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Ahmadinejad calls for regional security alliance to counter US influence | World news. 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. International Energy Agency fears higher emissions if nuclear power is cut | Business. 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.
This week, in a referendum, Italy also voted overwhelmingly – and against the advice of Silvio Berlusconi's government – to reject any return to nuclear power. Germany to shut all nuclear reactors | World news. 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.
Although the proposal was welcomed among the general population, who have long been opposed to nuclear power, it was a move derided by one of Merkel's own MPs as "knee-jerk politics". Berlusconi's nuclear power plans crushed | World news. 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 | World news. 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.
Ngress panel approves bill to fast-track Keystone XL pipeline | Environment. 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. LulzSec hackers claim breach of CIA website | Technology. 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. Over the weekend LulzSec broke into a public website of the US Senate and released data stolen from the legislative body's computer servers. Europe warned of financial chaos over Greek debt crisis | World news. Greece parties in power-sharing talks | World news. 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. Texas activists ready to fight over $7bn oil pipeline in the home of black gold | Environment. 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. Germany insists all of EU must pay for Greece bailout | Business. 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 | World news. 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.
"There are US troops in various countries for some considerable lengths of time which are not there permanently," a US official told the Guardian. Former Wall Street hedge fund trader found guilty of insider dealing | Business. 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 A former hedge fund trader know as "Octopussy" was found guilty of orchestrating an insider-trading scam on Monday in the latest victory for US prosecutors cracking down on insider dealing on Wall Street. After five days of deliberation a New York jury found Zvi Goffer, 34, guilty of 14 counts of conspiracy and securities fraud. His brother Emanuel Goffer, 32, and Michael Kimelman, 40, another trader at their firm Incremental Capital, were each convicted of conspiracy and two counts of securities fraud.
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WildCoast Project | Clayoquot Biosphere Trust. Mexico's Carstens seeks Brazil's support in IMF bid. Israel launches campaign before Palestinian statehood vote | World news. Alabama passes 'toughest illegal immigration law in US' | World news. Pharmageddon: how America got hooked on killer prescription drugs | World news. Blackwater failed to pay benefits, lawsuit claims. OTTAWA: U.S. AGENCY RAISES CONCERN ABOUT CANADIAN PIPELINE PLAN. Stop Harper" Senate Page Protester Throne Speech. Tories reintroduce ISP intercept bill - Technology & Science. Canada's crude politics on oil sands | Martin Lukacs. US universities in Africa 'land grab' | World news. China warns U.S. debt-default idea is playing with fire. IMF leadership: Christine Lagarde still favourite as nominations draw to close | Business. » The Elite’s Plan For Global Extermination Alex Jones. 3 nuclear reactors melted down after quake, Japan confirms. Fukushima nuclear plant may have suffered 'melt-through', Japan admits | World news.
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Argentina accuses world's largest grain traders of huge tax evasion | Business. E coli outbreak 'trail' leads to German bean sprouts, authorities say | World news. E coli outbreak: bean sprouts may not be to blame | World news. Mobile phone radiation and health. McDonalds Beating - Two black girls beat down a white girl. Mcdonalds Beating | Victim of McDonald's beating speaks out. Brazil forms 'crisis cabinet' following unexpected deforestation surge | Environment.
Drug companies should stay out of journalism | Science. The Independent | News | UK and Worldwide News | Newspaper. When a university degree just isn’t enough. Dutch Cabinet commits to anti-marijuana plan | World news. Chevron chiefs face shareholders after huge $18bn Ecuador fine | Environment. Air passenger data deal with US defended by Kenneth Clarke | Technology.
Hungarian parliament passes controversial law to oversee media | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 21.12.2010. Lebedev cancels London visit because he fears exile from Russia | Media. Alexander Lebedev to join forces with Vladimir Putin | Media. Hypocrisy of champagne environmentalists is deceitful and distracting | Ed Gillespie | Environment. Bahrain gives death penalty to Shia protesters | World news. Canadians will not pay for online news | Media. Wall Street shares slump as S&P downgrades US debt outlook | Business. The S & P downgrading | Michael Tomasky. EU decides against stricter net neutrality rules | Technology. Twitter users and the courts go to war over footballer's injunction | Technology. Ministry of Defence ordered to disclose involvement in US-led rendition | Politics. Greece bailout fails to halt debt woes | Business. American who sparked diplomatic crisis over Lahore shooting was CIA spy | World news.
Pakistan arrests US security contractor as rift with CIA deepens | World news. Global food system must be transformed 'on industrial revolution scale' | Environment. Renewable energy can power the world, says landmark IPCC study | Environment. Obama does not get it. Exploding watermelons put spotlight on Chinese farming practices | World news. Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media | Technology. Thousands of newspapers on the Net.
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