Can Trump counter China's influence over a longtime US ally?

Can Trump counter China's influence over a longtime US ally?

At the core of much of what Trump will do, and what those nations hope he will accomplish during his visit, will depend on America’s ability to counter China’s growth and its ambitions. China’s used development aid, closer diplomatic ties with nations like the Philippines, and its military expansiveness to spread its footprint in the region. How Trump decides to respond to this will be evidenced during a series of key meetings. On Friday, Trump will come face-to-face with the outwardly anti-American president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte at the…

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A dogly mission: the labrador redeeming the name of Nixon

A dogly mission: the labrador redeeming the name of Nixon

Posted November 10, 2017 09:00:31 Photo: Nixon at St Peter’s Cathedral where he enjoys his retirement listening to music. (ABC News: Simon Royal) Related Story: The little red dogs that went to war Nixon is alive and well, spending Sundays in Adelaide’s St Peter’s Cathedral. No, it’s not the disgraced and, by all accounts, deceased former US president, Richard Nixon — as much as critics would like to see him atone for his sins. Unlike his more notorious namesake, this particular Nixon has led a blameless life as a guide…

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Will MotoGP's Catalan king wear the crown in Spain?

Will MotoGP's Catalan king wear the crown in Spain?

In 2013, at just 20 years old, he became the youngest ever rider to win MotoGP’s premier class. A year later he won the title again, with 13 race victories — the most by any premier class rider — beating a record held since 1997 by the legendary Mick Doohan. Then, in 2016, he became the youngest rider to win three MotoGP world titles. This weekend, in Valencia, Spain, the Repsol Honda rider will fight for a fourth premier class title, his sixth across the sport’s classes. With a 21-point…

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Ben Nevis gets automatic weather station

Ben Nevis gets automatic weather station

Image copyrightNCAS Image caption The station is temporary and will be taken down in DecemberLive weather data is being recorded again at the top of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak, after a 113-year gap. Researchers have installed an automatic meteorological station that digitally collects information on temperatures, wind speeds and rainfall levels. Until 1904, the same measurements were gathered by men who lived in a shelter at the summit. The weather station was carried up the mountain, in the Scottish Highlands, by a team of researchers on Tuesday. Image…

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Fancy feather physics help pigeons sound the alarm

Fancy feather physics help pigeons sound the alarm

The distinctive whirring, whistling sound produced by pigeons quickly taking flight is created by just two feathers — one on each wing. pigeon alarm key points Key points: The whistling sound pigeons make when they take off in a hurry is produced by special feathers on each wing The feathers responsible are narrower than other flight feathers and vibrate due to ‘aeroelastic flutter’ Other birds that use wings to make noise include hummingbird and manakin species The discovery was made by a team at the Australian National University who selectively…

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