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Gap widening between poorest countries and others

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Patrick Worsnip
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UNITED NATIONS, March 29 (Reuters) - The wealth gap between the least developed and other countries has widened in recent decades and will go on doing so unless their basic weaknesses are tackled, a report for the United Nations said on Tuesday.

"In short, the 'least developed' condition has tended to generate 'less' development," even though most of the countries concerned had registered some economic growth, said the report by a group of nine "eminent persons." ... Read more about Gap widening between poorest countries and others

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Arab spring: an interactive timeline of Middle East protests

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Garry Blight and Sheila Pulham
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Ever since a man in Tunisia burned himself to death in December 2010 in protest at his treatment by police, pro-democracy rebellions have erupted across the Middle East. Our interactive timeline traces key events

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2011/mar/22/middle-east-protest-interactive-timeline ... Read more about Arab spring: an interactive timeline of Middle East protests

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Study Shows European "Mega-Heatwaves" More Likely

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LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) - "Mega-heatwaves" like the one that hit Russia and other parts of eastern Europe last year are up to 10 times more likely to occur over the next 40 years and could have serious consequences, scientists said on Thursday.

In a study published in the journal Science, researchers from Portugal, Switzerland, Germany and Spain said the 2010 heatwave was hotter and more widespread than Europe's 2003 heatwave, but another one like it was unlikely until after 2050. ... Read more about Study Shows European "Mega-Heatwaves" More Likely

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U.N. Food Agency Issues Warning On China Drought

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Keith Bradsher
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A Chinese farmer on dry farmland on the outskirts of Rizhao, Shandong Province, in January. ... Read more about U.N. Food Agency Issues Warning On China Drought

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U.S. Solar Market Blooms, Challenges Remain

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Ucilia Wang
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March 10, 2011   

Federal lawmakers are fight over budget and programs that would hamper the U.S. solar market, so any numbers to show the solar industry's contribution to the economy will help. So here comes a report released Thursday by the Solar Energy Industries Association that showed the U.S. solar market grew 67 percent to reach $6 billion in 2010 from $3.6 billion in 2009. ... Read more about U.S. Solar Market Blooms, Challenges Remain

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100 percent renewable energy possible by 2030

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Megan Treacy
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China Issues Warning on Climate and Growth

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Andrew Jacobs
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BEIJING — China’s environment minister on Monday issued an unusually stark warning about the effects of unbridled development on the country’s air, water and soil, saying the nation’s current path could stifle long-term economic growth and feed social instability ... Read more about China Issues Warning on Climate and Growth

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