The standards ensuring the safety of our food, medicines and cars, the energy and climate policies needed to save our planet, and the financial regulations designed to prevent banks from creating another crisis all involve decisions that should be made in open, democratic venues.
The European Commission may propose next month a law to manage the supply of carbon permits as a way of combating a surplus that drove prices to a record low, said Jos Delbeke, head of the regulator’s climate department.
United Nations and Congolese troops will maintain their two-day-old offensive against Rwandan rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo until they surrender, UN force commander General Carlos dos Santos Cruz said.
Iran, once OPEC’s second-largest oil producer, will be unable to sustain an increase in crude exports that support its economy when some measures to curb those shipments are eased, the International Energy Agency said.
South Africans started to bid farewell to Nelson Mandela, the nation’s first black president, as a hearse brought his casket draped in a South African flag to the Union Buildings in Pretoria where his body will lie in state for three days.
Japan will seek to make its arms industry competitive globally and beef up defense of disputed islands that have fueled tensions with China, according to drafts of a new defense plan and its first National Security Strategy.
President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro and briefly exchanged words during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa, a rare interaction between the leaders of two countries that have been at odds for more than five decades.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will scrap most assistance for coal-fired power plants, joining the World Bank and the U.S. in a retreat from supporting the most polluting fossil fuel.
World reserves before next year’s harvest will be larger than the government forecast in November as farmers harvested bigger crops than a year earlier. U.S. inventories next year are projected to be higher than last month’s forecast.