Archive for February, 2011

VIDEO: Border chaos as migrants flee Libya

Monday, February 28th, 2011

There is growing concern about the exodus of tens of thousands of refugees fleeing the unrest in Libya.

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US regulator approves first deepwater permit since BP spill

Monday, February 28th, 2011

US regulators have approved the first deepwater drilling permit since the BP Macondo disaster last April

Oil companies rebuked for being too ‘reliant’

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Prime minister’s comments were a gentle rebuke for the smaller companies whose contingency plans were found wanting as the nationwide uprising left employees stranded

Don’t expect autocratic oil to flow smoothly

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Facing rising demand, the world is increasingly reliant on oil supplies from countries that are authoritarian or worse, writes Nick Butler

Petrodollar fears hold up Libyan exports

Monday, February 28th, 2011

At the headquarters of the Arabian Gulf Oil Company in Benghazi, the mood among oil workers is a mix of caution and optimism as they gear up to resume exports

Higher oil price threatens global downturn

Monday, February 28th, 2011

The global economy faces the prospect of another bumpy ride if oil prices persist at current levels, but the outlook is less severe if the recent rises are temporary

Astronauts make first spacewalk

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Discovery prepares to dock at the International Space StationDiscovery arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday
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Shuttle Discovery astronauts are making the first of two spacewalks this week to carry out maintenance tasks on the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS).

Steve Bowen and Alvin Drew will spend more than six hours outside the orbiting platform, preparing it for the installation of a new store room.

Discovery arrived at the ISS on Saturday.

It is the ship’s final mission into space before being retired to a museum.

Bowen is making a small piece of history, himself. He was called up late for the mission following a bicycle injury to the assigned lead spacewalker Tim Kopra.

It means Bowen is on consecutive shuttle trips having flown on Atlantis in May last year – the first time that has ever happened.

“There’s a lot of things I don’t know that I’m trying to catch up,” Bowen said on Sunday. “But these guys have been training together for so long, they know this mission so well they’ve been able to pick up the slack that I kind of brought on board. They’ve got me covered pretty well.”

A key task for the Discovery crew on this flight is to fit a Italian-built logistics module known as Leonardo permanently to the space station.

The module, which has been used down the years as a packing box for supplies in the orbiter’s payload bay, would normally return to Earth with every shuttle mission, but for Discovery’s flight it is being left on station to provide extra storage space.

The attachment, to the Unity connecting node, requires Bowen and Drew to move some cabling. In their spacewalk, the pair will also replace a fault pump needed to push ammonia coolant around the platform.

Leonardo will be lifted into place on Tuesday this week; a follow-up spacewalk will then take place on Wednesday.

Discovery is due back on Earth on Monday, 7 March. The orbiter is expected eventually to go to the Smithsonian Institution’s Air and Space Museum.

Space shuttle Discovery crew

Steven Lindsey, Shuttle Commander, said it was a real privilege to be on the shuttle’s final flight

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US child kidnap couple ‘confess’

Monday, February 28th, 2011

A lawyer says the California couple accused of kidnapping a California girl and holding her prisoner for 18 years have confessed to detectives.

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Murder bid accused ’sleepwalking’

Monday, February 28th, 2011

A taxi driver accused of trying to murder his wife has claimed he was suffering from a sleep disorder.

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Dugard ‘kidnap couple confessed’

Monday, February 28th, 2011

A lawyer says the California couple accused of kidnapping a California girl and holding her prisoner for 18 years have confessed to detectives.

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