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May 24, 2015
Greenpeace India vows to win 'malicious' funds battle
New Delhi (AFP) May 21, 2015
Greenpeace India vowed Thursday to overcome any attempt to silence its voice, with staff ready to work for free if funds run out, as it accused the government of waging a "malicious" campaign against it. Executive director Samit Aich said the environmental pressure group was "hopeful" the Delhi High Court would uphold its petition challenging the government's move to freeze its accounts at a hearing next Tuesday. But Aich warned that the group would not be silenced in its criticism of the right- ... read more

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Greenpeace says India office may close within a month
Greenpeace India said on Tuesday it may be forced to shut down operations in the country within a month after the government blocked it from receiving foreign funding. ... more
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US-backed drug spraying triggers health fears in Colombia
Two decades after it started spraying coca fields with herbicide, Colombia is torn between continuing to wage a US-sponsored war on drugs from the sky and mounting fears of health risks. ... more
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Chemical spill had 'no impact on health': Costa Rica
Costa Rica said Monday there was no health impact from a shipwreck that spilled ammonium nitrate off its coast, but maintained a fishing ban even as it reopened beaches. ... more
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Hungary orders clean-up of 'catastrophic' disused chemical plant
Hungary on Thursday moved to make safe a disused Budapest chemical plant that environmentalist group Greenpeace said was in a "catastrophic" state. ... more
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Air pollution levels drop in China: Greenpeace
Air pollution levels in some of China's smoggiest cities fell by nearly a third in the first quarter of this year, environmental campaign group Greenpeace said on Tuesday. ... more
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Dwindling bird populations in Fukushima
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India government trying to shut us down: Greenpeace
Greenpeace India accused the government Tuesday of preventing local donors from funding its activities, saying the move was aimed at shutting down its operations in the country. ... more
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India court suspends ban on diesel vehicles in smoggy Delhi
An Indian court Monday suspended its ban on diesel vehicles more than 10 years old after New Delhi authorities complained they were struggling to comply with the order in the world's most polluted capital. ... more
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India bans Greenpeace from receiving foreign funds
India on Thursday suspended Greenpeace India's foreign funding licence, the latest move against the environmental watchdog after the government accused it of hurting the country's economic interests. ... more
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China plants 'to close' after violent protest
Government officials in China's Inner Mongolia region vowed to shut down several chemical plants after thousands of police were said to have used tear gas and batons to break up environmental protests. ... more
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