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  • Obama urges voters to move history in the right direction

    04.11.2016 | US President Barack Obama said here on Thursday that voters would have a chance on November 8 to move history in the right direction by casting a ballot for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton."Hillary Clinton will move us forward if you give her a chance," Obama as saying in Miami on the campus of the Florida International University.Obama tried during his speech to leverage his own popularity to generate enthusiasm for Clinton, who, he said had made him a better President and would continue his work."Fairness is on the ballot. Decency is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot. All the progress we have made is on the ballot," Obama said in his first of two appearances in Florida -- the other being in Jacksonville -- on Thursday.He then went on to mention the Democratic presidential nominee's support for comprehensive immigration reform that would provide a path to citizenship for more than 11 million undocumented migrants, a higher minimum wage and equal pay for equal work.By contrast, he said Trump was "uniquely unqualified" and "temperamentally unfit" to be President.Obama slammed Trump for not paying taxes for years, advocating torture and proposing a ban on Muslim immigration into the United States.He also ridiculed the notion that Trump would be the voice of working Americans."This is the guy who spent 70 years -- his whole life -- born with a silver spoon, showing no respect for working people. He's spent a lot of time with celebrities. Spends a lot of time hanging out with the really wealthy folk. But you do not see him hanging out with working people unless they are cleaning his room or mowing the fairways on his golf club," Obama said.The President also said that a 2005 tape capturing lewd remarks by Trump, who said his celebrity status allowed him to grope women with impunity, and the Republican candidate's insults directed at minorities, immigrants and Muslims revealed character traits that would not go away if he were elected."Let me tell you something about this office that I've been in for eight years. Who you are, what you are does not change after you occupy the Oval Office. All it does is magnify who you are. All it does is shine a spotlight on who you are," EFE news quoted Obama as saying.

  • Trump gains lead over Clinton in new poll

    01.11.2016 | Republican nominee Donald Trump for the first time gained a slim lead over Democratic contender Hillary Clinton, the latest poll in the US elections showed on Tuesday, with less than a week for polling day.The latest ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, showed that 46 per cent of likely voters support Trump, with 45 per cent for Clinton. While vote preferences have held essentially steady, the latest poll marks the ebbing away of the strong enthusiasm that the former Secretary of State enjoyed.Trump enjoys a 0.7 percentage point lead over Clinton. In the share of voters who are very enthusiastic about their choice, Trump now leads Clinton by 8 points. But, compared to past elections it is low for both of them -- 53 per cent for Trump, 45 per cent for Clinton.Strong enthusiasm for Clinton has lost 7 points since the start of tracking. According to ABC online, this is possibly an after-effect of the renewed controversy over her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

  • Obama to campaign almost everyday in final week

    28.10.2016 | President Barack Obama will campaign for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton almost everyday in the final week leading to the November 8 election, a White House aide said.Obama will also ramp up his efforts to boost Democrats in down-ballot races through additional travel, robocalls, radio spots and endorsements, the aide said on Thursday.He will court the millennial vote through late-night shows and online outlets. He's scheduled to appear on "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee" on October 31, ABC News reportedThe aide said the president plans to focus on positive messaging, making his case for Clinton and looking forward to uniting the country after the divisive election.But he will also continue to speak out against Republican nominee Donald Trump's claims that the election is rigged.Obama will returns to Florida on Friday where he has not only tried to bolster Clinton, but also seemed all too eager to take aim at Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who is being challenged by Democratic Representative Patrick Murphy, the aide added.

  • Four killed in Australia theme park

    25.10.2016 |  At least four people were killed on Tuesday in an accident at a theme park in Australia's Gold Coast city, police said.The incident occurred on the Thunder River Rapids ride at the Dreamworld theme park, Dreamworld said they were working "quickly to establish the facts around the incident and is working closely with emergency authorities and police to do this".The Thunder River Rapids ride is described on Dreamworld's website as a "moderate thrill"."Travel down a foamy water track past the Gold Rush country, speeding up to 45 km/h through the turbulent rapids," the website reads.It said up to six people could be seated per ride and riders must be 120 cm tall.It is unclear exactly how the accident occurred, but there are reports the craft flipped and trapped the passengers, the police added.In April, emergency services said a man nearly drowned after he was thrown from the log ride at Dreamworld.In September, several people had to be evacuated from a rollercoaster at nearby Seaworld during the school holiday season. But no one was injured.

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  • Obama urges voters to move history in the right direction
    Obama urges voters to move history in the right direction

    04.11.2016 |US President Barack Obama said here on Thursday that voters would have a chance on November 8 to move history in the right direction by casting a ballot for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton."Hillary Clinton will move us forward if you give her a chance," Obama as saying in Miami on the campus of the Florida International University.Obama tried during his speech to leverage his own popularity to generate enthusiasm for Clinton, who, he said had made him a better President and would continue his work."Fairness is on the ballot. Decency is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot. All the progress we have made is on the ballot," Obama said in his first of two appearances in Florida -- the other being in Jacksonville -- on Thursday.He then went on to mention the Democratic presidential nominee's support for comprehensive immigration reform that would provide a path to citizenship for more than 11 million undocumented migrants, a higher minimum wage and equal pay for equal work.By contrast, he said Trump was "uniquely unqualified" and "temperamentally unfit" to be President.Obama slammed Trump for not paying taxes for years, advocating torture and proposing a ban on Muslim immigration into the United States.He also ridiculed the notion that Trump would be the voice of working Americans."This is the guy who spent 70 years -- his whole life -- born with a silver spoon, showing no respect for working people. He's spent a lot of time with celebrities. Spends a lot of time hanging out with the really wealthy folk. But you do not see him hanging out with working people unless they are cleaning his room or mowing the fairways on his golf club," Obama said.The President also said that a 2005 tape capturing lewd remarks by Trump, who said his celebrity status allowed him to grope women with impunity, and the Republican candidate's insults directed at minorities, immigrants and Muslims revealed character traits that would not go away if he were elected."Let me tell you something about this office that I've been in for eight years. Who you are, what you are does not change after you occupy the Oval Office. All it does is magnify who you are. All it does is shine a spotlight on who you are," EFE news quoted Obama as saying.

  • Trump gains lead over Clinton in new poll
    Trump gains lead over Clinton in new poll

    01.11.2016 |Republican nominee Donald Trump for the first time gained a slim lead over Democratic contender Hillary Clinton, the latest poll in the US elections showed on Tuesday, with less than a week for polling day.The latest ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, showed that 46 per cent of likely voters support Trump, with 45 per cent for Clinton. While vote preferences have held essentially steady, the latest poll marks the ebbing away of the strong enthusiasm that the former Secretary of State enjoyed.Trump enjoys a 0.7 percentage point lead over Clinton. In the share of voters who are very enthusiastic about their choice, Trump now leads Clinton by 8 points. But, compared to past elections it is low for both of them -- 53 per cent for Trump, 45 per cent for Clinton.Strong enthusiasm for Clinton has lost 7 points since the start of tracking. According to ABC online, this is possibly an after-effect of the renewed controversy over her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

  • Obama to campaign almost everyday in final week
    Obama to campaign almost everyday in final week

    28.10.2016 |President Barack Obama will campaign for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton almost everyday in the final week leading to the November 8 election, a White House aide said.Obama will also ramp up his efforts to boost Democrats in down-ballot races through additional travel, robocalls, radio spots and endorsements, the aide said on Thursday.He will court the millennial vote through late-night shows and online outlets. He's scheduled to appear on "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee" on October 31, ABC News reportedThe aide said the president plans to focus on positive messaging, making his case for Clinton and looking forward to uniting the country after the divisive election.But he will also continue to speak out against Republican nominee Donald Trump's claims that the election is rigged.Obama will returns to Florida on Friday where he has not only tried to bolster Clinton, but also seemed all too eager to take aim at Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who is being challenged by Democratic Representative Patrick Murphy, the aide added.

  • Four killed in Australia theme park
    Four killed in Australia theme park

    25.10.2016 | At least four people were killed on Tuesday in an accident at a theme park in Australia's Gold Coast city, police said.The incident occurred on the Thunder River Rapids ride at the Dreamworld theme park, Dreamworld said they were working "quickly to establish the facts around the incident and is working closely with emergency authorities and police to do this".The Thunder River Rapids ride is described on Dreamworld's website as a "moderate thrill"."Travel down a foamy water track past the Gold Rush country, speeding up to 45 km/h through the turbulent rapids," the website reads.It said up to six people could be seated per ride and riders must be 120 cm tall.It is unclear exactly how the accident occurred, but there are reports the craft flipped and trapped the passengers, the police added.In April, emergency services said a man nearly drowned after he was thrown from the log ride at Dreamworld.In September, several people had to be evacuated from a rollercoaster at nearby Seaworld during the school holiday season. But no one was injured.

  • Australia mulls shark nets after series of attacks
    Australia mulls shark nets after series of attacks

    24.10.2016 |The Australian government plans to introduce a new bill in November to legalise a six-month trial of shark nets on the North Coast, following a series of shark attacks here in recent months.These nets would be deployed on the North Coast beaches before the Christmas holidays after Parliament passes the legislation, New South Wales Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair said the state would introduce a dedicated legislation to regulate the mesh nets on a trial basis."No one measure can stop shark attacks, but this trial of traditional nets will complement our existing $12.17 million Shark Management Strategy, and help reduce the risk of further attacks," Blair said in a statement."Fisheries experts from Department of Primary Industries are investigating how mesh nets might be improved to avoid unnecessary hazard to marine life," Blair saidHowever, protecting human life is the first priority, he said.The announcement came right after a 36-year-old surfer suffered wounds on his thigh during a shark attack at Broken Head near Byron Bay on Monday morning.A statement issued by Surf Life Saving NSW said that all beaches across Byron Bay including the patrolled main beach would remain closed for at least the next 24 hours following the attack.There were 13 shark attacks reported at NSW beaches since February. 

  • Trump to deliver major speech on immigration
    Trump to deliver major speech on immigration

    29.08.2016 |Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for the upcoming US Presidential elections will give a long-awaited speech on illegal immigration on Wednesday, after postponing it several times."I will be making a major speech on illegal immigration on Wednesday in the great state of Arizona. Big crowds, looking for a larger venue," Trump said on his Twitter account on Sunday evening.There is speculation in the country as to whether Trump, as it has appeared at times this week, was willing to tone down his hard proposals on migration policies in order to attract Hispanic voters, who largely favour his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, EFE news reported.The big question was whether the property magnate will confirm in the speech that he will officially retract his plan to use a "deportation force" to expel the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants who live in the US.In the final stage of his campaign, the New York billionaire is seeking to win the votes of African-American and Hispanic voters, two key constituencies with which Clinton claims a wide lead in the polls.Thus, Trump will soon campaign in Hispanic and African-American communities."We're planning on additional events in communities of colour. We're trying to really see the best in these communities and leverage it in terms of continuing success and listening to their concerns, but also their success stories," Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said on Sunday.

  • Canada's Drouin wins high jump gold
    Canada's Drouin wins high jump gold

    17.08.2016 | Canada's Derek Drouin has recorded his best leap of the year to win gold in the men's high jump at the Rio Olympics.The world champion cleared 2.38m at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday to beat Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim, whose best effort was 2.36m,  news agency reported.Ukraine's Bohdan Bondarenko grabbed bronze with 2.33m.Drouin put in a flawless display, clearing the bar in each of his six attempts.The 26-year-old claimed the bronze medal in the event at the London 2012 Games.

  • FBI to submit Clinton's email probe notes to Congress
    FBI to submit Clinton's email probe notes to Congress

    16.08.2016 |The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) would soon submit interview notes from its probe into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private email setup to the Congress.The contents would also include copies of classified emails handled via her private email account along with summaries of FBI's interviews with several senior Clinton aides,  news agency reported.Copies of the 110 emails in 52 email chains that had contained classified information at the time when they were sent or received were also expected to be handed over to US lawmakers, although the documents were expected to be highly redacted.However, all material would not be released publicly and would be presented to the lawmakers as classified information.In March 2015, Clinton acknowledged that she had exchanged about 60,000 emails from her private email account during her stint as the Secretary of State in President Barack Obama's administration, among which about half were personal and thus deleted.All emails were sent and received via a private email server based at Clinton's home.In response to requests from the State Department, the Clinton camp turned over the other half, 30,000 emails in total, to the State Department in December 2014.The controversy surrounding Clinton's email practices burst into public view in August 2015 after the inspector general for the intelligence community revealed that two of the thousands of emails held by Clinton contained top-secret information.The finding triggered an FBI investigation into whether Clinton and her aides mishandled classified information via the private email setup.After a yearlong probe, FBI Director James Comey said in July that the agency would not recommend criminal charges against Clinton. However, he called Clinton and her team "extremely careless" in handling sensitive information. 

  • British MPs given Mossad self-defence training after Jo Cox murder
    British MPs given Mossad self-defence training after Jo Cox murder

    15.08.2016 | British MPs are being taught unarmed street-fighting techniques used by the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad in a bid to protect themselves from stalkers, terrorists, and political extremists in the light of Jo Cox's murder, it was reported on Monday.According to the Telegraph, the self-defence training known as “Krav Maga” -- Hebrew for “contact combat” -- combines jiu jitsu, judo, boxing, and street fighting.It teaches MPs how to defend themselves against attacks, including swinging punches to the head, a bottle, glass, or ashtray to the head, and a “slash with a knife, most commonly a 3-4 inch lock blade or kitchen utility knife”. They will also learn how to disarm a lone-wolf attacker.The training comes in the wake of the brutal murder of Jo Cox, a Labour member of parliament who was shot and stabbed in her Batley and Spen constituency in June.The classes are being provided by Parli-Training, a company which normally provides advice on lobbying and speech writing.A report earlier this year found that four out of five MPs had been victims of abusive, intrusive, or aggressive behaviour.In June, security chiefs came under fire for ignoring warnings that MPs needed more security protection after saying they were “busy people” who did not have time for extra advice or training.

  • Britain puts off decision on first n-plant in 20 years
    Britain puts off decision on first n-plant in 20 years

    29.07.2016 |Plans to build the first new British nuclear plant in 20 years have suffered an unexpected delay after the government on Friday postponed a final decision.French firm EDF, which is financing most of the 18 billion pounds ($23 billion) Hinkley Point project in Somerset, approved the funding at a board meeting on Thursday, BBC reported.However, the government then said it needed to review the project.The GMB general trade union described the delay as "bewildering and bonkers"."(Prime Minister) Theresa May's decision to review the go-ahead on Hinkley Point is bewildering and bonkers," BBC quoted Justin Bowden, the GMB Union's national secretary for energy, as saying."It is a gross error of judgment and must be reversed," Bowden added.Contracts were due to be signed on Friday.Critics of the plan have also warned of environmental damage and potential escalating costs.They were also concerned that the plant is being built by foreign governments.One-third of the 18 billion pounds cost is being provided by Chinese investors. China General Nuclear Power Corporation said it remained committed to the project, BBC added.Hinkley Point is expected to provide 7 per cent of the UK's total electricity requirement.

  • Prince's family announce official tribute show
    Prince's family announce official tribute show

    29.07.2016 |Late pop icon Prince -- who was found dead from an overdose in April at the age of 57 -- will be honoured at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on October 13, his siblings have announced.Prince's family said they "have been moved by the tremendous love and support of Prince's friends and fans around the world" and are "excited" at the prospect of the official tribute show, reports. They said in a statement: "We are excited for the opportunity to bring everyone together for the official family celebration of Prince's life, music and legacy, and there is no better place to do it than his hometown of Minneapolis."We are honoured by the artists who will pay tribute and grateful to those that have worked so hard to make this celebration possible," the statement added. Tickets for the show will go on sale next month, and performers will be announced on a rolling basis.

  • Hillary most qualified to lead the US, says Obama
    Hillary most qualified to lead the US, says Obama

    28.07.2016 |"There has never been a man or a woman, not me, not Bill (Clinton), more qualified to be president", declared US President Barack Obama while endorsing Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination on Wednesday night. Making a surprise appearance at the ongoing Democratic National Convention here, Obama praised his one-time rival, Clinton, whom he defeated eight years ago, as the candidate who could accomplish all that needs yet to be done.He proudly listed his achievements and said more was needed to be accomplished and Hillary Clinton was the leader to do it. "Our country is stronger, more prosperous than when we started," he said and ridiculed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's assertions that the US was a failing "crime scene".He also praised former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders for his efforts to end the role of money in politics and to promote a progressive agenda. Clinton has been caricatured by both the right and the left, he said.  "She has been accused of everything you can imagine, and some things you cannot," he said.He acknowledged that the former secretary of state had made mistakes, but asked who has not?  His portrait of Clinton was a tough, focused leader, who also was compassionate. He called her "a mother and grandmother who would do everything to see our children succeed."

  • Obama warns Trump could win, slams his ignorance of the world
    Obama warns Trump could win, slams his ignorance of the world

    28.07.2016 |US President Barack Obama has said there was a possibility of Republican Party nominee Donald Trump becoming his successor and warned that the real-estate magnate lacks a basic knowledge of the world and "doesn't seem to have an interest in learning"."Anything is possible," Efe news quoted Obama as telling The Today Show's Savannah Guthrie when asked if Trump could be elected in November."What I think is scary is a President who doesn't know their stuff and doesn't seem to have an interest in learning what they don't know," the head of state said in the interview that NBC aired on Wednesday morning.In his press conferences and the Republican debates, Trump has shown he lacks a "basic knowledge about the world, or what a nuclear triad is, or where various countries are, or, you know, the difference between Sunni and Shia in the Muslim world", Obama said."Those are things that he doesn't know and hasn't seemed to spend a lot of time trying to find out about."He also said the magnate was wrong to assert that he alone can solve the United States' problems because "that's not how our founders designed our system"."We're not a government where some strong man orders people around and banishes enemies. I think that it's important for us to remember that we live in a democracy. And by definition, then, the way we solve problems is by everybody participating and arguing and occasionally having to compromise," the President said.Obama, who on Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia will make the case for electing his party's nominee, Hillary Clinton, said Trump "is somebody who likes attention, maybe surprised himself that he got this far" in the presidential race."So, my advice to Democrats -- and I don't have to give this advice to Hillary Clinton, because she already knows it -- is you stay worried until all those votes are cast and counted," Efe news quoted the President as saying."One of the dangers in an election like this is that people don't take the challenge seriously. They stay home. And we end up getting the unexpected," he added.

  • Hillary Clinton nominated for President; husband hails 'change-maker'
    Hillary Clinton nominated for President; husband hails 'change-maker'

    27.07.2016 |Hillary Clinton wrestled her way into history on Tuesday becoming the first woman to be nominated by a major political party for the President of the United States and was hailed by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, as "the best darn change-maker I ever met".Her insurgent rival in the Democratic Party, Bernie Sanders, put a dramatic end to a fractious campaign by personally having her nominated unanimously by acclamation at the party convention here.Hillary came on a video link to thank the Democratic convention delegates and said, "I can't believe we just put the biggest crack in the glass ceiling yet."If she is elected in November, she will join Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh as women leading major nations -- 50 years after a woman, Indira Gandhi, became India's Prime Minister.Her nomination came 24 years after her husband's and eight years after her first bid. In 2008 she was thought to have an easy road to the White House, but President Barack Obama emerged virtually out of nowhere to walk away with the nomination and eventually made history by becoming the first African-American to win the presidency.The convention that started on Monday in disarray with the party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz having resigned over the weekend after a leak of internal emails showed the leadership undermining Sanders, and his supporters trying to disrupt the meeting, hit a high note on Tuesday by the time Bill Clinton spoke. The boos and jeers of Sanders' supporters faded away and the popular President was greeted with a standing ovation.In a sentimental speech that began with being drawn by her magnetism when he first saw Hillary at Yale University in 1971, Bill Clinton traced their courtship and their life that took them once to the White House and her, afterwards, to the Senate and the State Department. "We have been through good times and bad, through joy and heartbreak," he said.Bill Clinton spoke of the two rejections he received when he proposed marriage to her and the third time he got lucky when she accepted him after he had bought a house she had fancied. He recounted her career as an activist for the causes of children and for civil rights and her eventual rise to Secretary of State. She is trusted and respected by world leaders, he added."Knowing her is one of the greatest gifts she ever gave me," he said.In keeping with the tradition of the nominee not coming on stage till the last day of the convention, Hillary Clinton spoke by a video link. "If there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say I may become the first woman President but one of you is next," she said.When the voting results of all the states and territories were announced, Sanders asked to suspend the process and nominate her by acclamation without counting the delegate votes. The convention immediately approved the nomination with loud cheers.However, some of his supporters persisted in opposing Clinton and shouted their opposition.The formal nominating session began with Tulsi Gabbard, the first and only Hindu to be elected to Congress, invoking Mahatma Gandhi to formally nominate Sanders, the progressive with broad appeal.Gabbard spoke of the revolutionary changes Sanders brought to the political discourse with his progressive, anti-establishment agenda, and said the movement would continue. She quoted Mahatma Gandhi, "A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.""We will fight for the change we need and we will never forget our leader," she said.Gabbard resigned as the Vice Chair of the Democratic Party in February to openly work for the election of Sanders.In the November election, Hillary Clinton will be locked in a nasty race with Republican Party's Donald Trump, who has been accused of being anti-woman. He loomed as an ominous presence at the Convention as speaker after speaker hit out at his opposition to abortion rights and maternity benefits, his unabashedly sexist remarks about women, and what they asserted were his extremely negative statements about immigrants and Muslims.Trump and the Clintons, though, were once friends as fixtures on New York's social scene. They even attended Trump's third wedding to Slovenian immigrant Melania. But once he began running for President, Trump has unleashed a torrent of vitriol against Clinton whom he now calls "Crooked Hillary".Earlier as the counting of delegate votes from states and territories was underway, a young Indian woman, Sruthi Palaniappan introduced Iowa's vote announcement. India West newspaper reported that Palaniappan, an 18-year-old high school student, is the youngest Indian American delegate at the Convention. Her father, Palaniappan Andiappan, is a member of the Convention's credentials committee, the newspaper said.Sanders won the majority only in 11 states and territories although he polled 12 million votes to Clinton's 15.8 million in the primaries and caucuses.His state, Vermont, passed on its alphabetical turn to announce its vote and after all the states had announced theirs, its leaders took their turn and announced a majority for him. Sanders then dramatically asked to suspend the vote and nominate Clinton by acclamation.But the party still has to get all his supporters on board as some have persisted in opposing the Clinton nomination. Despite calls for unity from Sanders, his diehard supporters held up a banner predicting a defeat for the party because it rejected Sanders. 

  • Humans, climate change led to Ice Age giants' extiction
    Humans, climate change led to Ice Age giants' extiction

    19.06.2016 |Researchers have found that a perfect storm of a rapidly warming climate and human activities killed giant Ice Age species including elephant-sized sloth and powerful sabre-toothed cats that once roamed the plains of Patagonia.Human activity that gradually lead to the warming of climate caused the extinction of the megafauna around 12,300 years ago, said the researchers."The study shows that human colonisation didn't immediately result in extinctions, but only as long as it stayed cold," said lead researcher Alan Cooper, professor at the University of Adelaide in Australia.Species such as the South American horse, giant jaguar and sabre-toothed cat, and the enormous one-tonne short-faced bear (the largest land-based mammalian carnivore) were found widely across the South American country of Patagonia, but seemed to disappear shortly after humans arrived.The pattern of rapid human colonisation through the Americas, coinciding with contrasting temperature trends in each continent, allowed the researchers to disentangle the relative impact of human arrival and climate change."More than 1,000 years of human occupation passed before a rapid warming event occurred, and then the megafauna were extinct within a hundred years," Cooper added in the paper published in the journal Science Advances.The only large species to survive were the ancestors of present day llama and alpaca, the researchers said."The ancient genetic data show that only the late arrival in Patagonia of a population of guanacos from the north saved the species, all other populations became extinct," explained Jessica Metcalf from the University of Colorado-Boulder, in the US."In 1936 Fell's cave, a small rock shelter in Patagonia, was the first site in the world to show that humans had hunted Ice Age megafauna. So it seems appropriate that we're now using the bones from the area to reveal the key role of climate warming, and humans, in the megafaunal extinctions," noted Fabiana Martin from University of Magallanes in Chile.The team studied ancient DNA extracted from radiocarbon-dated bones and teeth found in caves across Patagonia, and Tierra del Fuego, to trace the genetic history of the populations.

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