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Where Is the Greed in Climate Change Markets?

Investors representing staggering sums of money gathered at the headquarters of United Nations to hear a day of discussions on climate risk and energy solutions this week. The packed room included bankers, pension fund executives, policy-makers and the usual crowd of climate change professionals largely made up of consultants that cycle in and out of public and private organizations wearing ...

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Obama, Turkish prime minister affirm cooperation

WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH’-jehp TY’-ihp UR’-doh-wahn) have spoken on the phone to discuss Syria, Iraq and Iran, and affirm their support for democracy and…

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Russian fuel ship nears ice-bound Alaska port

This US Coast Guard photo shows the Coast Guard Cutter Healy as it approach… A Russian ship carrying vital fuel to a remote Alaskan port could finally deliver its load Saturday after battling through some 300 (480 km) miles of Arctic ice, the US Coast Guard said. Helped by a US Coast Guard ice-breaker, the Russian tanker “Renda” was within ...

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How the Marines video made the Afghan war even tougher

In March I returned from Afghanistan’s Helmand province after handing about 12 square miles of villages and farmlands to the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, the unit that is allegedly responsible for recording a video of Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban insurgents. The actions of these few Marines have rightfully garnered widespread disdain, but for me the affront is ...

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Netherlands asks Denmark, Norway to join F-35 buy

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (R) greets Hans Hillen, the Netherland… The Netherlands has asked Denmark and Norway to join it in acquiring and maintaining future F-35 fighter jets, Dutch Minister Hans Hillen said Thursday after meetings at the Pentagon. The move was an example “of how far the Netherlands is prepared to go in cooperating with other countries ...

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Army officer recommends trial in WikiLeaks case

WASHINGTON — An Army officer recommended a general court-martial Thursday for a low-ranking intelligence analyst charged with causing the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history. Lt. Col. Paul Almanza’s recommendation to try Pfc. Bradley Manning on all 22 counts, including aiding the enemy, now goes up the chain of command for a final determination. Almanza sent his report ...

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Afghan drugs: Opium price rises by 133%

The price of Afghan opium rose dramatically in 2011, the UN has said. Opium poppy farmers in Afghanistan probably earned more than $1.4bn (£910m) last year – equivalent to 9% of the country’s GDP, it estimates. Prices started…

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Iran nuclear: Ali Larijani accepts Turkey talks offer

Iran has said it has agreed to talks with six world powers on its controversial nuclear programme, days after the UN confirmed Tehran was producing 20% enriched uranium. Visiting Turkey, parliament speaker Ali Larijani said he had accepted Ankara’s offer to try to restart the talks. Negotiations have stalled since a meeting in Istanbul a year ago. Analysts say 20% ...

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Japan’s Noda Names Okada as Deputy Premier

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reshuffled his Cabinet today to boost negotiations with the opposition over raising the national sales tax, as polls show rising discontent with his four-month-old administration. Former Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada was named Noda’s deputy premier, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters today in Tokyo. Naoki Tanaka replaced Yasuo Ichikawa, one of two ministers who ...

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U.S. builds up forces in Persian Gulf

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has quietly shifted combat troops and warships to the Middle East after the top U.S. commander in the region warned that he needed additional forces to deal with Iran and other potential threats, U.S. officials said. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, who heads U.S. Central Command, won White House approval for the…

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