4 October 2012
BBC News – Middle East
Turkey’s parliament has passed a bill (320 to 129 votes) permitting “cross-border action” against Syria following the Syrian shelling of the Turkish town, Akcakale. Despite the parliamentary vote, Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay assures that Turkey has no desire to enter into a war with its neighbor.
In response to the plunge in the Iranian rial’s value, Afghanistan has imposed a strict limit of US$1,000 that travelers may take out of Afghanistan. The decline in the rial’s value has prompted clashes in Iran and is adversely affecting business in Herat, Afghanistan.
Tony Karon/Time Magazine
The rial has fallen 40% against the dollar in the past week alone, after three years of steady decline, accelerated by the rush to convert savings. For many in the West, the turmoil was interpreted as a sign that sanctions are having their desired effect.
Indira A.R. Lakshmanan/Bloomberg Businessweek
The U.K., France and Germany are pressing for new sanctions to bring Iran’s economy to its knees and curb its nuclear ambitions, according to several European diplomats, as rioting over the country’s tumbling currency suggests the existing sanctions are taking a toll.
The U.N. atomic agency has yet to agree a date for further talks with Iran and has little hope for a speedy resolution to a standoff with Tehran over its nuclear program, the head of the nuclear watchdog said on Thursday.
Sandra I. Erwin/ National Defense Magazine
Anyone who strolled through the “Pentagon Energy Security Event” this week would have to conclude that the military is shopping for new products mainly in two areas: Solar power and batteries.
Ashlee Vance/ Bloomberg Business Week
“You will be able to drive free forever on pure sunlight. I think it’s pretty hard to beat that.”
So proclaimed Elon Musk last night in Los Angeles as he unveiled a new fleet of solar-powered, public charging stations for the Tesla Model S sedan.
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