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In Ivory Coast, organic chocolate made with a bicycle

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Dana Mroueh’s chocolate factory is a rarity for Ivory Coast and not only because the world’s top cocoa grower produces precious little finished chocolate. In the middle of the floor of her company Mon Choco’s factory sits a grinding bike, surrounded by trays of carefully sorted cocoa beans. Poured in a funnel, beans are transformed into a paste by a grinder activated through pedaling. Mroueh, a 40-year-old Ivorian of French-Lebanese descent, oversees the process from the time the beans are selected to when they are transformed into…

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX capsule splashes down off Florida coast

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) – An unmanned capsule from Elon Musk’s SpaceX splashed down into the Atlantic Ocean on Friday morning after a short-term stay on the International Space Station, capping the first orbital test mission in NASA’s long-delayed quest to resume human space flight from U.S. soil later this year. After a six-day mission on the orbital outpost, Crew Dragon autonomously detached about 2:30 a.m EST (0730 GMT) on Friday and sped back to earth reaching hypersonic speeds before an 8:45 a.m. EST (1345 GMT) splash-down in the Atlantic,…

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX capsule splashes down off Florida coast

FILE PHOTO: The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule approaches the International Space Station March 3, 2019. NASA/Handout via REUTERS CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) – An unmanned capsule from Elon Musk’s SpaceX splashed down into the Atlantic Ocean on Friday morning after a short-term stay on the International Space Station, capping the first orbital test mission in NASA’s long-delayed quest to resume human space flight from U.S. soil later this year. After a five-day mission on the orbital outpost, Crew Dragon autonomously detached about 2:30 a.m EST (0730 GMT) on Friday and…

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Search launched after empty boat seen off Kent coast

Image caption The Border Force operation could be seen from St Margaret’s Bay A search is under way after an empty dinghy was spotted drifting off the coast of Kent. An empty rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) was seen a couple of miles from Walmer shortly before a suspected migrant walked into a nearby lifeboat station. Four lifeboats have been launched and the Coastguard helicopter scrambled. A number of lifejackets have also been seen near Shakespeare beach in Dover, some 15 miles (24km) away. Why are Iranians crossing the Channel in…

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US Coast Guard officer Hasson ‘planned terror attack’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Guns and ammunition were found at the home in Silver Spring, Maryland A US Coast Guard officer has been arrested on suspicion of planning a terror attack, court documents show. Police found a cache of weapons and ammunition at the Maryland home of Christopher Paul Hasson. The self-proclaimed white nationalist had drawn up a list of targets including prominent Democratic politicians, according to prosecutors. He is said to have drawn inspiration from the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik. “The defendant intends to murder innocent civilians…

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Rare angel shark spotted off Welsh coast

New evidence has surfaced indicating one of the world’s rarest shark species is alive, having been spotted off the Welsh coast. The unique ‘”flat sharks” have dark and light splotches across their body, making it ideal for camouflaging on the bottom of the seabed. The species’ only established stronghold is the Canary Islands and so Wales is a crucial habitat for the critically endangered creature. The sharks seen in this footage were filmed in the Canary Islands by JD Scuba Source link

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Ivory Coast ex-President Gbagbo acquitted at ICC court in The Hague

Image copyright AFP Image caption Laurent Gbagbo had been charged with crimes against humanity The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has acquitted Ivory Coast ex-President Laurent Gbagbo. He had been charged with crimes against humanity in connection with violence following a disputed 2010 election that left 3,000 dead and 500,000 displaced. Mr Gbagbo was captured in 2011 in a presidential palace bunker by UN and French-backed forces supporting his rival, Alassane Ouattara. He was the first former head of state to go on trial at the ICC. What…

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German WW1 submarine emerges off French coast

Image copyright AFP Image caption The wreck is attracting curious visitors at low tide The wreck of a World War One German submarine is gradually resurfacing on a beach in northern French after decades of being buried in the sand. Shifting sand off Wissant, near Calais, is exposing the remains of the UC-61 which was stranded there in July 1917. The crew flooded the vessel and abandoned it and by the 1930s the submarine had largely been buried. It is now becoming a tourist attraction again, although the local mayor…

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Twelve adult male migrants detained off Dover coast

Image copyright PA Image caption Border Force officers were deployed to bring the migrants to Dover Twelve migrants travelling in two separate boats have been detained off the coast of Dover. At about 03:00 GMT HM Coastguard received reports of a dinghy containing four men approaching the coast. Six hours later the Maritime Intelligence Bureau was notified of a small boat carrying eight Iranian men. All of the migrants were taken to Dover and given a medical assessment before being transferred to immigration officials for interview. In the first boat,…

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Thirteen migrants rescued off coast of Walmer in Kent

Image copyright Google Image caption Lifeboats and the coastguard helicopter were involved in the rescue operation two miles from the shores of Walmer A boat carrying 13 people thought to be migrants has been picked up off the coast of Kent. Lifeboats and the coastguard helicopter were involved in the rescue operation two miles from Walmer. Those on board were not thought to be wearing life jackets when they were rescued. They were brought to shore at about 04:30 GMT, the BBC understands. HM Coastguard confirmed it was assisting Border…

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