Trump administration announces plan to weaken polluting restrictions on coal-fired power plants

The Trump administration announced a plan that would weaken restrictions on coal-fired power plants, allowing them to release mercury and other pollutants linked to respiratory illnesses into the atmosphere, the New York Times reports. Why it matters: The proposal doesn’t rescind Obama administration rules that placed strict limits on mercury and other pollutants from coal…

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DRC: What is Joseph Kabila’s legacy after 18 years in power?

Kinshasa, DRC – Not long after the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) electoral commission announced that elections scheduled for December 23 had been delayed by a week, a group of unemployed men outside a restaurant in capital Kinshasa had a look of disappointment etched across their faces. “All we want to do is vote and…

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Facebook’s Lonely Conservative Takes on a Power Position

After more than a year of research and discussion, Facebook Inc. late this summer shelved a project called “Common Ground” that tried to encourage users with different political beliefs to interact in less-hostile ways. One reason: fears the proposed fix could trigger claims of bias against conservatives, according to people familiar with the decision. The…

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Palestinian talks: Egypt seeks to regain regional power

Egypt has been mediating talks between rival Palestinian factions, but analysts say Cairo is trying to capitalise on the situation to re-establish itself as a regional powerhouse. Fatah and Hamas reconciliation talks have been stalled for months over a deadlock that has shown no sign of progress for the 11-year political division. The Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA) wants complete control over…

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Bobi Wine and the beginning of the end of Museveni’s power

After close to two weeks of tensions in Uganda, a court in the northern town of Gulu granted bail to four opposition legislators including MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, fondly known by his stage name Bobi Wine. In videos circulated on social media, Kyagulanyi was seen in the courtroom moving with difficulty using crutches. The lawyer of the…

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EPA Is Set to Roll Back Restrictions on Coal-Burning Power Plants

The Trump administration is escalating an effort to revive the flagging U.S. coal industry with a planned move next week to replace restrictive Obama-era climate policies with new rules designed to help coal-burning plants run harder and stay open longer. The proposed new rules, which the Environmental Protection Agency plans is expected to release within…

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