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The Jehoshua Novels


Old-school coal is making a comeback

McClatchy, By Sean Cockerham, April 17

Washington — Coal, the former king of American energy, is making a comeback after being left for dead in favor of cleaner-burning natural gas.

For years coal has been losing market share as the American fracking boom created a flood of cheap and abundant natural gas. But natural gas [...]

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to launch re-election bid

BBC, April 17

Toronto’s embattled mayor is set to kick off his re-election campaign at an event his brother and campaign aide has called “history in the making”.

Rob Ford is expected to deliver a 20-minute speech at the Toronto Congress Centre, where he celebrated his mayoral win in 2010.

Mr Ford has been stripped [...]

Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies

USA TODAY, By Bob Minzesheimer, April 17

Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who was praised as the most popular Spanish writer since Cervantes, died today in Mexico City at the age of 87.

Garcia Marquez, a former journalist who was born in Colombia but lived in Mexico for more than 30 years, is best [...]

Jordanian warplanes hit convoy entering from Syria

Jordan took the rare step of using airstrikes to stop a convoy of vehicles entering Jordan from Syria.

UPI, By Ed Adamczyk, April 17

Amman – In defending its border with Syria, Jordan took the unusual move of firing upon vehicles from the air that were crossing the border, destroying a convoy of three trucks.

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Nato to step up presence near Russian borders

Air patrols and warships in Baltic and eastern Mediterranean will be increased to reassure Nato members in eastern Europe.

The Guardian, By Julian Borger, & Paul Lewis, April 16

Washington – Nato has announced it is stepping up its presence around Russian borders to reassure eastern European member states, in an effort also aimed at [...]

Google buys solar-powered drone company Titan Aerospace

Just a month after word came that Facebook was interested in the 20-person drone maker, Google snatches it up for an undisclosed sum.

CNET, By Nick Statt, April 14

Technology companies are expanding beyond the Net and taking to the skies — literally, with solar-powered drones that will beam broadband Internet access to the developing [...]

UN: greenhouse gas emissions nearly doubled in first decade of 21st century

Leaked draft shows emissions grew nearly twice as fast from 2000-10 as in previous 30 years – despite economic slowdown

The Guardian, By Suzanne Goldenberg, April 11

Greenhouse gas emissions grew nearly twice as fast over the past decade as in the previous 30 years, bringing the world closer to warming that will bring dramatic [...]

Scores killed in violence across Syria

More than 60 people killed, including 29 rebels as they primed a car bomb in Damascus, monitoring group reports.

Al Jazeera, April 6

At least 29 people were killed, most or all of them believed to be rebels, in the besieged Old City of Homs when a car bomb exploded, the Syrian Observatory for Human [...]

Indian parties are using Obama-style campaign tactics in crucial election

Washington Post, By Annie Gowen & Rama Lakshmi, April 6

New Delhi – One recent Sunday morning, volunteers for India’s main opposition party fanned out through a middle-class apartment building in the capital. They were knocking on doors, guided by the most sophisticated set of analytical voter data that India has ever seen.

When a [...]

Turkey returns artillery fire into Syria

The Lebanon Daily Star, April 4

Ankara – Turkey on Friday fired artillery into Syria to retaliate after cross-border shelling hit its territory without causing injuries or damage, the army said.

“Six shells hit in Yayladadi in Hatay province and caused no damage,” said the Turkish armed forces in a statement.

“In accordance with the [...]

Scientists build synthetic chromosome

IOL, By Julie Steenhuysen, March 31

Chicago – An international team of scientists has built a modified yeast chromosome from scratch, the latest step in the quest to make the world’s first synthetic yeast genome, an advance that would lead to new strains of the organism to help produce industrial chemicals, medicines and biofuels.

Instead [...]

North and South Korea exchange fire across western sea border

BBC – North and South Korea have exchanged fire across the disputed western maritime border, South Korea has said. North Korea announced early on Monday that it would hold live-fire drills in seven parts of the border area. South Korea says it returned fire after North Korean shells landed in its territorial waters.

French reshuffle may loom after Hollande’s Socialists routed in local elections

Reuters, By Mark John, March 30

Paris – President Francois Hollande will take soundings on a possible cabinet reshuffle on Monday after the drubbing of his Socialists in local elections handed the far-right National Front victory in a record number of towns.

Provisional results from Sunday’s voting showed the protectionist, anti-EU party of Marine Le [...]

IPCC report: ‘Climate change is happening and no one in the world is immune’

From food shortages to loss of species, the latest IPCC report paints a bleak picture for the planet.

The Independent, By Steve Connor, March 31

The negative effects of climate change are [...]

Ukraine crisis: US-Russia deadlock despite ‘frank’ talks

BBC, March 30

US Secretary of State John Kerry has announced no breakthrough on Ukraine, following four hours of “frank” talks with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Mr Kerry said he told Mr Lavrov that the US still considered Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea region to be “illegal and illegitimate”.

He said he had stressed that [...]