Syria geared up Monday for an election expected to keep Bashar al-Assad as president but derided as a "farce" and only staged in regime-held parts of the war-ravaged country. A "security plan" has reportedly been put in place in Syrian cities since Sunday, aimed at preventing possible attacks against voters and polling stations, with Tuesday's election being held only in areas under the regime's control. More than 9,000 polling stations have been "secured" across the country, the daily said, advising voters not to be concerned about their safety on election day. For some time, rumours have swirled that polling places in Damascus would be targeted by insurgents positioned in the nearby countryside.
Rand Paul is slamming Obama for mandating that power plants curb emissions, but six years ago he called coal "a very dirty form of energy”
By Valerie Volcovici and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. power sector must cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, according to federal regulations unveiled on Monday that form the centerpiece of the Obama administration's climate change strategy. The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal is one of the most significant environmental rules proposed by the United States, and could transform the power sector, which relies on coal for nearly 38 percent of electricity. Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, said on Monday that between 2020 and 2030, the U.S. amount of carbon dioxide the proposal would reduce under the plan would be more than double the carbon pollution from the entire power sector in 2012.