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    # In other countries : Clashes erupted in Tripoli on Tuesday after the Libyan parliament-appointed government, backed by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced it was entering the capital, the seat of rival executive power. The government’s media unit said in a statement “The Prime Minister of the Libyan government, Fatih Bachaka, arrived in the capital, Tripoli, with several ministers, where he began his work.⁇. At the beginning of 2020, the UN. The government, sitting in Tripoli, born out of a political process funded by, did not immediately react to the announcement. The AFP correspondent noted that clashes between armed groups erupted in the early hours of the morning after the entry of Pachaka’s government. Heavy gunfire continued in the city around 0700 GMT (0500 GMT) local time. In February, a parliamentary session in the East appointed former Interior Minister Fathi Pachaka as the new Prime Minister. The organization is backed by the powerful Marshal Khalifa Habdar of eastern Libya, who sought to seize the capital in 2019. >>> Read more: Libya: Coalition government convenes first meeting 750 km from Tripoli...
    By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The U.S. military’s assessment of Russia’s renewed offensive in the Donbas region of Ukraine is that it has begun in a limited way, mainly in an area southwest of the city of Donetsk and south of Izyum. “When people say the offensive has begun, that’s what they’re referring to, and we’re not pushing back on that notion,” a senior U.S. defense official said. The official said the Russians are taking actions to improve their ability to sustain combat operations in the Donbas and to “prepare for what we believe will be larger offensives in the future.” The U.S. estimates that the Russian military has lost about 25% of the combat power it sent into Ukraine at the start of the war, so they’re refitting ground combat units for insertion into Ukraine. The official said the Russians added two more battalion tactical groups in the past 24 hours, for a total of 78. That’s up from 65 last week. — AP Military Writer Robert Burns contributed to this report. ___ KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE...
    Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN)Pakistan is in political turmoil as the South Asian country awaits a key court ruling that will decide whether embattled Prime Minister Imran Khan's plan for an early election can go ahead.Khan called the election in a dramatic attempt to cling to power after the deputy speaker of parliament blocked a no-confidence motion against him last Sunday that had appeared almost certain to succeed.That move, and Khan's subsequent dissolution of parliament, enraged an opposition that for months have been demanding his removal over claims of poor governance and economic mismanagement. The opposition responded by accusing Khan of treason and asking the country's highest court to rule on whether the Prime Minister had breached the constitution. The court battle is the latest escalation in a crisis that has been smoldering for weeks, with Khan already having lost the backing of key political allies and the country's powerful military.Khan's main hope now appears to be that his enduring popular appeal with voters -- fueled by his stellar former cricket career, his unique brand of Islamic populism and his claims of...
    By JIM HEINTZ, YURAS KARMANAU and MSTYSLAV CHERNOV KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A spokesman for Europe’s largest nuclear plant says the facility is on fire after Russia attacked the power station in the southern Ukrainian city of Enerhodar. A government official tells The Associated Press elevated levels of radiation are being detected near the site of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, which provides about 25% of the country’s power generation. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the information has not yet been publicly released. Plant spokesman Andriy Tuz told Ukrainian television that it is urgent to stop the fighting to put out the flames. Enerhodar is a city on the Dnieper River that accounts for one-quarter of the country’s power generation. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces battled for control of the Ukrainian city that is home to the biggest nuclear power plant in Europe on Thursday and gained ground in their bid to cut off the country from the sea, as Ukrainian leaders called on citizens to...
    By JIM HEINTZ, YURAS KARMANAU and MSTYSLAV CHERNOV KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops have begun shelling Europe’s largest nuclear power station in Ukraine. The plant is in Enerhodar, a city on the Dnieper River that accounts for one-quarter of the country’s power generation. A spokesman for the plant said the shelling began early Friday. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces battled for control of the Ukrainian city that is home to the biggest nuclear power plant in Europe on Thursday and gained ground in their bid to cut off the country from the sea, as Ukrainian leaders called on citizens to rise up and wage guerrilla war against the invaders. The fighting at Enerhodar, a city on the Dnieper River that accounts for one-quarter of the country’s power generation, came as another round of talks between the two sides yielded a tentative agreement to set up safe corridors inside Ukraine to evacuate citizens and deliver humanitarian aid. While the huge Russian armored column threatening Kyiv appeared bogged down...
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s diplomatic priorities will tilt toward addressing the threat of climate change as one of the key global challenges of the 21st century, Germany’s foreign minister announced Wednesday. Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, a member of the environmentalist Green Party, said Germany’s 226 diplomatic missions worldwide will become “climate embassies.” This will require some “reorganization and reallocation of resources,” she said, including with the appointment of a new German climate envoy, the former Greenpeace chief Jennifer Morgan. The announcement Tuesday that Morgan would take on a senior government position prompted some grumbling in Berlin, including from opposition politicians who questioned why an American activist had been chosen for the post. Baerbock dismissed the criticism, saying Morgan was the perfect person for the job. Morgan said she planned to use her lengthy experience within the environmental movement and think tanks “to support and further the goals of Germany and the EU worldwide.” “The energy transition is a clear soft power of Germany’s, and I will actively use it,” she said, referring to efforts by Europe’s biggest economy to phase...
    Police and demonstrators at a Extinction Rebellion protest, during the Cop26 summit in Glasgow. Picture date: Wednesday November 3, 2021.Jane Barlow - PA Images | PA Images | Getty Images GLASGOW, Scotland — Youth activists on the frontlines of the climate crisis have come to the COP26 summit to push for an end to inaction, urging politicians and business leaders to do all they can to meet the crucial goal of capping global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the rainy streets of Glasgow, Scotland over the weekend to demand the urgent measures necessary to tackle the climate emergency. Placards bearing slogans such as "COP26 Act Now!" and "We Need Action Not Promises" were held up through the city center as many chanted "system change, not climate change." Just a bus ride away talks at the summit continued behind closed doors. COP26 had been billed as humanity's last and best chance to prevent the worst of what the climate crisis has in store. There is not yet any indication whether the talks will be...
    Today's Election Day in Virginia. The top issue is reportedly "parents' rights." I had some thoughts about that but first wanted to see arguments in favor laid out in full. My friend Bill Scher is watching the governor's race for Washington Monthly. I asked if he knew of an article capturing the position. He said, "An honest one?" I guess enough said about that. Juan Williams got ahead of me. He's a news analyst for Fox. He's also a Black conservative, which is not a white conservative who happens to be Black. In his latest for The Hill, Williams said "parents' rights" in Virginia is code for white power. "It is a campaign to stop classroom discussion of Black Lives Matter protests or slavery because it could upset some children, especially white children who might feel guilt." He added: "Unlike their earlier defense of Confederate monuments, the "Parents' Rights" campaign message at first glance looks to have zero to do with race. That puts Democrats on the defensive. They are in the uncomfortable position of calling the attention of suburban...
    President Joe Biden apologized to other world leaders on Monday for the Trump administration's decision to exit the Paris climate agreement, saying during the United Nations' climate summit that the US' exit put the country behind in its climate goals."I guess I shouldn't apologize, but I do apologize for the fact that the United States -- the last administration pulled out of the Paris accord. It put us sort of behind the eight ball a little bit," the President said during a session on "action and solidarity" at the summit in Glasgow.The President announced the US would rejoin the Paris accords hours after he was sworn into office in January.During the session, Biden also said "the American people, four or five years ago, weren't at all sure about climate change, whether it was real.""Well, they have, as they say in southern parts of my state, 'seen the lord.' They've seen what's happened back home. The incredible changes that are taking place. And they're now finally ... seeing the sense of urgency that you all are," Biden continued.In his earlier opening...
    More On: taliban Taliban take control of six Afghan cities in a week as US withdraws Taliban overtakes two cities in Afghanistan ahead of US troop withdrawal B-52s lead new US airpower onslaught to stop Taliban advances in Afghanistan US urges Americans to leave Afghanistan immediately as violence escalates KABUL, Afghanistan — A US peace envoy brought a warning to the Taliban on Tuesday that any government that comes to power through force in Afghanistan won’t be recognized internationally after a series of cities fell to the insurgent group in stunningly quick succession. Zalmay Khalilzad, the US envoy, traveled to Doha, Qatar, where the Taliban maintain a political office, to tell the group that there was no point in pursuing victory on the battlefield because a military takeover of the capital of Kabul would guarantee they will be global pariahs. He and others hope to persuade Taliban leaders to return to peace talks with the Afghan government as American and NATO forces finish their pullout from the country. The insurgents have captured five out of 34 provincial capitals in...
    Last month, Senate Republicans unanimously rejected the most brazen partisan power grab by either political party in modern memory.  The election overhaul legislation Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., tried to ram through the Senate perverts the cause of voter access to hand one party unassailable political power. It alters the makeup of the bipartisan Federal Election Commission to give the Democratic Party an advantage. It gives political candidates federal funding to run television ads and buy yard signs. It takes away states’ power to outline their own congressional districts.  And it creates countless opportunities for fraud by allowing paid campaign operatives to collect ballots, tying states’ hands when it comes to maintaining accurate voter rolls, and preventing states from requiring identification to vote. REP. RON ESTES: BIDEN'S ECONOMIC CRISIS – HIS WASTEFUL SPENDING WILL CRUSH RECOVERY. HERE'S WHAT WE HAVE TO DO The reforms in this bill are not only out of line with the views of Republicans – they’re way out of line with the views of the American people.  The majority of Americans believe ballot harvesting should be...
    In this article PCG California's largest utility company, Pacific Gas & Electric, has a massive wildfire problem. Five of the ten most destructive fires in California since 2015 have been linked to PG&E equipment, including the 2018 Camp Fire that took out the town of Paradise and killed 85 people. Since then, PG&E has been reducing the risk of equipment sparks by shutting off the power in high fire-risk areas during dry, windy weather. It calls these Public Safety Power Shut-Offs, or PSPS events, and in 2019 they left almost a million customers in the dark for seven days. "We essentially lost that full week of service. We lost all of our food supply, we were not able to operate," said Brennen Jensen, who owns the 100-year-old Hotel Charlotte in Groveland, California. Keeping the power on for 16 million Californians is a big job, as is maintaining the integrity of more than 100,000 miles of power lines while keeping it clear of vegetation that could turn a spark into a deadly wildfire. All this while answering to California regulators and,...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Utilities’ power shutoffs inadequate fire defense Preemptive blackouts, a.k.a. “Public Safety Power Shutoffs,” are a poor solution to preventing wildfires ignited by power lines. Alternative tools, knowledge and best practices in wildfire prevention are available today. So why are electric power companies planning to implement preemptive blackouts, rather than upgrading their systems? Power companies need to take simple, proactive, extremely viable steps to prevent power lines from sparking wildfires. First, they need to invest in yearly risk assessments that evaluate power line right of ways and protective relaying schemes. Assessments reveal necessary updates to prevent lines from igniting vegetation without implementing preemptive blackouts. Additionally, they need to invest in modernizing power transmission so that faults are cleared before they spark wildfires. Experts that have worked in the electric utility industry for decades have the insights and ideas to make these changes a reality. It’s time that electric utility companies do their part to prevent wildfires. Alyssa Sleva Carlton, Ore. U.S. doesn’t truly lead on...
    Want even more betting news? Sign up for VSiN’s free daily newsletter. Listen Live to VSiN’s sports betting shows. Want even more betting news? Sign up for VSiN’s free daily newsletter. Listen Live to VSiN’s sports betting shows. Last weekend’s UFC 262 in Houston was a spectacular slate on which underdogs outslugged favorites, 6-5. To date in the UFC, favorites stand 93-54-5, or 64.4 percent, which is similar to previous years. Saturday, the UFC is back at the Apex Center in Las Vegas for UFC Vegas 27. Rob Font -120 vs. Cody Garbrandt +100, bantamweights (135 pounds). This main event may lack marquee appeal to many MMA fans, but the matchup will be action-packed as both are aggressive strikers. Garbrandt is the fourth-ranked fighter in the division and his assets are deft athleticism complemented by unusual quickness, speed and agility. Garbrandt also has power. He was a successful Division II wrestler in college and trains at a gym that features almost exclusively wrestling-based fighters. Yet he rarely employs any form of wrestling, preferring to use his physical...
    New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman said Monday night on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was willing to “politically prostitute” himself to become Speaker of the House. Friedman said, “Basically subscribing to the big lie that this election was stolen has become a prerequisite now for thriving surviving and rising in this Republican Party. What does that mean, Anderson? It means that this GOP is going to be built on a gigantic lie. Now, how could you possibly trust this party in power again if the calling card of giving into this party is claiming our last election, the greatest election certainly in modern American history where more Republicans and Democrats voted in the middle of a pandemic, their votes were counted by there neighbors and Republican judges and election monitors affirmed the votes and the attorney general of the Untied States and FBI director appointed by Trump all confirmed the integrity of the election that denying all of that and making the calling card of this party that you have to subscribe to...
    (CNN)Samantha Power was sworn in as the new head of the US Agency for International Development on Monday, taking the helm as the Biden administration is faced with humanitarian crises around the globe and the ongoing threat from the coronavirus pandemic.Power, who becomes the latest member of the Obama administration to join President Joe Biden's team, said that throughout her career as a journalist and then diplomat traveling to places such as Yemen, Syria and Nigeria, she has seen the "USAID effect" in action as the agency "saves and improves lives, engenders goodwill, boosts America's standing in the world and inspires others to cooperate with us."In her first remarks to staff at the agency that oversees America's international development and humanitarian efforts, Power offered perspective and encouragement as the agency faces the mutating Covid pandemic, recalling how the US helped defeat Ebola a decade ago. Describing what might become a blueprint for US global outreach on the Covid pandemic, Power described how Washington worked to create a unified effort against the highly contagious Ebola virus. "Because America led -- because...
    The president of Chad has been killed while fighting rebels on the front line just hours after winning a sixth term.  Idriss Deby, who ruled over the central African nation for more than three decades, 'breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield,' an army spokesman said today.   The army said Deby had been commanding his army at the weekend as it battled against rebels who had launched a major incursion into the north of the country on election day.  Deby had ruled Chad with an iron fist since 1990 but was a key ally in the West's anti-jihadist campaign in the troubled Sahel region.  President Idriss Deby is seen in 2006 while visiting troops in Adre, Chad Idriss Deby, who ruled over the central African nation for more than three decades, 'breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield,' an army spokesman said today (file photo) The army said a military council led by the late president's 37-year-old son Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, a four-star general, would replace him. On Monday, the army...
    N'Djamena, Chad — Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno, who ruled the central African nation for more than three decades, was killed Tuesday on the battlefield in a fight against rebels, the military announced on national television and radio. The military said that a transitional council will be led by Deby's son, Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno. Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno holds his notes as he addresses supporters at his election campaign rally in N'Djamena, April 9, 2021, ahead of the Presidential election. MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty The stunning announcement came just hours after electoral officials had declared Deby the winner of the April 11 presidential election, paving the way for him to stay in power for six more years.   The circumstances of Deby's death could not immediately be independently confirmed due to the remote location of the battlefield. It was not known why the president would have visited the frontlines in northern Chad or participated in ongoing clashes with the rebels who opposed his rule.   Deby, a former army commander-in-chief, first came to power in 1990 when his rebel forces overthrew...
    I read with great interest the February 26, 2021 article “Public school rooftop array project to add to Brooklyn’s vibrant solar sector” and was glad to see this initiative considering the abysmal impact pollution from gas power plants have on communities. Let’s build momentum towards clean energy. The proposed rooftop solar project is a positive initiative for Brooklyn, allowing a shift from the reliance on polluting fracked gas. Mentioned in the article was Governor Cuomo’s goal for 70 percent renewable energy by 2030. At the same time, there is a fracked gas power plant proposed by Astoria Generating Company, to be built in Brooklyn on the Gowanus Bay. How will adding this power plant contribute to this goal of a shift to renewable energy? Allowing this fracked gas power plant to be built fundamentally contradicts the efforts to support the school-based solar energy installation. Investing in polluting power plants harms communities by worsening air quality – leading to conditions like asthma and heart disease. These children that will be learning about the benefits of solar energy directly, would also be...
    More On: texas 12 primates die at Texas sanctuary in winter storm power outage Ex-Texas mayor says wife was fired after he called residents ‘lazy’ amid storm Cruz reportedly on his way home after Cancun trip amid Texas power crisis Texas power outages fall below 1 million as winter storm blamed for over 30 deaths Texas ranchers are scrambling to keep livestock alive during the historic winter storm — with the frigid conditions already killing some cows and other animals. Ranchers said they are forced to spend long, cold hours breaking up ice in water tanks and on frozen ponds in order to give the animals something to drink. In Whitesboro, Texas, rancher Austin Miles said he is filling a 300-gallon tank with water from a hose two to three times a day at his parents’ home then hauling it to the cattle. “This is extreme for us,” Miles said. “Our infrastructure was just not quite set up for these prolonged cold periods.” Kaylin Isbell, a rancher in Florence, said a few newborn cows and sheep have already died...
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