World Briefs: Clinton splits with Obama over Arctic drill

Clinton splits with Obama over Arctic drill

WASHINGTON • In a split with the president she hopes to succeed, Mrs Hillary Clinton has expressed opposition to Arctic oil exploration.

United States President Barack Obama's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement on Monday announced final approval for Royal Dutch Shell for the first drill of its kind since a 2012 Shell Arctic project was plagued by problems.

In response to the news, Mrs Clinton tweeted on Tuesday that it is not worth the risk of drilling there.


Oldest 'modern' hand bone found in Africa

PARIS • A 1.85 million-year-old little finger bone from a human ancestor unearthed in East Africa has revealed the oldest "modern" hand ever found.

The discovery pushes back in time a key step in the evolution of human beings' ancestors, from tree-climbing foragers to tool-wielding hunters, scientists reported on Tuesday.

It also hints at the existence of a larger, more human-like creature than others known to have lived at the time in the same region - one of the hot spots of human origin - in modern-day Tanzania.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 20, 2015, with the headline 'World Briefs: Clinton splits with Obama over Arctic drill'. Print Edition | Subscribe