Arsenal interest in Inter Milan’s Martinez possible if the Gunners cough up $70m

Arsenal interest in Inter Milan’s Martinez possible if the Gunners cough up $70m

Arsenal lodged an offer including two first-teamers-plus-cash for Inter Milan hitman Lautaro Martinez that prompted a counter-proposal, according to a report. Amid financial strife caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Inter have been seeking to balance the books this summer. Achraf Hakimi left for PSG to generate an initial €60 million...

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Mysterious skull fossils found in Israel expand human family tree, but questions remain

Mysterious skull fossils found in Israel expand human family tree, but questions remain

Fossils found in China and Israel dating from around 140,000 years ago are adding to the ranks of hominins that mixed and mingled with early modern humans. The fossils from Israel hint that a previously unknown group of hominins, proposed to be the direct ancestors of Neanderthals, might have dominated...

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G-7 DFI and multilateral partners to pump $80 billion into African economies

G-7 DFI and multilateral partners to pump $80 billion into African economies

The G7 DFIs, the IFC, the private sector arm of the African Development Bank, EBRD and the European Investment Bank have announced they will commit $80 billion investment in the private sector over the next five years to support sustainable economic recovery and growth in Africa. The investment is intended...

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Sea transport experiencing boom in ships that fly ‘fake’ flags, pollute environment

Sea transport experiencing boom in ships that fly ‘fake’ flags, pollute environment

Ships transport 90 per cent of the world’s traded cargo, so are crucial to the global economy. But when tankers and other large vessels are demolished, they generate huge amounts of marine pollution, particularly if it happens in countries where environmental regulations for ship-breaking yards are lax. Research now shows...

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How cartoonist shifted to bioinformatics on his way to doctorate in plant genetics

Ed Himelblau was a cartoonist before he learnt to write code. Now, the geneticist hopes his drawings will help others who embrace bioinformatics later in their careers. Here is his story: My career began in the early 1990s, when computers were just a convenience in the biological sciences. Now, they’re...

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Wastewater gives clue of public health, South Africa narrowing it to unit area

Wastewater gives clue of public health, South Africa narrowing it to unit area

The ability of wastewater testing technology to identify coronavirus hotspots is governed by the service area of the treatment plant: the wider the spread, the harder it is to pinpoint small outbreaks and at least one facility serves more than 850,000 people. The technology can provide an unbiased snapshot of...

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How mysterious microbes might have triggered evolution of life on Earth

How mysterious microbes might have triggered evolution of life on Earth

At some point in evolution, scientists say some archaea assigned the cell-division job to a different set of proteins. This is where cell biologist Buzz Baum’s latest work comes in. Evolutionary biologist David Baum’s group has been studying the archaeon Sulfolobus acidocaldarius – a protein. In this case, the scientific...

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Hearts of darkness: Tales of well-paid UN staff preying on poor Congolese women

Hearts of darkness: Tales of well-paid UN staff preying on poor Congolese women

Months of media investigations into the vulturous behaviour of United Nations humanitarian corps deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo has brought to the fore the rot in philanthropy for people in distress in Africa. According United Nations media agency The New Humanitarian and Thomson Reuters Foundation World Health Organization’s...

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Why has Kenya president obscured details of $3.8 billion railway contract with China?

Why has Kenya president obscured details of $3.8 billion railway contract with China?

As you are aware, in May 2014, the government of Kenya signed a $3.8 billion contract with China Roads and Bridges Corporation (CRBC) for the construction of the standard gauge railway from Mombasa to Nairobi and on to Naivasha. According to news reports, 85 per cent of the construction cost...

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Uganda legislature bans same-sex unions with a new law after 8 years of haggling

Uganda legislature bans same-sex unions with a new law after 8 years of haggling

The Ugandan Parliament has enacted a sexual offenses law that criminalises same-sex relationships and unions, bringing to an end a controversial a standoff that has lasted eight years. Now people who violate the new law risk up to five years in jail if President Yoweri Museveni assents to it. The...

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