U.S. and Russia to seek Syria peace talks
It's unclear whether they'll be able to bring rebels and the government of Bashar Assad to the negotiating table. MOSCOW — The United States and Russia agreed Tuesday to try to bring together the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the opposition for peace talks, signaling a potential breakthrough in long-stalled diplomatic efforts to end a bloody conflict that threatens to destabilize the entire region.
U.S., allies to stage naval exercise in Gulf energy shipping hub
DUBAI - The United States and its allies are preparing for naval exercises in the Gulf energy export hub that will include minesweeping and escorting commercial ships in a region where Iran is seen as a threat both to trade and security.
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U.S. turns over troubled dam project to Afghanistan
The decision to let Afghans finish the Kajaki Dam hydroelectric project in the country's volatile south carries risks — among them, that a huge U.S. investment may be squandered. KAJAKI, Afghanistan — After struggling for more than a decade to upgrade a huge hydroelectric plant in a volatile region that saw heavy American losses in fighting with the Taliban, the United States is trying a new approach: Let the Afghans take charge.
'Things Could Get Ugly': Fracking Set to Escalate US Water Wars
A new study released Thursday shows that a "significant portion" of fracking, a water intensive process, is happening in already water-stressed regions of the United States—most prominently Texas and Colorado, "which are both in the midst of prolonged drought conditions."
China Is Investing $810M In Beidou, A Navigation System It Hopes Will Eventually Rival GPS
China is investing $810 million into the development of Beidou (BDS), the navigation satellite system that it is positioning as a rival to the U.S.-developed GPS. According to China Daily, the money will be used to build an industrial park that will house 30 to 50 companies focused on developing an ecosystem for Beidou. Based in Tianjin, the industrial park is expected to welcome its first 20 companies in June. The Chinese government not only wants Beidou to eventually dominate China’s $19.2 billion navigation service sector, but also sees it as a way to make China’s military less dependent on foreign technology. This would protect the country if the U.S. decided to deny it access to GPS and also potentially give it a strategic advantage. As DefensePolicy.Org writes, “Aside from the commercial applications of Beidou, the placement of an independent global navigation system would give China a considerable strategic military advantage in the event hostilities should break out in the ...