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Forest People May Lose Home in Kenyan Plan

MARASHONI, Kenya — With the stroke of a pen, the last of Kenya’s honey hunters may soon be homeless. Since time immemorial, the Ogiek have been Kenya’s traditional forest dwellers. They have stalked antelope with homemade bows, made medicine from … Continue reading

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Advocates Challenge Water Pollution from TVA’s Kingston Plant

Move aimed at protecting Clinch River, already polluted by one billion gallons of coal ash Nashville, TN — Ann Harris, 70, remembers growing up near the Clinch River in Tennessee, frequently swimming and fishing its waters with her family. For … Continue reading

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Obama’s Pesticide-Pushing Nominee

When Michelle Obama announced plans to plant an organic garden at the White House, nearly everybody thought it was a great idea. Everybody except for the pesticide industry. Representatives from a branch of the industry’s main trade association, CropLife America … Continue reading

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China Coal-Mine Explosion Death Toll Rises to 42

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) — A coal-mine explosion in the northeastern Chinese province of Heilongjiang killed 42 miners and left 66 missing, Xinhua News Agency said on its Web site. The explosion happened at 2:30 a.m. at Xinxing mine where 528 … Continue reading

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2 Pa. judges given partial immunity in civil suit

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Two former county judges accused of taking millions of dollars in kickbacks to send juveniles to private detention facilities are partially immune from civil lawsuits, a federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled Friday. The decision by U.S. District … Continue reading

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An Australian Gitmo for Asian ‘boat people’

CHRISTMAS ISLAND: Deep in the jungle on this small island lost in the Indian Ocean, Australia’s new $370 million refugee detention center reaches its full power after its lights come on at dusk. Bracketed by rain forest, steep cliffs and … Continue reading

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33 militants killed in Waziristan by Army and US drones

ISLAMABAD: Renewed pitched battles erupted around the Taliban stronghold of Sararogha with 28 militants and five soldiers killed in fresh clashes, as US drones, after a brief lull fired missiles targeting a hideout in North Waziristan killing five other insurgents.

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