Dutch project tests floating cities to seek more space

Dutch researchers unveiled Tuesday a model of what could become within two decades a floating mega-island to be used as a creative solution for accommodating housing, ports, farms or parks.Made up of 87 floating triangles of different sizes, the huge, …

July 11, 2017

NASA probe successfully peers into Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

A NASA spacecraft, Juno, has successfully peered into the giant storm raging on Jupiter, known as the Great Red Spot, and its first pictures should be out in days, the US space agency said Tuesday.”My latest Jupiter flyby is complete!” said a post on t…

July 11, 2017

Snapchat parent Snap slides below IPO price

Shares of Snapchat parent Snap Inc. plunged Tuesday, slipping below the price at the time of its stock offering, after a pessimistic outlook from a Wall Street analyst on the popular messaging service. In afternoon trades, Snap was down 7.9 percent at …

July 11, 2017

US court blocks Exxon from forcing payment from Venezuela

A US appeals court rejected an effort by ExxonMobil Tuesday to enforce a $188 million judgment against Venezuela for the 2007 nationalization of the company’s heavy oil operations in that country.While the decision did not rule on the merits of the fin…

July 11, 2017

Collusion? Who’s who in the Russia probe

The bombshell revelation that President Donald Trump’s oldest son Don Jr. met with a Kremlin-tied Russian lawyer hawking damaging material on Hillary Clinton has taken suspicions of election collusion with Moscow to a new level.There are several probes…

July 11, 2017

If Serena wants to rule again, she will, says Henin

Justine Henin tipped her old rival Serena Williams to come back after her pregnancy and reign supreme once again — saying what Serena wants, she usually gets.Henin, who won seven Grand Slams, said Serena’s absence opened the door for a new champion to…

July 11, 2017

Pliskova new tennis world no.1 after Halep loss

Karolina Pliskova became the new world number one on Tuesday — despite tumbling out of Wimbledon in the second round and never having won a Grand Slam.The 25-year-old Czech will jump up from third place to the top of the post-Wimbledon rankings on Mon…

July 11, 2017

Legendary Magnum Photos forced into historic shake-up

Magnum Photos, the legendary agency set up by Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, has been forced into a major shake-up that has left it seeking private investors for the first time.The co-operative set up after World War II quickly became home to s…

July 11, 2017

Game, set, scream — Halep stunned by Konta fan at Wimbledon

Johanna Konta’s thrilling Wimbledon quarter-final victory over Simona Halep ended in controversy when a fan screamed out on match point, causing the Romanian to check her stride and shot.Just as Halep went into her wind-up on a forehand to stay in the …

July 11, 2017

US eyes continued presence in Iraq after IS: general

The United States and several coalition countries want to maintain a military footprint in Iraq after the eventual defeat of the Islamic State group, a top US general said Tuesday.Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend said the Iraqi government had expres…

July 11, 2017

Four airports remain under US laptop ban

Four airports remain under a ban for carry-on laptops on US-bound flights, imposed amid fears that Islamic State is developing a bomb concealed in personal electronics, officials said Tuesday.The ban remains in place for Saudi Arabia’s two main interna…

July 11, 2017

MTV expands safe sex drama to India, Egypt

“MTV Shuga,” the youth culture network’s drama on sexual behavior that has won an audience across sub-Saharan Africa, will expand with editions in India and Egypt, it announced Tuesday.The Indian edition, the first outside of Africa, will be called “MT…

July 11, 2017

Total and Qatar Petroleum unveil vast joint oil venture

Total and Qatar Petroleum on Tuesday unveiled a 25-year joint venture to develop the vast offshore Al-Shaheen oil field.The firms’ bosses told a Doha press conference that their North Oil Company would operate the field from July 14.”Joining Al-Shaheen…

July 11, 2017

Aristocrat guilty of online threat to anti-Brexit activist

An English aristocrat who posted a bounty on Facebook for someone to kill anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller faced jail Tuesday after being found guilty of sending menacing messages.

Rhodri Philipps, 50, the 4th Viscount St Davids, made the threat in November, just days after Miller won a legal case requiring the government to consult parliament before beginning Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.

“£5,000 (5,600 euros, $6,400) for the first person to ‘accidentally’ run over this bloody troublesome first generation immigrant,” he wrote.

He described Miller, who was born in what was then British Guiana, as a “boat jumper” and added: “If this is what we should expect from immigrants, send them back to their stinking jungles.”

Senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot said the comments were racially aggravated and warned Philipps — who is also known as Lord St Davids — faces jail when he is sentenced on Thursday.

In a statement read to Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on Monday, Miller said the comments left her “very scared for the safety of herself and her family”.

Prosecuting lawyer Philip Stott said: “She took the threat seriously, and it contributed to her employing professional security for her protection.”

Philipps, who lives in the exclusive London district of Knightsbridge, accepted writing the posts but said they were not menacing and were not publicly visible. Prosecutors said they were.

Miller was subjected to torrents of abuse for her legal challenge, which critics took as an attempt to block Brexit. The government began the process of leaving the EU in March.

July 11, 2017

Ravi Shastri named India’s head coach – BCCI

Former captain Ravi Shastri was on Tuesday named the new head coach of India, ending weeks of speculation over the high-profile job after Anil Kumble’s dramatic exit.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also appointed ex-paceman Zaheer Khan…

July 11, 2017

Earth’s major ‘mass extinction’ events

Most scientists agree that a “mass extinction” event is underway with the Earth’s wildlife disappearing at an alarming rate, mainly due to human activity.But this is not the first time: over the last half-billion years there have been five major wipeou…

July 11, 2017