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French pair invent plastic-to-fuel recycling system fit for African bush

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

Sacks of recycled green polyethylene terephthalate (PET) flakes sit at a Junyoung Industrial facility in Gimpo, South Korea, April 19. | BLOOMBERG

A French actor and a self-taught inventor have designed a low-tech machine that converts plastic waste into diesel and gasoline, which they say could help ...

Victims, accountability on agenda at pope’s sex abuse summit

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

Pope Francis celebrates a special Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 12. | REUTERS

The Vatican on Tuesday released the first details of Pope Francis’ upcoming high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit, making clear that bishops attending the gathering must ...

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi committed to giving back to children in South Africa

By Rich Freeman
- via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

When Japan takes on South Africa next September at Kumagaya Rugby Ground the Brave Blossoms will come up against a player in Siya Kolisi whose ...

Prosecutors charge pair involved in Michael Flynn’s Turkish lobbying, effort to extradite cleric

via The Japan Times    Dec 18, 2018

Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen speaks to members of the media at his compound in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, in 2016. Two men involved in a Turkish lobbying campaign led by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn have been charged with illegally lobbying in a case related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. The two worked throughout 2016 to seek ways to have cleric Fethullah Gulen extradited from the U.S. to Turkey. | AP

Two men involved in a Turkish lobbying campaign led by former national security adviser Michael Flynn have been charged with illegally lobbying in a case ...

Police set to charge Strasbourg gunman’s ‘accomplice’ who allegedly provided pistol

via The Japan Times    Dec 18, 2018

A drawing depicting the Strasbourg Cathedral reading

French anti-terrorist officials said Monday they would shortly file charges against a man arrested in connection with the mass shooting at a Christmas market in ...

First private Israeli lunar probe will launch in February atop SpaceX rocket

via The Japan Times    Dec 18, 2018

Technicians stand next to the SpaceIL lunar module, an unmanned spacecraft, on display in a special

An Israeli nonprofit on Monday said it has pushed back the launch of what it hopes will be the first private spacecraft to land on ...

Russian troll farm aimed to discourage black, liberal, LGBTQ U.S. voters: Senate study

via The Japan Times    Dec 18, 2018

The Russian troll farm that disrupted the 2016 U.S. presidential election sought particularly to demoralize Africa-Americans and discourage them from voting, according to a comprehensive ...

U.S. conducts six pre-emptive airstrikes against Somalia al-Shabab extremists, kills 62

via The Japan Times    Dec 18, 2018

Somalis pour sand to smother a car's fire after a car bomb in Mogadishu on Sunday. | AFP-JIJI

Six U.S. airstrikes that killed more than 60 people in a coastal Somali town were pre-emptive strikes to prevent a major extremist attack, according to ...

Russia social media interference efforts ongoing and Instagram looms as key conduit: U.S. report

via The Japan Times    Dec 18, 2018

Some of the Facebook and Instagram ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process and stir up tensions around divisive social issues, released by members of the U.S. House Intelligence committee, are photographed in Washington in 2017. A report compiled by private researchers and released by the Senate intelligence committee Monday says that

A report compiled by private researchers and expected to be released Monday by the Senate intelligence committee says that “active and ongoing” Russian interference operations ...

France vows aid for Burkina Faso but no more troops to fight Islamists

via The Japan Times    Dec 18, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron (left) accompanies Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore as he leaves after a meeting at the Elysee Palace on Monday in Paris. | AFP-JIJI

France agreed on Monday to a new military framework with Burkina Faso that would speed engagement of its forces to fight Islamist militants in a ...

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