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It’s Happening, but Not in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO — For the past two weeks, representatives from around the world met here for Rio+20, the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, to define a global plan of action that would take humanity toward a cleaner, greener future. Enlarge This Image Nacho Doce/Reuters Related in News Progress on the Sidelines as Rio Conference Ends (June 24, 2012) Times ...

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Colorado wildfire: High Park fire competes with blazes across the state

A handful of residents who faced back-to-back evacuations as the High Park fire moved through the lower Poudre Canyon will get a chance to return home at noon today. Meanwhile, residents of Glacier View, which was evacuated Saturday, will meet with fire officials at 5 p.m. to review the number of homes damaged in the area. While the initial estimate ...

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Camp Lejeune Marine killed in Helmand Province

Last night, the Department of Defense announced the death of a Camp Lejeune Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Lance Cpl. Eugene C. Mills III, 21, of Laurel, Md., died June 22, 2012, while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp ...

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Brazil river communities voice concern

World leaders have held talks at the United Nations summit on climate change and sustainable development in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. Meanwhile, people in the country’s Amazon region have voiced concern about the destruction of their land caused by rampant logging and pollution by companies operating in their area. Al Jazeera’s Gabriel Elizondo took a weeklong boat ...

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Israel court asked for delay on settlement outpost

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government has asked the Supreme Court to delay the dismantling of an illegal Jewish settlement enclave in the West Bank for seven months. The government had pledged to evict the two dozen families living in the Givat Assaf settlement outpost by July 1. The outpost was built without official authorization and was constructed on privately ...

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Israel vows tough action on Gaza if truce fails

Occupied Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said troops had responded “forcefully” to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and could boost their response if a fragile truce announced on Saturday failed to hold. “Regarding the situation in the south, the Israeli army acted forcefully against those who try to attack us and, if necessary, the army will ...

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Egypt braced for election result

The June 16-17 run off vote between the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Mohammed Morsi and ousted leader Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, left Egyptians with nerve-wrecking uncertainty as both candidates claimed victory and the results were delayed. Both candidates have rallied supporters to the streets in a show of strength amid speculations about last-minute backdoor deals between the powerful ...

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Northern Syria clashes ‘kill 16 soldiers’

At least 16 Syrian soldiers have been killed in clashes with rebels in the province of Aleppo, activists say. The fighting took place in the town of Darat Izza, and at checkpoints outside al-Atarib and Kafr Halab, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. On Friday, officials accused rebels of shooting dead 25 men in Darat Izza. Activists said they ...

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Paraguay’s Lugo denounces ouster as president

PETER ORSI Associated Press= ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Fernando Lugo emerged early Sunday to denounce his ouster as Paraguay’s president as a “parliamentary coup” and a “foreordained sentence” that was not based on proper evidence. Lugo said his truncated presidency was targeted because he tried to help the South American nation’s poor majority. Asked whether he had any hope of ...

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Rio+20, the unhappy environmental summit

RIO DE JANEIRO: It was hard to find a happy soul at the end of the Rio+20 environmental summit. Not within the legion of bleary-eyed government negotiators from 188 nations who met in a failed attempt to find a breakthrough at the United Nations conference on sustainable development. Not among the thousands of activists who decried the three-day summit that ...

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