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Jim Blok, a veteran, walks past a veteran camp in Oceti Sakowin camp as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S.

Native tribes victorious in North Dakota, for now

CANNON BALL, N.D./WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers turned down a permit for a controversial pipeline project running through North Dakota, in a victory for Native Americans and climate activists.


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New Zealand PM Key announces shock resignation, backs FinMin

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Fidel Castro interred in rock, closing last chapter of historic life

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