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15 years after 9/11, America in perpetual war

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Smoke pours from the twin towers of the World Trade Center after they were hit by two hijacked airliners in a terrorist attack September 11, 2001 in New York City. Robert Giroux/Getty Images/AFP

The 9/11 attacks of 2001 forever changed America and upended its foreign and national security policy, leaving the country for the past 15 years in a war against jihadists – without ending the upheaval in the Middle East

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Sept. 11, 2016) — The 9/11 attacks of 2001 forever changed America and upended its foreign and national security policy, leaving the country for the past 15 years in a war against jihadists – without ending the upheaval in the Middle East.
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Where are the world’s most fire-prone cities

Images of the devastated Canadian city show just how destructive fire can be to urban populations. But the risk is greatest in informal settlements, where high population density and low-grade construction can be a deadly combination

May 16, 2016 — With patches of lawn on fire in the front yards of his neighbourhood’s suburban homes and flames rising up the trees at the back, Jared Sabovitch frantically got into his car and began driving away from his home in Fort McMurray, Alberta, the Canadian city recently overtaken by wildfires. Continue reading Where are the world’s most fire-prone cities

Justin Trudeau to lobby for quick approval of Paris climate deal

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Justin Trudeau is determined to bring the Paris climate agreement into force as early as this year, sources say. Photograph: Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images
Canadian prime minister seeks to bring global agreement into force as soon as possible in bid to reverse reputation as ‘carbon bully’

April 19, 2016 — Justin Trudeau will lobby governments to approve the Paris climate agreement and bring it into force as soon as possible, reversing Canada’s past reputation as a “carbon bully”.

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Joint low-carbon declaration sees climate baton pass

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Barack Obama welcomes the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, outside the White House on Thursday. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
US-Canadian initiative brightens chances of success for Paris climate agreement and casts Justin Trudeau as Obama’s heir in terms of global climate action

March 14, 2016 — A joint US-Canadian declaration to help spur the transition to a low carbon economy passed the baton of global climate action from Barack Obama to Justin Trudeau on Thursday – and brightened prospects for the Paris agreement.

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Chile’s salmon farms lose $800m as algal bloom kills millions of fish

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Salmon are loaded on to a truck at the Fiordo Austral company in Calbuco, near Puerto Montt, Chile. Photograph: Jaime Peña/AFP/Getty Images
High ocean temperatures helped cause toxic bloom that has wiped out up to 20% of Chile’s total production for the year

March 11, 2016 — A deadly algal bloom has hit the world’s second biggest salmon exporter, Chile, where nearly 23 million fish have already died and the economic impact from lost production has Continue reading Chile’s salmon farms lose $800m as algal bloom kills millions of fish

US says increased Zika border screening ineffective

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ZIKA VIRUS. An employee of the municipality of Chacao fumigates the hall of a school during efforts to prevent the possible spread of the Zika virus in the country, in Caracas, Venezuela, February 5, 2016. File photo by Miguel Gutierrez/EPA
‘Most people who are infected with Zika are asymptomatic and therefore could not be identified during the screening process,’ says the Department of Homeland Security

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Feb. 12, 2016) — The United States will not specifically screen those entering the country for the Zika virus because so many of those infected do not have symptoms, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday, February 11.

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Zika virus spreading to nearly all countries in the Americas

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SPREAD. A specialist fumigates the Nueva Esperanza graveyard in the outskirts of Lima, Peru on January 15 to prevent Chikunguya and Zika virus, which affect several South American countries. Photo by Ernesto Benavides/AFP
WHO says the explosive spread of Zika virus to new geographical areas, with little population immunity, is (a) cause for concern’

GENEVA, Switzerland (Jan. 25, 2016) — The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease suspected of causing serious birth defects, is expected to spread to all countries in the Americas except Canada and Chile, the World Health Organization said.

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