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Lebanese in mass 'You Stink' rally against politicians

Birut - Tens of thousands of protesters from across Lebanon staged a mass rally in downtown Beirut Saturday against a political class they accuse of corruption and failing to provide basic services.

'Cure' for Chernobyl children: Sun, sea, clean air in Portugal

Peniche - Anya wasn't even born when Chernobyl exploded nearly 30 years ago, but even today its radioactive fallout stalks her and other Ukrainian youngsters growing up near the disused plant.

Obama to wage climate fight at Alaskan frontline

Washington - Alaska is often just a fuel stop for US presidents headed for Asia, but Barack Obama will spend three days in The Last Frontier next week and become the first sitting US president to visit the Alaskan Arctic, the setting of the most spectacular impacts...

Water use plummets in drought-plagued California

Los Angeles - Mandatory water-saving measures in place to fight California's historic drought have produced a sizeable drop in consumption over the past two months, regulators said.

Thailand destroys ivory stockpile amid junta crackdown

Bangkok - Thailand destroyed more than two tonnes of ivory Wednesday -- a victory for animal rights groups fighting against the trade in a country renowned for being a hub for illegal tusks.

Russia must compensate Dutch over Greenpeace ship: court

Den Haag - Russia must compensate the Netherlands over the 2013 seizure of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise ship during a protest against Arctic oil drilling, an international court ruled on Monday.

Dozens hurt as Beirut rubbish demos turn on government

Birut - Protesters demanding the Lebanese government resign over its failure to remove uncollected rubbish from the streets clashed on Sunday with police in Beirut for a second day, leaving dozens injured.

Lebanon prime minister 'extends hand' to Beirut trash protesters

Birut - Lebanon's prime minister said Sunday he was ready to meet with members of a growing movement protesting the country's trash crisis, and admitted that "excessive force" had been used against demonstrators.

It's a titi! New monkey species found in Peru

Paris - For nearly a century the carcass of a small, reddish-brown monkey from South America gathered dust in a windowless backroom of the American Natural History Museum in New York City.

Merkel urges Brazil to protect Amazon rainforest

Matupa - Brazil and Germany threw their weight Thursday behind the push for a global climate agreement later this year and stressed the vital importance of defending the Amazon jungle from deforestation.

Cholera, climate change fuel Haiti's humanitarian crisis: UN

Port-au-prince - Climate change, cholera and the return of thousands of emigrants from the neighboring Dominican Republican are fueling a humanitarian crisis in Haiti, the UN warned.

Five anti-whaling activists barred from Denmark's Faroe islands

Stockholm - Five activists from the militant Sea Shepherd conservation group have been ordered to leave the Faroe Islands after they tried to disrupt a traditional whale hunt in the autonomous Danish province, police said Saturday.

Brazil court orders suspension of activity at Amazonian mine

Rio De Janeiro - A court has ordered Brazilian mining giant Vale to suspend activities at an Amazonian nickel mine and compensate indigenous people who say they are adversely affected by its operations.

Amazon slowly eaten away by gold rush's illegal mines

- Seen from above, the Amazon resembles a huge billiards table -- a field of intense green pockmarked by brown stains.These are the sites of illegal mines, and they reveal the scope of a gold rush that threatens the lungs of the planet.

Your bag could be made from rotting fruit

Rotterdam - In an innovation in eco-friendly products, six students from Netherlands created leather from rotting fruit, a first for bio-technology.

Egypt heatwave 'kills 21'

Cairo - Twenty-one people have died and 66 others were hospitalised with exhaustion as soaring temperatures and high humidity hit Cairo and other parts of Egypt, the health ministry said Monday.

Obama says climate one of 'key challenges' of our time

Washington - President Barack Obama framed climate change as the toughest and most pressing challenge of our time Monday, as he unveiled the first ever limits on US power plant emissions.

Glaciers melt to lowest level on record: Study

Paris - Glaciers worldwide have shrunk to levels not seen in 120 years of record-keeping, with melt-off accelerating in the first decade of the 21st century, according to a study released Monday.

Obama to unveil 'biggest step ever' in climate fight

Washington - US President Barack Obama will Monday unveil what he called the "biggest, most important step we've ever taken" to fight climate change, a sensitive issue central to his legacy.

Op-Ed: How ‘green’ are the U.K. Conservatives?

London - The new U.K. Conservative Government has covertly and overtly dropped a number of pro-environmental policies. Many of these were policies the party appeared to support when in coalition.

Dentist posed for photo with body of Cecil the lion, says hunter

Johanesburg - Professional Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst told AFP Friday he did nothing wrong on the hunt that killed Cecil the lion, adding he was shocked to find the animal was wearing a tracking collar.

Island nations seek UN help combatting climate change

New York - More than a dozen small island nations made an urgent appeal to the UN Security Council for help in combatting climate change, which they said poses a threat to their very existence.

Spanish government, region lock horns over radioactive waste site

Madrid - Spain's conservative government and the central region of Castilla-La Mancha locked horns Thursday over plans to build the nation's first-ever temporary storage facility for highly radioactive waste.

From building sites to pumpkin patches in Spain's crisis

Madrid - Five years ago, during Spain's housing boom, Felix Jumbo worked as a builder. Now he digs pumpkins and cabbages in a district where construction cranes once swung.Like millions in Spain, the 51-year-old Ecuadorian lost his job.

France forest fire spreads, firefighters step up fight

Saint-jean-d'illac - A forest fire raging in southwestern France was again advancing on Sunday afternoon because of strong winds, even as efforts to put out one of the country's worst fires in five years were considerably stepped up.

Trash collection restarts in Beirut after landfill crisis

Birut - Trash collection resumed in Lebanon's capital Beirut after an almost week-long crisis that has seen streets overflowing with waste and the air filled with the smell of rotting garbage.

Sierra wildfire forces closures, evacuations along Highway 50

Kyburz - Highway 50 in California's Sierra Nevada mountains was shut down Thursday afternoon as a wildfire burned out of control near the town of Kyburz in El Dorado County.

Beirut awash with trash after landfill protest

Birut - The humid summer air of Beirut has started to reek as uncollected trash piles up in the streets after protesters shut down Lebanon's largest landfill at a time of political paralysis.

China ire as Myanmar jails scores for illegal logging

Beijing on Thursday hit out at long jail sentences handed to more than 150 Chinese nationals for illegal logging in Myanmar, in the latest tremor to shake relations between the neighbours.

Record-breaking Solar Impulse 2 grounded for 'several months'

Ginebra - The sun-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 will be grounded for months in Hawaii to carry out battery repairs, after completing nearly half of an unprecedented round-the-world flight, the project said Wednesday.
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