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Appeals court keeps block on Obama immigration actions

The timing would seem to allow the Supreme Court an opportunity to rule on the issue this term.<p>A federal appeals court has rejected President Barack Obama's effort to move forward with a series of executive actions he announced last year seeking to give quasi-legal status and work permits to …

Immigration

Australian Conservation Foundation takes battle against Queensland mine to federal court, arguing Greg Hunt failed to consider the impact of climate pollution on the Great Barrier Reef<p>The Australian Conservation Foundation has launched what it described as a historic bid to have the federal …

Australia

Back home, Walker's economic development agency in disarray

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economic development agency Gov. Scott Walker created to entice a quarter-million jobs to come to Wisconsin ended up with lots …

Investments in fossil fuel companies face serious risk from global warming, research by the Economist Intelligence Unit shows<p>Private investors stand to lose $4.2tn (£2.7tn) on the value of their holdings from the impact of climate change by 2100 even if global warming is held at plus 2C, a report …

Fossil Fuels

Easier terms for Greece could open a can of worms in Europe

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Eurozone governments taking a tough line on Greece's demand for debt relief and easier bailout terms fear opening a can of …

Book highlights toxic allegations of covert police involvement in the blacklisting of trade unionists<p>Syd Scroggie was a war hero from Dundee who lost his sight and a leg after stepping on a landmine during the liberation of Italy in 1945. Remarkably, his injuries did not stop him continuing to …

Book Reviews

Five writers from media and the Zone 9 blog have security related charges dropped, but critics say there are still at least 12 others behind bars<p>Charges against five bloggers and journalists held in Ethiopia for more than a year have been dropped, weeks before Barack Obama’s planned visit to the …

Africa

Why Congress can’t make a deal on highway spending

Key Republican and Democratic senators -- including Senate Environment and Public Works Chair James Inhofe (R-OK) and ranking Democrat Barbara Boxer of California -- reached a tentative agreement late last month on the broad outlines of a new six-year, roughly $575 billion transportation bill aimed …