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Beijing’s smog: A tale of two cities

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Beijing (CNN)The first thing Jiang Wang does when she wakes up in the morning is check on her daughter to make sure she’s breathing clean air. Joshua Berlinger, Steve George and Serenitie Wang CNN Next, it’s time to start making breakfast. She’s already made sure all the groceries come from an organic farm. She’ll wash her produce with… Beijing’s smog: A tale of… Read More »

Hong Kong’s Lam and Tsang get nod to run in chief executive race

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Hong Kong’s Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Financial Secretary John Tsang stepped down to run for the chief executive… BENNY KUNG Asia Times China approved the resignations of two leading government officials in Hong Kong, allowing the duo to run for the top job of the… Hong Kong’s Lam… Read More »

Which Martin Luther King Are We Celebrating Today?

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Newburyport, Mass. — Every year on the third Monday of January, Americans of all races, backgrounds and ideologies celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jason Sokol The New York Times He is rightly lionized and sanctified by whites as well as blacks, by Republicans as well as Democrats. It is easy to forget that, until…. Which Martin Luther King… Read More »

Climate change: 90% of rural Australians say their lives are already affected

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Overwhelming majority believe they are living with the effects of warming and 46% say coal-fired power should be phased… Calla Wahlquist The Guardian Ninety per cent of people living in rural and regional Australia believe they are already experiencing the impacts of climate change and 46% believe coal-fired… Climate change: 90%… Read More »

Implementing the Iran Nuclear Deal: A Status Report

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The one-year-old Iran nuclear deal has succeeded in its goal of blocking nuclear proliferation and opening the door to Iranian economic… ICG But it remains in jeopardy unless both Washington and Tehran defend and extend the spirit as well as the letter of the… Implementing the Iran… Read More »

An Ice Shelf Is Cracking In Antarctica, But Not For The Reason You Think

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A group of scientists is gathering today in the U.K. to discuss a slab of ice that’s cracking in Antarctica. npr The crack could soon split off a frozen chunk the size of Delaware. On glacier scientist, Heidi Sevestre… An Ice Shelf Is Cracking In… Read More »

New Dutch disease — a gas hangover

Demonstrators confront with the police during the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs' press conference in Loppersum, on January 17, 2014. The Dutch government said on January 17 it would slash gas production in Europe's biggest field by 20 percent over three years after protests by villagers who blame the extraction for causing earthquakes.  "The earthquake problem is a problem for all the Dutch," Economics Minister Henk Kamp told a chaotic press conference in the northern village of Loppersum. Kamp had travelled to the village, one of those worst affected by the earthquakes, to announce the cabinet's decision and was repeatedly interrupted by protestors calling for a complete halt to gas production.  AFP PHOTO / ANP / CATRINUS VAN DER VEEN  ***netherlands out***        (Photo credit should read CATRINUS VAN DER VEEN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Netherlands blew through billions in profits from natural gas, and now it’s turning to Russia for supplies. Naomi O’Leary Politico AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands partied for years on gas from the Groningen gas field. Suddenly the barman is… New Dutch disease… Read More »

Why Trump, and Asia, need Randy Forbes as US Navy secretary

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One man sticks out as having the knowledge, experience and expertise to confront the naval challenges America faces in Asia, writes Harry J. Kazianis Harry J. Kazianis Asia Times As the world takes stock of the upcoming transfer of power in Washington, DC, the US military faces tremendous challenges to what seemed, for a time, its limitless ability to project power around the globe and protect its… Why Trump, and Asia, need… Read More »

Donald Trump hails Brexit, says it will be ‘very hard’ to keep EU together amid refugee crisis

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Wading into foreign affairs days before his inauguration, US President-elect Donald Trump has told European media that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will “end up being a great thing” and the bloc will continue to break… ABC AP/Reuters The incoming president, in an interview published on… Donald Trump hails… Read More »

Donald Trump says Merkel made ‘catastrophic mistake’ on migrants

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US President-elect Donald Trump has said German Chancellor Angela Merkel made “one very catastrophic mistake” by admitting more than 1m… BBC He said Mrs Merkel was by far Europe’s most important leader, and that the EU had become a vehicle for… Mr Trump was… Donald Trump says… Read More »

French presidentiables’ bipolar German disorder

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Franco-German relationship is on the ticket in spring’s presidential… PIERRE BRIANÇON Politico PARIS — Listening to the candidates running for president in France, you hear descriptions of two very different countries called… Liberal candidates from… French presidentiables’ bipolar… Read More »

Indonesia’s police deny they are afraid to tackle hardline Islamic leader

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Jakarta: About 5000 members of the Islam Defenders’ Front (FPI) turned up outside Indonesian police headquarters on Monday morning, to demand the removal of West Java’s police… Jewel Topsfield Karuni Rompies Brisbane Times But if the group, once considered fringe radicals, have become increasingly vocal, it is… Indonesia’s police deny… Read More »

Iraqi minister trying to improve relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia

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Iraq’s foreign minister said he had carried messages between Iran and Saudi Arabia in a continuing attempt to curb a feud involving its two neighbors, Iran’s state broadcaster IRIB reported on… Hurriyet DUBAI – Reuters Relations between the two regional rivals worsened after hundreds of people, many of… Iraqi minister trying… Read More »

Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre inmates charged over ‘disturbance’ to stay at facility

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Four teenagers charged over a disturbance at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre in central Victoria will remain at the facility, despite a police prosecutor advising against it in court. Stephanie Corsetti ABC A 19-year-old youth offender appeared at a regional court as part of an application to relocate him from the youth facility to an adult prison. Lawyers also represented three… Malmsbury Youth Justice… Read More »