Landmark Caspian Sea deal signed by five coastal nations

Convention seen as vital to break Irans sense of economic isolation after US sanctions Vladimir Putin gratified the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, on Sunday at the close of a dramatic week in which each had been threatened with punishing economic sanctions by the US. But they were not meeting to publicly concur a united response […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio urged the public repay donations to Malaysian rainforest money

Wolf of Wall Street may have been backed by donations linked to an international fund laundering scandal, says the Swiss-based charity The actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio is being urged to repay donations connected to the Malaysian money that backed his hit film The Wolf of Wall Street and is now subject to a US […]

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Rain-swollen Seine Burst Its Banks, Threatens Wine Cellars and Museum Cellars

Paris( AP) — Floodwaters were nearing their peak in Paris on Saturday, with the rain-swollen Seine River engulfing scenic quays and threatening wine cellars and museum basements. Unusually heavy rains have engorged the Seine and other rivers in the region, forcing a halt to all boat traffic in Paris, including tourist cruises. Some quay-side eateries […]

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Tourists and tech bring resilient Iceland back from the brink

When the country lets its banks go bust 10 years ago, there appears to be no timetable for recovery. Things have changed Ten years since the financial crisis in Iceland, the noise of the computer servers mining for bitcoin on a former Nato airbase is many decibels louder than the vast turbines spinning away in […]

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Let them feed bugs: US startup considers future of sustainable food in creepy crawlies

Grubbly Farms is creating black soldier flies as a substitute for wild-caught fish in food for livestock and farmed seafood The experiment started inside the laundry room of an apartment in Atlanta, Georgia, where the two college student created a nursery for 700 larvae of black soldier flies they bought on Amazon for $20. Sean […]

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Meet the Swedish politician ready to play hardball with the UK on Brexit

Cecilia Malmstrm, the EU trade commissioner, will take a hard line on new trade deals During the febrile, topsy-turvy days after Britain voted to leave the European Union, there were plenty of tough messages from European leaders. But few sounded more uncompromising than the EU trade commissioner. A week after the result, Cecilia Malmstrm, Europes […]

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Arctic petroleum rushing: Nenets’ livelihood and habitat at risk from oil spills

An oil terminal to be built in northern Russia where the river Yenisei satisfies the Arctic Ocean lacks the technology to deal with petroleum spills, tell environmentalists The livelihood of the Nenets people who live along the northern stretchings of the Yenisei, Russias longest river, depends on two quests: fishing and reindeer herding. But locals […]

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Next Up for the Northeast: Howling Winds and Frigid Air

The storm that has whipped the U.S. Northeast with blinding snow is churning up high winds and pulling frigid air down from the Arctic, generating conditions that by Friday could make it feel as cold as 30 degrees below zero across parts of the region. After the fast-moving climate system pushes off toward Nova Scotia, […]

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SeaWorld decides to stop killer whale breeding program

Animal rights activists welcomed proclamation, which would be effective immediately, after years of criticism over theme parks treatment of captive orcas SeaWorld will stop breeding orca whales in captivity, the company announced Thursday, a move applauded by animal rights activists who havebeen calling for an end to the public exhibition of the animals altogether for […]

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Former Star Pitcher Roy Halladay Dies in Plane Crash

Philadelphia( AP) — Roy Halladay had a passion for flying airliners that nearly matched his love of baseball. Halladay ran tirelessly to become a dominant pitcher, winning a Cy Young Award in each league and flinging a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter in the same year for the Philadelphia Phillies. When he couldn’t pitching […]

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