Fires near Cape Town force evacuations

Fires in the countryside east of Cape Town forced evacuations, including in the popular resort town of Knysna, on June 7, local media reported. Video posted to a social media website showed a building in Knysna burning while flames engulfed the hillsides around the town. 14 days ago

French President Macron: Make our planet great again

French President Emmanuel Macron categorically ruled out any renegotiation of the Paris climate accords on June 1 and said US President Donald Trumps decision to withdraw would harm American interests and citizens. During a televised address, the recently elected president echoed Trumps election slogan to convey his message, saying Wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: Make our planet great again. 20 days ago

Police officer plays divine game of football with Irish nun

Garda OConnell of the Henry St Community Policing Unit in Limerick city was spotted in a tense standoff with a member of the Dominican Sisters in Limerick during the Our Lady of Limerick Triduum and Festival. A video of the game was shared to Facebook by the Garda Siochanas Southern Region page on 31 May.  20 days ago

Dolphins are intelligent enough to operate touchscreens

The eight-foot screen was created complete with dolphin friendly apps and keyboard so the animals in the aquarium could interact with it. With the device, researchers have developed a range of studies to better understand dolphin vocal learning, their capacity for symbolic communication and how their behaviour changes when they are able to use the computer to make requests—for specific videos, images and interactive games etc. 20 days ago

Weird faceless fish found in Australian abyss

A bizarre faceless fish has been found during a voyage to one of the deepest parts of the ocean ever visited. Pulled up for the Australias eastern abyss, the strange creature is only the second specimen of the species ever to be found, the first found in 1873 in the waters off Papua New Guinea. 22 days ago

Kenya marks industrial milestone as standard gauge railway transferred from China

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the standard gauge railways (SGR) first cargo train following its transferal from China. The train transported goods loaded from Mombasa port.The construction of the SGR was initiated in Dec 2014 by CRBC. It has a length of 480km and is the first overseas SGR entirely meeting Chinese standards. The final completion of the SGR is believed to be a win-win achievement for China-Africa cooperation under the framework of Belt and Road Initiative. 22 days ago

Donald Trump pulls US out of Paris climate agreement

Axios news outlet, which first reported that Donald Trump would withdraw the US out of the Paris climate agreement, said details of the pullout are being worked out by a team including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. The choice is between a formal withdrawal that could take three years or leaving the U.N. treaty that the accord is based on, which would be quicker but more extreme. 22 days ago

Moscow storms kill 11 people

Eleven people were reportedly killed and many more injured when a severe storm hammered the Moscow metropolitan area on Monday, May 29, uprooting trees and stripping roofs. Thousands were left without electricity as fallen trees cut power lines.A resident in Lobnya, north of Moscow, filmed debris flying through the air from his balcony as the storm passed over. 24 days ago