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December 13, 2017
World leaders in Paris seek cash for climate crunc
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
World leaders met in Paris Tuesday seeking to unlock more money to drive the global economy's shift to green energy, exactly two years after signing a global pact to avert worst-case-scenario global warming. Without trillions of dollars invested in clean energy technology, the Paris Agreement's goal to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels will remain a pipe dream, participants warned. "While the challenge is great, we must do everythin ... read more

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Former UN chiefs Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon have lashed out at the state of global leadership in the age of Donald Trump, warning a nuclear war could be triggered by accident. ... more
New mapping technique can help fight extreme poverty
For years, policymakers have relied upon surveys and census data to track and respond to extreme poverty. While effective, assembling this information is costly and time-consuming, and it ofte ... more
Unearthing the underground effects of earthquakes and volcanoes
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In helping earthquake victims, life lessons for Haiti youth
In the hills of Cabaret, western Haiti, locals and young volunteers from the capital Port-au-Prince prepare cement, stationed between the wooden wall of Pierre Salnave Saint-Felix's new home, and the crumbling mud wall of the shelter he has survived in since 2010. ... more
US House approves easing of interstate rules on concealed guns
US lawmakers voted Wednesday to allow gun owners to carry concealed firearms across state lines, a controversial bill that critics say is aimed at undermining national gun control efforts. ... more
China says UN resolutions 'cannot solve' Rohingya crisis
China said Wednesday that a UN resolution expressing grave concern over widespread abuses committed against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority "cannot help to ease the tensions and solve the problem". ... more
UN urges 'humanitarian pause' for Yemen
The UN on Tuesday called for a "humanitarian" truce in air strikes and fighting in Yemen as it seeks to deliver aid to people trapped in the capital Sanaa. ... more
Pole to pole, linemen hard at work restoring power in Puerto Rico
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Identifying optimal adaptation of buildings threatened by hurricanes, climate change
The need for adaptation strategies to reduce the threat of hurricanes to society is of critical importance, as evidenced by the recent damage to coastal regions in the U.S. and the Caribbean this pa ... more
Smoke prompts evacuation of 200 at French nuclear site
About 200 people working at the site of a cutting-edge nuclear reactor under construction in northern France were evacuated Tuesday after smoke was detected at the site, officials said. ... more
Big changes for Florida with mass Puerto Rican immigration
Cristina Sanchez is one of thousands of Puerto Ricans fleeing their hurricane-ravaged island for Florida, a mass migration set to shape the southern US state as much as migrants from communist Cuba in the late 20th century. ... more
Southern Chile iceberg splits from glacier, threatens navigation
The recent calving of a large iceberg from a southern Chilean glacier threatens local ship navigation and could result in flooding for costal communities, experts said. ... more
China, Myanmar hail close ties amid Rohingya outcry
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Aung San Suu Kyi touted their nations' close ties on Friday as Myanmar's civilian leader, under fire over the Rohingya refugee crisis, visited Beijing on Friday. ... more
Despite Greek shelter, Yazidis struggle to integrate
Although Ibrahim Hondeta's Yazidi family reached Greece a year ago after fleeing persecution, they still fear being the target of violence and are fighting to keep their community together. ... more
Beijing bans fireworks, evil spirits rejoice
China may have invented fireworks but Beijing banned them from the capital Friday ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations, as authorities clamp down on potentially dangerous activities. ... more
Beijing evicts migrants onto cold streets, sparking outcry
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Five people have been rescued after two cargo ships collided off the coast of China's southern Guangdong province, but seven crew members are still "trapped" inside a cabin, state media said Tuesday. ... more
China port city blast caused by illegal explosives: police
A deadly blast that rocked China's port city of Ningbo at the weekend was caused by the mishandling of illegal explosives, police said Tuesday. ... more
Iraqi bishop urges US aid for frontline community
With the Islamic State group routed at last, one of the oldest Christian communities in the Middle East has a chance to reoccupy its ancestral towns. ... more
Myanmar has 'no religious discrimination', army chief tells Pope
Myanmar's army chief Min Aung Hlaing said he told Pope Francis his country had "no religious discrimination" after the pair met late Monday, in a papal visit framed by the exodus of the Rohingya Muslim minority. ... more
Septic tank at centre of huge China blast
A septic tank was the epicentre of a massive explosion that rocked one of China's largest port cities at the weekend, killing two people and injuring at least 19, authorities have said. ... more
Army contracts for temporary electricity for Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Army has awarded a contract with The Louis Berger Group Inc. to support critically needed temporary electricity for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. ... more
Blast rocks Chinese port city, two dead
A powerful explosion hit China's major port city of Ningbo on Sunday, killing at least two people, injuring more than a dozen and wrecking buildings, authorities said. ... more
Russia opens commission into 'nuclear incident' report
A Russian scientific commission will investigate reports of radioactive pollution almost 1,000 times above normal levels in the southern Urals, state nuclear company Rosatom said Friday. ... more
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