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France abandons plan for new airport, squatters ordered out

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government abandoned plans for a new 580 million euro ($710 million) airport in western France on Wednesday, a sensitive decision that past governments had shirked for decades.

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UPDATE 1-Supply disruptions could boost copper prices -Chile's Cochilco

SANTIAGO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Chile's state copper commission, Cochilco, on Wednesday raised its estimated 2018 average price for the metal to $3.06 per pound from its previous forecast of $2.95 per pound, pointing to the potential for global supply disruptions in the coming year.

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Flights canceled, schools closed across snowy U.S. South

(Reuters) - A bitter winter storm gripped much of the South on Wednesday, prompting schools to close and causing thousands of flight delays and cancellations as snow, ice and record-breaking cold hit the region.

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UPDATE 1-Ivory Coast awards Tullow two new oil and gas blocks

ABIDJAN, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast awarded Tullow Oil two new oil and gas blocks on Wednesday, including one along the maritime boundary with Ghana, government spokesman Bruno Kone said.

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Defend culture but shun violence, pope tells Chile's indigenous Mapuche

TEMUCO, Chile (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged Chile's indigenous Mapuche people on Wednesday to shun violence, saying unity was the best weapon against "the deforestation of hope," as they struggle to defend their culture and reclaim ancestral lands.

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Tracking Europe's waste: 'There's gold in them landfills'

OSLO (Reuters) - Some of Europe's richest deposits of valuable materials are in the trash, ranging from gold in smartphones to cobalt in electric car batteries, according to a survey of urban mining published on Wednesday.

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Trump's ex-aide Bannon strikes deal to avoid grand jury testimony: CNN

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has struck a deal to be interviewed by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team instead of appearing before a grand jury, CNN reported on Wednesday, citing sources close to Bannon.

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Storm to disrupt traffic at Amsterdam airport on Thursday

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Air France-KLM has canceled 228 European flights to and from Amsterdam's Schiphol airport planned for Thursday morning, as a storm is expected to disrupt traffic at the Dutch national airport.

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EU lawmakers back more ambitious renewables, energy saving goals

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - European lawmakers approved draft measures on Wednesday to reform the power market and reduce energy consumption that envisage more ambitious climate goals, setting the stage for tough talks with reluctant EU member states.

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France abandons plan for new airport in western France

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government abandoned plans for a new 580 million euro ($709.80 million) airport in western France on Wednesday in favor of expanding an existing airport in Nantes, a sensitive decision that past governments had shirked for decades.

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European lawmakers vote for more ambition on renewables targets

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - European lawmakers voted on Wednesday to ramp up climate goals in draft measures to reform the power market and reduce energy consumption, setting up tough talks with EU member states.

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Inventor aims for healthier Yemen by turning waste into clean fuel

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Growing up in Al-Harrah, a small village in west-central Yemen, Omer Badokhon watched his mother cooking for hours at a time in a smoke-filled kitchen.

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Quake rattles Taipei but no reports of damage

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan's capital Taipei on Wednesday with several witnesses reporting a slight rocking of buildings in the city's business district.

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Aliens, apocalypse, lightning? ... No, just a meteor rocking Michigan

(Reuters) - A bright meteor briefly swept across the sky over parts of the U.S. Midwest and Canada on Tuesday, weather and geology agencies said, and then caused a powerful explosion that rattled homes and onlookers.

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Taipei rocked by 5.7-magnitude earthquake: government

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A 5.7-magnitude earthquake rocked parts of Taipei on Wednesday afternoon, according to the government, with several witnesses reporting a slight rocking of buildings in downtown Taipei.

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Mauritius on alert for tropical cyclone Berguitta, port and airport closed

PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - Mauritius closed its port and airport on Wednesday after raising its warning as a potentially dangerous tropical cyclone approached the Indian Ocean island nation.

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Europe Edition: Emmanuel Macron, Chile, California: Your Wednesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Pope meets victims of child sexual abuse in Chile, 'cries with them'

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Pope Francis publicly expressed "pain and shame" on Tuesday over the rape and molestation of children by priests in Chile and later listened, prayed and cried at a private meeting with victims.

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Britain must urgently bridge policy gaps to meet emissions target: advisers

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain must urgently lay out further policies to meet its domestic emissions targets, the government's climate advisers said on Wednesday.

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Dinosaur tail to be auctioned for Mexico quake reconstruction

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A fossilized dinosaur tail discovered in Morocco will be auctioned on Tuesday night in Mexico to raise funds for the reconstruction of thousands of schools damaged by two earthquakes that struck the Latin American nation in September.

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Some 1,400 migrants rescued at sea, two bodies recovered: Italy coastguard

ROME (Reuters) - Some 1,400 migrants were plucked from overcrowded boats off the coast of Libya on Tuesday, Italy's coastguard said, and two bodies were recovered.

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French startup launches hydrogen-powered bicyles

PARIS (Reuters) - A French start-up has become the first company to start factory production of hydrogen-powered bicycles for use in corporate or municipal fleets.

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German strikes spread to Daimler, union mulls escalation

BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of German industrial workers downed tools on Tuesday in support of trade union IG Metall's demands for a 6 percent pay rise and a right to the first new cut in weekly working hours since the 1980s.

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EU targets recycling as China bans plastic waste imports

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU regulators are searching for ways to increase recycling of plastic, as waste piles up in ports after China banned imports of "foreign garbage" from the start of 2018.

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Russia readies supercomputer to improve World Cup weather forecasts

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is setting up a supercomputer meant to improve weather forecasts ahead of this year's soccer World Cup finals, the authorities said on Tuesday.

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Pope, in Chile, expresses 'pain and shame' over Church sex abuse scandal

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Pope Francis expressed his "pain and shame" on Tuesday over a sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Chile, seeking forgiveness for a crisis that has scarred its credibility and left many faithful sceptical of reform.

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Without rain, South Africa's Cape Town may run out of water by April

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's Cape Town, one of the world's iconic tourist destinations, could run out of water by April as the city's worst drought in a century risks forcing residents to join queues for emergency rations.

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Pope expresses 'pain and shame' over Chile sex abuse scandal

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Pope Francis expressed his "pain and shame" over Chile's sexual abuse scandal on Tuesday in his first comments in the country on a crisis that has scarred the Roman Catholic Church's credibility.

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Endangered Bornean orangutan found stabbed in Indonesia

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A Bornean orangutan, a critically endangered species, has been found stabbed to death in Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province, a conservation official said on Tuesday.

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Not just Florida: Tourism big in other states opposing coastal drilling

(Reuters) - The Trump administration's decision last week to exempt Florida from its national offshore drilling plan was based in part on the state's argument that a spill would cripple its crucial tourism industry.

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Philippine province declares 'calamity' as volcano lava spreads

MANILA (Reuters) - A central Philippine province declared a state of calamity on Tuesday as a volcano spewed lava that reached the limits of a six-km radius no-go zone and spread ash on nearby farming villages.

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BP Deepwater Horizon costs balloon to $65 billion

LONDON (Reuters) - BP said on Tuesday it would take a new charge over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill after again raising estimates for outstanding claims, lifting total costs to around $65 billion.

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Japan sees little chance of oil slick from sunk tanker reaching its coast

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan sees little chance of the oil spill from a stricken Iranian tanker that sank on Sunday in the East China Sea reaching its shores, an official at the nation's environment ministry said on Tuesday.

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UK supermarket Iceland targets plastic-free own label ranges by 2023

LONDON (Reuters) - British supermarket Iceland plans to eliminate plastic packaging from all of its own brand products by the end of 2023 and called on the industry to follow its lead.

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BP to take $1.7 billion Deepwater Horizon charge

LONDON (Reuters) - BP said on Tuesday it expected to take a post-tax non-operating charge of around $1.7 billion in its fourth quarter results as part of the settlement of the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the United States.

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Experts: Massive oil spill off China's coast may affect marine life for decades

A massive oil tanker that sank off the coast of China could affect marine life for decades, environmentalists and experts say.

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Philippines shuts more schools as volcano spews ash and lava

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' most active volcano spewed lava that cascaded downslope and emitted ash that fell on nearby towns, state volcanologists said on Tuesday, prompting the provincial government to shut more schools.

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Three still missing in California's deadly mudslides

(Reuters) - The number of people missing from last week's deadly Southern California mudslides fell to three on Monday as hundreds of rescue workers searched for survivors from the rain-driven slides that killed 20 people.

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Pope arrives in Chile to bolster battered Church credibility

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Pope Francis arrived in Chile on Monday to start a trip aimed at bolstering the credibility of a local Church battered by a sexual abuse crisis.

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Brazilian miner Vale ordered to repair environmental damage

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A Brazilian court on Monday ordered the world's largest iron ore miner Vale SA to repair environmental damages its operations caused in land belonging to a community of descendants of escaped slaves in northern Brazil.

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Earthquake rattles Greece, felt in Athens

ATHENS (Reuters) - An earthquake that rattled Greece on Monday night was felt in the capital Athens, a Reuters reporter said.

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California rescuers search for victims of deadly mudslides

(Reuters) - The search for victims of last week's deadly Southern California mudslides pushed into Monday, with hundreds of rescue workers with dogs and scanners hunting for four people still listed as missing after the rain-driven slides that killed 20 people.

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Norway to ban fur farms as fox, mink go out of fashion

OSLO (Reuters) - A plan by Norway's government to phase out fur farms by 2025 dismayed producers and delighted animal rights activists on Monday as a sign that fur is out of fashion even in a nation that was once the world's top producer of fox pelts.

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Mercedes 'can't guarantee' meeting EU carbon goals: CEO

DETROIT (Reuters) - Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz faces a tough challenge to meet the next round of European CO2 goals and may fall short, Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche said on Monday.

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Tropical Singapore rugs up as temperatures drop

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A dip in temperature in Singapore has prompted an unusual parade of fur jackets, scarves and other winter items in the streets of the perennially balmy city-state, as more northern parts of the globe shivered under Arctic conditions.

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Philippines widens evacuation area as lava spreads around restive volcano

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines ordered the forced evacuation of people from two more municipalities near a restive volcano on Monday as the chief volcanologist warned of a possible hazardous eruption "within weeks or even within days".

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Warmer temperatures at Great Barrier Reef causing sea turtles to be born female

(Reuters) - Rising temperatures at Australia's Great Barrier Reef are causing more green turtles to be born female, which could lead to the species dying out, a new scientific study has found.

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Stricken oil tanker leaves 10-mile oil slick in East China Sea: CCTV

TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) - The burning Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea on Sunday in the worst oil ship disaster in decades has produced a 10-mile long oil slick as black smoke continued to billow from the site, Chinese media and Japanese authorities said on Monday.

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Madagascar cyclone death toll rises to 51, with thousands displaced

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - The death toll from a cyclone that hit Madagascar about 10 days ago has risen to 51, with another 22 people reported missing, authorities said on Sunday.

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Philippines says hazardous volcano eruption possible 'within weeks or days'

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' chief volcanologist warned on Monday of a possible hazardous eruption at Mount Mayon "within weeks or even within days", as magma continued to pile up at the summit of the Southeast Asian country's most active volcano.

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Twenty now dead in California mudslides, major highway closed

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The death toll from Southern California mudslides that swallowed dozens of homes and forced the closure of a major highway along the picturesque Santa Barbara County coast rose to 20 on Sunday, with four other people still reported missing.

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China punishes officials for tampering with smog monitoring

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has punished officials in the provinces of Jiangxi and Henan for tampering with pollution monitoring equipment in order to reduce smog readings, the environment ministry said in a notice on Sunday.

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Fire engulfs casino shuttle boat off Florida coast, 15 injured

NEW YORK (Reuters) - At least 15 people were injured when a fire engulfed a boat off the coast of Florida on Sunday, causing the 50 people aboard to jump into the Gulf of Mexico and swim to shore, local officials said.

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Strong earthquake in southern Peru leaves one dead, scores injured

LIMA (Reuters) - A strong magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, killing one person, injuring scores and causing homes and roads to collapse.

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UPDATE 7-Strong earthquake in southern Peru leaves one dead, scores injured

LIMA, Jan 14 (Reuters) - A strong magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, killing one person, injuring scores and causing homes and roads to collapse.

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Magnitude-5.1 quake hits 40 miles from Batangas, Philippines: USGS

(Reuters) - A magnitude-5.1 earthquake hit the Philippines on Sunday, about 40 miles west-southwest of Batangas, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Philippines raises volcano alert level after lava flow

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines raised the alert level at its rumbling Mayon volcano to "level 3" on Sunday after detecting lava flow and indications of activity that could lead to eruptions of magma.

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Twenty dead as search for California mudslide survivors grinds on

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The search for survivors of the deadly mudslides in parts of California's Santa Barbara County continued Sunday even as hopes dwindled to find anyone alive, officials said.

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Norway's Lofoten region to remain off-limits to oil firms: government

MOSS, Norway (Reuters) - Norway's Arctic region of Lofoten, Vesteraalen and Senja will remain off-limits to oil exploration at least until the next election for parliament, which is due in 2021, the government said on Sunday.

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Strong earthquake in southern Peru leaves one dead, dozens injured

LIMA (Reuters) - A strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, leaving one dead and several dozen injured while causing homes and roads to collapse.

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UPDATE 6-Strong earthquake in southern Peru leaves one dead, dozens injured

LIMA, Jan 14 (Reuters) - A strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, leaving one dead and several dozen injured while causing homes and roads to collapse.

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7.1-magnitude quake shakes Peru

Two people were killed when a 7.1-magnitude earthquake shook Peru on Sunday, according to a regional governor.

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Strong earthquake in southern Peru leaves two dead, 17 missing

LIMA (Reuters) - A strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, leaving two dead, 17 missing and several dozen injured, while causing homes and roads to collapse.

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UPDATE 5-Strong earthquake in southern Peru leaves two dead, 17 missing

LIMA, Jan 14 (Reuters) - A strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, leaving two dead, 17 missing and several dozen injured, while causing homes and roads to collapse.

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Strong earthquake in southern Peru leaves one dead, 20 injured

LIMA (Reuters) - A strong earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, leaving one dead and around 20 injured and causing homes and roads to collapse.

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UPDATE 4-Strong earthquake in southern Peru leaves one dead, 20 injured

LIMA, Jan 14 (Reuters) - A strong earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, leaving one dead and around 20 injured and causing homes and roads to collapse.

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Strong earthquake hits coast of southern Peru, minor damage reported

LIMA (Reuters) - A strong earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, causing damage to some homes, collapsing roads and injuring around 20 people.

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Strong earthquake hits coast of southern Peru, no damage reported

LIMA (Reuters) - A strong earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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Plane skids off Turkish runway on Black Sea coast, passengers unhurt

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Pegasus Airlines flight skidded off the runway of a Turkish coastal airport and ended up halfway down a steep slope into the Black Sea, but no passengers or crew were hurt, Turkish media reported on Sunday.

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Magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits 124 km southwest of Puquio, Peru: USGS

(Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck about 124 km southwest of Puquio, Peru, on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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Bushfires shut Australia's Newcastle airport for second time in 24 hours

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The airport for the Australian city of Newcastle has canceled flights for the second time in 24 hours because of bushfires in the area, operator Newcastle Airport said on its Facebook page on Sunday.

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As Pope Francis Heads to Chile and Peru, Argentina Feels Snubbed, Again

Nearly five years after moving to the Vatican, Pope Francis has steered clear of Argentina and its polarized politics, leaving many in his homeland feeling perplexed and dejected.

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People evacuated from Papua New Guinea island after volcano explodes

SYDNEY (Reuters) - About 1,500 people are being evacuated from an island off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea (PNG) after a nearby volcano erupted, the local Red Cross said on Sunday.

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Philippines raises volcano alert level as eruptions spew ash

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines raised the alert at its restive Mayon volcano by one notch early on Sunday, citing signs of rising magma that could lead to hazardous eruptions.

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Chile Slams World Bank Amid Charges of Political Bias

Chile’s left-leaning government demands an investigation after a World Bank economist says the nation’s drop in a business survey was politically motivated.

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Philippines raises volcano alert, warns of hazardous eruptions

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines raised the alert at its restive Mayon volcano by one notch early on Sunday, citing signs of rising magma that could lead to hazardous eruptions.

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Death toll rises to 19 in California mudslides, five still missing

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The death toll from mudslides that devastated parts of California's scenic Santa Barbara County rose to 19 on Saturday amid a massive influx of emergency crews searching for five people still missing.

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Australia's Port Hedland reopens as Cyclone Joyce dissipates

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal reopened on Saturday afternoon after a cyclone bearing down on the continent's far northwest dissipated, the port's operator said on Saturday evening.

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Crews ramp up effort to rescue live victims of California mudslide

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A massive influx of search and rescue crews scoured parts of California's Santa Barbara County on Saturday for seven people still missing following mudslides that killed at least 18.

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Chile government guarantees Pope's safety despite church attacks

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Pope Francis will not be at risk during his trip to Chile this week, despite a series of attacks at Catholic churches in the capital city of Santiago, Interior Minister Mario Fernandez said on local radio station BioBio on Saturday.

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Ash eruption from Philippines volcano triggers evacuation

MANILA (Reuters) - An active volcano in central Philippines spewed ash into the air on Saturday, prompting the country's disaster agency to order the immediate evacuation of residents in nearby villages.

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Magnitude 6.0 quake hits southeast of Solomon Islands - USGS

(Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 struck about 158 km (100 miles) southeast of the Solomon Islands in the Pacific on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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California police hope for 'miracle' to find missing in mudslide

MONTECITO, Calif (Reuters) - Californian authorities called for public help in locating seven people still missing after mudslides that killed at least 18, as crews carried on searching for survivors on Saturday.

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Tennis: Tired of the 'roller-coaster', Kyrgios seeks a steady ride

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An upbeat but calm Nick Kyrgios heads into the Australian Open feeling confident about his mental game and keen to keep a level head through the season after a "roller-coaster" ride in 2017.

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Op-Ed Columnist: So It’s One, Two, Three Strikes You’re Out …

Next year, we’ll drill for oil in Norway.

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'Window closing' for California mudslide searchers as death toll rises to 18

MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews expanded their search on Friday for five missing people as the death toll rose to 18 from mudslides in Southern California that damaged hundreds of buildings and caked highways with sludge.

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Pope Faces Turmoil in Chile Over Indigenous Group and Sex Abuse

Firebombs exploded at three churches in Santiago, Chile’s capital, on Friday, just days before Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Chile and Peru.

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'Window closing' as search expands for missing in California mudslide

MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews expanded their search on Friday for at least five people missing after deadly mudslides in southern California that killed at least 17 people, caked highways with sludge and damaged hundreds of buildings.

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Make security strategy include climate again, lawmakers urge Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of more than 100 bipartisan lawmakers in the U.S. House urged President Donald Trump on Friday to reconsider the omission of climate change from his administration's national security strategy, saying it is a step backward on science.

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Rescuers at California mudslide expand search for missing

MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - Emergency officials in southern California said on Friday they were looking for five people missing and feared dead or trapped by deadly mudslides and have expanded the search area.

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California mudslide rescuers expand search area for missing

MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescuers in southern California on Friday looking for as many as 43 people feared dead or trapped by this week's deadly mudslides have expanded the area they are searching and told residents that they might need to stay away for weeks.

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Vandals attack churches in Chile three days ahead of Pope visit

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Vandals in Santiago attacked three churches before dawn on Friday, throwing homemade bombs that caused minor damage and leaving notes threatening Pope Francis just three days ahead of the pontiff's visit to Chile next week, police said.

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Merkel strikes deal with social democrats, opening way to new German government

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a deal with Social Democrat (SPD) rivals on Friday to open government coalition talks, easing months of uncertainty that has undermined Germany's global role and raised questions about her political future.

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U.N. Indonesia earthquake plan foresees 47 million affected, 10,000 dead

GENEVA (Reuters) - A U.N. contingency plan for an earthquake in Indonesia foresees a scenario where 10,000 people would die within 24 hours with 47 million more affected, according to emergency response planning documents.

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Poland's new environment minister signals little change on forest logging

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will comply with an EU court order to stop cutting trees in Bialowieza forest, except where public safety has to be ensured, its new environment minister said on Friday - words certain to disappoint campaigners who want logging to end there.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Will the Pope Address Sexual Abuse in the Chilean Church?

Francis must confront the crimes of a Chilean priest, Fernando Karadima, who was protected from punishment for decades.

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Search for survivors of devastating California mudslide enters third day

MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - The search for survivors from a devastating Southern California mudslide that has killed at least 17 people moved into its third day on Friday, with some 700 rescue workers expecting to find more dead victims.

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Stricken Iranian oil tanker keeps exploding: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - The stricken Iranian oil tanker Sanchi keeps exploding, hampering efforts to extinguish the fire and rescue survivors, state media Xinhua said on Friday, citing the Ministry of Transport, as the blaze raged and worries grew the ship may break up and sink.

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Australia's Port Hedland set to reopen as Cyclone Joyce moves away

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal will likely reopen on Saturday after Australia's weather bureau cut the forecast strength of a cyclone bearing down on the continent's far northwest, the port's operator said on Friday.

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Australia's weather bureau drops Port Hedland warning as Cyclone Joyce nears land

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's weather bureau has cut the forecast strength of a cyclone bearing down on the continent's far northwest on Friday and dropped its warning for high winds at iron ore terminal Port Hedland.

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Stricken Iranian oil tanker drifts into Japan's economic zone: coast guard

TOKYO (Reuters) - A stricken Iranian oil tanker drifted into Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) on Wednesday afternoon, a spokesman for Japan's Coast Guard told Reuters on Friday, as strong winds pushed the burning ship away from the Chinese coast.

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Long night for hundreds of passengers on Japan train trapped by snow

TOKYO (Reuters) - Hundreds of passengers spent a cramped and uncomfortable night and much of Friday morning stuck on a crowded train trapped by heavy snow at a railroad crossing not far from a station in northern Japan, an official said.

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Rescuers 'searching for a miracle' in California mudslide zone

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescuers picking through waist-deep mud on Thursday, two days after a massive mudslide killed at least 17 people along Southern California's coast, said they feared more bodies may be found but still held out hope for "miracle" survivors.

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China's capital issues first major smog alert of winter

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing issued its first major smog alert of the winter for the capital, triggering stringent measures to curb output of heavy industry as plunging temperatures spurred heating demand.

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Canada lynx no longer threatened by extinction: U.S. wildlife agency

PINEDALE, Wyo. (Reuters) - The Canada lynx, a wild cat found in just a handful of mostly western U.S. states as well as Canada, no longer needs federal protection from extinction in the Lower 48 states, U.S. wildlife officials said on Thursday, sparking an outcry from conservationists.

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Strong 6.0 quake hits central Myanmar, USGS says, no reports of damage

YANGON (Reuters) - A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 hit a remote region of central Myanmar early on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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Nearly every governor with ocean coastline opposes Trump's drilling proposal

The Trump administration's proposal to open vast portions of US coastline to oil drilling was met with ferocious opposition from a number of the coastal governors it would affect.

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California mudslide's victims include three-year-old, octogenarians

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - The mudslides that tore through a coastal Southern California area this week claimed the lives of children as young as 3 and senior citizens as old as 89, officials said on Thursday, while rescue crews continued to search for eight people believed missing.

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Australia's weather bureau downgrades forecast severity of Cyclone Joyce

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's weather bureau has cut the forecast strength of a cyclone bearing down on the continent's far northwest on Friday.

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Warming set to breach Paris accord's toughest limit by mid century: draft

OSLO (Reuters) - Global warming is on track to breach the toughest limit set in the Paris climate agreement by the middle of this century unless governments make unprecedented economic shifts from fossil fuels, a draft U.N. report said.

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Senators from 12 states seek offshore drilling exemptions like Florida's

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twenty-two Democratic U.S. senators from 12 states on Thursday joined the chorus of local representatives seeking exemptions from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's newly proposed offshore drilling plan, after his surprise move on Tuesday to shield Florida.

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California mudslide's death toll includes mother, school founder

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue workers on Thursday searched for eight people missing after mudslides that ripped through a coastal Southern California community, as the identities of some of the 17 who died in Tuesday's disaster began trickling out.

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U.S. vehicle fuel economy rises to record 24.7 mpg: EPA

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - The fuel economy of new U.S. cars and trucks hit a record 24.7 miles per gallon in the 2016 model year, a government report said, even as some automakers had to buy credits to meet federal requirements.

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El Salvador earthquake shakes buildings in capital; no damage

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - A shallow earthquake in El Salvador shook buildings in the capital on Thursday afternoon, emergency services said, though there were no immediate reports of damage.

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Shallow earthquake shakes buildings in El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - A shallow earthquake shook buildings in El Salvador on Thursday afternoon, emergency services in the country said.

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Mountain gorilla numbers are up, predicts Rwanda ahead of census release

MUSANZE, Rwanda (Reuters) - A census of mountain gorillas due in March will likely show numbers have risen this decade, experts said during a ceremony to mark Rwanda's expansion of its Volcano National Park.

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U.S. vehicle fuel economy hits new record: EPA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The real-world fuel economy of new U.S. cars and trucks hit a record 24.7 miles per gallon in the 2016 model year, a government report said, even as regulators consider whether to revise fuel efficiency requirements.

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Argentine faithful flock to Chile as Pope avoids homecoming

BUENOS AIRES/SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Argentines will cross into Chile next week to see Buenos Aires-born Pope Francis, who has yet to return home despite visiting much of Latin America since his election nearly five years ago.

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California rescuers keep up search for missing in deadly mudslide

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Southern California rescue workers using dogs and scanners searched for eight people feared lost in the wreckage of this week's deadly mudslides, which struck along the state's picturesque coastal communities, according to officials.

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U.S. weather forecaster sees La Niña chances at 85-95 percent

(Reuters) - A U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday that La Niña conditions are likely to persist through the Northern Hemisphere winter.

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German prosecutors probe Bosch over Audi emissions

MUNICH (Reuters) - German prosecutors said on Thursday they had launched another probe into Robert Bosch GmbH over its suspected involvement in emissions test cheating - this time in relation to its work with Volkswagen's premium carmaker Audi.

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California rescuers use dogs, scanners to search deadly mudslide debris

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews in Southern California worked overnight into Thursday morning, using dogs and scanners to comb through tons of debris for survivors from deadly mudslides that struck along the state's picturesque coastal communities.

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Pope to meet Pinochet-era victims on visit to Chile

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will meet victims of the dictatorship of the late Augusto Pinochet when he visits Chile next week, the Vatican said on Thursday.

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UK's May pledges to cut all avoidable plastic waste by 2042

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday she would eradicate avoidable plastic waste by 2042, part of a "national plan of action" she hopes will show that her government is about more than just Brexit.

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Rescuers race against time to find missing in California mudslides

SANTA BARBARA, Calif (Reuters) - Rescue crews in Southern California resumed on Thursday the arduous task of combing through tons of debris for survivors from deadly mudslides that struck along the state's picturesque coastal communities.

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From otters to orangutans, Singapore zoo unveils hundreds of newborns

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The Singapore zoo on Thursday introduced to the public 500 newborns it welcomed into the world in 2017, representing 145 species, more than a quarter of which are endangered.

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Ivory Coast cocoa grinding up 5 pct -exporter data

ABIDJAN, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast cocoa grinders processed 85,000 tonnes of beans in the first two months of the 2017/18 season, up from 81,000 tonnes over the same period last season, data from exporters' association GEPEX showed on Thursday.

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China to enforce new standards for foreign waste imports from March

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will enforce new standards governing imports of 11 types of foreign solid waste from Mar. 1, the ministry of environmental protection said on Thursday.

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Earthquake hits Iran-Iraq border region, felt in Baghdad

BAGHDAD/ANKARA (Reuters) - An earthquake jolted the Iran-Iraq border region on Thursday at around 10 a.m. (0700 GMT), causing some panic in Baghdad and central Iraq, according to residents and state-run media.

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Earthquake of magnitude 5.6 strikes western Iran: TV

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran’s western province of Kermanshah was hit by a strong earthquake on Thursday, state TV reported.

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Earthquake hits central Iraq, felt in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An earthquake was felt at around 10 a.m. (0700 GMT) in Baghdad and central Iraq, according to residents and state-run media.

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Australia's Port Hedland clearing out ships as Cyclone Joyce intensifies

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal was clearing all vessels from its harbor on Thursday as a tropical cyclone intensified off the western Australian coast, Pilbara Ports Authority said.

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Japan sees 70 percent chance of La Nina weather pattern lasting into spring

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's weather bureau said on Thursday that a La Nina weather pattern is continuing, with a 70 percent chance of it lasting into spring.

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Beijing winning pollution battle as other Chinese cities fall behind

BEIJING (Reuters) - As Beijing and the surrounding region reported big improvements in air quality last year, nationwide gains were much more muted as industrial activity shifted further away from the capital, a report by Greenpeace shows.

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Death toll rises to 17 in California mudslides, 17 missing

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - The death toll from devastating mudslides in affluent communities along a stretch of Southern California coastline rose to 17 on Wednesday after two more bodies were recovered, the local sheriff said, and the number of people missing also climbed to 17.

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Australia's Port Hedland says clearing port due to cyclone fears

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal has begun clearing all vessels in its harbor as a tropical storm intensifies off the western Australian coast, Pilbara Ports Authority said on Thursday.

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Rescuers seek survivors after California mudslides kill 17

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews with dogs and scanners dug through waist-deep mud in an affluent stretch of Southern California's coast on Wednesday, searching for 13 people still missing after mudslides that killed at least 17.

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Florida Is Exempted From Coastal Drilling. Other States Ask, ‘Why Not Us?’

A surprise decision to exclude Florida, but not other states, from a plan to open up most of the nation’s coastline to offshore drilling raised questions about the plan’s legality.

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UK pledges to cut all avoidable plastic waste by 2042

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May will pledge on Thursday to eliminate avoidable plastic waste within 25 years, in an attempt to shift the focus away from her government's divisions over Brexit to a more wide-ranging domestic agenda.

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Rescuers seek survivors after California mudslides kill 15

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews with dogs and scanners dug through waist-deep mud in an affluent stretch of Southern California's coast on Wednesday, hunting for some two dozen people missing after mudslides swept through, killing at least 15.

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Trump says fairer deal might coax U.S. back into the Paris climate accord

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his primary concern with the Paris climate accord was that it treated the United States unfairly and that if a better deal could be reached, Washington might be persuaded to rejoin the agreement.

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California mudslides kill 15, more feared dead in deluge

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rescue crews with dogs and scanners dug through waist-deep mud in an affluent stretch of California's coast on Wednesday, hunting for up to two dozen people missing after mudslides swept through the coastal community and killed at least 15.

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Magnitude 4.7 earthquake hits western Iran: local media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A magnitude 4.7 earthquake hit western Iran on Wednesday evening, according to Mizan, the official website of the Iranian judiciary.

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Bulgaria joins Poland in appeal against EU pollution crackdown

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria will join Poland in an appeal against a European Commission decision to impose stricter limits on toxic pollutants coal-fired plants emit, the government said on Wednesday.

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Pope Francis to face protests in Chile over bishop appointment

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chileans protesting Pope Francis's 2015 appointment of a Roman Catholic bishop accused of protecting an alleged pedophile threaten to cast a shadow over the pontiff's visit to South America next week.

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Brazil curbs soy farming deforestation in Amazon

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil all but stopped growth of soy farming in newly deforested parts of its Amazon rainforest during the 2016-2017 crop year after efforts to halt purchases of beans from such areas, official data showed on Wednesday.

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After Florida, more states press U.S. for offshore drilling exemptions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Governors and other officials from several U.S. coastal states ramped up pressure on the Trump administration on Wednesday to exempt their waters from an offshore drilling plan, hours after the Interior Department granted Florida's request to opt out.

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Fifteen confirmed dead in California mudslide, search for survivors

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rescue crews using helicopters and dogs searched the hills around wealthy Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesday for people trapped or killed by rain-driven mudslides that left at least 15 people dead in the coastal community.

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Coast Guard rescues family from roof

One by one, a family of five trapped by rivers of mud in Southern California climbed to the roof of their home as rescuers swooped in to help them.

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Bulgaria joins Poland in an appeal against EU pollution crackdown

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria will join Poland in its appeal against a European Commission's decision to impose stricter limits on toxic pollutants coal-fired plants emit, the government said on Wednesday.

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Soldiers loot arms, burn military base in Ivory Coast's second largest city

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Soldiers in Ivory Coast's second largest city looted weapons from the base of a rival elite military unit before setting it on fire during an overnight clash, leaders of the faction that carried out the raid said on Wednesday.

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California mudslide death toll up to 15 as rescues continue

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California rescuers worked through the night plucking stranded Santa Barbara residents from mudslides that have killed at least 15 people and devastated the coastal community after it was drenched by rain, authorities said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 2-German union IG Metall threatens all-out strikes ahead of wage talks

* Regional talks in Baden-Wuerttemberg due on Thursday (Recasts, adds comments by IG Metall chief, IG BCE union, Deutsche Post wage demand)

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Explosion on Iranian oil tanker forces rescue team to retreat

BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - Rescue crews were forced to retreat from a stricken Iranian oil tanker in the East China Sea on Wednesday following an explosion on the ship as a fire raged for a fourth day after a dramatic collision.

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Soldiers loot arms, burn military base in Ivory Coast's second city

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Soldiers in Ivory Coast's second largest city looted weapons from the base of an elite military unit overnight before setting it on fire, leaders of the faction said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Hotchkis & Wiley Capital Management Reports 10.49 Pct Passive Stake In Energy XXI Gulf Coast

* HOTCHKIS & WILEY CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC REPORTS 10.49 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN ENERGY XXI GULF COAST AS ON DEC 31, 2017 - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2FlmUMf) Further company coverage:

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Death toll in California mudslides expected to rise

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The number of those killed by mudslides in California was expected to rise from at least 13 dead but rescue efforts would become easier on Wednesday after the powerful rain storm heads west and skies clear, authorities said.

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Port Hedland may clear ships as storm builds off Australia

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Vessels may be cleared from Australia's Port Hedland, the world's biggest iron ore export terminal, as early as Thursday as a safety precaution because of a tropical storm, port manager Pilbara Ports Authority said on Wednesday.

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Hong Kong government adviser resigns over illegal ivory links

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong ivory trader fined this week for illegal possession of ivory resigned on Wednesday from a government advisory panel to protect endangered species, a potentially embarrassing blow for a city fighting to stamp out smuggling of ivory.

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Rhine in Germany reopens to river shipping as water level falls

HAMBURG (Reuters) - The river Rhine in Germany was reopened to shipping on Wednesday after a fall in water levels, the German inland navigation authority said.

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Strong quake in Caribbean Sea shakes Honduras, Mexico and Belize, no tsunami

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 7.6 that struck near remote islands belonging to Honduras on Tuesday was felt across northern Central America but there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage.

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Strong quake prompts tsunami threat message in Caribbean, Mexico

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves were possible for several countries in the Caribbean and Central America, as well as Mexico, after a magnitude-7.6 earthquake struck 27 miles off the coast of Honduras.

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China says 28 northern cities met late 2017 anti-smog targets

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - All 28 Chinese cities in a demanding winter anti-smog campaign met their air quality targets from October to December, but weather conditions could pose challenges in early 2018, the environment ministry said on Wednesday.

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Strong quake in Caribbean Sea shakes Honduras, Mexico and Belize, sparks tsunami warning

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 7.6 that struck near remote islands belonging to Honduras on Tuesday was felt across northern Central America, prompting a tsunami warning for parts of the Caribbean.

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California mudslides kill at least 13 in area ravaged by wildfire

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mudslides, boulders and tons of debris killed at least 13 people on Tuesday in communities along California's scenic coastline ravaged by a series of intense wildfires that burned off protective vegetation last month.

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Magnitude 7.6 quake strikes off Central America: USGS

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 7.6 struck near remote Caribbean Islands belonging to Honduras on Tuesday, sparking a tsunami warning for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

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Exclusive: Trump's EPA aims to replace Obama-era climate, water regulations in 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will replace Obama-era carbon and clean water regulations and open up a national debate on climate change in 2018, part of a list of priorities for the year that also includes fighting lead contamination in public drinking water.

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Records show HK trader fined for illegal ivory sits on govt's endangered species board

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong ivory trader fined this week for illegal ivory possession sits on a government advisory group for protecting endangered species, records showed on Wednesday, potentially an embarrassing blow as Hong Kong fights ivory smuggling.

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Corals die, farmers suffer through Australia's third-hottest year

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia had its third-hottest year on record in 2017, the country's weather bureau said on Wednesday, as global warming changed the continent's climate and farmers warned unpredictable seasons are hurting the $47 billion agricultural sector.

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Trump administration bars oil drilling off Florida after governor's plea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration will not allow drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Florida after urging from the state's governor, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Tuesday.

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Mudslides and flooding kill at least 13 in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - At least 13 people died and thousands fled from their homes in Southern California on Tuesday as a powerful rainstorm triggered flash floods and mudslides on slopes where a series of intense wildfires burned off protective vegetation last month.

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Trump administration will not allow oil drilling off Florida: Interior Secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The administration of President Donald Trump will not allow drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Florida after urging from the state's governor, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Tuesday.

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At least eight dead in Southern California flooding, mudslides

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - At least eight people died and thousands fled from their homes in Southern California on Tuesday as a powerful rainstorm triggered flash floods and mudslides on slopes where a series of intense wildfires burned off protective vegetation last month.

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Survivors, coastguard say dozens of migrants missing off Libya

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Survivors from a boat that foundered off Libya's coast on Tuesday said about 50 people who had embarked with them were feared dead, while the coastguard said the number of missing might be as high as 100.

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Chile's Codelco says to modify Andina mine for glaciers

SANTIAGO, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Chile's state-run Codelco, the world's largest copper producer, presented on Tuesday a $250 million plan to move its Andina mine away from glaciers.

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At least two dead in Southern California flooding, mudslides

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - At least two people died and thousands fled their homes in Southern California on Tuesday as a powerful rainstorm triggered flash floods and mudslides on slopes where a series of intense wildfires had burned off protective vegetation last month.

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Flooding, mudslides force thousands to evacuate in Southern California

(Reuters) - Thousands of people fled their homes in Southern California on Tuesday as a powerful overnight rainstorm sparked flash floods and mudslides after a series of intense wildfires burned off protective vegetation last month.

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Tourists airlifted from snowbound Swiss ski resort

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Swiss Alpine resort of Zermatt airlifted guests by helicopter on Tuesday after heavy snow and a power cut stranded thousands of visitors.

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Energy group Ineos to challenge Scotland's ban on fracking

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Energy group Ineos is seeking a judicial review of the Scottish government's ban on onshore unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland, known as "fracking".

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Slip-sliding down the Sahara snow

ALGIERS (Reuters) - On the usually sun-kissed sand dunes of the Sahara desert, a rare blanket of snow allowed Algerians the chance to try out some icy sliding.

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East China Sea oil tanker burns for third day as winds, high waves lash rescuers

BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - Strong winds, high waves and toxic gases are hindering dozens of rescue boats struggling to locate missing sailors from a stricken oil tanker in the East China Sea and to extinguish a fire that has burned for the past three days on the ship.

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Turkey says Syrian strikes in Idlib undermine political process

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday the Syrian army was striking moderate opposition forces in Idlib province and this was undermining efforts to reach a political solution to the war in Syria.

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Akzo and Gasunie plan to build Europe's largest green hydrogen plant

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch paints and chemicals maker Akzo Nobel and gas network operator Gasunie plan to build Europe's largest green hydrogen production plant in a bid to cut emissions, the companies said on Tuesday.

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Iranian oil tanker burns for third day as winds, high waves lash rescuers

BEIJING (Reuters) - Lashing winds, high waves and toxic gases are hindering dozens of rescue boats struggling to locate missing sailors from a stricken oil tanker in the East China Sea and to extinguish a fire that has burned for the past three days on the ship.

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China fines two truck makers for pollution, emissions fraud - ministry

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's environment ministry said on Tuesday it had fined two local truck makers a total of at least 38 million yuan ($5.84 million) for manufacturing vehicles that do not meet pollution standards and for engaging in emissions fraud.

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Iranian oil tanker burns for third day after collision off China coast

BEIJING (Reuters) - A tanker carrying Iranian oil that collided with a Chinese freight ship in the East China Sea was still on fire on Tuesday morning, the Chinese government said, as dozens of rescue boats struggled to control the blaze for a third day.

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HK court fines ivory trader $1,000 for illegal trading as China cracks down

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong court found an ivory trader guilty of illegal ivory possession and imposed a relatively light penalty of an HK$8,000 ($1,022) fine on Tuesday, less than two weeks after China implemented a total ban on ivory sales.

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China says 27 of 31 regions met 2016 low carbon targets

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China said 27 of its 31 regions met their greenhouse gas reduction targets aimed at combating global warming in 2016, the country's climate change regulator said in a notice on Monday.

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China's steel hub Tangshan ends pollution alert: local government

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's top steelmaking city of Tangshan on Tuesday put an end to emergency measures that were introduced to cope with heavy air pollution.

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U.S. plan to aid coal, nuclear rejected in setback for Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. power grid regulator on Monday rejected a directive by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to prop up aging coal and nuclear power plants, in a setback for the Trump administration that disappointed coal miners but pleased drillers, environmentalists and renewable energy advocates.

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U.S. energy regulator rejects plan to aid coal, nuclear

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. power grid regulator on Monday rejected a directive by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to prop up aging coal and nuclear power plants, but said it had embarked on a new plan to determine whether the power grid is reliable.

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Magellan fuel pipeline in Minnesota leaks 300 barrels of gasoline

(Reuters) - Magellan Midstream Partners LP said on Monday an estimated 300 barrels of gasoline leaked from its pipeline system that hauls fuel from Rosemount, Minnesota to Minneapolis

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U.S. rivers getting saltier, drinking water at risk: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. rivers and streams have become saltier and more alkaline over the last 50 years, posing risks to drinking water by damaging pipelines and other infrastructure, according to a study released on Monday.

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Argentine soy planting pushed by drought into mid-January

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The drought afflicting Argentina's soy belt is expected to worsen this week, pushing farmers to risk planting later than usual and raising the risk of frosts later in the season, a meteorologist and farmer said on Monday.

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Madagascar cyclone kills 29, displaces thousands

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - A cyclone that hit eastern Madagascar over the weekend killed at least 29 people and injured three others while two people were reported missing, authorities said on Monday.

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Weather disasters cost U.S. record $306 billion in 2017: NOAA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Weather and climate-related disasters cost the United States a record $306 billion in 2017, the third-warmest year on record, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Monday.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-German industrial workers stage strikes in pay dispute

DUESSELDORF, Germany, Jan 8 (Reuters) - German industrial workers staged strikes at metals and engineering firms on Monday in support of wage claims by union IG Metall, which announced a further wave of walkouts for Tuesday.

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German coalition negotiators drop 2020 carbon emissions target - sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - The parties that are in talks on forming a new German coalition government have given up on the country's previous target of achieving a 40 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by the year 2020, two sources told Reuters.

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UPDATE 1-German industrial workers stage strikes in pay dispute

* German economy buoyant, record numbers in work (Adds plans for further strikes on Tuesday, employers' comment)

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Madagascar cyclone kills six, displaces thousands

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - A cyclone that hit eastern Madagascar over the weekend killed at least six people and injured three others while two people were reported missing, authorities said on Monday.