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Jews, Christians and Muslims unite to repair Mount Zion cemeteries - National - Israel News. ‘Fireball in sky’ triggers panic in city. The sighting of suspected fireball-like phenomenon, reportedly accompanied with booming sound in some cases, triggered panic across the city and its suburbs on Friday night.

‘Fireball in sky’ triggers panic in city

As news spread like wildfire, people came out of their homes in droves in many places with their eyes cast towards the sky. Similar sightings were reported from many parts of the city such as Vyttila, Kakkanad, Vypeen, Palarivattom, and Kathrikkadavu and even from suburbs such as Paravur, Kizhakkambalam, Mazhuvannoor, Kolancherry and Fort Kochi. Aneesha and Sumesh who were at a restaurant at Fort Kochi claimed to have sighted a lit-up sky reminiscent of fireworks at around 10 p.m.

“The sky soon turned blue as it happens just before rain. We felt as if it happened very close to us. Fire units were dispatched from the Gandhi Nagar unit following panic-stricken calls from residents at Vyttila. State Disaster Management Authority member Sekhar L. China's latest survey finds increase in wild giant pandas. (AP)—Wild giant pandas in China are doing well.

China's latest survey finds increase in wild giant pandas

According to a census by China's State Forestry Administration, the panda population has grown by 268 to a total of 1,864 since the last survey ending in 2003. Nearly three quarters of the pandas live in the southwestern province of Sichuan. The remaining pandas were found in the neighboring Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. China began surveying its giant pandas in the 1970s. The latest census began in 2011 and took three years to complete. The number of giant pandas in captivity grew by 211, more than double the previous survey figure, according to the census released Saturday. The administration said China has set up 27 new preservation areas for giant pandas, contributing to the growth in their numbers.

Economic development remains a threat to the rare animal and its habitat. Explore further: Largest genetic survey to date shows major success of giant panda breeding programs. ISIS Burns 8000 Rare Books and Manuscripts in Mosul. While the world was watching the Academy Awards ceremony, the people of Mosul were watching a different show.

ISIS Burns 8000 Rare Books and Manuscripts in Mosul

They were horrified to see ISIS members burn the Mosul public library. Among the many thousands of books it housed, more than 8,000 rare old books and manuscripts were burned. “ISIS militants bombed the Mosul Public Library. They used improvised explosive devices,” said Ghanim al-Ta'an, the director of the library. Notables in Mosul tried to persuade ISIS members to spare the library, but they failed. Related: Kurds Are Close to Retaking Mosul from ISIS The former assistant director of the library Qusai All Faraj said that the Mosul Public Library was established in 1921, the same year that saw the birth of the modern Iraq. During the US led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the library was looted and destroyed by mobs.

Related: 9 ISIS Weapons That Will Shock You “900 years ago, the books of the Arab philosopher Averroes were collected before his eyes...and burned. “What a pity! The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may re-shape Earth. CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) — From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever.

The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may re-shape Earth

What can't be seen is the battle raging thousands of feet (hundreds of meters) below to re-shape Earth. Water is eating away at the Antarctic ice, melting it where it hits the oceans. As the ice sheets slowly thaw, water pours into the sea — 130 billion tons of ice (118 billion metric tons) per year for the past decade, according to NASA satellite calculations. That's the weight of more than 356,000 Empire State Buildings, enough ice melt to fill more than 1.3 million Olympic swimming pools. And the melting is accelerating. In the worst case scenario, Antarctica's melt could push sea levels up 10 feet (3 meters) worldwide in a century or two, recurving heavily populated coastlines.

Parts of Antarctica are melting so rapidly it has become "ground zero of global climate change without a doubt," said Harvard geophysicist Jerry Mitrovica.