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 Day of reckoning comes for China’s solar industry—and it could take the US and Europe solar renaissance with it


Is Suntech too big a Chinese brand to fail?On March 15, the cash-strapped solar company—until recently the world’s biggest photovoltaic panel maker—faces a $541 million payment on convertible notes, a quarter of the $2 billion in debt it has incurred.Whether Suntech can strike a deal with its bondho...

 Droughts raise water supply concerns


In Wang Lianying's backyard are four basins filled with water that she uses for laundry, oneeach for soaking, soaping, scrubbing and rinsing."The water's good for four or five cycles, at least half a month," the 69-year-old housewife said."Our ox has to drink the water we use for washing our feet."B...

 Investors Seek Ways to Profit From Global Warming


Investing in climate change used to mean putting money into efforts to stop global warming. Morgan Stanley (MS), Goldman Sachs (GS), and other firms took stakes in wind farms and tidal-energy projects, and set up carbon-trading desks. The appeal of cleantech has dimmed as efforts to curb greenhouse ...

 Coal burning exacts a lethal price – report


Burning coal to produce electricity costs Europeans €42.8 billion, or $55 billion, in health care costs annually, a new analysis finds. In Poland alone, the tab tops €8 billion. LONDON: Campaigners are urging a halt to the building of coal plants and an end to the burning of coal throughout the Eur...

 Taliban prisoners seize control of British-funded prison in Helmand


Taliban prisoners have seized control of parts of a £4.3 million British-funded prison in Helmand and taken hostages, triggering an armed siege at the flagship aid project. Lashkar Gah: Afghan police and soldiers have been surrounding Helmand central prison for more than two days, after a weekend p...

 Coalition will no longer publish Taliban attack figures in Afghanistan


WASHINGTON: The U.S.-led military command in Afghanistan said Tuesday it will no longer publish figures on Taliban attacks, a week after acknowledging that its report of a 7 percent decline in attacks last year was actually no decline at all. A spokesman for the International Security Assistance F...

 Afghan dynamics altering U.S. efforts to wind down war


An order barring elite troops from Wardak province over a slaying jeopardizes a model for a reduced U.S. troop presence. Some see political factors at play. MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan: The story was gruesome: A university student, captured in a U.S. special forces raid, was found decapitated and wit...

 General Says 20,000 Troops Should Stay in Afghanistan


WASHINGTON : The American commander in the Middle East said on Tuesday that he had recommended that 13,600 United States troops remain in Afghanistan after the combat mission ends in 2014, a number slightly higher than the one being considered by NATO and Pentagon officials. The officer, Gen. Jame...

 NATO expects decision on post-2014 Afghan force by mid-year


KABUL: NATO expects a decision by the middle of this year on the size of a training force to be kept in Afghanistan once most foreign troops leave in 2014, alliance Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday. The Pentagon has said a NATO-led training force of between 8,000 and 12,000 w...

 U.S. consolidates Afghan bases with eye toward pulling out


FORWARD OPERATING BASE APACHE, Afghanistan: At FOB Apache, U.S. military engineers are frantically finishing a second chow hall and a new recreational building four times bigger than the old one. The gym will be expanded soon to more than double its current size, and dozens of new tents and rows of ...

 Few Illusions as Afghan Exit Nears


Letter from Europe BERLIN: Over the next 12 months, President Barack Obama will withdraw more than 34,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan, halving the American contingent. By the end of 2014, when NATO’s combat mission ends and its new training mission begins, diplomats say that the United States i...

 Dam and other Afghanistan projects being scaled back as U.S. picks up pace of withdrawal


When U.S. Marines surged into southern Afghanistan in 2010, one of their top priorities was to secure a towering dam on the Helmand River so the U.S. Agency for International Development could begin a construction project to provide much-needed electricity to Kandahar, the country’s second-largest c...

 Afghan Security Council Calls for Pakistan ISI to be Blacklisted


The National Security Council (NSC) of Afghanistan on Sunday called for the international community, especially the United States, to blacklist intelligence organizations that support insurgent groups, referring to Pakistan's spy agency ISI. The Deputy National Security Advisor Rahmatullah Nabil c...

 Former Adviser Criticizes Obama on Afghan War


WASHINGTON: A new book by a former senior State Department policy expert paints a sharply critical picture of the Obama administration’s handling of foreign policy, detailing destructive turf battles and policy debates that challenge the White House’s claim that its management of the Afghan war is a...

 The Inside Story of How the White House Let Diplomacy Fail in Afghanistan


"My time in the Obama administration turned out to be a deeply disillusioning experience." It was close to midnight on Jan. 20, 2009, and I was about to go to sleep when my iPhone beeped. There was a new text message. It was from Richard Holbrooke. It said, "Are you up, can you talk?" When I called...

 Afghan support staffers for NATO seeking a lifeline


Their work aiding foreign troops has made them and their families the targets of insurgents. But the U.S. has been slow to approve special immigrant visas. KABUL, Afghanistan: The two bullet-riddled bodies were found splayed on the road near a car. Both men — one an interpreter and the other a secu...

 News analysis: Afghan civilian casualties caused by NATO-led force erode trust


KABUL: Repeating mistake and killing non- combatants by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) during operations against Taliban militants in Afghanistan would further damage the already strained relations between Afghan administration and the military alliance, local political ...

 U.S., Afghan officials at odds over fate of military bases


Afghans want the hundreds of bases and other outposts handed over to them as troops withdraw. But the U.S.-led coalition says Afghanistan lacks the capabilities for maintaining and defending all of them. KABUL, Afghanistan: Late last year, before leaving Forward Operating Base Tillman for the last ...

 As Marines Exit Afghan Province, a Feeling That a Campaign Was Worth It


CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan: On a whirlwind Christmas tour of Helmand Province in 2010, Gen. James F. Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps, visited 11 bases in a single day. At one, thousands of Marines showed up for prime rib, dust-covered and grim-faced after weeks of dodging and delivering ...

 How Afghanistan Is On the Leading Edge of a Tech Revolution


In the eyes of the rest of the world, war-torn Afghanistan is a place with a beaten-down infrastructure, the minimum of modern amenities and certainly none of the services made possible by the latest technological advances powering the Internet, financial services and telecommunications. Surprisin...


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