Ahmadinejad calls for regional security alliance to counter US influence. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad joins his Kazakh, Afghan, Russian and Tajik counterparts at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit.
Photograph: Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has called for a security alliance of several former Soviet nations and China to form a united front against the west. Ahmadinejad's address to heads of state at the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), in Kazakhstan could deepen suspicions that the bloc is intended as a counterbalance to US influence across the region. In a summit declaration signed by all the member states, the organisation also attacked missile defence programmes. "The one-sided and unlimited development of missile defence systems by one government, or a narrow group of governments, could cause damage to strategic stability and international security," the document says.
International Energy Agency fears higher emissions if nuclear power is cut. Reducing nuclear power will lead to more pollution and higher energy costs, says the IEA.
Photograph: Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters The International Energy Agency has warned that the world faces higher energy costs, more carbon emissions and greater supply uncertainty if it turns its back on nuclear power. Nobuo Tanaka, executive director of the IEA, signalled that the organisation was likely to cut its estimates of atomic power when it finalises its latest World Energy Outlook this year. The IEA previously believed nuclear would generate 14% of all electricity by 2035 but this figure is under revision in the light of Germany and Japan abandoning the sector following the Fukushima crisis. Germany to shut all nuclear reactors. Angela Merkel has committed to shutting down all of the country's nuclear reactors by 2022, a task said by one minister to be as mammoth as the project to reunite East and West Germany in 1990.
Monday's announcement, prompted by Japan's nuclear disaster, will make Germany the first major industrialised nation to go nuclear-free in decades. It gives the country just over 10 years to find alternative sources for 23% of its energy. The move, hammered out at a mammoth 14-hour overnight sitting at the Kanzleramt, came amid mass nationwide protests against nuclear power and at a low point for the chancellor's Christian Democratic party (CDU), support for which has crumbled at the ballot box in five regional elections this year. Berlusconi's nuclear power plans crushed.
People celebrate following results in Italian referendums on water and nuclear power in Rome.
Photograph: Roberto Monaldo/AP The anti-nuclear movement won a crushing victory in Italy on Monday when well over 90% of voters rejected Silvio Berlusconi's plans for a return to nuclear power generation. The result represented an overwhelming setback for the prime minister, who had tried to thwart the outcome by discouraging Italians from taking part. The referendum needed a turnout of at least 50% to be binding. Interior ministry figures projections indicated that more than 57% of the electorate had taken part. Europe warned of financial chaos over Greek debt crisis. Greece's 18-month sovereign debt crisis brought the government to the brink of collapse as public fury over savage austerity measures erupted in pitched battles with riot police on the streets of Athens.
The escalation of the Greek crisis had instant European and global impact, sending world stocks tumbling and exposing European Union paralysis over whether and how to launch a second attempt in a year to save Greece from insolvency. George Papandreou, the socialist prime minister, announced he would seek a vote of confidence on a new government after offering to resign and broker a new national unity coalition with opposition conservatives.
He admitted failure after intense but fruitless negotiations with the conservative New Democracy party aimed at engineering a consensus behind the massive public spending cuts and wholesale privatisation programme – moves deemed necessary to secure a second bailout from the European Union and International Monetary Fund. Ngress panel approves bill to fast-track Keystone XL pipeline Congress took a first step on Wednesday to fast-track a controversial Alberta tar sands pipeline, ordering Barack Obama to reach a decision on the project by 1 November.
The bill, voted through a panel of the house energy and power subcommittee, would compel Obama to over-rule demands for a further review of the project from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and disregard local opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline from landowners along its 1,700-mile route. Republicans in Congress are planning further action to push ahead on the pipeline next week, environmentalists said. Senator James Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican who is the main force among climate change sceptic in Congress, is working on a bill that would repeal a 2007 provision restricing the federal government's use of high-carbon fuels, such as those from the Alberta tar sands. Between them, the actions are aimed at cutting off growing opposition to the pipeline – before it sinks the project. LulzSec hackers claim breach of CIA website. The CIA has become the latest target of self-styled "pirate ninja" hackers LulzSec.
The Central Intelligence Agency website was unavailable for a few minutes on Wednesday evening as the group announced the attack via Twitter: "Tango down – cia.gov – for the lulz". "We are looking into these reports," a CIA spokeswoman said. The hackers, who describe themselves as "the world's leaders in high-quality entertainment at your expense", have gained international notoriety this month with a series of security breaches. Europe warned of financial chaos over Greek debt crisis. Greece parties in power-sharing talks. Greek anti-austerity protests in Athens.
Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/AP Greece's Socialist government began power-sharing talks with the opposition conservatives as violent clashes ripped through Athens, state television has reported. State-run NET television said the prime minister, George Papandreou, was in talks with the opposition leader Antonis Samaras to form a possible grand coalition government to deal with the country's crippling debt crisis. Texas activists ready to fight over $7bn oil pipeline in the home of black gold.
In an earlier life, David Daniel jumped through fire and performed a motorcycle stunt called the Wheel of Death.
For his second act, he picked a fight with a $7bn oil pipeline set to run through Texas. He is not doing badly for a man taking on big oil in the home of black gold. Growing opposition to a Canadian project to pump crude from tar sands in Alberta across six American states to the Gulf coast could force the Obama administration to reconsider – and possibly delay – the project. The grassroots rebellion will come to Washington on 9 March, just as the state department is due to decide whether to grant final approval to the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline.
If it orders additional environmental or safety reviews it would force a delay in the construction start date, now set for the end of the year. But a delay could also be forced by activists along the proposed pipeline route through Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. But opposition may be gaining momentum. Germany insists all of EU must pay for Greece bailout. The Cameron government's deep reluctance to commit UK taxpayers' money to preventing a European insolvency is being tested by German insistence that all of the EU has to come to the rescue of Greece.
With European governments embroiled in a fierce dispute over how to structure a second bailout of Greece to forestall the first sovereign default in the 17-country single currency zone, Britain is keen to remain on the sidelines, insisting that Greece is purely a eurozone problem. But on Tuesday night in Brussels, German officials told a meeting of EU finance ministers that all 27 EU countries had to contribute to the proposed bailout, according to a senior European diplomat.
The government is resisting fiercely, claiming French support for its position. Tunnel Vision. Oil companies are determined to build two massive new pipelines to transport crude from the tar sands. Local activists, concerned about spills and water quality, have geared up to fight them. By Ron Johnson istockphoto.com. Moody’s warns of 'social unrest’ as sovereign debt spirals. Secret US and Afghanistan talks could see troops stay for decades. American and Afghan officials are locked in increasingly acrimonious secret talks about a long-term security agreement which is likely to see US troops, spies and air power based in the troubled country for decades. Though not publicised, negotiations have been under way for more than a month to secure a strategic partnership agreement which would include an American presence beyond the end of 2014 – the agreed date for all 130,000 combat troops to leave — despite continuing public debate in Washington and among other members of the 49-nation coalition fighting in Afghanistan about the speed of the withdrawal.
American officials admit that although Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, recently said Washington did not want any "permanent" bases in Afghanistan, her phrasing allows a variety of possible arrangements. Former Wall Street hedge fund trader found guilty of insider dealing. The Zvi Goffer and Raj Rajaratnam cases are part of a crackdown by US prosecutors on insider trading in Wall Street. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP. Mideast news brief: Syrian army masses troops near Jisr al-Shughur amidst nationwide protests. Post-Democratization Lessons From the Jordanian 'Success Story' Bahrain: A year in jail for a poem. Outrage over point blank teen killing in Pakistan by MQM & Punjabi Paramilitary. Pakistan troops caught on film shooting unarmed teenager dead. Pakistan PM Yousuf Raza Gilani said an inquiry would be launched into the teenager's death Pakistan's security forces are facing criticism after paramilitary troops were caught on camera apparently shooting dead a teenager at point-blank range.
The footage, broadcast repeatedly on local television, is likely to further undermine faith in the country's powerful security establishment, which is already facing allegations it helped conceal Osama bin Laden. Chinese riots enter third day. Rioters burned police and fire vehicles in a third day of unrest in southern China's manufacturing heartlands, witnesses have reported. Hong Kong broadcasters reported that armed police fired teargas as they sought to disperse the crowd and detained at least a dozen demonstrators.
The clashes, which began on Friday after a fracas between security officers and a pregnant street vendor in Xintang, Guangdong province, highlight Chinese authorities' struggle to control social frustrations. It is thought that most protesters were migrant workers like the vendor. Last week hundreds of migrant workers clashed with police in Chaozhou, also in Guangdong, following a dispute over unpaid wages. In Lichuan, Hubei, as many as 2,000 protesters attacked government headquarters last Thursday after a local politician who had complained about official corruption died in police custody. Herder's death deepens tensions in Inner Mongolia. Outside the closed gates of the Xilingol Mongolian high school, Chinese police watch warily as hundreds of students perform calisthenics in a yard from where the previous day they left to march through the streets.
A short drive away, another police unit monitors a middle school that has become a source of concern. French banks lead exodus of EU lenders from hardest-hit European economies. French banks are cutting their exposure to the hardest-hit EU economies, despite finance minister Christine Lagarde, above, insisting that the sector remains rebust. Humanitarian crisis as world's largest refugee camp declared full. The biggest refugee camp in the world is full, creating a humanitarian emergency that threatens thousands of malnourished children, a medical charity has warned. Dadaab, a sprawling desert "city" in Kenya with a population expected to reach 450,000 by the end of the year, has run out of space, Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) said.
Republicans say Obama must step up on deficit. Sarah Palin pleaded with Tony Hayward for a BP pipeline across Alaska. Auditor blasts lack of transparency in doling out generous G8 funds. The Conservatives hid their true intentions from Parliament when they funneled $50-million in discretionary spending in the riding of Treasury Board President Tony Clement and shielded the spending from normal checks and balances.
In her final report to Parliament, Auditor-General Sheila Fraser comes down hard on the so-called G8 Legacy Infrastructure Fund, saying the “government was not being transparent about its purpose” as its obtained approval for the funding. The controversial program was 10 times more generous than similar initiatives tied to previous summits of world leaders in Alberta and Quebec. While $50-million in federal funds were disbursed in Mr. Canada's cold new dawn. Clayoquot Biosphere Trust. Download the WildCoast Project Primer and Guidelines. The WildCoast Project was initiated because of concern about the potential for conflict between humans and predators, namely cougars and wolves, in our central west-coast region.
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Hungarian parliament passes controversial law to oversee media. Lebedev cancels London visit because he fears exile from Russia. Alexander Lebedev to join forces with Vladimir Putin. Hypocrisy of champagne environmentalists is deceitful and distracting. Bahrain gives death penalty to Shia protesters. Canadians will not pay for online news. Wall Street shares slump as S&P downgrades US debt outlook. The S & P downgrading. EU decides against stricter net neutrality rules. Twitter users and the courts go to war over footballer's injunction. Ministry of Defence ordered to disclose involvement in US-led rendition.
Greece bailout fails to halt debt woes. American who sparked diplomatic crisis over Lahore shooting was CIA spy. Pakistan arrests US security contractor as rift with CIA deepens. Global food system must be transformed 'on industrial revolution scale' Renewable energy can power the world, says landmark IPCC study. Obama does not get it. Exploding watermelons put spotlight on Chinese farming practices. Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media. Thousands of newspapers on the Net. The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines. UK undermining Europe's tar sands ban, say campaigners. I escaped from Auschwitz. French reform of custody rules 'chaotic' say police.
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