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Incoming French president Emmanuel Macron was starting to build his centrist government Tuesday, with his former Socialist boss jockeying for position in a radically changed political landscape.Macron, 39, was elected France’s youngest-ever president o…
Incoming French president Emmanuel Macron was starting to build his centrist government Tuesday, with his former Socialist boss jockeying for position in a radically changed political landscape.
Macron, 39, was elected France's youngest-ever president on Sunday, crushing far-right leader Marine Le Pen after a bruising campaign that left France's traditional parties by the wayside.
He faces a huge task to unite a fractured, anxious country and to win a parliamentary majority in June's general election, without which he could struggle to implement his ambitious reform agenda.
His victory at the head of a year-old pro-EU movement that has presented itself as a home for progressives of all stripes has blown up France's long-standing left-right political divide.
- Socialists are 'dead' -
On Tuesday, former Socialist prime minister Manuel Valls -- a failed candidate for his party's presidential nomination -- said he wanted to run for parliament on Macron's ticket.
"The Socialist Party is dead, it is behind us," Valls, a reform-minded prime minister from 2014 to 2016 when Macron was economy minister, told RTL radio.
"I will be candidate for the presidential majority and I wish to join the list (of candidates) of his movement," Valls said, while insisting that he remained a Socialist and "a man of the left".
Macron's newly renamed "Republique en Marche" (the Republic on the Move) movement reacted warily to the announcement.
Macron's campaign spokesman Christophe Castaner said Valls "had a good chance" of being accepted into the fold but that he had to submit an official application.
Macron, a relative newcomer with just three years' experience in frontline politics, has promised to rejuvenate France's jaded governing class.
He has said that half of his candidates for the 577 seats in the National Assembly will be new to politics.
The rest will be defectors from the Socialists and right-wing Republicans and members of Macron's movement and the allied centrist Modem party.
Macron has said the defectors can keep their existing party membership and still run on his parliamentary ticket.
France's next leader, who will be inaugurated on Sunday taking over from Socialist President Francois Hollande, has yet to name his prime minister.
The former investment banker's victory over Le Pen has been hailed as the strongest sign that populism may be peaking in Europe after setbacks for nationalists in the Netherlands and Austria.
But his rival's historic score of 33.9 percent, or 10.6 million votes, showed it to be a formidable force that has tapped into acute fears over immigration, national identity and globalisation.
- Spending warnings -
North Korea on Tuesday joined the chorus of congratulations for Macron, with ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-Nam wishing him "success in his responsible work for the development and prosperity of France".
Macron has already spoken by telephone with US President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May among other leaders.
"Macron carries the hopes of millions of French people and also many in Germany and across Europe," Merkel said.
The fervently pro-European Macron wants to team up with Germany to reform the 28-member EU, seen as critical now that Britain is set to leave.
But there were early words of warning from Brussels on the state of France's finances.
Economy Commissioner Pierre Moscovici called on him to rein in the budget deficit of the eurozone's second-biggest economy.
Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has also followed up his congratulations to Macron with an appeal for him to cut public spending.
"We have a real problem with France," Juncker said in Berlin on Monday. "The French spend too much money and spend it on the wrong things."
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Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday Donald Trump was expected to visit the Palestinian territories “soon” and that he was ready to meet Israel’s prime minister as part of the US president’s peace efforts.Trump is expected in Israel later this month as part of hi…
Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday Donald Trump was expected to visit the Palestinian territories "soon" and that he was ready to meet Israel's prime minister as part of the US president's peace efforts.
Trump is expected in Israel later this month as part of his first foreign trip and the Palestinian president said "we are looking forward to his visit soon to Bethlehem" in the occupied West Bank, with speculation it will occur on May 23.
"We told him that we were ready to collaborate with him and meet the Israeli PM (Benjamin Netanyahu) under his auspices to build peace," Abbas told reporters during talks with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Abbas met Trump in Washington last week for their first face-to-face talks.
Trump announced last week that his first foreign trip as president will include stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican -- the spiritual centres of Islam, Judaism and Catholicism.
The stop in Israel is expected on May 22, though it has not been officially confirmed.
A senior Trump aide last week did not rule out the possibility of a presidential visit to the West Bank, but said that it was likely to be contingent on security and Abbas taking concrete steps toward peace.
Trump has been seeking ways to restart moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.
As he hosted Abbas in Washington, Trump confidently predicted that a peace agreement was within grasp, brushing aside the complexities of a decades-old conflict that has bedevilled successive US leaders.
- Embassy move -
Abbas said Tuesday that "we told him again of our commitment to a peace based on justice, with international resolutions and the two-state solution as references."
Trump has however sent mixed signals over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
He backed away from the US commitment to the two-state solution -- Israel and an independent Palestinian state side-by-side -- when he met Netanyahu in February.
He said he would support a single state if it led to peace, delighting Israeli right-wingers who want to see their country annex most of the occupied West Bank.
Trump also vowed during his campaign to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem, a prospect that alarmed Palestinians but which has been put on the back burner for now.
At the same time, he has urged Israel to hold back on settlement building in the West Bank, a longstanding concern of Palestinians and much of the world.
One of Trump's top advisers, Jason Greenblatt, held wide-ranging talks with both Israelis and Palestinians during a visit in March.
President Muhammadu Buhari had warned Nigerians when he returned from nearly two months of medical treatment in London that he was likely to have go back. On Sunday night, he did just that.But if few were surprised at his departure — the 74-year-old h…
President Muhammadu Buhari had warned Nigerians when he returned from nearly two months of medical treatment in London that he was likely to have go back. On Sunday night, he did just that.
But if few were surprised at his departure -- the 74-year-old has barely been seen in public since March -- the manner of his leaving gave cause for concern.
The news came just minutes after a hastily organised reception for 82 schoolgirls, who were released in a negotiated deal after being held by Boko Haram Islamists for more than three years.
Presidency spokesman Femi Adesina announced that Buhari's doctors would determine how long he was away, making his absence open-ended.
"I have absolute confidence that government will continue to run smoothly while I'm away," Buhari wrote on his Twitter account after formally handing over power to his deputy.
Buhari's government has been trying to turn around the economy, which has been in recession since last year, and finally end Boko Haram's bloody eight-year insurgency in the northeast.
- Loss of momentum? -
But there are concerns that given Buhari's personal style of leadership, crucial policy decisions will not be made and his flagship war on corruption will lose momentum.
Buhari has been under pressure to disclose the nature of his illness. He has missed three of the last four cabinet meetings and other engagements.
His appearance at Friday prayers last week and Sunday's carefully stage-managed photo-call with the Chibok girls were rare public outings -- and even then, still at the presidential villa.
The former military ruler -- already rapier thin -- appeared painfully gaunt.
Political allies and his wife, Aisha, have played down rumours he is too ill to rule.
"From what I can see, the president remains at the helm and his policies are being implemented," Bola Tinubu, head of Buhari's ruling All Progressives Congress party, said on Sunday.
But observers said that is up for debate, especially when it comes to Buhari's signature war against corruption, where he has been both the driving force and figurehead.
"Buhari has been instrumental to the success of the current war against corruption," said Debo Adeniran, of the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders lobby group.
"A protracted stay in London will definitely reduce the momentum. Apart from individuals, state institutions involved in the fight may slow down because Buhari is not around."
Buhari's anti-graft campaign was already stuttering, with the government recently suffering a series of defeats in high-profile corruption cases in court.
With elections due in early 2019 and Buhari possibly unfit to stand, that has also brought forward the jostling for succession, likewise ensuring little in the way of government work gets done.
- VP once again in charge -
Buhari is not legally required to return to Nigeria within a certain timeframe, according to lawyer Femi Falana, who recently called for Buhari to go on medical leave.
"There is no constitutional limit to that," he added.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is once again acting president, after being seen as having acquitted himself well during Buhari's previous absence.
Buhari and his entourage have been keen to avoid a repeat of 2010 when there was a political vacuum when head of state Umaru Musa Yar'Adua fell ill and later died.
Osinbajo was a visible presence earlier this year, travelling widely, including to the Niger Delta region in the south, which has seen a resurgence in attacks on oil and gas infrastructure.
"What is important is that there is an able vice-president in charge. There is no doubt that Buhari has confidence and trust in his deputy," said Falana.
Still, others argue an acting president does not have the same clout.
Opposition politician and former health minister Alphonsus Nwosu said Osinbajo will be at a disadvantage until the APC "determines if he (Buhari) is strong enough to continue in office or not".
"The snag is that Osinbajo cannot exercise full presidential powers without deferring to his principal, which may slow down governance," he added.
How long Buhari is away could also be a factor: when Yar'Adua fell ill, a cabal capitalised on his absence in a grab for power that led to chaos.
Eventually, the Senate moved to invoke what it called the "doctrine of necessity", to make then vice-president Goodluck Jonathan acting president.
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The Nazis were able to start World War II because of the disunity of the world’s leading countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated during a Victory Day parade at Moscow’s Red Square, adding that the lessons of the past should not be ignored.
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More than 10,000 people waving Russian flags and carrying portraits of Stalin watched tanks roll through Ukraine’s de facto rebel capital Donetsk on Tuesday in celebration of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany.The display of military might us…
More than 10,000 people waving Russian flags and carrying portraits of Stalin watched tanks roll through Ukraine's de facto rebel capital Donetsk on Tuesday in celebration of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany.
The display of military might used by the Moscow-backed insurgents in their three-year conflict against government forces violated the terms of a long-ignored 2015 peace deal.
Donetsk straddles a demarcation line in the industrial east of Ukraine from which both sides' big guns were meant to have been withdrawn almost two years ago.
An AFP reporter counted 45 pieces of heavy military equipment -- ranging from a lone World War II-era tank to its modern versions used in the current war as well as rocket launchers and anti-aircraft guns -- roll through the city's main street.
Donetsk separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko led a march of about 1,000 fighters who held up a long banner painted the black and orange colours of Russia's patriotic Saint George's ribbon.
Others in the parade carried portraits of warlords killed in Europe's only war, in which more than 10,000 people have died.
Zakharchenko told the crowd that May 9 "is the holiest day for us all".
On the other side of the frontline Ukrainian authorities have joined European nations in marking the end of World War II on May 8 after its 2014 pro-EU revolution.
The decision was meant to underscore Ukraine's split with Russia and embrace of the West.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told a group of soldiers on Tuesday that "we will no longer celebrate this holiday along the Russian scenario."
But several hundred people carrying photographs of relatives who fought in what the Soviet Union called "The Great Patriotic War" still marched through Kiev on Tuesday.
They were confronted by a small group of nationalists who pelted them with several smoke bombs before being restrained by the police.
The atmosphere was calmer on Donetsk?s central Lenin Square.
Entire families watched the hardware roll by and cheered. Some parents dressed up their children in military fatigues.
Lenin Square itself was adorned by a 1960s L-29 Delfin military jet trainer used during the Cold War by nations in central and eastern Europe that were under the Kremlin's thumb.
A young student came to the rebel parade with a Russian Saint George's ribbon pinned to his shirt and a bouquet of flowers.
"I want to see the day when, at the end of our own war, we also get a chance to celebrate Victory Day," the 20-year-old told AFP.
"Our war is almost as long as the Great Patriotic War. It is time to finish it already."
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Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya, once dubbed the “King of Good Times”, was found guilty of contempt by the country’s top court Tuesday after he was found to have sent his children millions of dollars.The indebted liquor baron, who co-owns a Formula One team…
Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya, once dubbed the "King of Good Times", was found guilty of contempt by the country's top court Tuesday after he was found to have sent his children millions of dollars.
The indebted liquor baron, who co-owns a Formula One team and a cricket side, fled India in 2016 owing more than $1.3 billion in loans to more than a dozen banks.
His creditors have been trying to retrieve the unpaid debts, which Mallya stands accused of misusing, but the 61-year-old has refused to return from Britain to face multiple charges.
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in favour of a consortium of banks and creditors who argued Mallya had violated court orders by transferring $40 million to his three children.
Vipin Kumar Jai, one of the lawyers representing the banks, said that Mallya had deliberately concealed his assets and withheld information from the court, leading to the contempt charge.
"The court held him guilty for contempt and asked him to personally appear before it on July 10," Jai told AFP.
The court is expected to hand down its verdict on July 10, he added.
The court was told Mallya sent his children the money after receiving a payout from British spirits firm Diageo, despite strict orders he not distribute the cash.
Diageo last year agreed to pay him $75 million over five years as severance after he stepped down as chairman of United Spirits, a company his family owned which is now a Diageo subsidiary.
Mallya was arrested last month in London following an extradition request from India, but was later released on bail by a British court.
India has been trying unsuccessfully to haul him before the courts back home, where he came to symbolise the excess and risk of bad loans in Asia's third-largest economy.
Mallya dropped off India's rich list in 2014, engulfed by massive debts of his grounded Kingfisher Airlines.
He has denied any wrongdoing and repeatedly ignored court warrants and requests to appear before investigators.
Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe has flown to Singapore for a “routine medical check-up”, state media reported Tuesday.”President Mugabe yesterday (Monday) left Zimbabwe for Singapore for his routine medical check-up,” The Herald newspape…
Zimbabwe's 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe has flown to Singapore for a "routine medical check-up", state media reported Tuesday.
"President Mugabe yesterday (Monday) left Zimbabwe for Singapore for his routine medical check-up," The Herald newspaper reported.
"He is expected back in Zimbabwe at the weekend."
The leader who has been in power since 1980 regularly travels to the city state for health check-ups and private holidays and his last medical trip was in March.
The leader who now walks with difficulty and sometimes dozes off during meetings made his last public appearance at the World Economic Forum on Africa last week.
At the meeting in South Africa's port city of Durban, he addressed delegates in a slurred tone while slumped in his seat.
His health has been the subject of increased speculation in recent years and authorities in March arrested two journalists over a report alleging that he was "in bad shape".
In 2016, the government had to deny that he had died abroad during his annual vacation.
Mugabe has declined to name a successor and his ruling ZANU-PR party has been riven by factionalism for years.
Despite Mugabe's advanced age, the party last year endorsed him as its candidate for the 2018 general elections.
Ten South Korean kindergarten pupils and two others were killed when a school bus crashed and burst into flames in a tunnel in eastern China on Tuesday, officials and reports said.The children were aged between four and seven and lived in the city of W…
Ten South Korean kindergarten pupils and two others were killed when a school bus crashed and burst into flames in a tunnel in eastern China on Tuesday, officials and reports said.
The children were aged between four and seven and lived in the city of Weihai in Shandong province where the accident happened, a South Korean consular official in the city of Qingdao told AFP.
The Weihai propaganda department said on a microblogging website that 12 people had died and another person was seriously injured.
Officials did not immediately give the nationality of the two others killed and the injured person.
South Korea's Yonhap news agency, citing its embassy in Beijing, said the two other fatalities were a Chinese child and the driver, while the injured person was a teacher.
The bus burst into flames in the tunnel at around 9:00 am, according to Xinhua news agency. The cause of the crash was under investigation.
An amateur video posted by the People's Daily on its Twitter account shows cars driving away from the bus, which was stopped near a wall as flames reached the tunnel's ceiling. The video's authenticity could not be immediately verified.
The students attended a kindergarten affiliated with an international school that largely caters to South Koreans, according to Yonhap.
South Korea's Acting President Hwang Kyo-Ahn voiced "grave sadness" over the tragedy, which occurred as the country went to the polls to elect a news president.
Hwang told the foreign ministry to mobilise "all diplomatic resources" to handle the accident and keep the parents of the young victims informed of any developments.
- 58,000 road deaths -
Deadly road accidents are common in China, where traffic regulations are often flouted or go unenforced by police.
There were more than 180,000 traffic accidents and 58,000 deaths in 2015, authorities said in December.
The country's frequently overcrowded long-distance buses are particularly prone to high fatalities.
Ten people were killed and 38 injured in March when a bus collided with a cement truck in the southwestern province of Yunnan.
At least 18 people were killed when a minibus plunged into a lake in the central city of Wuhan in December.
Last November, a pile-up on an expressway in the northern province of Shanxi killed 17 people and damaged 56 vehicles.
Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome said Tuesday he had been deliberately knocked off his bicycle by a hit-and-run driver while training in southern France.The British rider, a three-time winner of the Tour, road cycling’s most prestigious ra…
Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome said Tuesday he had been deliberately knocked off his bicycle by a hit-and-run driver while training in southern France.
The British rider, a three-time winner of the Tour, road cycling's most prestigious race, posted a picture of his damaged bike on Twitter but said he he himself had not been injured in the incident.
"Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement!" tweeted the 31-year-old Froome, who rides for the British-based Team Sky. "Thankfully I'm okay. Bike totaled. Driver kept going!"
The picture was geotagged from Beausoleil in France, near Froome's home in Monaco.
Last month, former Giro d'Italia winner Michele Scarponi was killed when the 37-year-old Astana team rider was knocked off his bike after colliding with a van while training near his home in central Italy.
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Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday ruled out any participation on German soil in a potential Turkish referendum about bringing back the death penalty.Immediately after winning a close vote last month that boosted his powers, Turkish President Recep Ta…
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday ruled out any participation on German soil in a potential Turkish referendum about bringing back the death penalty.
Immediately after winning a close vote last month that boosted his powers, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mooted a second referendum on reinstating capital punishment, which would mean an end to the country's EU membership prospects.
Merkel said Berlin would not make it possible for the 1.4 million Turkish voters living in Germany to participate if the referendum were to be held.
"We will not give permission for something we are not obligated to do, and whose content we absolutely reject, for example, the death penalty," she told public broadcaster WDR.
Turkey abolished the death penalty in 2004 as a key pillar of its bid to join the EU.
The April referendum had already opened a new rift between NATO allies Germany and Turkey, and inflamed tensions within Germany's three-million-strong community of Turkish origin.
After Germany and the Netherlands blocked campaign events by Turkish ministers in March ahead of the vote, Erdogan repeatedly accused both countries of using "Nazi" methods.
Erdogan and top Turkish officials have also threatened to rip up an EU deal for billions in aid in return for Ankara halting a flood of migrants coming to Europe because of a lack of progress in membership talks.
Germany has urged its EU peers not to end accession talks despite deep misgivings over Turkey's rights record, saying the country is key to European interests.
Veteran coach Dick Advocaat is returning to the Dutch national team aiming to kick them into shape fast and save the country’s World Cup hopes, football federation officials announced Monday.Advocaat, 69, will return for a third stint in charge of the …
Veteran coach Dick Advocaat is returning to the Dutch national team aiming to kick them into shape fast and save the country's World Cup hopes, football federation officials announced Monday.
Advocaat, 69, will return for a third stint in charge of the team, taking over from Danny Blind, sacked in March after the Dutch were felled 2-0 by Bulgaria.
The shock defeat has left the once proud Dutch clinging to only the slimmest of hopes of reaching the World Cup finals in Russia.
Advocaat, currently at Turkish club Fenerbahce, will be joined by former Dutch star Ruud Gullit as assistant coach.
It was "a short term" strategy, admitted KNVB federation's technical director Hans van Breukelen to reporters, adding it was "just to qualify for the World Cup".
Advocaat previously managed the national side from 1992 to 1994 and 2002 to 2004.
The Netherlands, three-time World Cup runners-up, have endured a tough time in recent years, failing to qualify for Euro 2016 in France and now facing the prospect of being a humiliating World Cup no-show.
The defeat in Sofia left the side fourth in qualifying group A, trailing six points behind leaders France.
The Dutch team's next qualifying match is on June 9 against Luxembourg. It first faces two upcoming friendlies, against Morocco on May 31 and the Ivory Coast on June 4.
Advocaat is under contract until June 1 with the Turkish club, but should be allowed to join the Dutch for the friendly against Morocco, Breukelen told a press conference.
Boris Sokolov is said to be the only cameraman that filmed with the Soviet Army during World War II still living. He sat down with RT to talk about the challenges and technical limitations they faced filming on the frontlines, where one i…
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Iranian rescue workers on Tuesday pulled out the 43rd and last body of victims killed in a mine explosion after six days of round-the-clock digging, the state broadcaster reported.The explosion happened on Wednesday in Zemestan Yort mine in Golestan pr…
Iranian rescue workers on Tuesday pulled out the 43rd and last body of victims killed in a mine explosion after six days of round-the-clock digging, the state broadcaster reported.
The explosion happened on Wednesday in Zemestan Yort mine in Golestan province when workers tried to jump-start an engine in a tunnel filled with methane gas.
The bodies of 26 miners were recovered on the second day while rescue teams had to work four more days to gradually access the rest who were trapped in the excavation shafts.
The final toll was higher than expected as it had been unclear how many unregistered day-labourers were trapped by the explosion.
Rescue work was hindered by the amount of rubble and toxic gases that filled the narrow mile-long tunnel.
President Hassan Rouhani's car came under attack from angry miners and the families of victims when he visited the site on Monday.
Rouhani, who is seeking re-election on May 19, promised to deal with those at fault in the accident and pay overdue wages.
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Thousands of exemplary servicemen and women, along with the most advanced and battle-tested equipment, paraded through Red Square in a grand military exhibit that constitutes the focal point of the annual Victory Day celebrations in Russi…
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Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential election is “good news” for trade-reliant Asia as it eases fears of rising protectionism in Europe, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Tuesday.Changyong Rhee, director of the fund’s Asia and …
Emmanuel Macron's victory in the French presidential election is "good news" for trade-reliant Asia as it eases fears of rising protectionism in Europe, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Tuesday.
Changyong Rhee, director of the fund's Asia and Pacific Department, said Macron's win over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, an economic nationalist, had made him more optimistic that major trade tensions would ease.
"If you asked me this question (on rising protectionism) three to six months ago, I would probably have answered that I am very seriously concerned on the possibility of trade tensions in the global economy," he told reporters in Singapore.
"But now I feel a little bit better," he added, citing a meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping last month and Macron's victory on Sunday.
"I think the result of the French elections really show that it's good news to open trade and globalisation, and it reduces the uncertainties of the eurozone," Rhee said.
"So I think at this moment I am a little bit more optimistic that these trade tensions will resolve without bigger tensions."
The IMF's latest economic outlook had flagged increasing protectionism in Asia's major trading partners and tightening global financial conditions as key downside risks to regional growth.
"Asian economies are particularly vulnerable to trade shocks... given the reliance of many Asian economies on exports, more protective trade policies would generate a significant negative impact on the region," said the report issued last month.
It said the Asia-Pacific was expected to remain the world's fastest growing region this year and next, at 5.5 percent and 5.4 percent, but growth was "clouded with significant uncertainty".
The Alaskan tundra appears to be emitting more carbon dioxide than it captures, a dynamic that could accelerate climate warming as vast stores of CO2 trapped in Arctic soils are unlocked by rising temperatures.A question scientists have had is whether …
The Alaskan tundra appears to be emitting more carbon dioxide than it captures, a dynamic that could accelerate climate warming as vast stores of CO2 trapped in Arctic soils are unlocked by rising temperatures.
A question scientists have had is whether a warming climate would lead to a greater intake of CO2 through photosynthesis during the summer growing season.
But a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that in Alaska's North Slope any increase in the uptake of CO2 was more than offset by especially high rates of CO2 "respiration" during early winter.
Data gathered by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration showed a 73 percent in carbon emissions between 1975 and 2015 during that October to December period, according to the study led by Roisin Commane of Harvard University.
"We present the first quantitative evidence for large, regional-scale early winter respiration flux, which more than offsets carbon uptake in summer in the Arctic," the researchers said.
Their findings support the view that "rising temperatures have made Arctic ecosystems a net source of CO2," they said.
A question it raises is to what extent increase in emissions is from the decomposition of ancient vegetation trapped for decades or even centuries in the permafrost, and now being exposed to the atmosphere.
The researchers estimate that the Arctic permafrost contains more CO2 than the Earth's atmosphere.
Forty years ago, the ground in Alaska froze completely in less than a month in autumn, whereas it now may take three months to freeze in some places.
The Arctic is warming at twice the rate as the rest of the planet, and Alaska has seen three consecutive years of record high temperatures, the scientists noted.
In 2016, the planet's hottest since records were first kept in 1880, the temperature was 3.27 degrees Celsius above the historic average.