After Egypt’s revolution, malaise spreads: ‘Old days were better’

by Ernesto Londono Washington Post May 24, 2011

KAFR EL-MESELHA, EGYPT — The main road in this dusty town on the Nile River Delta no longer bears the name of its most famous son. Hosni Mubarak Road is now simply Road No. 16. Gone too are the once ubiquitous mosaics and framed photos of the ousted Egyptian president....

Promise of Arab uprisings is threatened by religious, ethnic and clan divisions

by Anthony Shadid and David D. Kirpatrick New York Times May 21, 2011

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The revolutions and revolts in the Arab world, playing out over just a few months across two continents, have proved so inspirational to so many because they offer a new sense of national identity built on the idea of citizenship. ...

Climate-change aid to developing world difficult to track, report says

by Brian Vastag Washington Post May 20, 2011

In the 2009 Copenhagen climate accord, 21 developed nations and the European Union agreed to provide $30 billion over three years to help poorer nations adapt to climate change and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions....

Planting for the future

by Carrie Madren The Interpreter May 16, 2011

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Wikileak cables show race to obtain Arctic resources as ice retreats

by Meirion Jones and Susan Watts BBC News May 12, 2011

Secret US embassy cables released by Wikileaks show nations are racing to "carve up" Arctic resources - oil, gas and even rubies - as the ice retreats. They suggest that Arctic states, including the US and Russia, are all pushing to stake a claim. ...

Fast-growing Brazil tries to lift its poorest

by Juan Forero Washington Post May 11, 2011

The industrial complex and port here are a showcase of the region’s economic might, employing 55,000 workers and attracting billions in investments. But a couple of miles down the road, Netildes Delvina Soares, 47, lives “with much suffering,” as she put it, in a wood-plank hut without plumbin...

Brazil: Amazon rainforest deforestation rises sharply

by BBC News May 9, 2011

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Administration planning $1 billion debt relief for Egypt

by Mary Beth Sheridan Washington Post May 7, 2011

The Obama administration has decided to provide about $1 billion in debt relief for Egypt, a senior official said Saturday, in the boldest U.S. effort yet to shore up a key Middle East ally as it attempts a democratic transition. The aid would be part of a major economic aid package that also inclu...

Syrians who took to the streets Friday after prayers knew they were defying threats from their president. But they poured out anyway, tens of thousands of them, calling for his ouster a day after he lifted a set of despised emergency laws. And in towns and cities across the country, President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces answered with guns.By late Friday, 81 people were confirmed dead in at least 10 towns and cities, said Wissam Tarif, director of a Syrian human rights group. It was the biggest single-day death toll in Syria’s six-week-old uprising,

More deaths on Syria’s ‘day of defiance’

by Al Jazeera May 6, 2011

Activists claim that up to 30 people have been killed in Syria where thousands have taken to the streets for another day of anti-government rallies, dubbed a "day of defiance"....

Commodity prices fall sharply as investors sell

by BBC News May 5, 2011

Oil prices were down 10% at one stage, with US light, sweet crude ending the day below $100 a barrel....

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