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World needs $1.9 trillion a year for green technology: UN

The world needs $1.9 trillion in green technology investments a year, with over half of that sum necessary for developing countries,” the UN said Tuesday. “Over the next 40 years, $1.9 trillion (1.31 trillion euros) per year will be needed for incremental investments in green technologies,” the UN Economic and…

White House to pay $37 million in salaries for 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday it will pay $37,121,463 in salaries for 454 employees in 2011. Three policy advisors have a salary of zero, while more than 20 make the highest pay grade: $172,200. More than 30 percent earn between $100,000 and $200,000 a year while…

BP tries to put positive spin on negative report with ‘Orwellian tweet’

Energy giant BP tried Wednesday to put a positive spin on a new report that highlights the devastating impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill using their official Twitter account. “Annual #Beach Water Report released today includes info on improved conditions since #BP #oilspill,” the company tweeted. But the report by…

Pentagon fails to probe thousands of sexual assaults: GAO

The Pentagon has failed to act properly to investigate the 2,594 sexual assaults reported in 2010, a Government Accountability Office accused in a new report. The Department of Defense Inspector General’s office is supposed to oversee all sexual assault investigations within the military, but none of the nearly 2,600 cases…

U.S. cost of war at least $3.7 trillion and counting

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When President Barack Obama cited cost as a reason to bring troops home from Afghanistan, he referred to a $1 trillion price tag for America’s wars. Staggering as it is, that figure grossly underestimates the total cost of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to the…

Venezuela’s Chavez in ‘critical’ condition: report

MIAMI (AFP) – Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, who is in Cuba following emergency surgery, is in “critical” but stable condition, Miami’s El Nuevo Herald reported Saturday, citing US intelligence sources. Chavez’s government has said he was operated on for a pelvic abscess June 10 and is recovering well; the president’s…

Transocean accuses BP of neglecting risks in oil spill

GENEVA (AFP) – Offshore drilling group Transocean on Wednesday charged Wednesday that British energy giant BP had neglected drilling risks, leading to the giant 2010 oil disaster off the US coast. It said that an internal “report concludes that the Macondo incident was the result of a succession of interrelated…

Refugees on rise and poor countries bear brunt: UNHCR

GENEVA (Reuters) – The number of people forced to flee their homes to escape war or abuse has risen to its highest for 15 years, with four out of five refugees in developing countries, the United Nations said on Monday. In all, there were 43.7 million displaced people worldwide at…

Popemobile ‘to become green machine’: report

BERLIN (AFP) – Mercedes-Benz is making a greener hybrid Popemobile for Benedict XVI, the Wirtschaftswoche weekly paper said Saturday. However a Vatican spokesman denied the paper’s prediction that it should be ready for Benedict’s visit to his native Germany in September. According to the report, the new Popemobile will be…

U.S. mulls larger troop pullout from Afghanistan: report

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Top White House national security advisers are considering much more significant troop reductions in Afghanistan than those discussed even a few weeks ago, The New York Times reported. The newspaper said some officials were arguing that such a change is justified by the rising cost of the…

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