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August 21, 2017 11:02 AM The great American eclipse is finally here

But even as celestial bodies moved to align in the sky, terrestrial-bound bodies were scurrying in a mad last-minute scramble for the best vantage points to witness it. Procrastinators dashed from store to store in search of eclipse-safe glasses. Scientists nervously checked and rechecked their equipment at observatories and research airplanes across 2

August 21, 2017 8:35 AM Nigeria’s unity not negotiable – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday condemned recent comments and discussions, especially in the social media, which questioned Nigeria’s existence as a united country. “We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their 2

August 21, 2017 8:14 AM President Buhari in plea for Nigerian unity

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has addressed the nation following three months of medical leave in the UK. In a televised speech, Mr Buhari said he had followed events in Nigeria closely during his absence. He was "distressed" by calls for the dissolution of Nigeria, he said, urging Nigerians to come together. But the president failed to disclose 2

August 21, 2017 7:45 AM The Solar Eclipse: What to Expect

Because of planetary geometry, the total eclipse can last less than one minute in some places, and as long as two minutes and 41 seconds in others. The eclipse’s longest point of duration is near a small town called Makanda, Ill., population 600. Around 1:15 p.m. Eastern time, the total solar eclipse will first reach Oregon’s coast. Then it will race for the next 90 or so minutes 2

August 21, 2017 6:14 AM SADC sending special envoy to DRC as Zuma assumes chairmanship

Pretoria – The Southern African Development Community will be sending a former head of state to the Democratic Republic of Congo as a special envoy amidst increasing tensions in that country due to overdue elections. President Jacob Zuma, who assumed the SADC chairpersonship at this weekend’s summit, said in his closing address on Sunday that the summit 1

August 21, 2017 6:10 AM Nigeria's Buhari says separatists cross red line, unity not negotiable

ABUJA (Reuters) - Separatists calling for the breakup of Nigeria have crossed a red line and the country's unity is not negotiable, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday in his first speech since returning home after three months of medical leave in Britain. Ethnic tensions have surfaced in the last few months amid calls for a separate southeastern 1

August 21, 2017 5:19 AM (LEAD) S. Korea urges N.K. to end provocations as allies start military drills

SEOUL, Aug. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's unification ministry on Monday urged North Korea to suspend its provocations and come to the negotiation table as Pyongyang warned against Seoul and Washington's annual joint military drills. The Ministry of Unification said that any unusual movements by North Korea have not been detected. "The Ulchi Freedom Guardian 1

August 21, 2017 4:02 AM Grace Mugabe debacle casts pall over SADC summit

But while South Africa may have held a successful gathering of heads of state over the past 12 days, it remains to be seen if its relations with neighbouring Zimbabwe will be solidified going forward. The 37th Ordinary SADC Summit hosted by the Department of International Relations in Pretoria was almost overshadowed by the assault case of Zimbabwe’s 2

August 21, 2017 3:16 AM Here’s what to know about the total solar eclipse if you live in the Boston area

The continental United States will experience a total solar eclipse for the first time in 38 years on Monday. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon, traveling between Earth and the sun, aligns to completely cover the sun, leaving only its atmosphere, or corona, to be seen. Inside the 70-mile-wide path of totality—stretching from Oregon to South 2

August 21, 2017 2:01 AM Eclipse eve: Millions converge across US to see sun go dark

Millions of Americans converged on a narrow corridor stretching from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun Monday for a wondrous couple of minutes in the first total solar eclipse to sweep coast to coast in 99 years. Veteran eclipse watchers warned the uninitiated to get ready to be blown away. Planetariums and museums posted 3