China Opposes N. Korean Nuke Test

China was resolutely opposed to the nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Foreign Ministry said here in a statement Monday.

Venezuela Nationalizes Gas Plant and Steel Companies

This week the Venezuelan government nationalized a gas compression plant in the eastern state of Monagas and five prominent steel and iron briquette companies as part of its two year-old national development plan to integrate the country's strategic industries under state control.

Pregnant Displaced Pakistani Women Lack Facilities, Skilled Medics

Some 4,375 internally displaced women in northwest Pakistan are due to give birth in June with very few trained medics available and meagre facilities, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Microwave Oven Most Efficient?

The short answer is that it depends upon several variables, including the price of electricity versus gas, and the relative efficiency of the appliances involved. Typically, though, a microwave would be slightly more efficient at heating water than the flame on a gas stove, and should use up a little less energy.

Victory in India to Impact on South Asia

The Congress Party has governed for almost 50 years of modern India’s 61 years of independence giving it the undoubted reputation and capacity to lead the country through the global economic contraction.

Cuba has the Right to a Revolution

This idea of trying to undermine the Cuban Revolution from the inside is not only typical of the new political currents up north or the Cuban counterrevolutionaries at their service.

Impact of Sonar on Marine Life

Unfortunately for many whales, dolphins and other marine life, the use of underwater sonar (short for sound navigation and ranging) can lead to injury and even death.

The Cheney Channel

An association representing top advertisers on broadcast and cable television has proposed the creation of a new Cheney Channel dedicated exclusively to the Cheney family, the primary motivation apparently being to get Dick and Liz off all the other channels where their presence seems to be hurting the sales of advertised products.

Climate Bill Moves Closer to Passage in the House

Republicans are pushing common misperceptions about ACES in order to generate opposition. They insist that the system of pollution permits in ACES, which would cap greenhouse gas emissions and raise revenue to invest in a transition to renewable energy, would push up energy costs for most Americans.

The Greening of Ballparks (but Yankee Stadium gets a Bronx Cheer)

Across most of Major League Baseball (MLB), teams are turning greener than the outfield grass, reports the June 2009 issue of E – The Environmental Magazine. They’re reducing energy consumption, extending recycling efforts, and taking the first steps into renewable energy.

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