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British company will build Africa’s largest solar plant in Ghana

British renewable energy firm Blue Energy announced Tuesday that it will build a giant solar power plant in Ghana which it claimed will become the biggest in Africa. “Blue Energy is to build Africa’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant”, the company said in a statement, in a move “which…

Survey: Android will retain global smartphone lead for next four years

Google’s Android operating system will power more than two-thirds of smartphones sold worldwide in 2012, and will remain the dominant platform for at least the next four years, a survey showed Tuesday. The survey by the research firm IDC showed Android will be the platform for 68.3 percent of smartphones…

French first lady endorses marriage equality

Valerie Trierweiler, the girlfriend of French President Francois Hollande, has given plans to legalise gay marriage her personal seal of approval by announcing she will be a witness at one of the first ceremonies. While her partner’s commitment to proposed legislation allowing same-sex marriages has been questioned in recent weeks,…

UN chief urges ‘strong political commitment’ on climate change

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world was faced by a global warming “crisis” and urged bickering negotiators at climate talks in Doha to show “strong political commitment” and compromise. Noting there were “mixed feelings” among delegates hammering out deals on curbing Earth-warming greenhouse gas emissions, the secretary…

McAfee confirms he’s in Guatemala after photo accidentally reveals location

By Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian Fugitive software pioneer’s location accidentally revealed by location data on photograph tweeted by journalist covering him Software pioneer John McAfee has confirmed on his blog that he is in Guatemala with reporters from Vice magazine, a day after they accidentally revealed his location by failing to scrub data in a photo…

Underwear factory fire in China kills 14

BEIJING — A fire at an underwear factory killed 14 people Tuesday and left another injured in the southern Chinese city of Shantou, state media reported, quoting authorities. The fire broke out at around 3:30pm (0730 GMT), Guangdong province emergency officials told Xinhua, adding it was contained half an hour…

Economic group: World ‘on collision course with nature’

OECD says not curbing greenhouse gases will have disastrous impact on quality of life, particularly for people in poor countries Green growth is the only way forward for rich and poor countries alike to achieve sustainable development because of tremendous economic and livelihood losses from severe climate change and the…

WikiLeaks suspect’s lawyer: Manning’s treatment ‘blemish’ on nation’s history

David Coombs criticises the WikiLeaks suspect’s detention at Quantico military prison in rare speech outside courtroom David Coombs, the civilian lawyer representing Bradley Manning at his court martial for supplying WikiLeaks with a trove of US state secrets, has described the soldier’s treatment in solitary confinement at Quantico marine base…

U.S. warns Damascus as NATO mulls missiles for Turkey

NATO foreign ministers were set on Tuesday to approve Turkey’s request for Patriot missiles to counter any threats from neighbouring Syria after the United States issued a blunt warning to Damascus against the use of chemical weapons. Officials from the 28-member alliance meeting in Brussels have said that the US-made…

Taiwan student groups demand right to protest freely

Student groups in Taiwan Tuesday accused the government of trying to clamp down on their freedom to protest against a planned sale that they believe will make the media more Beijing friendly. The students reacted angrily after the education ministry sent a notice to 37 universities expressing “concerns over the…

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