posted by Galen Petruso on November 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm
8 November 2012
BBC News/ Middle East
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) — the only international aid agency able to operate within Syria — has said it cannot keep up with the deteriorating situation inside the country. The nature of the conflict makes it difficult for the ICRC to plan its operations and reach victims.
Sui-Lee Wee and Ben Blanchard / Reuters
Outgoing Chinese President Hu Jintao warned the country’s new leaders that graft threatens the ruling Communist Party, saying that “combating corruption and promoting political integrity” must be a commitment of the new leadership.
Simon Mundy / Financial Times
Two of South Korea’s leading presidential candidates on Thursday promised to overhaul relations with North Korea if elected in December, and to aim for a renewal of top-level talks.
Asia One News / AFP
Iran, reeling from international sanctions over its nuclear programme and facing four more years with Barak Obama as leader of arch-enemy the United Sates, does not rule out direct talks with Washington but says they will not come overnight.
Andres Cala/Energy Tribune
It looks as if the U.S. may be uniting around an increasingly realistic view of the health, environmental and climate costs of burning coal. Add in the economic forces acting against coal at a time of low natural-gas prices, and there’s reason to think policy makers might now be encouraged to enact a tax on carbon emissions as part of a broader tax-reform package to help reduce the deficit.
After decades when the concept of energy independence seemed a pipe dream, the river of oil flowing from shale formations in North Dakota and Texas is reshaping U.S. energy policy. With oil and gas output increasing, the United States is quickly entering an era where it will have to decide how to manage its newfound energy wealth.
Nichola Groom and Braden Reddall / Reuters
Energy producers braced for tighter regulation in President Barack Obama’s second term, with coal companies expecting more emissions restrictions and drillers anticipating less access to federal land even as his platform promotes energy independence.
Ben Geman / The Hill
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that he hopes the Senate will act to address climate change. But he didn’t say how.
Hours after U.S. President Barack Obama was re-elected, the United States backed a U.N. committee’s call on Wednesday to renew debate over a draft international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global conventional arms trade. The month-long talks at U.N. headquarters broke off in July.
Judy Dempsey / Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Any doubts you might have harbored about the effectiveness of the EU’s soft power have been confirmed by a devastating report by the European Court of Auditors. The detailed report, published last week, gives a blow-by-blow account of the EU’s failure in Kosovo.
Geoff Brumfiel / Nature
After an unsuccessful campaign to demonstrate the principles of a futuristic fusion power plant, the world’s most powerful laser facility is set to change course and emphasize its nuclear weapons research.
Former Governor of New Jersey and EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman discussed the importance of climate change for President Obama’s second term.
Nick Cunningham wrote an article for E!Sharp, an online publication based in Europe, discussing Russia’s waning power over European energy
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