The US has indicated a shift in its campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria, including the use of direct ground raids.
Defence Secretary Ash Carter said there would also be more air strikes against “high-value targets”.
Observers say his comments reflect acknowledgment of the lack of progress in defeating the militant group.
A US-led coalition began air strikes against IS positions in Iraq and Syria last year. President Barack Obama said the objective was to “degrade and ultimately destroy” IS.
Although President Obama has not committed ground forces to Iraq, the US has about 3,500 troops in the country who have been helping to train Iraqi forces and also have a limited combat role.
Russia started its own air strikes in Syria at the end of last month, saying it wants to help President Bashar al-Assad defeat IS and other extremists.
But Washington has strongly criticised the Russian campaign, arguing that it has been focused on rebel opposition fighters and that it will only fuel more extremism.
Thousands have protested in the German capital Berlin against a planned free-trade deal between the EU and US.
Organisers said 250,000 people took part in the rally; police put the figure at around 100,000.
Opponents of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) say it is undemocratic and threatens consumer and worker rights.
But supporters of the deal, which lowers trade barriers, say it would boost economies and create jobs.
Hundreds of buses shuttled protesters to Saturday’s demonstration in the German capital.
“We are here because we do not want to leave the future to markets, but on the contrary to save democracy,” Michael Mueller, president of the ecological organisation German Friends of Nature, told AFP.
Il nuovo prodotto sarà l’Apple Tv. O meglio, la nuova versione in arrivo mercoledì prossimo: poco più grande del modello attuale, avrà il processore A8 dell’iPhone, 8 o 16 GB di memoria, un wifi più veloce e un telecomando touch. Basata su iOS, permetterà finalmente di scaricare app e giochi, diventando anche una sorta di console per giocatori occasionali. E naturalmente farà tutto quello che fa il modello attuale: si collegherà allo store online di Apple, come pure a iPhone, iPad e Mac per mostrarne i contenuti sul televisore, permetterà di accedere a YouTube, Netflix e altri servizi di streaming, e certamente arriverà con l’annuncio di nuovi accordi per i contenuti.
Ma sarà molto di più, come possiamo rivelare in anteprima grazie a indicazioni che ci arrivano da fonti ben informate sui piani dell’azienda. Apple tv diventerà il centro di HomeKit, il protocollo della Mela per la domotica. Via bluetooth e Wi-fi, elettrodomestici, sensori e gadget comunicheranno con l’Apple tv e si potranno controllare dallo schermo del televisore attraverso il telecomando o da iPhone e iPad. E anche con la voce, grazie a Siri, che sarà più precisa e intelligente.
Brazil has entered recession after official figures showed the country’s economy contracted by 1.9% between April and June, compared with the previous three months.
Compared with a year earlier, the economy shrank by 2.6%, the government’s statistical agency said.
Analysts had expected a contraction, but the number was worse than expected.
The country, the seventh largest economy in the world, has seen economic growth fall sharply in recent years.
This is due in part to low commodity prices and sluggish global growth.
A UN-linked tribunal has ordered a halt to all legal proceedings in the case of two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012.
The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea called for India to suspend its court case against the two marines, pending international arbitration.
It also rejected Italy’s request for the marines to be freed while they await the final ruling.
The case has led to a bitter diplomatic row between Delhi and Rome.
Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone face murder charges and are on bail awaiting trial.
Mr Girone is currently staying in the Italian embassy in Delhi, while India’s Supreme Court has allowed Mr Latorre to temporarily return in Italy on health grounds.
The marines were guarding an Italian oil tanker when they opened fire, killing two men off the Kerala coast in South India. The marines said they mistook the fishermen for pirates.
Italy says that as the shooting took place in international waters, the men should be tried in Italy.
However, India wants the men tried in an Indian court. It has ruled out the possibility of the death penalty.
The tribunal said that in addition to halting all current court proceedings, both countries should “refrain from initiating new ones which might aggravate or extend the dispute”.
Both sides should submit a report to the tribunal by 24 September ahead of hearings, it added.
The pontiff is from Argentina. He received the sign from Gustavo Hoyo, leader of a campaign for dialogue on the islands, during a papal audience.
A senior Vatican official told the BBC that Pope Francis “did not know and did not realise what was written on it”.
In 1982 UK forces defeated Argentine troops, who had invaded the Falklands.
The war left Argentina and the UK still disputing the islands’ sovereignty – but a UN resolution has called for dialogue to reach a settlement.
The sign held by the Pope on Wednesday said: “It’s time for dialogue between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the Falkland Islands.” *
The volcanologist Giuseppe Mastrolorenzo, one of the greatest scholars of Vesuvius and its activity, has warned more than once: “We are on a time bomb that will not leave a chance.” But why exactly Vesuvius and the possibility of its next eruption is a mortal danger to the people living on its slopes? We ‘just a risk to a natural event, or we have made things worse?
And then, on the one hand there is the Vesuvius, on the other hand there are the Campi Flegrei. The area potentially closer to an eruption is incredibly lacking a contingency plan and evacuation.
But what would happen in Naples in case of eruption of Vesuvius? What would be the effects on people and things?
Among widespread illegal, dangerous roads and streets under sequestration, evacuate the villages of the “red zone” would be a mission in some cases impossible.
A photo impressive, disturbing. What you see is the deformation of magma beneath the Campi Flegrei and the area of Pozzuoli, in Campania, view from the satellites. At a depth of only 3 kilometers there is created a real lake of 2-3 km in radius, with the earth raised approximately 10 cm in the last 3 years. All this because the magma is pushing to rise to the surface. Not surprisingly, in 10 years the land has risen by 30 cm and the Civil Protection raised its alert level on the area from green to yellow (caution). The blue color in the coastal area of Pozzuoli indicates the maximum proximity of magma to the surface.
The harsh Arctic conditions make developing and transporting natural gas a daunting challenge. Total is studying a design for a new LNG carrier able to do its own icebreaking and make its way across glacial waters at -40 °C. – See more at: http://www.total.com/en/energies-expertise/oil-gas/trading-shipping/projects-achievements/arctic-lng-carriers#sthash.6DwY6yTN.dpuf
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A planet 100 light-years away resembles an infant version of Jupiter, experts say.
The new world, known as 51 Eridani b, is only 20 million years old – a toddler by astronomical standards.
The alien world could yield clues to the formation of our Solar System, which has an unusual lay-out.
The economies of the 19 countries that use the euro grew by about 0.3% between April and June, according to official figures.
The first estimate from Eurostat marks a slight slowdown from the 0.4% registered in the first quarter.
The statistics agency also announced that inflation in the eurozone was 0.2% in July, unchanged from June’s figure.