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UN Security Council, Iraq, Battery Technology

Dated: 17 Oct 2014
Posted by Christine Chan
Categoiry: International, Security, Technology

UN Security Council: Venezuela was elected Thursday to a two-year term on the U.N. Security Council, overcoming long-standing U.S. opposition to its membership on the world body’s premier security panel and setting the stage for a potential clash over issues ranging from Syria to Ukraine.  “This triumph is dedicated to commander Hugo Chávez,” Ramírez added, recalling the former Venezuelan leader’s 2007 quest to resume a campaign for a Security Council seat following Venezuela’s 2006 defeat as a result of American diplomatic maneuvers. The tribute was a sign of Chávez’s enduring role in Venezuelan politics. His daughter, María Gabriela Chávez, a socialite who has never held an actual job, will be acting Caracas’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations.

Iraq: ISIS attacks in predominantly Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad, which included the detonation of two car bombs, left dozens of people dead on Thursday. Iraqi authorities imposed a curfew on the besieged city of Ramadi in Anbar province Friday. Officials there say ISIS now controls as much as 80% of the province and is within eight miles of Bagdad. In related news, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has also said that ISIS fighters are being trained to fly captured fighter jets, US intelligence officials did not comment.

Battery Technology: Scientists at Nanyang Technology University (NTU) have developed ultra-fast-charging batteries that can be recharged up to 70 percent in only two minutes.   The new-generation batteries also have a long lifespan of over 20 years, more than 10 times compared to existing lithium-ion batteries.

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