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US environment chief signs draft rollback on Obama climate plan

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In this file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks during a briefing at the White House June 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Repealing the Clean Power Plan (CPP) was a campaign promise by President Donald Trump and follows his decision in June to withdraw from the 2015 Paris agreement

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Oct. 11, 2017) — The head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency signed on Tuesday, October 10, a draft decision to roll back Obama-era measures to counter climate change. Continue reading US environment chief signs draft rollback on Obama climate plan

Trump tells Puerto Rico to be ‘proud’ of low storm toll

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US President Donald Trump takes part in a food and supply distribution at the Cavalry Chapel in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump rallies disaster management workers telling them they ‘can be very proud’ of their response

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico, USA (Oct. 4, 2017) — US President Donald Trump shook hands with storm survivors in Puerto Rico Tuesday, October 3, and told them to be “proud” the island did not lose more lives to Hurricane Maria, on a trip designed to quiet criticism of his administration’s response to the disaster. Continue reading Trump tells Puerto Rico to be ‘proud’ of low storm toll

Spain in crisis after police violence in Catalan vote

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IN PROTEST. People shout slogans as they wave Catalan pro-independence ‘Estelada’ flags during a protest in Barcelona on October 2, 2017 a day after hundreds were injured in a police crackdown during Catalonia’s banned independence referendum. Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spain comes under international pressure to resolve a spiraling crisis with its Catalan region after a banned independence referendum was marred by shocking scenes of police violence

MADRID, Spain (Oct. 3, 2017) — Spain came under international pressure Monday, October 2, to resolve a spiraling crisis with its Catalan region after a banned independence referendum was marred by shocking scenes of police violence. Continue reading Spain in crisis after police violence in Catalan vote

Trump defends Puerto Rico effort, but his tweets draw new criticism

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GONE GOLFING. US President Donald Trump arrives at Morristown Municipal Airport on October 1, 2017 in Morristown, New Jersey, upon his return from Jersey City where he participated in the trophy presentation of the Presidents Cup golf championship. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

The Trump administration sends several top officials onto Sunday talk shows with the message that the relief effort is going well, despite complaints that the federal effort in Puerto Rico has fallen short

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, USA (Oct. 2, 2017) — US President Donald Trump on Sunday, October 1, strenuously defended US efforts to bring relief to storm-battered Puerto Rico, even as one island official said Trump was trying to gloss over “things that are not going well.” Continue reading Trump defends Puerto Rico effort, but his tweets draw new criticism

Aid shipment blocked as Rohingya humanitarian crisis deepens

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SEEKING SHELTER. Mujibur Rahman (R), a Rohingya father of 10, carries his belongings, after being evicted with his family, while searching for a place to build a new makeshift shelter at the refugee camp of Kutupalung in the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia on September 20, 2017. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Communal tensions remain high across Rakhine. Raids by Rohingya militants at the end of last month spark a massive army crackdown, driving more than 420,000 people into Bangladesh in what the UN calls a campaign of ‘ethnic cleansing.’

SITTWE, Myanmar (Sept. 22, 2017) — An attack on an aid shipment in Myanmar’s violence-wracked Rakhine state and a deadly Red Cross truck crash in Bangladesh on Thursday, September 21, hampered desperately needed relief efforts for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution. Continue reading Aid shipment blocked as Rohingya humanitarian crisis deepens

Bangladesh PM says Myanmar must take back Rohingya

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CROSSING OVER. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on September 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

Sheikh Hasina also calls for greater international pressure on Myanmar over the new crisis which has unfolded in the past three weeks, media reports says

DHAKA, Bangladesh (Sept. 21, 2017) — Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued a new call for Myanmar to take back the some 420,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in the Buddhist-dominated country. Continue reading Bangladesh PM says Myanmar must take back Rohingya

Venezuela military chiefs stand behind controversial election

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PROTESTS CONTINUE. A truck set ablaze by opposition activists blocking an avenue during a protest burns in Caracas, on July 18, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP

The military chiefs say their forces would protect a controversial vote Nicolas Maduro has called for next week to elect a body to rewrite the constitution

CARACAS, Venezuela (Jul. 20, 2017) — Venezuela’s military chiefs reaffirmed their loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday, July 19, by saying their forces would protect a controversial vote he has called for next week to elect a body to rewrite the constitution. Continue reading Venezuela military chiefs stand behind controversial election

Looting ravages Venezuela, unrest death toll hits 36

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LOOTING. View of damages in a supermarket in Valencia, Carabobo State, on May 5, 2017, the day after anti-government protesters looted stores, set fire to cars and clashed with police, leaving at least five people injured, and one dead after being hit in the head by a projectile. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Anger boils over in the western municipality of Rosario de Perija, where young protesters burned, pulled down and then smashed a statue of former president Hugo Chavez, Maduro’s late predecessor and mentor

VALENCIA,Venezuela (May 6, 2017) — A young man died Friday, May 5, after he was injured in violence as looting broke out in impoverished Venezuelan cities, an official said, bringing the toll from unrest in more than a month of anti-government protests to at least 36. Continue reading Looting ravages Venezuela, unrest death toll hits 36

Deadly unrest grips Venezuela as students rally

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UNREST. Students from the Central University of Venezuela run through a cloud of tear gas in clashes with the police during a protest against the government of Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on May 4, 2017. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

According to the latest toll provided by prosecutors, 35 people have been killed in just over a month of protests against President Nicolas Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela (May 5, 2017) — A student leader was shot dead as protests raged on in the streets of Venezuela Thursday, May 4, in the latest spasm of anger aimed at removing President Nicolas Maduro from power. Continue reading Deadly unrest grips Venezuela as students rally

900M people in Asia had to pay bribes in last year – report

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Bribery rates are highest in India and Vietnam, and police are the most common demanders of kickbacks, according to a Transparency International survey in the region

BANGKOK, Thailand (Mar. 7, 2017) — More than a quarter of people living in Asia had to pay a bribe while trying to access a public service in the past year, a watchdog said Tuesday, March 7, calling on governments to root out endemic graft in the region. Continue reading 900M people in Asia had to pay bribes in last year – report