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Libyan forces say they have captured Isis base in Sirte

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Libyan forces battling to oust Islamic State from Sirte say they have made significant advances, gaining control of a large convention centre previously used as a base by the jihadi group. “Our forces have complete control of the whole of the Ouagadougou [convention] complex – they even advanced some distance ...

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Scientists develop dissolving battery

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scientists have developed a self-destructing battery capable of dissolving when exposed to heat or liquid. It delivers 2.5 volts and can power a desktop calculator for 15 minutes. It could be used to keep military secrets confidential, and in environmental monitoring devices . Iowa State University mechanical engineering professor Reza ...

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Texas baby dies from Zika-linked defect

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A baby born in Texas with the Zika-linked birth defect microcephaly has died, health officials say. The baby was infected in the womb while the mother was travelling in Latin America, though state officials have not identified where. The defect causes abnormally small heads and other developmental damage. Florida Governor ...

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Republican security experts rail against Trump in open letter

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An open letter signed by 50 Republican national security experts has warned that nominee Donald Trump “would be the most reckless president” in US history. The group, which includes the former CIA director Michael Hayden, said Mr Trump “lacks the character, values and experience” to be president. Many of the ...

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