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South American floods kill 12, force mass evacuations

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AFTER THE TORNADO. People walk past a car turned upside down by a tornado in Dolores, Uruguay on April 16, 2016. Nicolas Garcia/AFP

Argentina, Chile and Uruguay have all been hit by the deluge, which has inundated towns, taken out bridges, blocked roads and cut off water supplies in recent days

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Apr. 21, 2016) — Severe storms and flooding across South America’s “southern cone” have killed at least 12 people and forced thousands to evacuate, with more bad weather on the way.

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DNA rice breakthrough raises ‘green revolution’ hopes

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AGRICULTURAL TREASURES. In this photograph taken on October 10, 2015, gene bank manager Flora de Guzman checks rice samples at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Laguna, south of Manila. Noel Celis/AFP
Over the next few years farmers are expected to have new genome sequencing technology at their disposal, helping to offset a myriad of problems that threaten to curtail production of the grain that feeds half of humanity

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines (Feb. 15, 2016) — Rice-growing techniques learned through thousands of years of trial and error are about to be turbocharged with DNA technology in a breakthrough hailed by scientists as a potential second “green revolution”.

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