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Rex Tillerson won’t work on Keystone pipeline issues due to ExxonMobil links

Greenpeace argued that ExxonMobil, where secretary of state was CEO, would directly and predictably benefit from approval of multibillion-dollar pipeline The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has recused himself from issues related to TransCanada Corps application for a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, the state department said in a letter on Thursday to […]

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US election was a farce that exposes ‘hypocritical’ democracy, says China

Beijings annual chronicling of alleged human rights abuses in the US focuses on political system and treatment of minorities The US election was full of lies and a farce that exposed the hypocritical nature of its democracy, one-party China has claimed in its annual inquiry into the human rights record of its geopolitical rival. Each […]

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Bill Clinton warns US and Britain face an ‘identity crisis’ amid nationalist surge

Clintons first appearance since the election was at the launch of Yitzhak Rabin biography, where he drew parallels to Israel turmoil that led to his assassination Bill Clinton, the former US president, has warned that America, Britain and other parts of the world are embroiled in an identity crisis as nationalist movements carve divisions within […]

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School prom dress guide draws body-shaming accusations

(CNN)An Illinois high school has been accused of body-shaming after a 21-slide presentation about acceptable prom attire was published online. Boylan Catholic High School’s guide says that girl’s dresses should not have necklines low enough to show cleavage, and that the skirts of the dresses should hit below the mid-thigh. Critics have taken issue with […]

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Serious sips: On the job with Shanghai’s leading water sommelier

(CNN)“The perk of this job is that I’m always extra hydrated,” water sommelier John Zhu tells CNN. Standing on the 87th floor of the Park Hyatt Shanghai, Zhu swirls the contents of his crystal glass, takes a sniff and goes in for a long sip. “The taste is so strong,” Zhu says.”Do you see how […]

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Thousands of cattle lost in Kansas wildfires

(CNN)Rancher David Bouziden lost his home, his ranch and nearly all his cattle in wildfires that swept through Kansas this week. “I’d say personally we probably lost close to 150 head, maybe,” he said. “That’s probably 90% of our cattle.” Bouziden barely escaped the blaze. On Monday, he was plowing a fireguard on his ranch […]

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Climate change impacts are already hitting us, say Europeans

New polling study also shows support for financial penalties for nations that refuse to be part of Paris climate deal, as Donald Trump has threatened The citizens of four major European countries think the impacts of climate change such as severe floods and storms are already affecting them, according to a major new polling study. […]

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In U-turn, Uber will stop using ‘Greyball’ secret tool to evade law enforcement

Company backtracks again, this time on program that used geolocation, credit card info and social media to profile users they believed to be involved in stings Uber will stop using its Greyball tool to evade law enforcement efforts, the ride-hail company announced Wednesday, just days after it defended the controversial program as necessary to protect […]

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Jon Huntsman accepts Trump’s offer to be US ambassador to Russia sources

If confirmed by the Senate, the former Utah governor would take the post amid ongoing investigations into contacts between Trumps team and Russian officials Former Utah Republican governor Jon Huntsman has accepted Donald Trumps offer to be ambassador to Russia, an administration official said on Wednesday. Huntsman would assume the job, a high-profile and sensitive […]

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Luis Enrique: It was a crazy night that no kid in Barcelona will ever forget

No team had come back from a four-goal deficit before, but Barcelona made the impossible happen at the Camp Nou on an incredible night with a 6-1 win against PSG Luis Enrique rattled the words off, trying to make sense of the game he had just watched, his pace quickening until eventually he stopped, sat […]

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