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Australia's carbon tax repealed after 2 years
Australia's Conservative government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it.
Hamas got rich as Gaza was plunged into poverty
With multi-million-dollar land deals, luxury villas and black market fuel from Egypt, Gaza's rulers made billions while the rest of the population struggled with 38-percent poverty and 40-percent unemployment.
Booming U.S. oil and gas elbowing out Alberta’s crude
The dramatic rise of U.S. crude oil and natural gas production is disrupting even long-established trade flows inside Canada, as Alberta producers are increasingly finding themselves competing for — and losing — market share to American petroleum supplier
A California Oil Field Yields Another Prized Commodity
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The 115-year-old Kern River oil field unfolds into the horizon, thousands of bobbing pumpjacks seemingly occupying every corner of a desert landscape here in California’s Central Valley. A contributor to the state’s original oil boom
Airbnb’s Promise: Every Man and Woman a Hotelier
In recent weeks, Airbnb, the online lodging site and popular Silicon Valley emblem of the sharing-loving-trusting-hugging-anyone-can-be-Conrad-Hilton economy, unveiled a promotional campaign in New York aimed at getting doubters to see what a valuable soc
Virus Plagues the Pork Industry, and Environmentalists
The bodies are piling up fast.
A deadly virus, porcine epidemic diarrhea, or PEDv, is estimated to have killed, on average, more than 100,000 piglets and young hogs each week since it first showed up in Iowa in May 2013, wreaking havoc on the pork indu
The Great Lakes, in a Welcome Turnaround
Like a slowly draining bathtub, this sparkling inlet of Lake Michigan had seen its clear, cool waters recede for years,but after reaching historic lows in 2013, water levels in the Great Lakes are now abruptly on the rise
Questions surround Canada’s free trade agenda
The Harper government’s vaunted free trade agenda is either a roaring success or hopelessly stalled — and given that government officials aren’t commenting, even experts in the field are having trouble deciding which.
Muslims protest perfume logo based on Sufi symbol
A sultry ad for a perfume created by Roberto Cavalli has touched a raw nerve with Muslim mystics, who claim the Italian design house has inappropriately used a symbol sacred to practitioners of their mystical faith.
Quebec unionized Wal-Mart workers win Supreme Court victory
The Supreme Court of Canada has sided with the union representing former Wal-Mart employees who claimed the company violated Quebec labour law when it abruptly closed its store in Jonquičre, Que., not long after the workers voted to unionize.
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