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Showdown looms for protesters near Dakota Access pipeline

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CANNON BALL, N.D. Demonstrators opposed to the Dakota Access pipeline braced for a showdown with authorities on Wednesday, as protest leaders said at least some would defy a deadline to abandon the camp they have occupied for months to stop the project.

Flooding forces hundreds from homes in San Jose, California

Murky, waist-high floodwaters swamped neighborhoods along a rain-swollen creek in the northern California city of San Jose on Tuesday, prompting authorities to issue evacuation orders or advisories for more than 1,000 homes, city officials said. | Video

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Millions risk starvation in Nigeria, Lake Chad region: United Nations

OSLO More than seven million people risk starvation in Nigeria's insurgency-hit northeastern region and around Lake Chad, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday ahead of a new funding appeal.

Pipeline fights move from Dakota prairie to Louisiana bayous

HENDERSON, Louisiana When Hope Rosinski's father gave her a six-acre plot in Louisiana more than a decade ago, she was surprised to find oil and gas pipelines crisscrossing the property. | Video

Global Energy News 11:56am EST

Pope appeals for urgent food aid to help famine-stricken South Sudan

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis called on Wednesday for urgent humanitarian aid for the starving people of South Sudan, saying millions risked being "condemned to death" by a famine in parts of the war-ravaged country.

Wooden 'plyscrapers' challenge concrete and steel

BERGEN, Norway/LONDON High-rise wooden buildings, led by "The Tree", a 52.8 meter (173 feet) apartment block in Norway, are claiming a place on city skylines as the timber industry challenges the supremacy of concrete and steel. | Video

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China to speed up steel output cuts to curb winter pollution

BEIJING China will ratchet up planned steel production cuts and target illegal factories in an effort to reduce pollution during the winter, an official said on Wednesday.

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Vietnam names and shames 11 officials over Formosa environmental disaster

HANOI Vietnam on Wednesday named for the first time 11 government, provincial and industry officials as being responsible for one of its worst environmental disasters, caused by a unit of Taiwan conglomerate Formosa Plastics.

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Britain pledges extra $250 million to fight famine in South Sudan, Somalia

LONDON Britain will provide additional aid money to South Sudan, where famine has been declared in parts of the country, and to Somalia, where there is a credible risk of famine, the government said on Wednesday.

World, Africa 2:41am EST

Armyworm caterpillars ravage maize crop in southeast Congo

KINSHASA Crop-destroying caterpillars known as armyworms have ravaged 63,000 hectares of maize in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo since December, causing local maize prices to triple, a U.N. spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

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