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Frustration grows after deadly China landslide

Frustration grows after deadly China landslide

Published 26/06/2017

Women react at the site of a landslide, in the village of Xinmo, Sichuan Province, China June 25, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

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USDA finds abscesses, unidentified material in raw Brazil beef: USDA

USDA finds abscesses, unidentified material in raw Brazil beef: USDA

Published 23/06/2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has found repeated import violations in raw Brazilian beef, including abscesses and unidentified foreign material, a top agency official said, explaining reasons for a U.S. ban on imports of fresh Brazilian beef.

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VW waives appeal against German dieselgate compensation cases

VW waives appeal against German dieselgate compensation cases

Published 23/06/2017

FILE PHOTO: A Volkswagen VW car is seen at a car dealer in Bochum, Germany March 16,2016. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender/File Photo

German carmaker Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) has agreed to buy back diesel cars equipped with illicit emissions control software after deciding not to appeal a German court ruling backing plaintiffs' calls for compensation.

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British forest pumped full of CO2 to test tree absorption

British forest pumped full of CO2 to test tree absorption

Published 22/06/2017

Researchers at a British University have embarked on a decade-long experiment that will pump a forest full of carbon dioxide to measure how it copes with rising levels of the gas - a key driver of climate change.

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Scientists rescue samples of melting Bolivian glacier for posterity

Scientists rescue samples of melting Bolivian glacier for posterity

Published 22/06/2017

FILE PHOTO: Illimani mountain is seen after a snowstorm, as pictured from El Alto, July 4, 2015. REUTERS/David Mercado/ File Photo

A team of international scientists are transporting samples of ice from a melting glacier in Bolivia to Antarctica, for study and preservation before the glacier disappears.

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U.S. total solar eclipse sparks spectator excitement

U.S. total solar eclipse sparks spectator excitement

Published 21/06/2017

FILE PHOTO - A combination photograph shows the beginning (top L) to the end (top L to bottom R) of a total solar eclipse as seen from the beach of Ternate island, Indonesia, March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Beawiharta

The first total solar eclipse across the continental United States in a century is expected to spark watching parties and traffic jams as it darkens skies from Oregon to South Carolina, authorities said on Wednesday.

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Trump`s coal plan sends U.S. energy “back to the past”: Vatican

Trump`s coal plan sends U.S. energy “back to the past”: Vatican

Published 16/06/2017

Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican is silhouetted during sunset in Rome, March 11, 2013. Roman Catholic Cardinals will begin their conclave inside the Vatican's Sistine Chapel Tuesday to elect a new pope. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

U.S. President Donald Trump is sending U.S. energy production "back to the past" with disastrous decisions to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and to promote the coal industry, a senior Vatican official said on Friday.

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Eight killed, thousands displaced as storm lashes South Africa`s Cape

Eight killed, thousands displaced as storm lashes South Africa`s Cape

Published 07/06/2017

Eight people have been killed and thousands forced from their homes as South Africa's tourist base Cape Town and surrounding areas were hit by the worst winter storm in 30 years, officials said on Wednesday.

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Bid to revoke Obama methane rule fails in surprise U.S. Senate vote

Bid to revoke Obama methane rule fails in surprise U.S. Senate vote

Published 10/05/2017

A pumpjack brings oil to the surface in the Monterey Shale, California, in a file photo. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected a resolution to revoke an Obama-era rule to limit methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump's efforts to free the drilling industry from what he sees as excessive environmental regulation.

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Irish beach reappears 33 years after vanishing into Atlantic Ocean

Irish beach reappears 33 years after vanishing into Atlantic Ocean

Published 08/05/2017

Dooagh beach is seen after a storm returned sand to it, 30 years after another storm had stripped all the sand off the beach, on Achill island, County Mayo, Ireland, May 5, 2017. Picture taken May 5, 2017 Sean Molloy/Achill Tourism Via Reuters

A beach that was swept away more than 30 years ago from a remote island off the west coast of Ireland has reappeared after thousands of tons of sand were deposited on top of the rocky coastline.

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