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China consortium wins Colombian capital metro contract

Apo - China's APCA Transmimetro has won a $4 billion contract to build an elevated metro line in Bogota, Colombia's President Ivan Duque announced Thursday.

Colombia's indigenous on guard against armed groups

Torib - Luis Acosta talks softly but carries a big stick -- it's the way of the jungle paths of his native Colombia -- and though his word holds weight in his indigenous community, his stick, a tasseled staff, is purely symbolic.

France, Germany break impasse on arms exports

Toulouse - France and Germany agreed Wednesday on an accord governing the export of jointly developed weapons and defence equipment, removing a key stumbling block to their development of next-generation tanks and fighter jets.

Brexit concerns blowing a gale across nervy Falklands

It may be a remote archipelago 8,000 miles (13,000 kilometres) from mainland Britain but the Falkland Islands' incredible biodiversity, as well as fishing and meat exports, are under threat from Brexit.

Four-metre king cobra wrestled from sewer in Thailand

Bangkok - A feisty four-metre (13-foot) king cobra was pulled from a sewer in southern Thailand in an hour-long operation, a rescue foundation said Tuesday, describing the reptile as one of the largest they had ever captured.

Nobel snub no obstacle in Greta Thunberg's climate quest

Denver - Hours after judges passed her up for the Nobel Peace Prize, Greta Thunberg stood before a cheering throng, insisting once again that something must be done about climate change -- and fast.

Climate protesters lay siege to London City Airport

A climate protester glued himself to a plane and another held up a flight with a speech on global warming Thursday as campaigners tried to "occupy" a London airport near the capital's global financial hub.

Venezuela rejects Brazil accusations over beach oil spills

Caracas - Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA on Thursday denied accusations by Brazil that it was responsible for a massive oil spill that has polluted beaches on its northeastern Atlantic coast.

Climate protesters try to 'occupy' London city airport

London police dragged away several chanting and singing climate protesters on Thursday who tried to "occupy" an international airport serving the British capital's global financial hub.

Minister says oil on Brazil beaches 'probably' Venezuelan

Rio De Janeiro - Large blots of oil that have turned up on more than 130 Brazilian beaches are "very probably" of Venezuelan origin, Brazil's environment minister said on Wednesday.

Back from the dead: Some corals regrow after 'fatal' warming

Washington - For the first time ever, scientists have found corals that were thought to have been killed by heat stress have recovered, a glimmer of hope for the world's climate change-threatened reefs.The chance discovery, made by Diego K.

Top DJ Fatboy Slim pays homage to 'right now' Greta Thunberg

London - British superstar DJ Fatboy Slim paid tribute to teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg by performing a remix of his hit song "Right Here, Right Now", using samples from her dramatic UN speech.

From Med's biggest nesting ground, turtles swim to uncertain future

Kipariss - Freed from its eggshell by a volunteer, the tiny turtle hatchling clambers across a pebble-strewn sandy Greek beach in a race to the sea, the start of a hazardous journey that only one in 1,000 will survive.

Brazil highways drive Amazon development — and destruction

Ruropolis - Trucker Erik Fransuer spends months at a time driving back and forth on highways that cut through the Amazon in northern Brazil, delivering soy or corn to river ports.

Berlin backs off climate targets as protests heat up

Berlin - Opposition leaders and environmental activists condemned German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government on Monday for watering down a new climate protection law as "Extinction Rebellion" protestors blocked traffic in Berlin.

Investment vs environment: Armenia villagers protest gold mine plans

Jermuk - Armenian villagers are locked in what they say is a David-and-Goliath style battle for the environment and their livelihoods, standing guard around the clock to protect their land from a multinational mining company.

Global climate 'rebellion' sees mass arrests and blocked roads

New York - Climate protesters from Sydney to New York blocked roads Monday, sparking hundreds of arrests, as two weeks of civil disobedience demanding immediate action to save the Earth from "extinction" kicked off.

Global Extinction Rebellion protests begin in Australia

Sydney - Extinction Rebellion activists began gathering in cities across Australia and New Zealand on Monday to kick off a fortnight of global civil disobedience demanding governments take urgent action on climate change.

Rain puts out some of Bolivia's wildfires

La Paz - Heavy rain that has drenched eastern Bolivia's Chiquitania tropical savanna has put out fires that have ravaged millions of hectares in recent months, authorities said Sunday."It has rained all across Chiquitania.

At Fukushima plant, a million-tonne headache: radioactive water

In the grounds of the ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant sits a million-tonne headache for the plant's operators and Japan's government: tank after tank of water contaminated with radioactive elements.

Indonesia's Aceh says wildlife poachers to get 100 lashes

Jakarta - Poachers who threaten endangered orangutans, tigers and other wildlife could receive up to 100 lashes under new rules in Indonesia's Aceh province, which usually reserves whipping for morality crimes under Islamic law.

Scientists fight to save unique Guiana coral reef

Cayenne - Off the coast of Guiana, a French overseas department perched on the north coast of South America, scientists scour the choppy waters for signs of life.

In northwest Spain, conservation efforts pay off as bears thrive

Somiedo - Daylight is only just breaking over Spain's Cantabrian Mountains and already a dozen enthusiasts are up and about in the hope of spotting a brown bear.

Vietnamese roll out Transformers-inspired robot with green message

Hanoi - There is more than meets the eye to the towering robot resembling a character from the "Transformers" movie franchise -- it speaks Vietnamese and is made from spare motorbike parts."Hello everyone ...

Extinction Rebellion plans fortnight of worldwide climate action

London - Extinction Rebellion climate protesters are planning to bring disruption to 60 cities around the world from Monday in a fortnight of civil disobedience, warning of an environmental "apocalypse".

Ocean Cleanup's floating clean-up system is officially operating

It has taken about seven years, including several failures - but Boyan Slat's innovative Ocean Cleanup project is finally operating the way the young entrepreneur envisioned, it was announced on Tuesday.

Greta Thunberg heads to US Midwest for Friday protest

New York - After protests in New York and Montreal, teen activist Greta Thunberg has said she will join demonstrators in Iowa in the US Midwest on Friday for the latest "climate strike.

Massive iceberg breaks off Antarctica — but it's normal

Washington - A more than 600-square-mile iceberg broke off Antarctica in recent days, but the event is part of a normal cycle and is not related to climate change, scientists say.

Austria Greens in spotlight after strong election gains

Vienna - Austria's Greens on Monday found themselves in the unexpected position of possible kingmakers, a day after getting their best electoral results ever, reaffirming a trend of gains for ecologists throughout Europe.

Hundreds of thousands join children's climate strikes in Europe

Rome - Hundreds of thousands of youths demonstrated across European cities on Friday in the second in a global series of protests to avert a climate catastrophe.
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