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French president outlines green energy policy

President Francois Hollande Friday pledged to close France’s oldest operational nuclear plant in 2016 and rejected seven proposals for shale gas exploration on health and environment concerns. “The Fessenheim plant which is the oldest in our country, will be closed at the end of 2016 in conditions that will guarantee…

UN asks for religious support in fighting world hunger

The UN food agency Friday said it was looking for support from world religious leaders in the fight against global hunger as the agency’s chief met the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople. “Eradicating hunger not only makes economic and political sense, it is also a moral issue,” Food and Agriculture Organisation…

100 countries agree to tighten banking regulations

More than 100 countries support key changes to international bank regulation principles as a result of the global financial crisis, the Basel Committee of banking supervisory authorities said Friday. “Drawing on lessons learnt during the financial crisis that began in 2007, the revised Core Principles represent a significant step forward”…

Pentagon: U.S. sends team of Marines to Yemen

The United States has sent Marines from the Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team to help protect its embassy in Yemen during demonstrations, the Pentagon said Friday. “A FAST platoon is now on the ground in Sanaa,” spokesman George Little told reporters, describing the deployment of the 50-strong unit as a “precautionary…

U.S. embassy in Tunisia on fire as protesters climbed walls

Protesters reportedly climbed the walls of a U.S. embassy in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. The building is now on fire, according to a report by Al-Jazeera English. “Yes, I’ve seen people climbing the embassy wall five minutes ago and were able to jump in. Protesters, they were actually able…

Switzerland reports spike in wild animal life

Wild animals including bears, wolves and jackals are on the increase in Switzerland, a government agency said Friday, as it reported a spike in the figures across the country. “The development is spectacular,” said Reinhard Schnidrig, who heads the Federal Office for the Environment’s department for hunting, wild animals and…

Russian army unit fires on school during ‘anti-terrorist’ operation

Russia on Friday launched an investigation after an army unit accidentally fired mortar shells into the grounds of a boarding school in the troubled North Caucasus region of Dagestan. Russian television showed smashed windows at the school in the town of Buinaksk after the early-morning incident, in which none of…

Islamist protesters burn German and British embassies in the Sudan

Around 5,000 protesters in the Sudanese capital angry over an anti-Islam film on Friday stormed the embassies of Britain and Germany, which was torched and badly damaged, an AFP reporter said. Police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters as several of them scaled the roof of the German embassy…

Yemen police open fire to stop riot reaching US embassy

Sana’a: Yemeni security forces fired warning shots and water cannon to disperse hundreds of protesters trying to reach the US embassy in Sanaa on Friday, an AFP correspondent reported. The protesters gathered about 500 metres (yards) away from the embassy compound calling for the expulsion of the US envoy in…

Benghazi air space shut over security fears: Libya source

Air traffic has been suspended for security reasons to Libya’s second city Benghazi, where the American ambassador was killed when the US consulate came under attack this week, an airport source said on Friday. “We received orders on Thursday evening to immediately suspend all flights for security reasons,” the source told…

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