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May 17, 2016
Residents near Madrid return home as toxic tyre blaze under control
Madrid (AFP) May 14, 2016
Spanish authorities allowed residents near a giant tyre dump blaze to return home Saturday, saying that toxic fumes billowing from the rubber heap posed less of a risk although the fire has yet to be extinguished. The news came as it emerged that the European Commission had contacted Madrid over the illegal dump, the first step in a procedure which it can launch when it suspects a member state of infringing EU law. Some 10,000 people living in the town of Sesena near the Spanish capital evacuate ... read more

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Champs-Elysees to be pedestrianised once a month to combat smog
Paris' most famous boulevard, the Champs-Elysees, will be off-limits to cars on the first Sunday of every month starting in May, Paris city hall said Monday. ... more
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Oil slicks off the Italian Riviera have largely dissolved and no longer pose a threat to the region's beaches, the official overseeing the clean-up operation said Sunday. ... more
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China probes polluted school as parents urge action
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Anti-pollution activists cover London statues with masks
British environmental activists put face masks on famous statues across London on Monday including the one of Horatio Nelson on Trafalgar Square to draw attention to the problem of air pollution. ... more
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