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Artículo Friday briefing: Artist who chained himself to block of marble has to be rescued after 19 days News

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Friday briefing: Artist who chained himself to block of marble has to be rescued after 19 days

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Other news nuggets include Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa's cabinet picks, potential ocean plastic pollution laws, and Elon Musk's battery unveiled

Anna Freeman

01 Diciembre 2017 12:36

Happy Friday, this is Anna getting you up-to-date before the weekend.

Burden remains - A Belgian man who chained himself to a block of marble to show the ‘burden of history’ from which artists cannot escape, was unable to free himself and had to be cut loose after 19 days. ‘This block was symbolic of history, the history of art, which I am trying to free myself from. I discovered that this is not possible. It is burden which I must always carry,’ he said.

Cabinet picks - Zimbabwe's new president Emmerson Mnangagwa has named his cabinet, appointing senior military figures to high-profile positions. Mr Mnangagwa has made Sibusiso Moyo, the general who appeared on state TV after the recent military takeover, the new foreign minister. Mr Mnangagwa was sworn in last week after Robert Mugabe agreed to resign. The man who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years stepped down after the military intervened following the sacking of Mr Mnangagwa as vice-president.

Elon Musk’s promise - The world’s largest lithium-ion battery has officially been turned on in South Australia in a development that promises to transform the production and storage of electricity. Elon Musk, the entrepreneur behind Tesla, delivered on his pledge to build the 100-megawatt facility on deadline or for free after the state was blacked out last year.

Ocean protection - A plan for zero tolerance of plastic pollution of the oceans may be agreed by nations at a UN environment summit. Governments are being asked to move towards a legal treaty banning plastic waste from entering the sea. At the moment ships are prohibited from dumping plastic overboard but there's no international law against plastics flooding into the sea from the land.

Submarine tragedy - Argentina has called off the rescue operation for its missing submarine 15 days after a reported explosion apparently sent it to the bottom of the Atlantic ocean off the coast of Patagonia. ‘No one will be rescued,’ said navy captain Enrique Balbi, who has been acting as official spokesperson for the rescue effort. The search operation for the ARA San Juan would continue in waters of up to 500 metres deep, he added.

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