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DNA from Neanderthals can make Covid more severe

Paris - Covid-19 patients with a snippet of Neanderthal DNA that crossed into the human genome some 60,000 years ago run a higher risk of severe complications from the disease, researchers have reported.

Giant black hole discovered at centre of cosmic 'spider's web'

Paris - Astronomers have discovered six galaxies ensnared in the cosmic "spider's web" of a supermassive black hole soon after the Big Bang, according to research published Thursday that could help explain the development of these enigmatic monsters.

Turkey, Iran deploy 'game-changing' drones in north Iraq

Sulaimania - Turkey and Iran are increasingly adopting "game-changing" drones as their weapon of choice against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, prompting fears for the safety of civilians and stoking geopolitical tensions.

Physicists provide advice for reducing coronavirus on surfaces

Battling the coronavirus has tended to be led by biologists on the science front, but there's a role for physics too, especially physicists with a knowledge of fluid dynamics and the factors that influence how droplets move and travel.

Belarus opposition leader takes risky diplomatic path

Warsaw - Once a political novice, Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is joining Europe's diplomatic big leagues but risks undermining her own cause in the process, experts said.

Airlines looking at furloughs, layoffs as stimulus talks stall

The fate of close to 32,000 airline industry employees rests today on whether Congress can make a deal to bail out the nation's airlines. The proposed layoffs come on top of the elimination of tens of thousands of jobs in the industry this summer.

Ailing Canadian aviation industry calls on Trudeau for aid

Major Canadian labor unions on Thursday said the aviation sector would suffer permanent damage unless Ottawa provided a C$7 billion ($5.3 billion) 10-year low-interest loan to offset the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, which has slashed travel.

EU leaders talk Turkey as crisis festers

Apo - EU leaders debated the diplomatic crisis with Turkey on Thursday, haggling over the bloc's red lines as they try to defuse a stand-off in the Mediterranean and conflict in Azerbaijan.

Nevada school caught out in new data hack Special

A school in Nevada is the latest educational institution to be hit by a cybersecurity incident. Hackers have managed to capture some key personal data from the school systems.

Fires spike in Brazil's Amazon, scientists say

Rio De Janeiro - The number of forest fires in Brazil's Amazon increased sharply in September, figures released Thursday show, fueling growing criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policies.

Cocktail of plastic munching chemicals created

A research group, who earlier developed a plastic-destroying enzyme, have developed a cocktail-version, a series of chemicals that can digest plastics six-times faster than the previous invention. The aim is to target plastic waste.

Grim trends in Europe as Chinese enjoy post-virus Golden Week

Madrid - Europe was facing up Thursday to ever-worsening pandemic indicators, notably in Spain, Britain and France, as China revelled in its first post-coronavirus Golden Week holiday, with hundreds of millions on the move around the country.

Messi v Ronaldo in Champions League group stage, Man Utd to face PSG

Geneva - Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will come up against each other in this season's Champions League after Barcelona and Juventus were placed in the same group in Thursday's draw.

Shelling wreaks destruction in small Karabakh town of Martuni

Bursts of artillery rang out Thursday in the small town of Martuni in the separatist Nagorny Karabakh region, where shelling has torn through roofs, leaving piles of rubble and shattered glass.

After US boost, Greece looks for EU backing on Turkey talks

Athens - Greece looks for EU support this week in tough upcoming talks with Turkey after securing a diplomatic boost from the visiting US secretary of state.

WikiLeaks' Assange faces wait for US extradition ruling

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces several more months in prison after a British judge said she would decide whether to extradite him to the United States next year.

Inherited Neanderthal genes a major risk factor in COVID-19

Since first appearing in late 2019, COVID-19 has had a range of impacts on those it infects. Some people become severely ill with COVID-19, and require hospitalization, while others may have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.

Nobel prizes in year marked by pandemic

Stockholm - Press freedom groups and climate activist Greta Thunberg are making Nobel Peace Prize buzz ahead of next week's award announcements, in a pandemic year that has highlighted the importance of science and research.

Kremlin says Navalny charges against Putin 'unacceptable'

Moscow - The Kremlin on Thursday accused opposition leader Alexei Navalny of working with the CIA and making "groundless and unacceptable statements" after he claimed President Vladimir Putin had orchestrated his poisoning with Novichok.

Belarus, Iran, US, Nicaragua activists win 'alternate' Nobel

Stockholm - A Belarusian pro-democracy campaigner, an imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer, a US civil rights attorney, and a Nicaraguan activist on Thursday won a top Swedish honour sometimes called "the alternative Nobel Prize.
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