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Aviation calls on EU leaders to fix carbon tax: FT

LONDON (Reuters) – Seven leading European aviation companies have written to European political leaders warning about the implications of a recently introduced EU carbon tax, the Financial Times reported on Monday. The signatories, which include Airbus , British Airways, owned by…

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Assessing Fukushima, one year later

Yogi Berra supposedly said, “It’s tough making predictions, especially about the future.” He was right. However, there is an out for forecasters trying to predict long-term medical consequences of the Fukushima nuclear facility accident: The final reckoning will take about 50 years; they are unlikely to be around to be judged wrong. With this reassurance in mind, we think the ...

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Afghan president moves closer to agreement on post-2014 US pact

Hamid Karzai says he will sign deal defining the country’s long-term relationship with America Afghan President Hamid Karzai addresses a gathering of women to mark International Women’s Day at Amani High School in Kabul. Photograph: Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Sunday he would meet western demands to sign by May a much-delayed pact defining the country’s ...

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New Israeli strike kills Gaza boy

Gaza City: A fresh Israeli air raid on Gaza killed a Palestinian schoolboy yesterday and an elderly man, raising the death toll to 18 in less than 48 hours and clouding hopes of restoring a tacit truce. The spike in violence erupted on Friday afternoon when an Israeli strike killed the leader of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), sparking a ...

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Nicolas Sarkozy courts rightwing voters with Schengen zone threat

French president who is trailing behind rival François Hollande makes hardline speech on immigration in mega-rally Nicolas Sarkozy steps up to the podium at a mega-rally in Villepinte. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images Nicolas Sarkozy has stepped up his courtship of hard-right voters by threatening to pull France out of the EU’s borderless, passport-free Schengen zone unless Brussels clamps down on ...

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Kofi Annan fails to persuade Syria’s Al Assad

Dubai: Syrian President Bashar Al Assad told UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan on Saturday that no political solution was possible in Syria while "terrorist" groups were destabilising the country. "Syria is ready to make a success of any honest effort to find a solution for the events it is witnessing," state news agency Sana quoted Al Assad as telling his ...

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China records huge February trade deficit

China swung into a huge trade deficit of $31.48 billion in February as oil imports rocketed, according to the latest customs data. China is normally a net exporter of goods — it recorded a surplus of $27.28 billion in January — but total monthly imports rose 39.6 percent year-on-year to $145.96 billion, with exports only going…

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Israeli air strikes kill 12 in Gaza

AFP – Twelve Palestinians, most of them fighters, were killed and at least 20 wounded in a series of Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medics said early Saturday. The Israeli raids came as Palestinians fired dozens of rockets and mortar rounds into southern Israel starting Friday morning, injuring four people, one seriously, Israeli military sources said. One ...

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Though One More Rally Is Set, a Protest Wanes in Post-Election Russia

MOSCOW — Excessive cheerfulness is not a trait generally associated with Russians, and Russian intellectuals in particular, which is one reason this city’s three-month-old opposition movement has been so unusual. The rallies that began in December were undergirded by a joyful confidence, as if the participants knew deep down that they had already triumphed over Vladimir V. Putin. Two weeks ...

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Japan one year on: A journey through a world shaken to the core

It began with the huge quake that struck off the coast of the city of 71,000 at 2:46pm. Less than an hour later, Mr Sakurai was on the roof of the city office, squinting toward the sea about six miles away. "We could see this huge cloud of dust rising into the air from the Pacific. I asked someone, ‘Is ...

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