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Sparks fly as India allows 'green' firecrackers for Diwali

India's Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the use of "safe and green" firecrackers during Diwali festivities next month, but it was unclear how the rules will be enforced at a time when millions of fireworks add to the country's toxic pollution.

China's Shandong halts 41 coal mines after accident

Authorities in eastern China's Shandong province ordered 41 coal mines to halt production for security checks, state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Monday, after an accident at a mine in the province killed three people.

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Trump says transgender policy seeks to 'protect the country'

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that transgender issues were in flux and he aims to protect the country after a report that his administration was considering defining gender as male or female based on genitalia at birth drew widespread condemnation.