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Study: Africa is world’s fastest-growing mobile market

The number of Africa’s mobile subscriptions will reach 761 million this year, making the continent once again the fastest growing market in the world, a research group has claimed. Pushed on by the continent’s robust economic growth and an increasingly competitive marketplace the number of subscriptions in Africa is set…

Energy group: Global carbon dioxide emissions hit new record

Global carbon dioxide emissions hit a new record last year at 34 billion tonnes, with China still topping the list of greenhouse gas producers, a German-based private institute said Tuesday. The Renewable Energy Industry Institute (IWR) said that the total amounted to 800 million tonnes more than in 2010, with…

‘Sun’ reporters avoid investigative journalism due to fear of arrest

By Lisa O’Carroll, The Guardian Brian Flynn, the investigations editor, says paper is turning away stories from whistleblowers following Operation Elveden arrests A senior editor on the Sun has warned that journalists on the paper are now unwilling to launch certain public interest investigations because of a fear of being arrested. Brian…

Officials vaccinate 2 million in Darfur as yellow fever outbreak kills 107

More than two million people in Sudan’s Darfur region will be vaccinated against a rare yellow fever outbreak suspected of killing 107 people since late September, health officials said on Tuesday. The campaign should begin in about 20 days after the vaccines arrive in Sudan, the World Health Organisation’s country…

Al Gore: Obama has ‘mandate’ to solve climate crisis

The former vice-president and climate champion, Al Gore, has called on Barack Obama to seize the moment and use his re-election victory to push through bold action on climate change. The president has faced rising public pressure in the wake of superstorm Sandy to deliver on his promise to act on global warming. But…

Dark money groups dominated Las Vegas airwaves during 2012 campaign

By Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica Dark money groups that don’t have to disclose their donors spent hundreds of millions in this election cycle. And now we’ve got a better idea of the extent of their spending in one crucial swing state advertising market. As the final hours of the campaign ticked…

Google report reveals world government requests for private data rising sharply

Government surveillance of their citizens’ online lives is rising sharply around the world, according to Google’s latest report on requests to remove content and hand over user data to official agencies. In the first six months of this year, authorities worldwide made 20,939 requests for access to personal data from Google users,…

Obama puts Allen’s NATO supreme commander nomination on hold

President Barack Obama has put on hold General John Allen’s nomination as NATO’s supreme commander pending a probe into his email correspondence with a woman at the center of a sex scandal, a White House spokesman said Tuesday. “At the request of the secretary of defense, the president has put…

Toxic nickel found in Finnish lake

Toxic levels of nickel have been found in a Finnish lake after waste water began to leak from a nearby mine, the government’s environmetal agency said on Tuesday. “Measurements show that in the lake Kivijaervi, the concentrations of nickel are now exceeding the level regarded as harmful to organisms,” the…

Warhol works sell for $17 million

A plan to sell off the Andy Warhol Foundation’s entire collection of works by the Pop artist got off to a $17 million start at Christie’s in New York. The sale on Monday in Manhattan saw 91 percent of lots going under the hammer. The 354 works auctioned were led…

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