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allegations that United States had tapped the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and that NSA had also monitored the Brazilian and Mexican leaders' communications, according to a local report.

The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being donné the numbers par an official in another US government department, according to a classified document provided par whistleblower Edward Snowden. The confidential memo reveals that the NSA encourages senior officials in its "customer" departments, such as the White House, State, and the Pentagon,...
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China Solar Energy Holdings Ltd., the solar panel maker that’s Lost 93 percent of its market value since 2007, a dit its chairman and two directors have been detained par Chinese authorities on allegations of fraud.

Chairman Yeung Ngo, Yang Yuchun and non-executive director Hao Guojun were arrested and have been held since Aug. 26, China Solar Energy a dit in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange on Oct. 18, citing its legal advisers. The company has been unable to contact them since August and is assessing the impact of the investigation on its financial performance, it said.

The disappearance...
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They are the biggest demonstrations Romania has seen this century. Across the country and beyond, tens of thousands have taken to the streets in protests that have included a human chain around Bucharest’s massive parliament, one of the world’s largest buildings, and a rally of several hundred Romanians in London’s Trafalgar Square.

If the demonstrations have gained momentum in part due to economic hardship and especially disillusionment with the political elite, they were initially triggered par a highly controversial mining project and the ecological and cultural damage that it might cause.

Though environmental issues have for a long time been seen as marginal in Southeastern European politics, it would not be the first time that environmental protests have snowballed into anti-establishment movements in the region....World Politics Review
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A number of factors are known to affect the degree of oxidation of elemental mercury. The major ones include halogen content (e.g. Cl, Br), temperature, reductants (e.g. NH3 and SO2), catalyst chemistry and catalyst age, as well as flue gas constituents e.g. Hg, H2O.
Halogen content in the fuel and flue gas is an important driver for achieving mercury oxidation through the SCR catalyst. Chlorine levels in some bituminous coals exceed 500 ppmw, resulting in HCl levels in the flue gas of greater than 35 ppm, so helping to drive greater formation of oxidized mercury via...
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Indonesia yesterday accused Singapore of jouer la comédie "like a child" over choking smog from forest fires in Sumatra that has triggered the city-state's worst environmental crisis in plus than a decade.

The escalation in tensions between tiny Singapore and its vast neighbour came as haze levels enveloping the island hit a record high, shrouding the whole city.

As the acrid smell crept into appartements and medical masks sold out, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong a dit the crisis could last weeks and urged people to pull together.

The city-state ratcheted up pressure on Jakarta to take "definitive action"...
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