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More hurricanes likely for northeast US PARIS: A study warned Wednesday of hurricanes hitting the US northeast coast more frequently in future due to climate change caused by fossil fuel emissions.As the planet has warmed over the last few hundred years, Atlantic hurricanes have moved gradually northward from the western Caribbean to northern North America, said a study in the journal Scientific Reports.This trend would continue if humanity keeps pumping planet-warming greenhouse gases into the atmosphere."Our results strongly suggest that future emission scenarios will result in more frequent tropical cyclone impacts on the financial and population centres of the northeastern United States," wrote the team.They had reconstructed hurricane rainfall for the western Caribbean as far back as 450 years ago, by analysing the chemical composition of stalagmite from a cave in Belize.Hurricane rainfall has an easily-recognisable, unique chemistry preserved in the stalagmite as it grows out of deposits left behind from dripping water.The data showed the ...

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Wooing press, Trump softens climate stance WASHINGTON: Donald Trump signaled Tuesday his campaign trail dismissal of the threat of climate change may have been hot air after all, saying he was "open minded" on supporting global accords.The US president-elect emerged from cabinet-building talks in his Trump Tower headquarters and traveled ten minutes across town to The New York Times to give a wide-ranging interview on his plans.He disavowed "alt-right" activists who hailed his election as a victory for white supremacy, distanced ...

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US existing home sales hit more than 9-1/2-year high WASHINGTON: US home resales rose in October to their highest level in more than 9-1/2 years amid pent-up demand, offering more evidence of a pickup in economic growth early in the fourth quarter. While a recent surge in mortgage rates could hurt the housing market next year, the impact is likely to be modest given a labor market that is at or close to full employment. The National Association of Realtors said on Tuesday existing ...

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Trump will meet Tuesday with New York Times WASHINGTON: US President-elect Donald Trump will meet on Tuesday with journalists from The New York Times, a spokeswoman said hours after his posts on Twitter canceling the meeting. Trump planned to travel to the Times building, spokeswoman Hope Hicks told reporters without elaborating. Earlier, Trump said on Twitter he canceled the meeting after the newspaper tried to change the terms agreed upon.The Times said it was Trump who had tried to change the terms, wanting ...

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Over half of world's population does not use internet: UN GENEVA: More than half the world's population does not use the internet, with prohibitive broadband costs keeping billions off line, a United Nations report said Tuesday. The UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU) said that 3.9 billion people do not have home or mobile internet access and that the problem was most acute among the world's "female, elderly, less educated, lower income and rural (populations)."One problem is the cost of fixed-broadband access, which has fallen globally ...

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Trump backs Nigel Farage as British ambassador to US WASHINGTON: Donald Trump has tweeted that Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage "would do a great job" as British ambassador to the US, in the latest unorthodox intervention by the president-elect.The decision on who is appointed to represent the United Kingdom in Washington is a matter for the British government, but that did not stop the controversial property mogul turned world leader from weighing in on social media."Many people would like to see @Nigel_Farage represent Great Britain ...

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Trump vows to withdraw from TPP 'on day one' WASHINGTON: Donald Trump on Monday announced the United States would signal its withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal on his first day in the White House, as one of six immediate steps aimed at "putting America first."The Republican billionaire -- who for 10 days has been sounding out cabinet picks at his Trump Tower offices in New York -- made the pledge in a short video message.The 70-year-old property tycoon outlined a list ...