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Technology | Stratospheric balloons to provide phone service for Kenya
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 1/31/19, 12:39 am

In 2011, using a simple weather balloon and some basic, off-the-shelf radio equipment, engineers at Alphabet’s research and development subsidiary, X, tried to show that balloons could provide internet and telecommunications coverage. By 2017 the technology of X’s Project Loon, as it was known, was mature enough to provide emergency internet service for hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico.

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U.S. airstrike targets al-Shabaab in Somalia

International | Plus, reports from the Philippines, Mexico, Syria, and more
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/21/19, 01:43 pm

SOMALIA: The U.S. military on Saturday carried out its deadliest airstrike in Somalia, killing 52 jihadists at an al-Shabaab stronghold—following a deadly terrorist attack in Nairobi last week and the jihadist group’s attack on Ethiopian troops near the joint U.S.-Kenya-Somalia base.

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Death toll rises from Kenyan terror attack

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/17/19, 11:25 am

Kenyan officials on Wednesday said 21 people died in Tuesday’s terror attack on a Nairobi hotel. Authorities investigating the incident discovered six more bodies at the scene, and one injured police officer died in the hospital, said Joseph Boinnet, inspector general of the National Police Service. The casualties included 16 Kenyans, one Briton, one American, and three other unidentified Africans, according to police. At least 28 others sustained injuries.

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