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EU to slap two-year ban on bee-harming pesticides

Apr 30, 2013

EU to slap two-year ban on bee-harming pesticides

The European Commission said Monday it would impose the world’s first continentwide ban on three pesticides that environmentalists say are killing the bees that pollinate Europe’s crops. The decision was a blow to the two chemical companies — Bayer of Germany and Switzerland’s Syngenta ...

Afghan leader confirms CIA cash payments

Apr 30, 2013

Afghan leader confirms CIA cash payments

Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirmed Monday that his office has received money from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency over the past decade, with wads of cash reportedly handed over in suitcases and backpacks. Karzai thanked the U.S. spy agency for what he said was ...

Student's Tohoku trek lays ground for new park

Apr 30, 2013

Student's Tohoku trek lays ground for new park

by Mokoto Tai

A Waseda University student has hiked about 400 km through Tohoku as part of a field survey to choose a path for a new national park to be established by rebuilding areas damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. “I wanted to help ...

Apr 30, 2013

Fukuoka next on Minamata exhibition tour

A Tokyo-based nonprofit organization will hold an exhibition in the city of Fukuoka in May focusing on Minamata disease. The event from May 15 to 17 will display samples of mercury-contaminated sludge from Minamata Bay in Kagoshima Prefecture and examples of the victims’ damaged ...

Apr 30, 2013

U.S. seeks to expand wiretaps for Web use

A government task force is preparing legislation that would pressure companies such as Facebook and Google to enable law enforcement officials to intercept online communications as they occur, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with the effort. Driven by FBI concerns that ...

China becoming 'world's renewable energy leader'

Apr 30, 2013

China becoming 'world's renewable energy leader'

China is rapidly assuming a global leadership role on climate change alongside the U.S., a new study said Monday, but it warned greenhouse gas emissions worldwide continue to rise strongly. The report by the independent Australian-based Climate Commission, “The Critical Decade: International Action on ...