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The Jehoshua Novels


The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest

New York Times, By David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy, April 22

The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction.

While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the [...]

WIPP workers face big changes

Albuquerque Journal News, By Lauren Villagran, April 22

Their jobs won’t ever be the same.

Now that contamination has been discovered underground – although the extent is still unknown – the contractor that runs the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant says workers will face a new paradigm when they return to the site: more formality, tougher [...]

Turkish PM Erdoğan stresses ‘shared pain’ in statement on Armenian issue

Hurriyet Daily News, April 23

Ankara – Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has highlighted the “shared pain” endured during the 1915 events in an unexpected statement April 23 on the Armenian issue, expressing condolences on behalf of the Turkish state to the grandchildren of Armenians who lost their lives “in the context of the early [...]

Cumbrian nuclear dump ‘virtually certain’ to be eroded by rising sea levels

One million cubic metres of waste near Sellafield are housed at a site that was a mistake, admits Environment Agency

The Guardian, By Rob Edwards, April 20

Britain’s nuclear dump is virtually certain to be eroded by rising sea levels and to contaminate the Cumbrian coast with large amounts of radioactive waste, according to an [...]

Four French journalists freed after Syria kidnapping

RFI, April 19

Four French journalists are safe and in good health, after being held hostage in Syria since June 2013. The hostages were found overnight Friday by Turkish soldiers on the border between Turkey and Syria, where they had been tied-up and blindfolded.

French President François Hollande declared his huge relief on Saturday, in [...]

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamic extremists claim massive blast that killed 75

AP, April 19

Lagos, Nigeria — Islamic extremists Saturday claimed responsibility for the massive rush-hour explosion earlier this week that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, killing at least 75 people and wounding 141.

“We are in your city, but you don’t know where we are,” Abubakar Shekau, leader of the [...]

Guantánamo Bay detainees’ release upon end of Afghanistan war ‘unlikely’

US officials indicate fate of inmates captured during the country’s longest conflict will continue to complicate Obama administration’s efforts to close wartime detention complex.

The Guardian, By Spencer Ackerman, April 19

Guantánamo Bay – Typically, when a war ends, so does the combatants’ authority to detain the other side’s fighters. But as the conclusion of [...]

Obama signs law barring Iran U.N. envoy

Al Jazeera, April 18

Washington – President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a bill barring entrance to the U.S. for any foreign diplomat seen as a threat to American security or who has engaged in “terrorist activity” — a measure that effectively bans Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations.

Washington said earlier this [...]

What’s in the trash this Friday? –> US Delays Review of Contentious Keystone Pipeline

AP, By Josh Lederman & Dina Cappiello, April 18

Washington – The Obama administration is extending indefinitely its review of the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections.

In a surprise announcement as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State [...]

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 [...]