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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Political divide deepening in Turkey as Erdogan assumes more power

Following his electoral victory on June 24, President Erdogan assumed new and sweeping executive powers on July 9. He is now the head of state, government, the army, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the national police force. The big picture: With the prerogative to appoint a majority of the judges to the…

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Does Israel want Syria’s Bashar al-Assad in power?

Israel’s position on the war in Syria, now in its eighth year, has long been a matter of speculation among political analysts and residents of the region. Some peddle the view that Israel prefers Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stay in power. Under his government, the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan region remained quiet, and the rise…

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What we’re watching: Trayvon Martin’s “Rest in Power” trailer

Jay-Z and the Paramount Network are set to examine Trayvon Martin’s February 2012 shooting death and its broader impact on race in the United States in a new, six-part documentary called “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” set to premiere on July 30. Why it matters: Martin’s death at the hand of George Zimmerman,…

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How a Florida Utility Became the Global King of Green Power

Who is the world’s largest operator of wind and solar farms? It’s also America’s most valuable power company. Still stumped? It’s by design. “That is a marketing problem…that we foster intentionally,” Michael O’Sullivan, NextEra Energy Inc.’s head of renewable development, told University of Notre Dame students in 2015. The Florida company has…

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Deadly wildfires in California last year were caused by downed power lines

A dozen wildfires in Northern California last October were started by “electric power and distribution lines, and the failure of power poles” from Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), according to a release from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The big picture, per Axios’ Andrew Freedman: Contributing factors were tinder dry conditions, powerful…

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What keeps Recep Tayyip Erdogan in power?

As it heads for snap elections on June 24, Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AK Party) holds the record as the longest-serving party in the nation’s democratic history. Its 16-year rule is unparalleled in Turkey, which held its first multi-party election in 1946. During that period the party has become synonymous with its leader, Recep…

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