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Ex-Ausi Archbishop avoids jail for concealing child abuse (Tue, 14 Aug 2018)
Philip Wilson became one of the highest-ranked church officials convicted of covering up child sex abuse. The Newcastle Local Court sentenced the 67-year-old to 12 months imprisonment, with a non-parole period of six months, but also ordered that he be assessed to serve it in home detention. Wilson had since been on bail.
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Magnitude-5 quake hits China, 18 injured (Mon, 13 Aug 2018)
The quake damaged over 6,000 homes and affected more than 48,000 residents in Tonghai and Huaning counties and in the district of Jiangchuan, all administered by the city of Yuxi, the provincial civil affairs department said in a statement. The injured are being treated in a hospital and are said to be in a stable condition.
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Vienna tops Melbourne as world's most liveable city: Survey (Mon, 13 Aug 2018)
The two metropolises have been neck and neck in the annual survey of 140 urban centres for years, with Melbourne clinching the title for the past seven editions. At the other end of the table, Damascus retained last place, followed by the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, and Lagos in Nigeria.
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Trump signs defense bill with diluted China controls (Mon, 13 Aug 2018)
President Donald Trump has signed a USD 716 billion defence policy bill named for John McCain but included no mention in his remarks of the Republican senator, who is battling brain cancer at home in Arizona. Trump and McCain are engaged in a long-running feud that dates to Trump's 2016 presidential run.
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Iran's Khamenei: 'No war, no negotiations with the US' (Mon, 13 Aug 2018)

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State probe finds immigrant teens not currently being abused (Mon, 13 Aug 2018)
Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam ordered the review in June, hours after the AP published first-person accounts by children as young as 14 who said they were handcuffed, shackled and beaten at the facility. They also described being stripped of their clothes and locked in solitary confinement.
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Finalised decision on new Pak Cabinet: Imran's party (Mon, 13 Aug 2018)

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At least 100 security forces killed in fight for Afghan city (Mon, 13 Aug 2018)
At least 100 Afghan security forces have been killed as troops backed by US airpower struggled to push the Taliban from embattled Ghazni city, officials said Monday, while residents reported food and medicine shortages four days after fighting began.
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Merkel to host Putin for talks on Syria, Ukraine, energy (Mon, 13 Aug 2018)

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Sharif appears before Pak court in remaining 2 graft cases (Mon, 13 Aug 2018)
Nawaz Sharif, 68, along with his daughter Maryam, 44 and his son-in-law Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar are already serving jail terms of 10-years, seven years and one year respectively in Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, after an accountability court convicted them on July 6 over the family's ownership of four luxury flats in London.
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Koreas hold high-level talks on third leaders' summit (Sun, 12 Aug 2018)
Monday's high-level talks, taking place on the northern side of the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone, were proposed by the North last week as it lashed out at Washington for pushing ahead with sanctions.
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Newest US sanctions against Russia hit an economic nerve (Mon, 13 Aug 2018)
The Trump administration announcement of export restrictions in response to accusations Moscow used a nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy in Britain sent the ruble tumbling to a two-year low and drew a stern warning from its prime minister. While the initial sanctions may have a limited impact, a second batch expected within months could hit the Russian economy much harder and send already tense relations into a tailspin.
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Australian PM's popularity slumps as govt fractures emerge (Sun, 12 Aug 2018)
A poll for an Australian daily showed Turnbull's lead as preferred prime minister over opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten fell 4 percentage points in the past two weeks, a result that weakens his hand ahead of a critical meeting of the centre-right government on Tuesday.
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Threat from on high: race on to bolster drone defences (Sun, 12 Aug 2018)
On August 4, two explosive-laden drones were allegedly used in an attempt to kill Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro as he gave a speech in Caracas. And last week, President Emmanuel Macron's security services jammed a drone's navigating signals as it flew near his vacation retreat, sending it crashing into the Mediterranean.
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US: Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits Alaska (Sun, 12 Aug 2018)
The temblor, which occurred just before 7 am (1500 GMT), was the most powerful on record to hit Alaska's oil-producing North Slope, said Paul Huang, a seismologist and deputy director of the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska. No tsunami alert was generated, though ground motion was felt as far away as Fairbanks, Alaska, nearly 400 miles (644 km) to the south.
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Counter-protest drowns out small Washington neo-Nazi rally (Sun, 12 Aug 2018)
In an effort to avoid a repeat of the chaos of a deadly protest in Charlottesville, Virginia exactly a year ago, Washington police closed streets and threw a ring of steel across a public park to make sure the white supremacists and rowdy counter-protesters did not come into contact.
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China's Xi Jinping beset by economic, political challenges (Sun, 12 Aug 2018)
Mounting criticism of the Xi administration's policies has exposed the risks he faces from amassing so much power: He's made himself a natural target for blame. The challenges so far aren't seen as a threat to Xi's grip on power, but for many Chinese, the government's credibility is on the line.
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Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits Alaska's oil-producing North Slope (Sun, 12 Aug 2018)
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck on Sunday near the native Alaskan village of Kaktovik and part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge where the Trump administration plans to allow oil drilling, but no injuries or damage were reported.
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Children among 39 civilians dead in Syria arms depot (Sun, 12 Aug 2018)
​​An AFP correspondent at the site in Sarmada in Idlib province near the Turkish border said the explosion of unknown origin caused two buildings to collapse. Rescue workers used bulldozers to remove the rubble and extract trapped people from the flattened buildings, the correspondent said.
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Newly-elected Pak parliament to meet for first time tomorrow (Sun, 12 Aug 2018)
​​President Mamnoon Hussain has already summoned the maiden session of National Assembly, the lower house, at 10 am in parliament house. According to law, the speaker of the previous assembly, Ayaz Sadiq, will administer the oath to the new lawmakers, followed by election of the speaker and the deputy speaker.
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Environment News, Earth News, Global Warming, Wild Life, Carbon Trading, Climate Business, Climate Change & Pollution News

'Most landslides in Manipur caused by anthropogenic factors' (Sun, 12 Aug 2018)

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Brazil cuts deforestation emissions below 2020 targets (Fri, 10 Aug 2018)
Brazil reduced its emission from deforestation in the Amazon rainforest by 610 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), compared to its 2020 target of 564 million tonnes. In the Cerrado savanna, emissions were reduced 170 million tonnes of carbon dioxide versus a target of 104 million tonnes.
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Crews make progress battling Southern California wildfire (Sun, 12 Aug 2018)
Aircraft have been making flight after flight, dumping water and bright pink retardant to protect Lake Elsinore and other foothill communities as the fire sweeps through the dense, bone-dry brush of the Cleveland National Forest. The Holy Fire, named for Holy Jim Canyon, where it began Monday - grew to nearly 33 square miles (85 square kilometres) by Saturday morning.
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Major Portuguese wildfire defies attempts to halt it (Wed, 08 Aug 2018)
The Civil Protection Agency said Wednesday that almost 2,000 firefighters from across Portugal were deployed at the blaze, the highest number yet. They were supported by six aircraft and more than 380 vehicles.
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Heat, winds pose enduring menace to burning Northern California (Mon, 06 Aug 2018)
Some areas in Central and Northern California could see 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 Celsius) and winds of 15 mph (24 kph) with higher gusts that could fan the flames and spread embers, Brian Hurley said.
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Melted asphalt, shoes for dogs as Europe wilts in heat (Sat, 04 Aug 2018)
In Monchique in the south, of Portugal, a forest fire raged on two fronts, aided by "a temperature of 46 degrees but a real feel of 50 degrees" and very little humidity in the air, Victor Vaz Pinto, head of rescue operations in the district, told local media.
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Hot, dusty and on fire: Portugal's heatwave breaks records (Fri, 03 Aug 2018)
Eight places in Portugal broke local temperature records as a wave of heat from North Africa swept across the Iberian peninsula — and officials predicted the scorching temperatures could get even worse over the weekend.
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Dudhwa Tiger Reserve to be under complete drone camera surveillance (Thu, 02 Aug 2018)

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'Carbon stored in soil entering atmosphere faster' (Thu, 02 Aug 2018)

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Degrading plastics emit greenhouse gases: Study (Thu, 02 Aug 2018)
Greenhouse gases directly influence climate change - affecting sea level, global temperatures, ecosystem health on land and in the ocean, and storms, which increase flooding and drought, said researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
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Europe deals with heatwave from Portugal to a Finnish supermarket (Fri, 03 Aug 2018)
Portugal's Civil Protection agency reported 426 firefighters were putting out or checking fire alerts in the north and centre. Fires typically flare late in the day when the weather is hottest. Spanish and Portuguese temperatures will remain above 40 degrees Celsius at least until Sunday.
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Hot African air brings heatwave, dust to Europe (Thu, 02 Aug 2018)
Forecasts were for a high Thursday of 44 degrees (111 Fahrenheit) in the Portuguese city of Evora, 130 kilometers east of Lisbon, and the Spanish province of Badajoz across the border. Portuguese authorities issued a nationwide health warning, including for dust moving up from the Sahara Desert.
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Koalas starve as residents destroy trees to stop bush fires on Australian island (Wed, 01 Aug 2018)
Australia is currently experiencing extreme dry weather, although the most intense drought conditions are located further north in the state of New South Wales. In trying to prevent uncontrolled fires, the clearing of land threatens koalas, which mostly survive off a diet of eucalyptus leaves.
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Largest colony of king penguins shrinks by 90% (Wed, 01 Aug 2018)

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Over 100 wildlife rangers died on duty in past year: WWF (Tue, 31 Jul 2018)

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Yamuna at its 'healthiest' this yr due to rise in flood water inflow: Experts (Tue, 31 Jul 2018)
"The quality of Yamuna water is at its healthiest state for the first time this year but that is due to the better water flow. Any water that is flowing always has better quality as it has increased oxygen content which washes away the existing pollutants," said Manoj Mishra.
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Heatwaves from the Arctic to Japan: a sign of things to come? (Fri, 27 Jul 2018)
In Northern Europe the recent heatwave is exceptional, and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) predicts temperatures will continue to beat the seasonal average from Ireland to Scandinavia and the Baltic countries until early August.
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2,700 scientists warn US-Mexico wall endangers wildlife (Tue, 24 Jul 2018)

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Greek holiday hotspot to protect over-worked donkeys (Sat, 28 Jul 2018)

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Ocean acidification may hit unprecedented levels: Study (Tue, 24 Jul 2018)
Ocean acidification is likely to hit the levels not seen in the past 14 million years, under a 'business-as-usual' scenario of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Ocean acidification occurs when CO2 from the atmosphere is absorbed by seawater, resulting in more acidic water with a lower pH, said researchers.
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