2015.11.17

News Headlines - 17 November 2015

Growing number of US states seek to block acceptance of Syrian refugees | The Guardian

A growing list of governors and lawmakers are moving to block US acceptance of Syrian refugees, inciting outrage from the Muslim and immigrant communities who say it is Muslims who have suffered the most from Isis attacks. Legal experts, meanwhile, warn that many governors’ positions exceed their state power.

UK annual consumer prices slip for a second month in October | Reuters

British annual consumer prices edged down for a second month in a row in October, according to official figures on Tuesday that leave the Bank of England under no pressure to raise interest rates soon.

Japan’s recovery hits another speed bump | The Economist

THE Japanese economy is back in recession, trumpet the headlines. In the third quarter of this year, the sick man of Asia contracted at an annual pace of 0.8%—a bigger shrinkage than forecasters had expected. The decline in real GDP was the second quarterly fall in a row; hence the headlines.

Half of world's museum specimens are wrongly labelled, Oxford University finds - Telegraph

As many as half of all natural history specimens held in the some of the world’s greatest institutions are probably wrongly labelled, according to experts at Oxford University and the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.

El Nino Worst in Over 15 Years, Severe Impact Likely

The UN weather agency has warned that this year's "El Nino" phenomenon is the worst in more than 15 years.
World Meteorological Association chief Michel Jarraud said that this El Nino which resurfaced a few months ago has already caused severe droughts and flooding. And it is expected to become even more powerful by the end of the year.


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