posted by Paul Hamill on July 20, 2012 at 9:36 am
DIAA HADID / Associated Press
Muslims from Morocco to Afghanistan are steeling themselves for the toughest Ramadan in more than three decades. No food or drink, not even a sip of water, for 14 hours a day during the hottest time of the year
Kevin Wang / Medill News Service
Fearing that rising global oil demand and political turmoil in oil-rich regions could undermine U.S. national security, some retired military officers are urging America’s leaders to find alternative fuels to burn.
The Islamist rebel group that freed three European hostages in north Mali this week claimed Friday that they received a ransom of (EURO)15 million ($18.4 million) and the liberation of two imprisoned group members in exchange
Benjamin Kang Lim / Reuters
Impoverished North Korea is gearing up to experiment with agricultural and economic reforms after young leader Kim Jong-un and his powerful uncle purged the country’s top general for opposing change, a source with ties to both Pyongyang and Beijing said.
Bernard Momanyi of Capital FM (Nairobi)/All Africa
Following several recent attacks, police in Kenya are warning that Al Shabaab militants may be planning more strikes during the holy month of Ramadhan.
Egypt’s former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman died from a rare disease affecting the heart and kidneys, according to the U.S. clinic where he was undergoing medical tests at the time.
A lawmaker says about half of the 290 members of Iran’s parliament are backing a bill favoring the closing of the strategic Strait of Hormuz, passageway for a fifth of the world’s oil.
Former Tunisian President Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali has been sentenced in absentia to life in prison for “complicity in the murders of 43 protesters” during the uprising that toppled the Tunisian regime in 2011.
DONNA CASSATA / Associated Press
The House lashed out at Russia for its unwavering support for Syria, voting Thursday to stop the Pentagon from doing business with a Russian company that has armed Bashar Assad’s regime.
By ratifying the Law of the Sea Treaty there are significant and undeniable economic benefits to be had, not only in terms of job creation, but also in terms of enhancing American competitiveness and expanding U.S. commerce.
It is easy to assert that China is attempting to use soft power in a regional power play to thwart US objectives in the continent. This interpretation does not take into account China’s strategic objectives in Africa, which are primarily energy-based and needs-driven rather than security- or rent-seeking in nature.
Two weeks ago, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) achieved a milestone on the journey to commercializing fusion energy. On July 5, NIF, which is housed within the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), used lasers to deliver a record amount of energy to its target.
Testing biofuels on the Nimitz’s carrier strike group is sure to be a milestone in Navy history. Running a carrier strike group on mostly alternative fuels is a powerful expression of the Navy’s alternative energy plans.
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