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Experimental Fuel May Have Been Factor in Virgin Galactic Crash

Experts say the company was warned about the potential instability of a new hybrid fuel that was used in the plane that broke up over the Mojave Desert Friday, killing the co-pilot.

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U.N. Science Panel Calls for Fossil Fuel Phase-Out This Century

The destabilization of the climate will inflict “severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts” on humans and the natural world unless carbon emissions are cut sharply and rapidly, the most important assessment of global warming yet published says.

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Power Struggle Follows Resignation of Burkina Faso President

Thousands of people gathered in the center of country’s capital Sunday to denounce what they described as a military coup, two days after massive protests compelled President Blaise Compaore to resign.

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Russia-Ukraine Gas Deal Comes at a Price (Updated)

Aid from the International Monetary Fund will enable Ukraine to pay billions in debt to Russia’s primary gas company and free up enough of Ukraine’s budget to allow the country to buy fuel through the winter. But the IMF deal entails major reforms to the country’s energy industry.

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Islamic State Strives Without End

Unembedded Middle East reporter Patrick Cockburn describes the political and economic facts that enable Isis to continue its sweep through Iraq and Syria, and explains why a defeat for the group in the Syrian city of Kobani would not be the beginning of its end.

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Republican Ads: Careful Whom You Vote for in Iowa Because We’ll Tell Your Neighbors

The Republican National Committee has resorted to “vote shaming” Iowans with ludicrously misleading Facebook ads.

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Glass Ceilings and Class Consciousness

If Tim Cook and I ever had a political conversation—unlikely—we might well begin from some shared premises, but would certainly reach different conclusions.

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U.S. Will Train Ukrainian Military, May Supply Weapons

In a move that will rankle Russian authorities, the U.S. government announced plans to give the Ukrainian military training, technology and weapons.

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There Are Twice as Many Billionaires Now Than Before the Financial Crisis

UNICEF reports that child poverty has increased in over 20 countries since the global recession, while a new Oxfam study shows that billionaires have increased their combined wealth by over 120 percent. How can we continue to ignore this appalling inequality?

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