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Investors Fight General Electric Plan to Buy Kenyan Coal Plant

A group of investors in U.S. conglomerate General Electric (GE) has publicly opposed its plans to buy a stake in a Kenyan coal-fired plant, claiming the project would damage the environment and undermine efforts to fight global warming. In a public letter to GE, nearly five dozen institutional and individual shareholders called on the company to reverse course on its intentions to purchase a 20 percent stake in a planned 1,000-megawatt coal plant on Kenya’s Lamu island. The move follows… Read Full Article

At Least 8 Dead in Missouri Tourist Boat Accident

A tourist boat apparently capsized on a lake Thursday night in Missouri, leaving at least eight people dead and several others hospitalized, a sheriff said. The Springfield News-Leader reported that Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said a Ride the Ducks tourist boat reportedly sank on Table Rock Lake with more than 30 people on board. He said weather was believed to have caused the boat to capsize. High winds had hit the area, according to weather reports. He said an off-duty sheriff's… Read Full Article

Olympic Figure Skater Denis Ten Killed in Kazakhstan 

Kazakhstan is in shock over the stabbing death Thursday of Olympic figure skating medal winner Denis Tan. The 25-year-old was killed in Almaty apparently while trying to fight off two suspects stealing the mirrors off his car. Media reports say doctors at a hospital performed CPR on Ten for two hours before pronouncing him dead. Ten, who was of Korean descent, was Kazakhstan’s first Olympic medal winner for figure skating when he won the bronze at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. But… Read Full Article

Iran Credit Institution Scandal Puts Iranians’ Focus on Corruption

An Iranian newspaper’s revelation that the head of a once massive credit institution has been on trial for embezzlement in Tehran has thrust the problem of corruption back into the spotlight for many Iranians. In an article posted Wednesday, reformist newspaper Shargh Daily said a Tehran court has been conducting an investigation into alleged corruption by Abolfazl Mir-Ali, who served as managing director of the bankrupt Samen al-Hojaj Credit Institution. Mir-Ali’s wife and another associate… Read Full Article

Rosenstein Defends Charging Foreign Agents US Can’t Arrest

The top law enforcement official overseeing the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election is defending the prosecution of foreign agents who may never see the inside of a U.S. courtroom. Speaking Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also said the Justice Department will notify the U.S. public when it identifies efforts by foreign government to target U.S. politics. Rosenstein unveiled a report identifying the major cyber threats that… Read Full Article

BA emergency landing forces London Gatwick runway closure

A British Airways flight from Naples to Gatwick Airport landed with a technical fault.

Syria Rebels Surrender Frontier with Israel

Syrian rebels agreed to surrender their last pockets of control in southwest Quneitra province to the government, state media reported Thursday, making way for Damascus to re-establish its authority along the Israeli frontier. The deal, confirmed in its general outlines by a monitoring group and opposition activists in Quneitra, will put the Syrian government face-to-face with Israel along most of its frontier for the first time since 2011, when an uprising against President Bashar Assad’s… Read Full Article

Judicial Chief Resigns in Latest Scandal Rocking Peru

The head of Peru’s judicial branch resigned Thursday in the wake of a mounting corruption scandal involving secret phone recordings capturing numerous judges making behind-the-scenes deals on everything from promotions to criminal sentences.  The latest scandal to embroil this South American nation has ensnared some of the country’s highest-ranking judges and political officials and comes just four months after then-President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski stepped down in a separate corruption probe… Read Full Article

Cyberattacks on 2018 US Political Campaigns Already Underway

Hackers targeted the campaigns of at least three candidates running for Congress in the upcoming 2018 U.S. elections, but the attacks were detected and thwarted, a Microsoft executive said Thursday. The attempted attacks tried to use a fake Microsoft domain as a landing page for phishing attacks, said Tom Burt, Microsoft vice president for customer security and trust. He refused to name which candidates were targeted, citing privacy concerns. “They were all people who, because of their… Read Full Article

Intelligence Chief: N. Korea Not Likely to Denuclearize in a Year

U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Thursday it was technically possible for North Korea to eliminate its nuclear weapons program within a year, but added that it was not likely to happen. Asked at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado about White House national security adviser John Bolton’s statement that North Korea could denuclearize in a year, Coats said: “It’s technically possible but probably not going to happen.” “It’s a much more complicated process than most… Read Full Article