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Obama tells Russian activists he is proud of their work

President Barack Obama on Friday told Russian rights activists that he is “proud of their work,” saying Russia must remember to let civil society function freely. Meeting with nine activists, including two representing LGBT groups, Obama said “it’s important to remember that in every country, here in Russia, in the…

Energy companies pledge to measure impacts of large dam projects

Critics say new scorecard to evaluate social and environmental impacts of hydropower projects serves dam builders not local communities. Two of the world’s largest energy companies committed last week to assess the impacts of their hydropower projects using new voluntary guidelines to evaluate the economic, social, and environmental consequences of…

American democracy activists to go on trial in Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – Dozens of democracy activists including 16 Americans go on trial in Egypt Sunday in a politically charged case which has set off a crisis in relations between Cairo and Washington and threatened $1.3 billion in annual U.S. military aid. Forty-three foreign and Egyptian non-profit workers – including…

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