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Ongoing Labor Abuse Found in Pepsi’s Indonesian Palm Oil Plantations

Ongoing Labor Abuse Found in Pepsi’s Indonesian Palm Oil Plantations

Workers at several Indonesian palm oil plantations that supply Pepsi and Nestle suffer from a variety of labor abuses, including...

Venezuela to Launch Cryptocurrency to Fight U.S. Sanctions

Venezuela to Launch Cryptocurrency to Fight U.S. Sanctions

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says his government will launch a cryptocurrency, or digital currency, to circumvent what he called a...

Nevada Gambling Leaders Grapple with Pot’s Future in Casinos

Nevada Gambling Leaders Grapple with Pot’s Future in Casinos

A committee exploring the effects of recreational marijuana on Nevada’s gambling industry is wrestling with how the state’s casinos might...

Rising Number of Young Americans Are Leaving Jobs to Farm

Rising Number of Young Americans Are Leaving Jobs to Farm

Liz Whitehurst dabbled in several careers before she ended up on a Maryland farm, crating fistfuls of fresh-cut arugula in...

China’s Ceramics Capital Struggles to Adapt Amid War on Smog

China’s Ceramics Capital Struggles to Adapt Amid War on Smog

The city of Zibo, China’s ceramics capital, is undergoing environmental shock therapy to clear its filthy skies and transform its...

Geologists Say Fracking Won’t Solve England’s Energy Problems

Geologists Say Fracking Won’t Solve England’s Energy Problems

Fracking, at least in the U.S., has changed the country’s energy outlook. It has cut the cost of fossil fuels...

Toyota Unveils a New Robot That Mimics its Operator’s Movements

Toyota Unveils a New Robot That Mimics its Operator’s Movements

Toyota Motor Corporation recently unveiled a high-tech personal assistant at the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo. It mimics the moves...

Greece, Creditors Agree on New Package of Reforms

Greece, Creditors Agree on New Package of Reforms

Greece’s finance minister said Saturday that an agreement had been reached between the heavily indebted country and its creditors on...

UK Warns Government Agencies not to use Kaspersky Software

UK Warns Government Agencies not to use Kaspersky Software

Britain’s cybersecurity agency has told government departments not to use antivirus software from Moscow-based firm Kaspersky Lab amid concerns about...

World’s Largest Lithium Ion Battery Switched on in South Australia

World’s Largest Lithium Ion Battery Switched on in South Australia

The world’s largest lithium ion battery has begun providing electricity into the power grid in South Australia.  The project is...

Risk of Volcanic Ash Cancels Some Bali Flights

Risk of Volcanic Ash Cancels Some Bali Flights

Airlines canceled more flights leaving the Indonesian island of Bali on Saturday, citing forecasts of deteriorating flying conditions because of...

Unwrapping Mummy Mysteries Goes High-Tech

Unwrapping Mummy Mysteries Goes High-Tech

More than a century after being unearthed in Egypt, a nearly 2000-year-old mummy is giving scientists, museum curators and medical...

US Officials Drop Mining Cleanup Rule After Industry Objects

US Officials Drop Mining Cleanup Rule After Industry Objects

President Donald Trump’s administration announced Friday that it won’t require mining companies to prove they have the financial wherewithal to...

After Flurry of Deals, Senate GOP Passes Tax Bill

After Flurry of Deals, Senate GOP Passes Tax Bill

Republicans pushed a nearly $1.5 trillion tax bill through the Senate early Saturday after burst of eleventh-hour horse trading, as...

US Envoy: Economic Support for Cambodia to Continue

US Envoy: Economic Support for Cambodia to Continue

Despite criticism from Washington over Cambodia’s crackdown on the opposition and accusations that the U.S. helped plot Prime Minister Hun...