, including preferential credit,… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Clinton says election exposed deep divisions in US
Washington (AFP) - In her first public appearance since conceding to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton said the US presidential vote has exposed deep divisions, in the "greatest country in the world.""Over the past week, a lot of people have asked themselves whether America is the country we thought it was," the former Democratic candidate told an evening benefit event in Washington. "The divisions laid bare by this election run deep, but please listen to me when I say this: America is worth… chat_bubble_outline Read More...