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Israel Launches New Strikes As Gaza Conflict Enters Week 2

Israel Launches New Strikes As Gaza Conflict Enters Week 2

Israel Launches Heavy Airstrikes On Gaza As Conflict Enters Week 2 Palestinian officials say nearly 200 people have been killed by Israeli airstrikes in recent days, including many children. The death toll on the Israeli side stands at eight, including one child.Israeli warplanes pounded targets in Gaza City early Monday as the escalating conflict between Hamas and Israel entered its second week. International pressure is mounting for a ceasefire, as humanitarian officials raise the alarm about the toll of the conflict on civilians. Palestinian officials say nearly 200 people have been...

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Shell Ordered To Compensate Nigerian Farmers Affected By Oil Spills

Shell Ordered To Compensate Nigerian Farmers Affected By Oil Spills

Shell Ordered To Compensate Nigerian Farmers Affected By Oil Spills "Finally, there is some justice for the Nigerian people suffering the consequences of Shell's oil," said Eric Dooh, one of the Nigerian farmers who sued Shell.A Dutch court has delivered a major victory to a group of Nigerian farmers in their 13-year-long effort to hold Shell's Nigerian subsidiary accountable for oil spills on their lands. The Court of Appeal in The Hague sided with farmers and environmentalists on most of their legal claims, ruling that the Nigerian subsidiary owes the farmers financial compensation for...

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San Francisco May Rename Schools Named After Washington, Lincoln And Others

San Francisco May Rename Schools Named After Washington, Lincoln And Others

San Francisco May Rename Schools Named After Washington, Lincoln And Others The move to potentially change the names of 44 schools, approved by the school board this week, has sparked debate in San Francisco about its timing and whether the list is overly broad.San Francisco is pushing ahead with a plan to rename dozens of public schools, committing to potentially remove names of public figures such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. A "blue ribbon panel of community leaders" recommended 44 school names be changed, joining many other...

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EU regulator clears the way for use of Pfizer vaccine

EU regulator clears the way for use of Pfizer vaccine

The European Union's drug agency has recommended authorizing use of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. If the EU's executive arm, the European Commission, greenlights the drug, inoculations can start across Europe. It’s a decisive moment in our efforts to deliver safe & effective vaccines to Europeans!The just issued a positive scientific opinion on the / vaccine.Now we will act fast. I expect a decision by this evening.— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) "Now we will act fast. I expect a @EU_Commission decision by this evening," Ursula von der Leyen, the...

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U.S. Says It Will Cut Number Of Troops In Iraq By Nearly Half This Month

U.S. Says It Will Cut Number Of Troops In Iraq By Nearly Half This Month

U.S. Says It Will Cut Number Of Troops In Iraq By Nearly Half This Month Gen. Frank McKenzie, who is responsible for U.S. forces in the Middle East, says the U.S. presence will drop from 5,200 to 3,000 troops in a move he says shows confidence in Iraqi army.The U.S. is planning to withdraw nearly half of the number of U.S. troops deployed to Iraq, according to a senior U.S. military official. CENTCOM Commander Gen. Frank McKenzie, who is responsible for U.S. forces in the Middle East, says that the U.S. will reduce its troop levels in Iraq from 5,200 to 3,000 and that the cuts will be made...

September 9, 2020
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