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June 23, 2017
Athens rubbish piles up as Greeks protest contracts
Athens (AFP) June 22, 2017
Mounds of rubbish festered in soaring temperatures in Athens on Thursday as thousands demonstrated in support of refuse collectors demanding the renewal of their contracts. Authorities said around 5,000 people gathered in central Athens, closing roads to traffic in the latest protest against austerity measures imposed by the country's international creditors. Protesters descended on Syntagma Square, which has become a crucible for popular discontent over Greece's flailing economy. Refu ... read more

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Woman sues France over Paris pollution health damage
A Frenchwoman suffering from chronic respiratory problems on Wednesday sued the state, accusing it of failing to protect her from air pollution in Paris. ... more
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Pollution 'devastating' China's vital ecosystem, research shows
The startling extent to which man-made pollution is devastating China's vital ecosystem's ability to offset damaging carbon emissions has been revealed. A pioneering new international study, l ... more
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