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Magnitude 5.9 earthquake recorded in central Australia - USGS

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A earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9, unusually powerful for Australia, struck the country's desert centre early on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Pirates kidnap 6 Vietnamese sailors off Philippine coast

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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Pirates attacked a Vietnamese cargo ship and kidnapped six of its crew members off the Philippines' Basilan island early Friday, state media and a maritime official said.

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Daly the hero as England recover to beat Wales

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Yahoo News Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Elliot Daly's dramatic try four minutes from time saw Grand Slam champions England come from behind to beat Wales 21-16 in a Six Nations international in Cardiff on Saturday.

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Nations agree on phase-out of super greenhouse gases

access_time Oct 15,2016 chat_bubble_outline 68 views

Kigali (AFP) - Representatives from almost 200 countries reached an agreement Saturday on the phase-out of potent greenhouse gases used in refrigerators and air conditioners, a major step in curbing global warming, a Rwandan minister hosting the talks announced.

"The amendment and decisions are adopted," said Rwanda's Minister of Natural Resources Vincent Biruta, who presided over the talks, held in the country's capital Kigali, on ending the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

"This is a huge win for the climate. We have taken a major concrete step in delivering on the promises we made in Paris last December," said Miguel Arias Canete, a commissioner with the European Union in a statement ahead of the adoption of the agreement.

"The global phase-down we have agreed today could knock off up to half a degree of warming by the end of the century."

Tough negotiations had seen major developing nations such as India put up a fight over the timeline to phase out the use of HFCs and the financing of the transition.

HFCs were introduced in the 1990s to replace chemicals that had been found to erode the ozone layer, but turned out to be catastrophic for global warming.

However, swapping HFCs for alternatives such as ammonia, water or gases called hydrofluoroolefins could prove costly for developing countries with sweltering summer temperatures, such as India.

HFCs' predecessors, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), were discontinued under the 1987 Montreal Protocol when scientists realised they were destroying the ozone layer.

This blanket of gas in the upper stratosphere protects Earth from the Sun's dangerous ultraviolet rays.

But it emerged that HFCs, while safe for the now-healing ozone, are thousands of times worse for trapping heat than carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas.

According to the Berkeley National Laboratory, air conditioning is the cause of the largest growth in HFCs -- and the world is likely to have another 700 million air conditioners by 2030.

Last year's Paris climate agreement aims to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), compared with pre-industrial levels.

But continued use of HFCs could prove a serious stumbling block to attaining the goal.

HFCs -- though they are greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide -- are not dealt with under the Paris Agreement but under the Montreal Protocol.

Promoted Tweet For Nazi Site Highlights Twitter's Opaque Enforcement Policies

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Unique market in mountainous region

 There is a unique market of ethnic minorities in the mountainous region which is located about 15km from the centre of Son La city. The fair is held on Wednesday and Sunday and has become part of the cultural life of the local ethnic people, especially when the Lunar New Year festival is approaching. VNA chat_bubble_outline Read More...

IOC: Tokyo's huge cost could give wrong message

TOKYO (AP) — A top IOC official renewed his demand Thursday that Japanese organizers further reduce their $18 billion budget ceiling for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, saying the figure could scare off cities considering bids for future games.IOC vice president John Coates, who heads the coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics, was referring to the announcement by local organizers this week of a 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) cap on the overall cost.Coates told the coordination meeting in Tokyo… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Egypt confirms Al Jazeera producer's arrest for 'provoking sedition'

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt confirmed on Sunday that it had arrested an Al Jazeera news producer, accusing him of "provoking sedition" on behalf of the Qatar-based broadcaster that it considers a mouthpiece of the banned Muslim Brotherhood.Judicial sources said Mahmoud Hussain, who was detained on Friday, was being held on charges of disturbing public security and spreading false news.The Interior Ministry said in a statement that Al Jazeera officials "had ordered some individuals collaborating… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Dead fish sought after following mass fish death recurs in central Vietnam

With a number of dead fish washed ashore on several beaches in the north-central province of Quang Binh over the weekend, local residents have been rushing to collect them to sell to traders, even not knowing what the buyers would do with the dead animals. Quang Binh is one of several central provinces including Ha Tinh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue that have witnessed the mysterious mass fish deaths occurring since the beginning of this month. The phenomenon stopped for a while last week but… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

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