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  • Chinese officials accused of smuggling African ivory on official visits

    Chinese officials accused of smuggling African ivory on official visits
    Visits to Africa by high-level Chinese delegations, including a presidential trip, have been used to smuggle ivory, contributing to an explosion in poaching that has cut Tanzania’s elephant population in half over the last five years, according to a...
  • African health spending lags despite rapid economic growth

    African health spending lags despite rapid economic growth
    The little boy born just before sunset was lucky. He had stopped breathing just after his mother delivered him into a shawl as she lay in a cramped hospital ward here in this provincial town 100 miles north of the capital, Maputo. Fortunately, a group...
  • Who will pay to stop Ebola?

    Now that the American public has had a chance to see that the very few cases of Ebola in this country have little chance of leading to a dangerous outbreak, it's time to return our attention to the three West African nations where the virus is a daily and...
  • At G-20 summit, U.S. likely to press others to help lift global economy

    At G-20 summit, U.S. likely to press others to help lift global economy
    As President Obama and other world leaders arrive Saturday in Brisbane, Australia, for the annual G-20 summit, they will face a daunting challenge: steering a global economy that has seen most of its major players slowing down. One notable exception...
  • Obama to pledge $3 billion in climate aid for developing countries

    President Obama will pledge $3 billion to an international climate fund aimed at helping developing countries prepare for and slow the effects of climate change, a White House official said Friday. The U.S. pledged the money to the United Nations...
  • Flawed debt and trade policies plague U.S.

    Flawed debt and trade policies plague U.S.
    The U.S. environmentalists are ecstatic about the handshake, non-binding agreement between Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In reality, the Chinese have merely agreed to follow their existing energy strategy of...
  • Fossil fuels have made all our lives better

    Fossil fuels have made  all our lives better
    Here's a question for Floridians to ponder: Is it good that your state generates 86 percent of its electricity from fossil fuels? I'd wager most of you would say no. So would many of the politicians and bureaucrats directing America's energy policy....
  • Afghanistan's new president faces a campaign-scarred economy

    Afghanistan's new president faces a campaign-scarred economy
    As a former World Bank official, Afghanistan's new president has helped develop economic programs for Russia, India and China. But it is in his homeland that Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai faces the greatest fiscal challenge of his career. As coalition troops...
  • Indonesia's new president sworn in, calls for unity

    After a bruising election campaign, former businessman Joko Widodo was sworn in Monday as president of Indonesia, becoming the first man from outside the country’s political and military elite to lead the world’s 10th-largest economy. Tens...
  • Ronald McKinnon dies at 79; economist opposed Fed asset purchases

    Ronald McKinnon, a retired professor of economics at Stanford University who warned Federal Reserve policy makers including former Chairman Ben Bernanke that its large-scale asset purchases would harm the economy, has died. He was 79. He died...
  • Ebola fears spread as Spanish nurse worsens, British man tested

    Ebola fears spread as Spanish nurse worsens, British man tested
    Fears that the Ebola outbreak will spread globally rose on Thursday with the deteriorating health of an infected Spanish nurse, a British man who died in Macedonia being tested for the virus and more demands by U.S. lawmakers for travel bans. At least 26...