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A court in Pakistan charges former military ruler Pervez Musharraf with treason, the country’s first army chief to face such a prosecution.

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The clean energy industry is turning Nevada green

Few things could be less sustainable than an entertainment mecca in the middle of a desert. But there’s more to Nevada than the Vegas Strip, and investors in the Silver State are finding better ways of wagering their money than in slot machines. On Thursday, leaders from both major parties joined forces to tout Nevada’s clean technology sector. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) held a press conference to laud the $5.5 billion that has been invested in the industry in the state since 2010. The figure was calculated by the Clean Energy Project, a Las Vegas-based advocacy group for the renewables sector. The group credits state tax breaks for growing clean energy investment. From its new report: Due to Nevada’s vast solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass resources, the state has excelled at meeting demand in and out of its borders leading to significant clean energy capital investments. As of 2014, Nevada has 480 MW of clean energy developed or being developed to meet its energy demand and 985 MW of clean energy exported to other states. The cumulative capital investments for both in-state and out-of-state clean energy projects, including transmission lines to move the clean electrons, total $5.5 billion since 2010. Nevada’s Investment of $500 million in tax abatements has attracted $5.5 billion of capital investment in clean energy projects to the state. According to the report, $2.3 billion worth of solar projects are operating in Nevada, many of them installed by an 80-company-strong solar industry that employs 2,400 people. Geothermal energy has long been an important part of Nevada’s energy mix, and the report notes about $1 billion of investment in that sector since 2009. Wind energy remains nascent, though 66 turbines are spinning at the Spring Valley Wind project. All of these projects will help Nevada meet its goal of getting 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025. About two-thirds of the electricity sold in Nevada currently comes from natural gas, with a hefty dose of coal in there as well. “Renewable energy is one of the focuses of our economic development,” Sandoval said Thursday against the backdrop of the solar-powered “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. “I think that the taxpayers can be confident that they’re getting a good return on their dollar.”Filed under: Food, Politics

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Tens of thousands protest in Philippines against misused funds

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Tens of thousands of Filipinos angry at official corruption marched through the centre of Manila and other cities to demand the abolition of a misused fund for legislators’ pet projects, the biggest protest aimed at Benigno Aquino’s government. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Air pollution takes toll on China’s tourism

<!– google_ad_section_start –> China, one of the most visited countries in the world, has seen sharply fewer tourists this year – with worsening air pollution partly to blame. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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South Korea businessmen call for Kaesong deal on eve of last-ditch talks

<!– google_ad_section_start –> South Korean businessmen called for the Koreas to strike a deal on the reopening of the Kaesong joint industrial zone, in a statement released on the eve of last-ditch talks. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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South Korea offers final talks on Kaesong joint industrial zone

<!– google_ad_section_start –> South Korea has proposed “final” talks with the North over the fate of the shuttered Kaesong joint industrial zone, suggesting it may permanently close the estate if the negotiations fail. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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China plans to spend $275B to cut air pollution

<!– google_ad_section_start –> BEIJING (AP) — China will spend $275 billion to tackle air pollution over the next five years, highlighting how the issue has become a priority for the leadership. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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China says it will spend $275 billion on pollution

<!– google_ad_section_start –> BEIJING (AP) — China will spend $275 billion to tackle air pollution over the next five years, a state newspaper reported Thursday, highlighting how the issue has become a priority for the leadership. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Knife-wielding man kills Guangxi one-child policy officials

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A knife-wielding Chinese man on Tuesday stormed an office enforcing the one-child policy, stabbing two officials to death and injuring three others and a lawyer, state media reported. The villager was arrested soon after attacking the Dongxing city family planning office in the southern province of Guangxi but his motives were unclear, the People’s Daily said. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Long-time Xinjiang official promoted to central committee

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Li Xuejun, 52, who was formerly the party chief of Yili Kazak autonomous prefecture, is a Han Chinese who has spent most of his career in the restive region since 1977, the regional government reported yesterday. Li worked in the region’s finance office from 1980 to 2006. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Mexico woos Chinese tourists and investors

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Hundreds of thousands of Chinese tourists visit the United States each year, but fewer than 50,000 went to its southern neighbour Mexico last year. But Mexico’s looking to change that. Its tourism secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu has been visiting Hong Kong and the mainland to woo Chinese investors and tourists. She said that last year Mexico saw about 1,500 Hong Kong visitors and around 47,000 from the mainland. “We’re looking to grow those flows” she added at the start of her two-day visit this week. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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EU official says China can curb pollution

<!– google_ad_section_start –> China can curb pollution without sacrificing economic growth, an EU commissioner said during a two-day trip to Beijing to meet with officials and environmental activists. EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik also said that China’s serious pollution problems are a business opportunity for European businesses, which have “in the last decades evolved quite far the technological solutions to some of the technology, be it in the water or cleaning up or in the air.” <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Hong Kong takes innovation lead in Asia, report says

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Despite lingering weakness in the economy, Hong Kong strengthened its position among the top 10 global markets for innovation, according to the latest rankings released yesterday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Myanmar’s Thein Sein to free all political prisoners as Cameron presses on human rights

<!– google_ad_section_start –> British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday urged Myanmese President Thein Sein to defend human rights as the former junta general made his first official visit to London. Cameron said he was particularly concerned by violence targeting members of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority in which hundreds of people have been killed. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Hong Kong travel agencies for mainland tourists may face tighter controls

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Travel agencies organising inbound tours from the mainland will bear the brunt of proposed reforms under which a new watchdog will be formed with the main task of tightening controls on the trade. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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City’s doors must remain open to tourists: Jack So

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The annual number of tourists visiting Hong Kong could swell to 100 million in the next decade, says the convenor of a top government advisory body. “If we project figures based on the recent rate of increase in tourists here, we could get to 100 million visitors by 2023,” said Jack So Chak-kwong, who convenes the working group on convention and exhibition industries and tourism under the Economic Development Commission. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Postage fees to rise by up to 25pc

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Postage fees will rise by as much as 25 per cent in October, Hongkong Post announced yesterday. It is its first price increase since April 2002, and comes after the city’s post office began to incur operating losses in the financial year from 2011. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Zhou Shengxian defends ‘embarrassing’ environmental protection ministry

<!– google_ad_section_start –> China’s environment minister said his ministry ranked among the world’s “four major embarrassing departments” but defended the agency, saying it was hampered by overlapping functions in government, state media said on Tuesday. The comments by Zhou Shengxian are the latest in a string of blunt admissions by Chinese leaders that the country still has a long way to go in tackling pollution. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Both Koreas agree to reopen joint Kaesong zone ‘when ready’

<!– google_ad_section_start –> North and South Korea have agreed in principle to reopen a joint industrial zone seen as the last remaining symbol of cross-border reconciliation, Seoul said on Sunday after wrapping up rare talks. Officials agreed to “revive operations of the firms” at the Kaesong complex “when ready”, according to an agreement signed by both sides after marathon talks held near the border wrapped up early Sunday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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