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Senate votes to confirm Mallory to lead White House environmental council

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WASHINGTON, April 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted 53-45 to confirm Brenda Mallory as head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), a key role that is central to federal environmental reviews of major infrastructure projects and coordinating the administration’s environmental justice and climate change policies. Mallory......

South Korea aims to fight Japan’s Fukushima decision at world tribunal

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SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s president ordered officials on Wednesday to explore petitioning an international court over Japan’s decision to release contaminated water from its wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, amid protests by fisheries and environmental groups. FILE PHOTO: South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks at the National......

S.Korea aims to fight Japan’s Fukushima decision at world tribunal

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SEOUL (Reuters) -South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered officials on Wednesday to explore petitioning an international court over Japan’s decision to release water from its Fukushima nuclear plant, his spokesman said, amid protests by fisheries and environmental groups. FILE PHOTO: South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks at the National Assembly......

Rallies planned across Britain against new protest law

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LONDON (Reuters) – Dozens of marches and rallies are planned across Britain on Saturday as part of a “national weekend of action” against a proposed new law that would give police extra powers to curb protests. The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts bill would toughen measures officers can take to......

Analysis: Biden White House tries to craft gun executive orders that can’t be undone

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is trying to craft a series of executive actions for President Joe Biden to sign to try to limit gun violence, hoping they cannot be quickly dismantled in court, according to aides and gun safety groups. U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the mass......

Hong Kong court finds leading democracy activists guilty of unauthorised assembly

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Democratic Party founder and barrister Martin Lee and Albert Ho arrive at the West Kowloon Courts for verdicts in landmark unlawful assembly case, in Hong Kong, China April 1, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu HONG KONG (Reuters) – A Hong Kong court found seven prominent democrats guilty on Thursday of unauthorised assembly,......

Myanmar sees more protests as World Bank warns of economic slump

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(Reuters) – Myanmar anti-coup protesters staged more rallies on Friday after the military reportedly shot dead nine people a day earlier and as the World Bank warned the country’s economy could slump 10% this year due to the turmoil. University students and LGBT groups march against the ongoing coup in......

Myanmar anti-coup activists plan new street protests after paralysing strike

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(Reuters) – Myanmar pro-democracy activists plan to resume street demonstrations on Thursday, a day after a nationwide silent strike saw businesses shut and people stay at home in protest against military rule in the Southeast Asian country. Protesters release red balloons during a protest against the military coup in Yangon,......

Feminists worldwide mourn Egyptian trailblazer Nawal El Saadawi

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CAIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Writers, politicians and feminists united on Monday to pay tribute to pioneering Egyptian activist Nawal El Saadawi following her death aged 89, vowing her work would live on through the generations she inspired in the Middle East and beyond. In Egypt, supporters said they would......

In Dominican Republic, proposal to ease abortion ban polarizes nation

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SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) – As the abortion rights movement gains pace across Latin America, the issue is heating up in the Dominican Republic – one of the few countries in the region with a total ban on abortion – where activists were camped for an eighth day on Friday outside......

Thailand braces as refugees from Myanmar coup flee to border regions

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By Panu Wongcha-um, Poppy McPherson MAE SOT, Thai-Myanmar border (Reuters) – Hundreds of people have fled Myanmar’s towns and cities since last month’s military coup and are sheltering in areas controlled by ethnic militias on the Thai border, an official from one of the groups said on Thursday, as Thailand......

Malaysia’s Sime Darby Plantation drops lawsuit against activist

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Sime Darby Plantation on Tuesday said it had withdrawn a lawsuit against the head of anti-trafficking NGO Liberty Shared as Malaysia’s Securities Commission is no longer investigating the world’s largest sustainable palm oil producer. FILE PHOTO: A general view of the Sime Darby Plantation headquarters in......

Two killed in protests in Myanmar as U.S. and allies vow to restore democracy

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(Reuters) – At least two people were killed in police firing in Myanmar overnight, domestic media reported, as activists called for more anti-coup protests on the death anniversary of a student whose killing in 1988 sparked an uprising against the government. People hold candles during a nationwide night protest against......

Budget airlines seek EU sustainable fuel quotas for all flights

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ryanair, Easyjet and other low-cost airlines have written to the European Union asking that its plan to force carriers to use a certain share of sustainable fuels apply to all flights, not just short-haul ones. FILE PHOTO: A Ryanair aircraft taxis behind an easyJet aircraft at Manchester......

Unions set for strikes as Myanmar crackdown intensifies

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(Reuters) – Major trade unions in Myanmar prepared for strikes on Monday to try to squeeze the country’s fragile economy and pile pressure on its new military rulers, as a weekend of violence and nighttime raids renewed calls for sustained nationwide protests. People disperse after security forces fired shots at......

Official from Suu Kyi’s party dies in custody in Myanmar

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(Reuters) – An official from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy died in custody in Myanmar overnight after being detained in a crackdown on anti-junta protesters, associates said, and a party leader said he suspected the man was tortured. An officer at the police station in the Pabedan......

Biden has asked team to travel to Mexico border and report on influx of children

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden has asked senior officials to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border and brief him on the government response to the influx of unaccompanied minors and steps to ensure their safety and care, a White House spokesman said on Thursday. Biden’s administration is facing criticism from......

Barrett authors first U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a loss for environmentalists

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett on Thursday authored her first ruling since joining the U.S. Supreme Court in October as the court handed a defeat to an environmental group seeking access to government documents. FILE PHOTO: Judge Amy Coney Barrett testifies during the third day of her......

Death of S.Korea’s first transgender soldier spurs calls for change

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By Sangmi Cha, Josh Smith SEOUL (Reuters) – The death of South Korea’s first known transgender soldier, who was discharged last year for undergoing gender reassignment surgery, sparked calls from advocacy groups and activists for better protections and acknowledgement of transgender residents. Byun Hui-su, 23, who was a staff sergeant......

U.N. special envoy on Myanmar says 38 killed on Wednesday

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NEW YORK, March 3 (Reuters) – United Nations special envoy on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, said 38 people had been killed in the Southeast Asian nation on Wednesday. Myanmar security forces opened fire on protests against military rule on Wednesday, a day after neighbouring countries called for restraint and offered......

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