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ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Syria talks brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran and aimed at bolstering a shaky cease-fire in place since last month opened on Monday in Kazakhstan, marking the first face-to-face meeting between the Damascus government representatives and rebel factions trying to overthrow it.
By Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tanzania is considering putting a tax on charcoal with the aim of discouraging the use of the fuel, which is a big source of energy for cooking but also a major contributor to deforestation. Justus Ntalikwa, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that the government hopes to present a bill in the next parliament in February to put in place the levy, with funds raised going to finance reforestation activities in district councils. “The idea is to reduce destruction of forests,” Ntalikwa said.