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UK vows to close all coal power plants by 2025


  UK will ‘champion a global alliance’ on a transition to coal-free power generation   The UK has committed to a programme that will phase coal out of all electricity generation by 2025. Canada has also said it will close its coal power stations by 2030, and both countries are ...

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Erdogan says US sacrificing strategic ally Turkey


ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the US of mistreating a strategic ally, in a blistering speech which appeared to rule out swift resolution to a dispute between two NATO allies jointly fighting Daesh. Hours after Ankara announced officials would meet soon to settle differences, Erdogan accused the ...

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The Nobel in economics rewards a pioneer of “nudges”


  Richard Thaler becomes one of very few behavioural economists to receive the discipline’s highest honour   NOT long ago, the starting assumption of any economic theory was that humans are rational actors who maximise their utility. Economists summarily dismissed anyone insisting otherwise. But over the past few decades, behavioural ...

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A Declaration of Independence, Sort of, for Catalonia


  BARCELONA, Spain — The Catalan secession crisis took a confusing new turn on Tuesday night, after the leader of Catalonia made a perplexing speech in which he appeared to declare independence from Spain, before immediately suspending that decision to allow for more “dialogue” with leaders in Madrid. For days, ...

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