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  1. Private funding brings boom in hydropower - " with high costsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Dec 21 | The Star Online

    Shared river: The Zangmu Hydropower Station in Gyaca county in Lhoka in south-west China's Tibet region. China has begun generating electricity from Tibet's biggest ever hydropower project, the latest dam development on Himalayan rivers that has prompted concern in neighbouring India.


  2. Lynching effigies hung at California university amid U.S. protestsRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Dec 13 | The Star Online

    Body-sized cardboard effigies of lynching victims were seen hanging by nooses on Saturday at the University of California, Berkeley, a school official said, amid nationwide protests over the killings of black men by police officers. University police responded to morning reports of two cardboard cut-outs in public campus areas before a midday demonstration and march assembled on the campus in the Oakland area, spokeswoman Claire Holmes said.


  3. U.S. congressional staffers stage walkout in latest police protestsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Dec 11 | The Star Online

    Dozens of U.S. congressional staff staged a walkout on Thursday to protest decisions by grand juries not to charge white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. The staffers, including members of the Congressional Black Associates group, held a prayer service on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and raised their hands in a reference to the "Hands up, don't shoot" chants that have become a feature of protests around the nation.


  4. New York prosecutor seeks to probe police killings of unarmed civiliansRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Dec 8 | The Star Online

    New York State's top prosecutor on Monday sought the power to probe all police killings of unarmed civilians in his state, following sometimes violent U.S. protests over two grand juries' moves to clear officers in the deaths of unarmed black men. The morning after angry crowds hurled objects at police who responded with tear gas during protests in northern California, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said action was needed to address a "crisis of confidence" in the criminal justice system.


  5. Biogas, a low-tech fuel with a big payoffRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 23, 2014 | The Star Online

    No wastes: The fermentation of pig and cattle manure generates organic fertiliser and biogas . This biogas plant about 150km south of Santiago, Chile, generates up to 4MW of electricity for the farm's own use.


  6. Storms on Uranus hint at planet's complex inner workingsRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 18, 2014 | The Star Online

    Astronomers have spotted a slew of squalls on Uranus, a usually quiet, distant planet; two of them giant storms that took professional and amateur astronomers by surprise. The findings, presented last week at the American Astronomical Society's Division of Planetary Sciences meeting in Tucson, Arizona, show that the mysterious, blandly blue planet might be far more complicated than scientists had thought.


  7. Neri&Hu Design: Defining modern Chinese architecture and spacesRead the original story

    Jul 23, 2014 | The Star Online

    Global perspective: By offering architects in China a design platform, Lyndon Neri is hoping that 'we can give the best of what China can offer, from a design point of view, back to the world'.


  8. Colombia's Santos reappoints Cardenas as finance ministerRead the original story

    Jul 14, 2014 | The Star Online

    Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos will retain Finance Minister Mauricio Cardenas in his second four-year term in office, which begins next month, a Finance Ministry statement said on Monday.Colombia's economy has grown increasingly attractive to foreign investors with growth remaining above 4 percent since 2010 combined with low inflation.


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