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Obama to unveil tougher climate change plan

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will unveil on Monday the final version of his plan to tackle greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants, kicking off what is expected to be a tumultuous legal battle between federal environmental regulators and coal industry supporters. | Video

California wildfires expand after death of firefighter

SAN FRANCISCO - Firefighters rushed to contain a pair of fast-moving wildfires in Northern California on Saturday as they mourned the death of a U.S. Forest Service firefighter killed this week in the battle against one of the blazes, officials said.

U.S., Natural Disasters 12:29am EDT

Madagascar mess-ups keep tourist 'paradise' marooned

ANTANANARIVO - Perched on the muddy bank of a river meandering through rolling green hills, the Lemurs' Park near Madagascar's capital is rated one of the city's top attractions, but you would not know it from the number of visitors.

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BMW CEO hints there is space for more electric models

VIENNA - The chief executive of BMW hinted in a German paper that there was potential for another of its "i" electric car models.

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Athletes shrug off pollution issues at Rio Olympic test

RIO DE JANEIRO - Athletes, coaches and organizers at a major test event for next year's Olympic Games shrugged off a simmering dispute over safety at watersports venues by diving into the controversial waters off Copacabana Beach on Saturday.

Sports, 01 Aug 2015

U.N. states agree post-2015 sustainable development agenda

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations 193-member states agreed on Sunday on an agenda for the world's sustainable development over the next 15 years that pledges to leave no-one behind and is now due to be formally adopted by world leaders at a summit in September.

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Killing of Cecil pressures United States to protect African lion

- The killing of Cecil the lion by a U.S. hunter in Zimbabwe has turned up the pressure on Washington to extend legal protection to the African lion by declaring it an endangered species, but some hunting advocates said that would lead to more regulations that could ultimately harm the big cats.

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Fight to save Indonesia's jungle corridors key for endangered orangutan

CAMP LEAKEY, Borneo, Indonesia - The bushes shook violently and the female orangutan froze. Her baby clutched her tightly before the two quickly disappeared into the Borneo undergrowth. As the bushes parted, a broad-shouldered male orangutan strutted to the feeding platform.

31 Jul 2015

Aid rushed to Myanmar flood victims, as more heavy rains forecast

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Authorities and relief workers in flood-hit Myanmar are rushing to provide aid to thousands of people after weeks of heavy rains that have killed at least 21 people this month, aid agencies said.

Myanmar 31 Jul 2015

From open sewage to high-tech hydrohub, Singapore leads water revolution

SINGAPORE, August 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fifty years ago Singapore had to ration water, and its smelly rivers were devoid of fish and choked with waste from shipbuilding, pig farms and toilets that emptied directly into streams.

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