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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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Federer emerges victorious in historic clash with Serena

(Reuters) – Roger Federer emerged triumphant from a historic first meeting with Serena Williams in the Hopman Cup on Tuesday, but tennis was the true winner as two of the game’s greats treated fans worldwide to an unforgettable evening. Defending champions Switzerland sealed a 2-1 victory over six-times winners United States that left them bottom of Group B but the result mattered little to over 14,000 fans in Perth and millions around the world who had eagerly awaited the contest. Federer and Williams, holders of a combined 43 singles Grand…

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Greece emerges from eurozone bailout programme

Image copyright AFP Greece has successfully completed a three-year eurozone bailout programme designed to help it cope with the fallout from its debt crisis. For the first time in eight years, Greece is now free to borrow money on the financial markets. As a condition of the loans, the Greek government was forced to introduce a series of unpopular austerity measures. The Greek economy has grown slowly in recent years but is still 25% smaller than when the crisis began. Together with assistance from International Monetary Fund (IMF), the loans…

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World Cup 2018: Kylian Mbappe emerges on world stage as Lionel Messi departs

World Cup 2018: How Kylian Mbappe lit up France v Argentina When Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe embraced at the end of a breathless World Cup classic, it was a striking moment that seemed to confirm the passing of greatness from one player to the next. Everyone present at the electrified Kazan Arena on Saturday left the stadium knowing they had witnessed a special match, a knockout game for the ages. And one player in particular set the spine tingling. Mbappe is only 19 years old but he scored two…

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Madagascar emerges as whale shark hotspot

Image copyright Simon J Pierce Image caption Whale sharks are the largest living fish Large numbers of endangered whale sharks have been sighted in waters off Madagascar. The first major scientific survey in the area shows there are far more of the huge fish than previously thought. Eighty-five individuals were identified in a single season from photographs of their distinctive markings. The coastal waters contain a huge diversity of marine life, including sharks, whales and turtles. “No one thought there were that many [whale] sharks,” said Stella Diamant of the…

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Madagascar emerges as whale shark hotspot

Image copyright Simon J Pierce Image caption Whale sharks are the largest living fish Large numbers of endangered whale sharks have been sighted in waters off Madagascar. The first major scientific survey in the area shows there are far more of the huge fish than previously thought. Eighty-five individuals were identified in a single season from photographs of their distinctive markings. The coastal waters contain a huge diversity of marine life, including sharks, whales and turtles. “No one thought there were that many [whale] sharks,” said Stella Diamant of the…

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InSight Diary: Mars mission emerges from the mists

Image copyright NASA Image caption The rocket launches, adding further to the “peasouper” Prof Tom Pike from Imperial College London is part of the science team on the US-led InSight mission to Mars. His group has supplied seismometers that will enable the Nasa lander to detect “Marsquakes”, which should reveal the internal structure of the Red Planet. Over the course of the coming months, Prof Pike will be updating us on InSight’s progress. This was surely the best way to see our mission leave Earth, standing in a field in…

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