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Nigerians starved of electricity access turn to solar

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The surprise was finding that people dependent on candles, batteries, kerosene and fuel for generators in countries without a secure supply of electricity spend more on power than solar options. The founders of Dutch company Lumos knew they could do better. In Nigeria, for the cost of …

Mounting frustration in Damascus amid widespread water cuts

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Omar Tarshan had never visited any of Syria’s famous public baths until three weeks ago, when a water shortage in his Damascus neighborhood forced him to look for an alternative place to shower. On Monday night, the 25-year-old accountant came with a colleague, Safwat Hariri, to …

Even on US turf, culture clashes make China firms tough foes

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies have found it can be tough to do business in China. Now, as more Chinese firms invest in the United States, they’re finding it can be hard to contend with Chinese companies on American turf, too. Chinese companies can hide behind complex corporate structures. They …

Cuckoo clocks? Venezuela shifting time hoping to save energy

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government is changing the clock again as part of its efforts to stave off an electricity crisis. The move comes nine years after former President Hugo Chavez created Venezuela’s own, unique time zone in a stroke of anti-imperialist independence. President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday that …