A potential successor to Xi Jinping is purged

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IN 2012 Bo Xilai, the Communist Party leader of Chongqing, a region in the south-west, was stripped of his post, expelled from the party and later jailed. Mr Bo’s downfall cleared the way for Xi Jinping, his rival, to become the country’s leader. On July 15th lightning struck again. Sun Zhengcai, who had succeeded Mr Bo in Chongqing following a brief interregnum, was sacked.

U.S. Congress strikes deal on sanctions bill, handcuffing Trump on Russia – World – CBC News

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U.S. Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on legislation that allows new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, leading congressional Democrats said on Saturday, in a bill that would limit any potential effort by President Donald Trump to try to lift sanctions against Moscow.

California Legislature extends state’s cap-and-trade program in rare bipartisan effort to address climate change – LA Times

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alifornia lawmakers voted Monday evening to extend the state’s premiere program on climate change, a victory for Gov. Jerry Brown that included unprecedented Republican support for fighting global warming.

Tesla loses $12 billion in market value as Model 3 leaves assembly line | Financial Post

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Heading into a day that should be cause for celebration, with Tesla Inc.’s first Model 3 sedan rolling off the assembly line, Elon Musk’s electric-car maker has watched US$12 billion in stock-market value slip away.

All Volvo cars to be electric or hybrid from 2019 | Business | The Guardian

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All new cars launched by Volvo from 2019 onwards will be partially or completely battery-powered, in what the company called a “historic end” to building models that only have an internal combustion engine.

Influential, misinformed Canadian media hurts China-Canada relations: envoy – National | Globalnews.ca

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The Trudeau government should spend less time bowing down to Canadian journalists preoccupied with human rights and get on with negotiating an important free trade agreement with China, says the country’s ambassador.

Top court upholds worldwide takedown order against Google

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In a groundbreaking decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a worldwide injunction from a British Columbia court ordering search engine giant Google to stop displaying search results for a Canadian company that allegedly stole copyrighted material.

DOE grid study has wind and solar lobbyists spooked — rightly so | TheHill

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When Energy Secretary Rick Perry requested a study of electric grid reliability, wind and solar energy lobbyists were predictably alarmed. Perry wanted to know how federal policies were shaping wholesale electricity markets and whether public policies were responsible for forcing the premature retirement of baseload power plants.

U.S. Supreme Court allows Donald Trump to enforce parts of 90-day travel ban – National | Globalnews.ca

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The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to go forward with a limited version of its ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries, a victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency.

For Merkel and Europe, it’s a summer of love: Burman | Toronto Star

www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/06/24/for-merkel-and-europe-its-a-summer-of-love-burman.html
As Europe heads into what is expected to be a record hot summer, many of its leaders are basking in an extraordinary glow of political good fortune, or perhaps it is good luck.

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