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China Isn't Giving Up On Venezuela Just Yet

Since 2007, China has loaned $57 billion to Venezuela. Most of the funds in recent years have been disbursed through the China Development Bank (CDB), one of China’s three policy banks. But this year, CDB has yet to supply the South American country with any more money.<p>When it first began pouring …

Venezuela crisis: Caracas hospital shows sorry state of health system

<b>"This is like a medical facility in a war zone," says Huniades Urbina-Medina, describing the Jose Manuel de Los Rios children's hospital in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas.</b><p>"This used to be the best hospital, not just in the country, but in all of Latin America. We used to welcome patients from all …

Here’s how attention to gender affected Colombia’s peace process

On Friday, October 7, 2016, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to negotiate and sign peace accords with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerillas, after 52 years of violent conflict. The award came just five days after …

Venezuelan president says oil prices must be fairer, more realistic

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Global oil prices need to be fairer and more realistic to encourage investment and OPEC members should reach an agreement to bring price stability, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told an energy congress on Monday.<p>A gas pump is seen hanging from the ceiling at a petrol …

Oil

Biofuels turn out to be a climate mistake – here's why

Ever since the 1973 oil embargo, U.S. energy policy has sought to replace petroleum-based transportation fuels with alternatives. One prominent …

Biofuel

Early gains for Mexican peso, Canadian dollar eroded in presidential debate | Financial Times

The Mexican peso is moving “bigly” again. Or is it “big league”? Either way, early gains for the peso and also the Canadian dollar have been whittled …

Presidential Debate

Why drinking with friends may prevent death from Alzheimer’s

Moderate drinking appears to lower the risk of dying from Alzheimer's and scientists think it might be because people are socialising more<p>Sharing a drink with friends could prevent early death from Alzheimer’s disease a new study suggests.<p>Scientists discovered that drinking around a glass of wine a …

Global oil producers say possible to reach output cut when OPEC meets

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - OPEC’s top oil producer Saudi Arabia said on Monday a global production deal to limit supplies could be reached by the group’s next formal meeting in November, when an invitation to join cuts could be extended to non-OPEC nations such as Russia.<p>A person carrying an umbrella …

Oil

Modern Diplomacy - Modern Diplomacy

South Asia19 hours agoTashkent Declaration 2: Phony Peace Harbinger for Afghanistan? Middle East22 hours agoEU and Iran Inevitable Choice: …

A new golden decade for Canada-China relations

<i>Wang Wentian is chargé d'affaires ad interim of the Chinese embassy in Ottawa.</i><p>In late September, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang paid an official visit to Canada, the first trip by a Chinese premier in a long lapse of 13 years. It was also a reunion for Mr. Li and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shortly …

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is testing a fundamental rule of geopolitics

The precipice rule, one of Quartz’s 14 rules of geopolitics, states that people may walk right up to the edge of ruination, but rarely force the issue and go over the cliff. That’s why we projected back in January that Donald Trump would win the Republican party’s nomination for US president but …

Donald Trump

5 Leading Theories of What Dreams Actually Are

The earliest recorded dream is from the Sumerian king Dumuzi of Uruk, who ruled just before Gilgamesh, sometime around 2500 BC. “An eagle seizes a …

Canada Would Like To Officially Denounce Trump's Comments About Its Health Care

Please, Mr. Trump. Leave us out of this.

Global demand for energy will peak in 2030, says World Energy Council

New technology and stricter policies will transform energy industry as ‘phenomenal’ growth in solar and wind power continues<p>Global demand for energy per capita will peak in 2030 thanks to new technology and stricter government policies, the World Energy Council has predicted.<p>In a report on a range …

Study: 23 and 69 Are the Happiest Ages

<i>This article originally appeared on Time.com.</i><p>Just when you thought 33 was the new 20, a recent study indicates that the ages at which we’re most …

Happiness

Coal will last ‘a thousand years,’ Trump says

“Clean coal.” Mmhm.<p>Climate change finally came up in a presidential debate. But, when it did, it was after Republican presidential nominee Donald …

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ISPs

13 Photographers Bear Witness to Climate Change (Sponsored)

<i>Earth Not Ours</i> is a series by photographer Andrew Williams, made in collaboration with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He …

Non-banks ‘crippled’ by Ottawa’s changes to mortgage lending

Canada's non-bank lenders are reeling from Ottawa's latest moves to cool Canada's housing market, with many forced to immediately hike their mortgage rates or scale back their businesses.<p>First National Financial, the country's largest non-bank mortgage lender, sent a note to its mortgage-broker …

The Man Who Fixed Hubble

Spaceman documents Mike Massimino's unlikely journey from fire inspector's son to elite astronaut<p>The subtitle of astronaut Mike Massimino’s new memoir, <i>Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe</i>, hints at two things: his bootstrap beginnings as a nerdy kid with …

Trump, Clinton Square Off in Town Hall Debate: Pictures

Monday is Canadian Thanksgiving — here are 7 things you need to know

The holiday is pretty similar to American Thanksgiving — it definitely involves a turkey — but there are a few big differences.<p>For one thing, it's always held on the second Monday of October. That said, Canadians will feast on the Saturday, Sunday, or Monday of the Thanksgiving long weekend.<p>The …

The country’s first offshore wind farm will power 17,000 homes

<b>(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (AP)</b><p>By the year 2050, the feds want to power 23 million homes using offshore wind power<p>Heather Smith<p>October 10, 2016 8:59am (UTC)<p><i>This article originally appeared on Grist.org</i><p>A key moment for the future of clean energy in America will take place in the frigid waters of the …

Hydroelectric Power

CNN Debate Recap: ‘The Debate Went Scorched-Earth’

<i>Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump squared off Sunday night in a 90-minute debate filled with harsh critiques and uncomfortable allegations. The event came two days after a lewd tape of Trump surfaced from 2005 that caused a slew of</i> …

Donald Trump Slams Canada's Health Care System As 'Catastrophic'

It was bound to happen sooner or later.<p>Donald Trump brought up Canadian health care as an example of a “flawed” public system during the second U.S. …

Detained in Turkey for a visa violation, all alone. Would I ever get home?

"Where's your other passport?" the border agent at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport snapped as he waved my U.S. passport.<p>He was annoyed, but so was I. I didn’t have another passport. The one in his hand was it.<p>"You came to Istanbul, you didn't exit and now you are re-entering,” he said slowly, his …