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Wednesday, July 30, 2014   16:12 GMT


Under Water
The EPA’s Struggle to Combat Pollution
Naveena Sadasivam ProPublica
NEW YORK, 29 Jul (IPS) -

For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution — repeatedly tied up in legal fights about exactly what bodies of water it has the authority to monitor and protect.
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Thousands of New Yorkers Protest Gaza Killings
Kanya DAlmeida
NEW YORK, 27 Jul (IPS) - Thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets in multiple protests this past week against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, which has left at least 1,049 Palestinians dead and over 6,000 injured since Jul. 8.
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U.S., Regional Leaders Convene over Migration Crisis
Julia Hotz
WASHINGTON, 25 Jul (IPS) - As the presidents of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala prepare to meet with President Barack Obama Friday, more than 40 organisations issued a petition urging U.S. lawmakers to meet their “moral and legal obligations” by providing emergency aid to Central American children and families.
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U.S. Ranks Near Bottom Globally in Energy Efficiency
Julia Hotz
WASHINGTON, 18 Jul (IPS) - A new ranking has lauded Germany for its energy efficiency, while condemning the United States for lagging near the bottom.
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U.S. Accused of Forcing EU to Accept Tar Sands Oil
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 17 Jul (IPS) - Newly publicised internal documents suggest that U.S. negotiators are working to permanently block a landmark regulatory proposal in the European Union aimed at addressing climate change, and instead to force European countries to import particularly dirty forms of oil.
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U.S. Groups Reject Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill over Religious Exemption
Julia Hotz
WASHINGTON, 9 Jul (IPS) - Civil rights groups across the United States have withdrawn their support from a major legislative proposal that would outlaw workplace discrimination against sexual minorities, warning that recent legal developments could exempt companies on religious grounds.
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OPINION
Obama’s Quick Fix Won’t Solve the Regional Refugee Crisis
Michelle Brane
SAN FRANCISCO, 9 Jul (IPS) - In recent months, an unprecedented surge of refugee women and children has been traveling alone to the United States to seek protection at our southern border.
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Obama Urged to Sanction Mozambique over Elephant, Rhino Poaching
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 2 Jul (IPS) - Environmentalists are formally urging President Barack Obama to enact trade sanctions on Mozambique over the country’s alleged chronic facilitation of elephant and rhinoceros poaching through broad swathes of southern Africa.
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U.S. Reaction to New Immigrant Influx Could Violate International Law
Michelle Tullo
WASHINGTON, 29 Jun (IPS) - Rights advocates and lawmakers are expressing increased concern over the United States’ handling of the sudden influx of tens of thousands of undocumented child and female migrants from Central America.
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After Losing Vote, U.S.-EU Threaten to Undermine Treaty
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 28 Jun (IPS) - The United States and the 28-member European Union (EU) have assiduously promoted - and vigourously preached - one of the basic tenets of Western multi-party democracy: majority rules.
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