October 25 2012
Fighting rages in Syria before Brahimi’s truce
Khaled Yacoub Oweis/Reuters
Despite encouragement from China and Iran for all sides to respect a proposed ceasefire over the four-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, Syrian forces have escalated operations near Damascus while rebels have continued to “maintain pressure on two army bases on main roads leading to the contested city of Aleppo.”
Libyan suspect in U.S. envoy attack killed in Cairo
A security official in Egypt has reported that a Libyan militant, Karim Ahmed Essam el-Azizi, was killed in a raid by Egyptian security forces. Azizi was suspected by Egypt to have been involved in the Benghazi attack; he was killed by a bomb he attempted to use against the security forces conducting the raid.
Iran filling nuclear bunker with centrifuges – diplomats
Iran appears to have nearly finished installing centrifuges at its underground nuclear plant, Western diplomats say, potentially boosting its capacity to make weapons-grade uranium if it chose to do so.
Rethink U.S. nuclear weapons policy
Fifty years ago the biggest event in human history almost happened. During a fateful 13-day period in October 1962, the Soviet Union and the United States balanced at the brink of nuclear war as the Soviets attempted to establish nuclear bases in Cuba.
Iran Weighs Tougher Line In Stalled Nuclear Talks
Iran is weighing a more confrontational strategy at possible renewed nuclear talks with world powers, threatening to boost levels of uranium enrichment unless the West makes clear concessions to ease sanctions.
Climate-changing methane ‘rapidly destabilizing’ off East Coast, study finds
Miguel Llanos / NBC News
A changing Gulf Stream off the East Coast has destabilized frozen methane deposits trapped under nearly 4,000 square miles of seafloor, scientists reported Wednesday. Researchers say any large-scale release could have significant climate impacts.
Yemeni counter-terrorism official shot dead
Masked gunmen shot dead a counter-terrorism official south of Sanaa on Wednesday, a security source said, the latest in a series of assassinations as the U.S.-allied government battles al Qaeda militants.
The Engineer Q&A: nuclear fusion power
If you’ve ever wondered how nuclear fusion power might become a commercial reality or what exactly happens to the tax money funneled into Europe’s big fusion research projects then this is your opportunity to find out.
Energy Independence For U.S.? Try Energy Security
Tom Gjelten / NPR
Romney joins a long line of U.S. leaders who have preached the virtues of energy independence. Few, however, have explained precisely what this goal means. In truth, it would be virtually impossible for any country to be totally independent where energy is concerned. Not only would it have to produce all its own oil; it would also have to be independent of the global economy.
Ethiopia: President Guelleh Hails Ethiopia’s Renewable Energy Supply
President Ismael Omar Guelleh of Djibouti said that the hydroelectric power connection project, under which Ethiopia started to provide electricity to Djibouti last year, fitted very well into the country’s clean energy policy.
EU to Consider UN Carbon Permit Limits Before Climate Summit
Ewa Krukowska/Bloomberg Businessweek
European Union ministers are set to consider today potential restrictions on excess United Nations emissions permits after 2012 to prepare for a climate summit in November, where envoys will strive to agree a global solution.
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