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Poland accused of creating ‘climate of fear’ for environmentalists

‘EurActiv: Polish government attacked for ‘harassment and bullying’ of green NGOs opposed to shale gas and coal power Polish environmentalists say that they are operating in a ‘climate of fear’ involving harassment by the country’s security police, and denunciations from government ministers for “working against the public interests of the state”.…

NYTimes columnist accuses ex-BBC head of ‘willful ignorance’ of sex abuse scandal

By Lisa O’Carroll, The Guardian Joe Nocera asks why ex-BBC director general did not order inquiry after learning of Newsnight programme on presenter. By Lisa O’Carroll Mark Thompson, the former BBC director general, has been accused of “appearing wilfully ignorant” about the Jimmy Savile scandal by a New York Times columnist,…

Rwanda jails opposition leader for ‘denying genocide’

Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Ingabire was jailed for eight years Tuesday after a court found her guilty of terror charges and denying the genocide. “She has been sentenced to eight years for all the crimes that she was found guilty of,” judge Alice Rulisa told the court, adding however that…

Ford posts record profits thanks to North American sales boost

Ford posted a record third quarter profit of $1.6 billion as strong growth in North America offset major losses in Europe, the number two US automaker said Tuesday. Ford has now posted pre-tax profits for 13 consecutive quarters as it reaps the rewards of major restructuring and product revamps in…

Georgian teacher converts airplane into kindergarten classroom

A headteacher in the Georgian city of Rustavi has found an unusual way to get children’s early education off the ground — by transforming an aeroplane into a kindergarten. Gari Chapidze bought the old but fully functional Yakovlev Yak-42 from Georgian Airways and refurbished its interior with educational equipment, games…

Two nuclear power plants shut down in aftermath of Superstorm Sandy

WASHINGTON — Two US nuclear power plants were shut down early Tuesday in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, but the plant operators stressed there were no risks to the public. New Jersey’s main power company PSEG Nuclear shut down its Salem 1 unit on the Delaware river, saying most of…

Bank of England official: Occupy movement was right about global recession

The Occupy Movement has found an unlikely ally in a senior Bank of England official, Andrew Haldane, who has praised protesters for their role in triggering an overhaul of the financial services sector. Haldane, who oversees the City for the central bank, said Occupy acted as a lever on policymakers…

Census: Black South African household incomes surge but lag behind whites

Incomes of black South African households have surged 169 percent in a decade, but whites still take home six times more money 18 years into all-race democracy, a national census showed Tuesday. The country’s third democratic survey Census 2011 highlighted apartheid-era inequalities despite blacks making up nearly 80 percent of…

Romney to attend ‘storm relief event’ Tuesday in Ohio

Mitt Romney will participate in a “storm relief event” in Ohio on Tuesday, his campaign said, as the Republican candidate seeks a role in helping Americans cope with a brutal superstorm one week before the US election. The campaign provided few details late Monday of Romney’s participation in the event…

Explosive traces ‘found on crashed Polish presidential jet’

Traces of explosives have been discovered on the wreck of the Polish presidential jet which crashed in Russia in 2010, killing then president Lech Kaczynski and 95 other people, a newspaper reported Tuesday. “Tests have confirmed the presence of TNT and nitroglycerine on 30 seats. The substances were also found…

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