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The Solar Impulse 2, an experimental solar-powered aircraft, landed in Phoenix, Arizona, completing the latest leg of its around the world journey to draw attention to clean energy technologies. Pilot Andre Borschberg put the long, light, propeller-driven aircraft down at Phoenix Goodyear Airport at 10:03 pm (0403 GMT) after a 16 hour, 10 minute flight from Moffet Airfield southeast of San Francisco. "I made it to #Phoenix, what an amazing flight over the Mojave Desert to promote #futureis clean," Borschberg said on Twitter.
For the majority of Hong Kongers, the notion of breaking away from mainland China is far-fetched -- but pro-independence leader Andy Chan insists it can become a reality as fears grow Beijing is tightening its grip. Critics cast young activists such as Chan, who set up the Hong Kong National Party (HKNP) in March, as naive political novices without a workable strategy, campaigning for the unattainable. "The Chinese Communist Party will never give us democracy, so I decided to cut off from them... that's the reason that I pursue independence," Chan, 25, told AFP.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A new report released on Tuesday by an anti-corruption watchdog shows that on average, almost a third of the people in nine countries surveyed in the Middle East have had to pay a bribe to access some kind of public service.