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African and EU leaders to hold Mali summit

Al Jazeera

Leaders from North African and European nations will convene in Bamako to further develop plans for the military intervention to be launched in Mali’s north, currently held by Islamist groups.  These efforts come a week after the UN Security Council passed a resolution asking for detailed plans for the intervention.

Yemen soldiers killed in attack on south military base

BBC News – Middle East

Early this morning, militants detonated explosive in a vehicle at a military base in the southern province of Abyan.  A second group of militant then launched an attack on the base from the sea, “triggering fierce clashes with troops.”  At least 14 soldiers and 12 suspected militants were killed in the attacks.

Give nuclear power a larger role

Shinji Fukukawa/Japan Times

Roughly a year and a half after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Japanese government at a Cabinet meeting on Sept. 19 adopted its basic policy on new energy and environment strategies crafted as a response to the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant accident.

Winter Wheat Crop Now Feeling Impact of U.S. Drought

Andrew Freedman/Climate Central

During the past week, drought conditions have improved slightly across the U.S., but the majority of the lower 48 states continue to suffer from what is proving to be a widespread and pernicious drought event, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor statistics, released on Thursday.

Three people killed, 86 injured, in Beirut car bombing

Al Arabiya

A huge car bomb exploded in a street in central Beirut during rush hour on Friday, killing at least three people and wounding 86 others, Al Arabiya reported citing Lebanon’s Health Minister.

With Tight Research Budgets, Is There Room for the Eternal Promise of Fusion?

Andrew Revkin/NYT

Moving beyond the country’s, and the world’s, existing energy menu, which is still by far dominated by abundant and relatively cheap fossil fuels, is hard, whatever your preferred path.

Nuclear Power Debate Heats Up in NYCs Backyard: Relicensing Controversy Intensifies

Jared Anderson/AOL Energy

The battle lines have been drawn for years, but the fight over nuclear power’s risks and benefits reached a new stage in New York this week where issues including public safety, reliability, the environment and ratepayer costs are being disputed.

Nearing Election Day, Pentagon goes radio silent

Kevin Baron/Foreign Policy

With the presidential election less than three weeks away, many civilian and military officials in the Pentagon fearing even a toe-touch in the electrified political pool have gone radio silent.

EU leaders tell Iran to negotiate or face more pain


The European Union will further tighten economic sanctions if Iran does not curb its nuclear activities, EU leaders said on Friday, urging Tehran to engage in “meaningful” negotiations.


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