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Azerbaijan detains prominent human rights activists in fresh crackdown |

Azerbaijan detains prominent human rights activists in fresh crackdown | World news | NewsWire
Protesters attend an opposition rally in Baku in 2013. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

Azerbaijan has detained at least four of the country’s most prominent human rights activists, prompting fears that authorities are intensifying efforts to silence campaigners ahead of the world’s first European Games in Baku next summer.

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California Bill Would Cap EV Subsidies By Income

California Bill Would Cap EV Subsidies By Income

One of the bloodiest battlegrounds in the electric car wars is the topic of government subsidies for EV purchases. In the American case, it’s the $7500 federal tax credit for EVs and the various state incentives including California’s current $2500 rebate. In Europe and Asia, a variety of EV promotion schemes have frequently been the subject of acrimonious debate.  Much of the disagreement arises regarding the perceived “fairness” of rebates: defenders of subsidies generally claim that they help put EVs in the hands of middle-class consumers, with critics charging that they only serve to line the pockets of the wealthy. Now one California lawmaker wants to revamp the state’s subsidy program by capping the income level for households receiving EV rebates.

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Malaysia Airlines faces fight over its own survival

A couple watches the a Malaysia Airlines plane taxi on the runway at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on July 27, 2014. Any airline would struggle with the devastating impact of losing one jet full of passengers, especially if it had already been bleeding money for years. But losing… Read More >