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At least 14 killed by avalanche in Pakistan

Avalanche in PakistanAt least 14 people were killed in an avalanche that buried several houses in the village of Sher Shall, part of the town of Chintral, located in the Hindu Kush mountains in northwestern Pakistan.

According to CNN, six women, six children and two men were among the dead. Officials fear more people are trapped beneath the thick wall of snow.

The Pakistani state media said rescue personnel are doing their best to search for bodies and deliver recovery supplies, like blankets, stoves and food. Inclement winter weather has made search and rescue efforts difficult. Many of the local roads are blocked by snow and ice.

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Fukushima nuclear reactor radiation at highest level since 2011 meltdown

Fukushima radiation levelRadiation levels inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station are at their highest since the plant suffered a triple meltdown almost six years ago.

The facility’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said atmospheric readings as high as 530 sieverts an hour had been recorded inside the containment vessel of reactor No 2, one of three reactors that experienced a meltdown when the plant was crippled by a huge tsunami that struck the north-east coast of Japan in March 2011.

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Army Corps Ordered to Issue Last Dakota Access Pipeline Permit

Dakota pipelineThe Army Corps of Engineers has been instructed to supply the final permit necessary to finish building the controversial and heavily debated Dakota Access pipeline.

Two North Dakota Republican lawmakers who supported the project told The Washington Post that the Corps had been ordered to grant an easement for the pipeline to run under Lake Oahe, a reservoir that is the drinking-water source for the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

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Greenpeace crane protesters call for Trump resistance

Greenpeace Trump protestsProtesters climbed a 270-foot construction site crane just blocks from the White House on Wednesday and unfurled an orange and yellow banner calling for resistance to President Donald Trump.

Officers called to the construction site in downtown Washington found that three people had attached themselves to the crane and another four people joined them, Capt. Robert Glover of the Metropolitan Police Department's special operations division told reporters.

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200,000 litres of oil from pipeline spills near Stoughton, Sask.

Saskatchewan oil spillAbout 200,000 litres of oil spilled near Stoughton, Sask., last week, the biggest pipeline breach in the province since the Husky Oil spill last summer.

It happened on First Nations land near Stoughton, about 140 kilometres southeast of Regina. The spill covered an approximately 20-metre radius.

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Judge rules Ameren Missouri plant violates Clean Air Act

coal plantA federal judge has ruled that Ameren Missouri's coal-fired power plant near St. Louis violates the Clean Air Act and has created "significantly more pollution" since modifications were made.

U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel's ruling Monday could require St. Louis-based Ameren to install additional pollution control equipment at the Rush Island power plant in Jefferson County. Ameren Missouri called the ruling disappointing and said an appeal is planned.

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Trump to advance Keystone, Dakota Access pipelines

Keystone protestsPresident Trump on Tuesday signed orders to advance construction of the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.

The orders do not grant the final permits needed for the oil pipelines but will move both projects toward approval, a person familiar with the action said.  The Trump administration began to inform lawmakers starting late Monday that the orders were coming.

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