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U.S. Approves $620 Million Missile Upgrade Package for Taiwan
Reuters - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jul 2020

10 Jul 2020 – The United States has approved a possible $620 million upgrade package for Patriot surface-to-air missiles to Taiwan, the State Department said, the latest purchase from the United States to deal with a rising threat from China.

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Germany’s Merkel Rejects Trump Invite to Attend G7 Summit in Washington
Reuters - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jun 2020

30 May 2020 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has refused to accept U.S. President Donald Trump’s invitation to attend an envisaged summit of the Group of Seven (G7) in the US.

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First Iranian Fuel Tanker Reaches Venezuelan Waters without US Interference
Reuters | The Guardian - TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 May 2020

24 May 2020 – The first of five tankers loaded with gasoline sent from Iran has reached Venezuelan waters, expected to temporarily ease the South American nation’s fuel crunch while defying Trump administration sanctions targeting the two US foes. Iran’s president had earlier warned the US not to try to stop the flotilla sent to ease Venezuela’s fuel shortage.

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‘Nature Welcomes the Change’: With No Tourists, Wildlife Roams California’s Yosemite
Reuters - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Apr 2020

17 Apr 2020 – A bear ambles across a forest glade and a herd of deer stroll down a silent road. At Yosemite National Park in Northern California, coronavirus restrictions mean no tourists – and bolder wildlife.

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Portugal to Treat Migrants as Residents during Coronavirus Crisis
Reuters - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Apr 2020

28 Mar 2020 – All foreigners in Portugal with pending applications will be treated as permanent residents from Monday until at least July 1, authorities said on Saturday, to ensure migrants have access to public services during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Brazil Scales Back Environmental Enforcement amid Coronavirus Outbreak
The Guardian | Reuters - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Apr 2020

27 Mar 2020- Brazil will reduce efforts to fight environmental crimes during the coronavirus outbreak, despite concerns that reduced protection could lead to a surge in deforestation.

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Large Parts of China Relax Coronavirus Curbs, Many Places Report Zero New Cases
Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Feb 2020

24 Feb 2020 – Figures released by the national health authority today showed 24 out of China’s 31 provinces and regions – including Beijing, Shanghai and populous provinces such as Henan and Anhui – reported zero cases of new infections on Feb. 23, the best showing since it began publishing nationwide figures on Jan. 20. Yesterday, Sunday, President Xi hailed the positive trend, and urged businesses to resume work and safeguard jobs.

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Putin Proposes 2020 Summit with Leaders of Russia, France, China, U.S. and UK
Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2020

23 Jan 2020 – Russian President Vladimir Putin today proposed holding a summit between the leaders of the UNSC P5 in 2020 to discuss the conflict in Libya and other global problems.

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Finland Is Now Being Run by Five Parties Led by Women under 35
Anne Kauranen | Reuters – National Post [Canada], 3 Feb 2020

10 Dec 2019 – Thirty-four-year-old Social Democrat Sanna Marin took office in Finland today as the world’s youngest serving prime minister, heading a coalition with four other parties led by women, all but one of them under 35.

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Brazil Amazon Deforestation Climbs more than 100% in November over Same Month Last Year – Government Agency
Marcelo Teixeira | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2019

13 Dec 2019 – Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon jumped to the highest level for the month of November since record-keeping began in 2015, according to preliminary government data published today.

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Russia Banned from Next Olympics and World Cup Soccer
Brian Homewood and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

9 Dec 2019 – Russia was banned today from the next summer and winter Olympics and the 2022 soccer World Cup. The World Anti-Doping Agency concluded that Moscow had planted fake evidence and deleted files linked to positive doping tests in laboratory data that could have helped identify drug cheats. If RUSADA appeals WADA’s punishment, the case will be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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US Drone Strike Kills 30 Pine Nut Workers in Afghanistan
Reuters – The Guardian, 23 Sep 2019

19 Sep 2019 – A US drone strike intended to hit an Islamic State hideout in Afghanistan has killed at least 30 civilians who were resting after harvesting pine nuts. Forty were also injured in the Wednesday [18 Sep] attack which struck farmers and labourers who just finished work. The UN says nearly 4,000 civilians were killed or wounded in the first half of the year. Afghan Government and NATO Killing More Civilians than the Taliban

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Japan May Have to Dump Radioactive Water into the Sea, Minister Says
Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Sep 2019

10 Sep 2019 – “Japan’s government must commit to the only environmentally acceptable option for managing this water crisis which is long term storage and processing to remove radioactivity, including tritium,” Shaun Burnie, senior nuclear specialist with Greenpeace Germany, said in an email.

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U.N. Urges Sanctions on Myanmar Army Businesses, Says Foreign Partners Could Be Complicit
Angie Teo and Poppy McPherson | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Aug 2019

5 Aug 2019 – United Nations investigators urged world leaders today to impose targeted financial sanctions on companies linked to the military in Myanmar, and said foreign firms doing business with them could be complicit in international crimes.

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In Myanmar’s Conflict-Torn Rakhine, Fresh Allegations of ‘War Crimes’
Poppy McPherson and Thu Thu Aung | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jul 2019

12 Jul 2019 – When 35-year-old Ah Hla showed up to a police station in western Myanmar in late April hoping to see her husband among the prisoners, she didn’t know whether he was alive or dead. “I went there with the hope that I am going to see my husband, but he was not there,” said Ah Hla, who had walked to the police station with a group of relatives of the detained men. When she arrived, police told her that her husband of 15 years had hanged himself in his cell, and that his body had already been disposed of.

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Myanmar Must Give Rohingya ‘Pathway to Citizenship’ – UN Investigator
Emma Batha | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jul 2019

26 June 2019 – The Rohingya are among an estimated 10 to 15 million stateless people in the world who are not recognized as citizens of any country. Sometimes called “legal ghosts”, stateless people are deprived of basic rights from education to employment and vulnerable to exploitation, violence and arbitrary detention.

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Blackwater Founder’s Latest Sales Pitch: Mercenaries for Venezuela
Aram Roston and Matt Spetalnick | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

30 Apr 2019 – Erik Prince, the founder of the controversial private security firm Blackwater and a prominent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, has been pushing a plan to deploy a private army to help topple Venezuela’s socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, four sources with knowledge of the effort told Reuters.

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Jailed Myanmar Reuters Reporters, U.S. Border Photographers Win Pulitzer Prizes
Daniel Trotta | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Apr 2019

15 Apr 2019 – Reuters won two Pulitzer Prizes today, one for revealing the massacre of 10 Muslim Rohingya men by Buddhist villagers and Myanmar security forces, and another for photographs of Central American migrants seeking refuge in the United States.

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French Court Finds Bayer’s Monsanto Liable for Farmer’s Sickness
Simon Carraud and Catherine Lagrange | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Apr 2019

11 Apr 2019 – A French court has ruled that Monsanto was liable for the sickness of a farmer who inhaled one of its weedkillers, in another legal setback for the Bayer-owned business over health claims.

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Pink Floyd’s Waters Slams Venezuela Border Aid Concert
Brian Ellsworth and Sarah Marsh | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Feb 2019

19 Feb 2019 – Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters slammed an upcoming “Live Aid”-style concert to raise funds for humanitarian aid for Venezuela, calling the event a U.S.-backed effort to tarnish the socialist government in a video circulating today.

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News Avoidance
Antonis Kalogeropoulos | Univ. of Oxford – Reuters Institute, 21 Jan 2019

The issue of news avoidance is a matter of concern if it means that citizens are not sufficiently equipped to take decisions in elections or referendums. There are also concerns that the abundance of other types of media (e.g. entertainment) may be squeezing exposure to news for less interested news consumers.

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French Court Cancels Monsanto Weedkiller Permit on Safety Grounds
Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jan 2019

15 Jan 2019 – A French court canceled the license for one of Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weedkillers today over safety concerns, placing an immediate ban on Roundup Pro 360 in the latest legal blow to the Bayer-owned business.

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In Rare Move, Indian State to Return Unused Land to Farmers
Rina Chandran | Thomson Reuters Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Dec 2018

26 Dec 2018 – Farmers in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh are getting back land that was taken from them more than a decade ago by the government because it was not used, a rare move in a country riven by conflict over land. About 660 disputes over land have stalled hundreds of projects and forced millions of people from their farms across India, say experts.

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U.S. Limits on Coal Plant Mercury Emissions Too Costly: Trump’s EPA
Humeyra Pamuk | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Dec 2018

28 Dec 2018 – The Trump administration today said limits on mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants were unnecessary as they were too costly, sparking an outcry from environmentalists who feared the next step would be looser rules favoring the coal industry at the expense of public health.

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Point of No Return: Erasing the Rohingya
Poppy McPherson, Simon Lewis, Thu Thu Aung, Shoon Naing and Zeba Siddiqui | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Dec 2018

18 Dec 2018 – Having fled waves of violence, more than 900,000 members of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority now languish in refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh. A Reuters investigation has found the Myanmar government is taking steps that threaten to make the purge of the Rohingya permanent.

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Nobel Laureate Murad to Build Hospital in Iraq with Prize Money
Reuters – Al Arabiya, 17 Dec 2018

15 Dec 2018 – Nadia Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi woman held as a sex slave by ISIS militants who won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, said on Friday [14 Dec] she intended to use the prize money to build a hospital for victims of sexual abuse in her hometown.

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Iran Honoring Nuclear Deal as New Sanctions Hit, IAEA Report Shows
Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Nov 2018

12 Nov 2018 – Iran has continued to implement the main nuclear restrictions set by its 2015 deal with major powers even as the United States reimposed sanctions against Tehran, a U.N. atomic watchdog report showed today.

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Dozens of Rohingya Flee Camps by Boat, Reviving Memories of 2015 Tragedy
Ruma Paul and Poppy McPherson | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Nov 2018

8 Nov 2018 – Dozens of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and Bangladesh have boarded boats to try to reach Malaysia, officials and aid workers said today, raising fears of a fresh wave of such dangerous voyages after a 2015 crackdown on people smugglers.

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Exclusive: ‘Can’t Eat, Can’t Sleep’ – Rohingya on Myanmar Repatriation List
Ruma Paul | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Nov 2018

9 Nov 2018 – “I can hardly sleep at night for fear of getting forcibly repatriated. Since the time I heard that my name is on the list I can’t even eat,” says Amin, 35, who has four daughters, a wife and sister with him in Bangladesh. “Why are they sending us back? They may as well throw us into the sea.”

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India Unveils World’s Tallest Statue, Twice the Size of the Statue of Liberty
Elisha Fieldstadt and Reuters – NBC News, 5 Nov 2018

31 Oct 2018 – The tallest statue in the world, twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty, honoring Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first deputy prime minister, was unveiled today. Funds for the $400-million, 597-foot steel and bronze “Statue of Unity,” which used 7,416,080 cubic feet of cement, 25,000 tons of steel and 1,700 tons of bronze, came from the federal government, state-run companies and other institutions.

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India, in a First, Sends Seven Rohingya for Deportation to Myanmar
Zarir Hussain | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Oct 2018

3 Oct 2018 – In violation of international law, India is deporting Rohingyas back to Myanmar with an ongoing genocide. Indian police bussed seven Rohingya Muslims to the border today to be deported to neighboring Myanmar for illegal entry. Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, additional director general of police, said that the seven men would be handed over to Myanmar authorities on Thursday [4 Oct].

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Inside Facebook’s Myanmar Operation: Hatebook
Steve Stecklow | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Aug 2018

15 Aug 2018 – A Reuters Special Report – Why Facebook Is Losing the War on Hate Speech in Myanmar: Reuters found more than 1,000 examples of posts, comments and pornographic images attacking the Rohingya and other Muslims on Facebook. A secretive operation set up by the social media giant to combat the hate speech is failing to end the problem.

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The Shock Troops Who Expelled the Rohingya from Myanmar: Tip of the Spear
A Reuters Investigation by Simon Lewis, Zeba Siddiqui, Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jul 2018

26 Jun 2018 – A Reuters’ investigation provides the first comprehensive account of the precise role played by Myanmar’s 33rd and 99th elite divisions in the savage offensive, and the close ties between the army’s commander in chief and its elite troops. They led a crackdown that forced 700,000 Muslims to flee Myanmar. Here’s how they did it.

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Monsanto Loses Indian Legal Battle over GM Cotton Patents
Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2018

11 Apr 2018 – A court ruled today that Monsanto cannot claim patents on its genetically modified cotton seeds in India, the Indian company that brought the case said. More than 90 percent of India’s cotton crop is genetically modified.

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War Crimes Prosecutor Seeks Jurisdiction over Rohingya Deportations
Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Apr 2018

9 Apr 2018 – The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has asked it to rule on whether it has jurisdiction over the deportations of Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, a possible crime against humanity, according to a filing published today.

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South Korea Minister Says Military Option ‘Unacceptable’ on North Korea Crisis
Soyoung Kim | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Feb 2018

25 Jan 2018 -“The nuclear issue has to be solved through negotiations and diplomatic endeavors. This idea of a military solution is unacceptable,” Kang Kyung-wha said at a news briefing on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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Myanmar Forces and Buddhist Villagers Torched Rohingya Homes, Then Killed
Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo, Simon Lewis and Antoni Slodkowski | Reuters – US News & World Report, 12 Feb 2018

8 Feb 2018 – Rohingya trace their presence in Rakhine back centuries. But most people in majority-Buddhist Myanmar consider them to be unwanted Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh. The army refers to the Rohingya as “Bengalis,” and most lack citizenship. In recent years, the government has confined more than 100,000 Rohingya in camps where they have limited access to food, medicine and education. Nearly 690,000 Rohingya have fled their villages and crossed the border into Bangladesh since August.

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Ecuador Gives Assange Citizenship, Seeks End to Embassy Stay
Alexandra Valencia and Mark Hosenball | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jan 2018

11 Jan 2018 – Ecuador has given citizenship to Julian Assange as part of its efforts to allow the WikiLeaks founder to leave the country’s London embassy where he has been holed up for more than five years.

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Red Cross Says Life Has Stopped in Myanmar’s Rakhine
Stephanie Nebehay | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Dec 2017

13 Dec 2017 – Life has stopped in its tracks in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state where an estimated 180,000 Rohingya remain, the International Committee of the Red Cross said today. “You get a sense of the two main communities being deeply scared of each other. What surprised me is the fact that not only the Muslim communities are scared, but that the others are actually scared as well.”

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Myanmar Government Plans to Redevelop Torched Rohingya Villages
Reuters – CBC Radio Canada News, 2 Oct 2017

27 Sep 2017 – Myanmar’s government will manage the redevelopment of villages torched during violence in Rakhine, a minister was reported today as saying. Nearly 500,000 people have fled to Bangladesh in the past month.

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US Senate Backs Massive Increase in Military Spending
Patricia Zengerle | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Sep 2017

18 Sep 2017 – The U.S. Senate passed a $700 billion defense policy bill today, backing Donald Trump’s call for a bigger, stronger military. The Republican-controlled chamber voted 89-8 for the National Defense Authorization Act.

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U.N. Brands Myanmar Violence a ‘Textbook’ Example of Ethnic Cleansing
Stephanie Nebehay and Simon Lewis | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Sep 2017

11 Sep 2017 – The United Nations’ top human rights official today slammed Myanmar for conducting a “cruel military operation” against Rohingya Muslims, branding it “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”. Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein’s comments to the UNHRC in Geneva came as the official tally of Rohingya who have fled Myanmar and crossed into southern Bangladesh in just over two weeks soared through 300,000.

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Exclusive: Overruling Diplomats, U.S. to Drop Iraq, Myanmar from Child Soldiers’ List
Jason Szep and Matt Spetalnick | Reuters - US News & World Report, 26 Jun 2017

23 Jun 2017 – In a highly unusual intervention, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from a U.S. list of the world’s worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, disregarding the recommendations of State Department experts and senior U.S. diplomats.

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UN High Commissioner Urges Termination of Israeli Occupation
Stephanie Nebehay | Reuters – The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Jun 2017

6 Jun 2017— On the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, the United Nations calls for a lasting solution that would benefit both Israelis and Palestinians.

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Senior U.N. Official Quits after ‘Apartheid’ Israel Report Pulled
Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Mar 2017

17 Mar 2017 – United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary for the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Rima Khalaf, announced her resignation at a news conference in Beirut after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asked for the report to be taken off the ESCWA website.

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Areva Factory Badly Equipped to Make Nuclear Parts – French Watchdog
Geert De Clercq | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Mar 2017

16 Mar 2017 – Creusot Forge, a supplier of nuclear plants around the world owned by France’s Areva, is under investigation for making substandard parts and falsifying documents. France’s nuclear regulator says machinery at the plant, which was shut for commercial production last year, is not up to the job.

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Trump Wants to Make Sure U.S. Nuclear Arsenal at ‘Top of the Pack’
Steve Holland | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Feb 2017

“I am the first one that would like to see … nobody have nukes, but we’re never going to fall behind any country even if it’s a friendly country, we’re never going to fall behind on nuclear power. It would be wonderful, a dream would be that no country would have nukes, but if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack,” Trump said.

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Sea Ice around Antarctica Hits Record Low, Preliminary U.S. Data Show
Alister Doyle | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Feb 2017

Sea ice around Antarctica has shrunk to the smallest annual extent on record, preliminary U.S. satellite data showed on Tuesday [14 Feb 2017]. In many recent years, the average extent of sea ice around Antarctica has tended to expand despite the overall trend of global warming. People skeptical of findings by climate scientists have often pointed to Antarctic sea ice as evidence against global warming.

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Exclusive: More Than 1,000 Feared Killed in Myanmar Army Crackdown on Rohingya – U.N. Officials
Antoni Slodkowski | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Feb 2017

8 Feb 2017 – “Where are the Men?” More than 1,000 Rohingya Muslims may have been killed in a Myanmar army crackdown, according to two senior UN officials dealing with refugees fleeing the violence, suggesting the death toll has been a far greater than previously reported.

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Myanmar Army Killed and Raped in Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing: UN
Reuters – Channel News Asia, 6 Feb 2017

Myanmar’s security forces have committed mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya Muslims and burned their villages since October in a campaign that probably amounts to crimes against humanity and possibly “ethnic cleansing”, the U.N. human rights office said on Friday [3 Feb].

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Southern European Leaders Gather in Lisbon as Populism Gains
Reuters | Fortune – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jan 2017

Leaders met on Saturday [28 Jan 2017] in Lisbon to discuss growing challenges, from the refugee crisis to rising borrowing costs and low economic growth, at a time when rising populism has increased political uncertainty in Europe. The group brings together France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Malta.

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[Nobel Peace Laureate] Aung San Suu Kyi Accuses International Community of Stoking Unrest in Myanmar
Reuters – The Guardian, 5 Dec 2016

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi accused the international community on Friday [2 Dec] of stoking resentment between Buddhists and Muslims in the country’s northwest, where an army crackdown has killed at least 86 people and sent 10,000 fleeing to Bangladesh. Leader says outsiders are ‘concentrating on the negative side’ of what the UN and Malaysia claim is ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslim minority.

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COP22 Declaration Calls for ‘Immediate Action and Mobilization’
teleSUR | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Nov 2016

The final declaration of the UN COP22 climate negotiations in Marrakech, issued midnight on Friday [18 Nov] after a full day extension of the talks, saw 196 countries agreeing to a two-year time limit for implementation of the Paris Accord and called on non-state actors to “join us for immediate and ambitious action and mobilization.”

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[Nobel Peace Laureate] Suu Kyi Says ‘Delicate’ Myanmar Conflict Handled by Rule of Law
Minami Funakoshi | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Nov 2016

The Myanmar government is responding to conflict in the troubled north of Rakhine state based on rule of law, Nobel Peace Prize leader Aung San Suu Kyi was quoted as saying on Thursday [3 Nov]. She faced mounting criticism abroad for her government’s handling of a crisis in the Muslim-majority region, where soldiers have blocked access for aid workers and are accused of raping and killing civilians.

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Exclusive: Yahoo Secretly Scanned Customer Emails for U.S. Intelligence – Sources
Joseph Menn | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Oct 2016

4 Oct 2016 – The company complied with a classified U.S. government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said three former employees and a fourth person apprised of the events.

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Sunoco, behind the Dakota Pipeline, Has Spilled More Oil than Any Other Operator in USA: Charts
Liz Hampton | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Sep 2016

23 Sep 2016 – Sunoco Logistics, the [alleged] future operator of the oil pipeline delayed this month after Native American protests in North Dakota, spills crude more often than any of its competitors with more than 200 leaks since 2010.

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Bayer Buys Monsanto for US $66 Bln.
Greg Roumeliotis and Ludwig Burger | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Sep 2016

German drug and crop chemical maker Bayer clinched a $66 billion takeover of U.S. seeds company Monsanto on Wednesday [14 Sep 2016], ending months of wrangling with a third sweetened offer that marks the largest all-cash deal on record.

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Ireland Jails Three Top Bankers Over 2008 Banking Meltdown
Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Aug 2016

Three senior Irish bankers were jailed on Friday [29 Jul] for up to three-and-a-half years for conspiring to defraud investors in the most prominent prosecution arising from the 2008 banking crisis that crippled the country’s economy.

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Yemen Slides Closer to Famine as Frozen Bank Funds Curb Food Imports
Jonathan Saul and Maha El Dahan |Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jul 2016

Western banks had already cut credit lines for traders shipping food to Yemen, fearing they would not be repaid due to the security chaos and fragile financial system. Now, they are increasingly unwilling to offer letters of credit, which guarantee sellers will be paid on time. Out of Yemen’s 28 million people, 21 million need some form of humanitarian aid and over half the population suffer from malnutrition,

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[Nobel Peace Laureate] Dalai Lama Urges Myanmar’s [Nobel Peace Laureate] Suu Kyi to Ease Rohingya Tensions
David Brunnstrom | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2016

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has a moral responsibility to try to ease tensions between majority Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims, her fellow Nobel laureate, the Dalai Lama, said on Monday [13 Jun]. “She already has the Nobel Peace Prize, a Nobel Laureate, so morally she should … make efforts to reduce this tension,” he told Reuters in an interview in Washington.

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NATO Allies Launch Large-Scale Military Exercise in Poland before Key Summit
Wiktor Szary | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jun 2016

6 Jun 2016 – A large-scale military training exercise involving more than 20 NATO and partner countries kicked off in Poland on Monday [6 Jun], part of efforts to reassure east European nations rattled by Russia’s actions in nearby Ukraine.

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[Nobel Peace Laureate] Suu Kyi Asks for ‘Space’ as Kerry Presses Her on Rohingya Treatment
Reuters – The Huffington Post, 23 May 2016

22 May 2016 – Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi asked to be given “enough space” to address the plight of her country’s Rohingya Muslim population, as visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed the Nobel peace laureate to promote respect for human rights.

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Russia Warns of Retaliation as NATO Plans More Deployments in Eastern Europe
Dmitry Solovyov and Lidia Kelly | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 May 2016

4 May 2016 – Russia will reinforce its western and southern flanks with three new divisions by the year-end, officials said on Wednesday [4 May], threatening retaliation to NATO’s plans to boost its military presence in eastern members Poland and the Baltic States.

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Zika Mystery Deepens with Evidence of Nerve Cell Infections
Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Apr 2016

6 Apr 2016 – Top Zika investigators now believe that the birth defect microcephaly and the paralyzing Guillain-Barre syndrome may be just the most obvious maladies caused by the mosquito-borne virus. Fueling that suspicion are recent discoveries of serious brain and spinal cord infections – including encephalitis, meningitis and myelitis – in people exposed to Zika.

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Former U.N. Chief Boutros Boutros-Ghali Dead at 93
Michelle Nichols, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Feb 2016

Former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, a blunt-spoken Egyptian who led the world body through global turmoil as it defined its peacekeeping role and lost his job over disputes with Washington, died on Tuesday [16 Feb 2016]. He was 93.

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How to Trap Elephant Poachers with Their Own Technology
Drazen Jorgic, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Feb 2016

New anti-poaching techniques follow work done in Kenya, where poaching rates have nosedived. Police have started concentrating on the poachers’ own technology – guns and phones – and using it against them. By combining that with old-fashioned detective work, they have captured more suspects.

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A World Divided: Elites Descend on Swiss Alps amid Rising Inequality
Ben Hirschler and Noah Barkin, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jan 2016

Just 62 people, 53 of them men, own as much wealth as the poorest half of the entire world population and the richest 1 percent own more than the other 99 percent put together, anti-poverty charity Oxfam said on Monday [18 Jan]. Significantly, the wealth gap is widening faster than anyone anticipated, with the 1 percent overtaking the rest one year earlier than Oxfam had predicted only a year ago.

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Japan’s Abe Pushes Security Bills through Lower House, Despite Protests
Linda Sieg, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jul 2015

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday [16 Jul 2015] pushed through parliament’s lower house legislation that could see troops sent to fight abroad for the first time since World War Two, despite protests and a risk of further damage to his sagging ratings.

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Moment of Truth Nears for Nuclear Waste Time Bomb
Vera Eckert, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2015

• Scandinavians closest to putting waste underground
• Time needed to permission storage, start disposal
• Public need to be brought on board

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Dude, Where’s My Humvee? Iraq Losing Equipment to Islamic State at Staggering Rate
Peter Van Buren, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jun 2015

4 Jun 2015 – Iraqi security forces lost 2,300 Humvee armored vehicles when Islamic State overran Mosul in June 2014. In addition , Iraqi forces previously abandoned significant types and numbers of heavy weapons to IS. The United States is effectively supplying IS with tools of war the militant group cannot otherwise hope to acquire from its patrons.

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Saudi Arabia Advertises For Eight New Executioners as Beheading Rate Soars
Reuters in Riyadh – The Guardian, 25 May 2015

• Jobs classified as ‘religious functionaries’ at lower end of civil service scale
• 85 reported executed so far this year, rivalling total for whole of 2014

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Governor of Japan’s Okinawa to Press U.S. for Removal of Base
Elaine Lies, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 May 2015

The governor of the Japanese island of Okinawa said on Wednesday [20 May 2015] he will travel to the United States next week to press his demand that a U.S. military base be removed from his island to lighten the burden of a people weary of hosting U.S. troops.

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Asian, African Nations Challenge ‘Obsolete’ World Order
Eveline Danubrata and Charlotte Greenfield, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Apr 2015

Leaders of Asian and African nations called on Wednesday [22 Apr 2015] for a new global order that is open to emerging economic powers and leaves the “obsolete ideas” of Bretton Woods institutions in the past at the opening of a meeting in Jakarta to mark the 60th anniversary of a conference that made a developing-world stand against colonialism and led to the Cold War era’s non-aligned movement.

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Chinese Diplomat Tells West to Consider Russia’s Security Concerns over Ukraine
Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Mar 2015

27 Feb 2015 – Western powers should take into consideration Russia’s legitimate security concerns over Ukraine, a top Chinese diplomat has said in an unusually frank and open display of support for Moscow. Qu Xing, China’s ambassador to Belgium, was quoted as blaming competition between Russia and the West for the Ukraine crisis, urging Western powers to “abandon the zero-sum mentality” with Russia.

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Iceland Convicts Bad Bankers and Says Other Nations Can Act
Alistair Scrutton and Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Feb 2015

13 Feb 2015 – Iceland’s Supreme Court has upheld convictions of market manipulation for four former executives of the failed Kaupthing bank in a landmark case that the country’s special prosecutor said showed it was possible to crack down on fraudulent bankers.

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Oregon’s Kate Brown to Be First Openly Bisexual Governor in U.S. History
Shelby Sebens, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Feb 2015

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, set to become the nation’s first openly bisexual governor on Wednesday [18 Feb 2015], is an under-the-radar liberal Democrat known for her struggles to expand voting and her push for greater campaign finance transparency.

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U.N. Confirms Palestinians Will Be ICC Member on April 1, 2015
Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jan 2015

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has confirmed the Palestinians will formally become a member of the International Criminal Court on April 1 and the court’s registrar said on Wednesday [7 Jan 2015] that jurisdiction would date back to June 13, 2014.

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Brazil’s “Truth Commission” Panel Details Dictatorship’s Brutality
Reuters – Al Jazeera, 15 Dec 2014

11 Dec 2014 – A “truth commission” investigating abuses during Brazil’s 1964-85 dictatorship has called for the prosecution of former military officers and some private companies for their role in human rights atrocities, in a long-awaited report.

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Israel Nature Reserve Oil Spill ‘One of Country’s Worst Environmental Disasters’
Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Dec 2014

Oil spill floods Israeli nature reserve. Three people hospitalized after inhaling fumes from oil gushing out of a breached pipeline near Evrona reserve.

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Myanmar [Burma] Says Plight of Rohingya Minority a Media Fabrication
Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Nov 2014

According to the Arakan Project, which plots migration across the Bay of Bengal, about 100,000 Rohingya have left Rakhine since 2012. Violent clashes with ethnic Rakhine Buddhists that year killed hundreds and left 140,000 homeless, most of them Rohingya. Some Rohingya, as Reuters reported last year, are held for ransom by trafficking gangs at jungle camps in Thailand until relatives pay to secure their release.

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Lockheed Announces Breakthrough on Nuclear Fusion Energy
Reuters – The Guardian, 20 Oct 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday [15 Oct 2014] it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready for use in a decade.

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Pacific Islanders on Canoes Blockade Australia Coal Export Terminal
Al Jazeera and Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Oct 2014

Environmental activists teamed up with Pacific islanders in eastern Australia on Friday [17 Oct 2014] in an attempt to block the world’s largest coal export terminal by forming a blockade of canoes, surfboards and kayaks.

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Wind Blows Away Fossil Power in the Nordics, the Baltics Next
Nerijus Adomaitis, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Oct 2014

15 Oct 2014 – Wind power is blowing gas and coal-fired turbines out of business in the Nordic countries, and the effects will be felt across the Baltic region as the renewable glut erodes utility margins for thermal power stations.

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US to Deploy 3000 Troops to Ebola Crisis Areas
Jeff Mason and James Harding Giahyue, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Oct 2014

President Barack Obama called West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak a looming threat to global security and announced a major expansion of the U.S. role in trying to halt its spread, including deployment of 3,000 troops to the region.

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U.S. Threatened Hefty Fines to Make Yahoo Hand Over User Data
Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Sep 2014

The U.S. government in 2008 threatened to fine Yahoo Inc $250,000 a day if it failed to turn over customer data to intelligence agencies, according to documents unsealed on Thursday [11 Sep 2014].

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Israel Appropriated 1,000 Acres of the West Bank. Why Now?
Dimi Reider, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Ser ice, 15 Sep 2014

Appropriation of Palestinian land has been a consistent policy of every Israeli government since Israel became a state in 1948. In the West Bank alone, close to 250,000 acres were appropriated since 1979, using a legal mechanism based on an interpretation of Ottoman law.

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Mysterious Fake Cellphone Towers Are Intercepting Calls All Over the US
Jack Dutton, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Sep 2014

3 Sep 2014 – Every smart phone has a secondary OS, which can be hijacked by high-tech hackers. Seventeen fake cellphone towers were discovered across the U.S. last week, according to a report in Popular Science.

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Israel Plans Largest West-Bank Settlement Expansion in ’30 Years’
Jeffrey Heller, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Sep 2014

Israel announced on Sunday [31 Aug 2014] a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years. Some 400 hectares (988 acres) near Bethlehem were declared “state land, on the instructions of the political echelon” by the military-run Civil Administration.

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Russia Demands Publication of Recordings from Downed Flight MH17
Reuters – The Telegraph, 1 Sep 2014

The data from the black boxes should be published, says Russia’s deputy defence minister, saying the ‘Boeing catastrophe throws up more and more questions’.

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Planned U.S. Cyber Warfare Program Could Hurt Innocent Countries: Snowden
Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Aug 2014

In an interview with WIRED magazine made public Wednesday [13 Aug 2014], Snowden said the program – MonsterMind – could hurt countries caught in the middle as hackers could disguise the origin of their attacks by routing them through computers in other nations.

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Putin Says Russia Should Aim to Sell Energy in Roubles
Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Aug 2014

YALTA, Crimea – President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday [14 Aug 2014] Russia should aim to sell its oil and gas for roubles globally because the dollar monopoly in energy trade was damaging Russia’s economy.

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Brazil Farmers Say GMO Corn No Longer Resistant to Pests
Caroline Stauffer, Reuters in São Paulo – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Aug 2014

Genetically modified corn seeds are no longer protecting Brazilian farmers from voracious tropical bugs, increasing costs as producers turn to pesticides, a farm group said on Monday [28 Jul 2014]. Producers want four major manufacturers of so-called BT corn seeds to reimburse them for the cost of spraying up to three coats of pesticides this year.

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‘No Safe Place for Civilians’ in Gaza, U.N. Says
Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jul 2014

Palestinian civilians in densely-populated Gaza have no place to hide from Israel’s military offensive and children are paying the heaviest price, the United Nations said on Tuesday [22 Jul 2014].

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Paris’s Return to Public Water Supplies Makes Waves beyond France
Geert De Clercq, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jul 2014

Nearly five years after Paris took the management of its water supply back into its own hands, the move is inspiring other cities at home and abroad and hurting profits at private water firms Veolia and Suez Environnement.

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U.S. Retailers Look to Limit Pesticides to Help Honeybees
Carey Gillam, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Jul 2014

U.S. companies are working to eliminate or limit use of a type of pesticide suspected of helping cause dramatic declines in honeybee populations needed to pollinate key American crops, officials said on Wednesday [25 Jun 2014].

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U.S. Pledges Millions More in Aid to Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia
Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jun 2014

The United States pledged millions of dollars in additional aid to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia on Saturday [7 Jun 2014], deepening American support to the Western-leaning countries on Russia’s border.

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U.S. Recognizes Syria Opposition Offices as ‘Foreign Mission’
Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 May 2014

The US said on Monday [5 May 2014] it would recognize the main opposition Syrian National Coalition offices as a diplomatic foreign mission and announced a $27 million increase in non-lethal assistance to mercenaries fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad. Syrian forces have made gains on the battlefield and Damascus announced a presidential election for June 3, expected to be won by Assad.

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Drug Resistant Superbugs a Serious Threat Worldwide, Says WHO
Kate Kelland, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 May 2014

The spread of deadly superbugs that evade even the most powerful antibiotics is no longer a prediction but is happening right now across the world, United Nations officials said on Wednesday [April 30 2014].

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Fukushima No. 1 Boss Admits Plant Doesn’t Have Complete Control over Water Problems
Yuka Obayashi, Reuters – The Japan Times, 28 Apr 2014

Abe Told an Olympic Committee Meet Situation Was Under Control – The manager of the Fukushima nuclear power plant has admitted to embarrassment that efforts have failed to bring under control the radioactive water, eight months after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the world the matter had been resolved.

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U.S. Finalizing Plan to Boost Support for Mercenary Invaders in Syria – Sources
Mark Hosenball and Missy Ryan, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Apr 2014

The U.S. government is finalizing a plan to increase training and small-arms shipments for Syrian jihadists, two U.S. security sources said on Friday [4 Apr 2014], as Syrian government troops gain momentum following the collapse of U.S.-backed peace talks.

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