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Forest fires destroying vital buffer against climate change

PEKANBARU, Indonesia  (AFP) — With fierce blazes raging in jungles from the Amazon to Indonesia, concerns are mounting about the impact as rainforests play a vital role in protecting the planet against global warming. The latest serious outbreak is in …

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Vaccines: Trends, mistrust and consequences

by Paul RICARD PARIS, France (AFP) — Vaccines have saved tens of millions of lives but immunization rates have stagnated in recent years due in part to fake news stories claiming vaccinations can cause measles, autism or sterility. Here are …

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Biggest Alpine glacier could disappear by 2100: study

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The mighty Aletsch — the largest glacier in the Alps — could completely disappear by the end of this century if nothing is done to rein in climate change, a study showed Thursday. A team of …

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US to ban flavored vaping products as lung disease cases surge

by Issam AHMED WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump’s administration announced Wednesday it would soon ban flavored e-cigarette products to stem a rising tide of youth users, following a spike in vaping-linked deaths. The move could later …

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World must adapt to ‘inevitable’ climate change, warns report

by Marlowe HOOD PARIS, France (AFP) –Nations rich and poor must invest now to protect against destructive climate change impacts already in the pipeline or pay an even heavier price later, a global commission led by former UN head Ban …

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What is dengue, and why is it so widespread this year?

by Jenny VAUGHAN HANOI, Vietnam (AFP) — Dubbed “breakbone fever”, dengue is one of the world’s leading mosquito-borne illnesses and infects tens of millions across the globe annually. Around half of the planet’s population live in at-risk areas, mainly in …

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Shorter people run higher risk of diabetes: study

PARIS, France (AFP) — Shorter people are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study published Tuesday. Each additional 10 centimeters in height translates into a 41 percent smaller chance of contracting the disease in men …

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Mosquito trials raise hopes of defeating dengue

by Jenny VAUGHAN NHA TRANG, Vietnam (AFP) — Hundreds dead in the Philippines; a threefold increase of cases in Vietnam; hospitals overrun in Malaysia, Myanmar and Cambodia — dengue is ravaging Southeast Asia this year due in part to rising …

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Princess Diana, sustainability inspire New York Fashion Week

  NEW YORK (AFP) — A homage to the late Princess Diana and a collection made almost entirely of sustainable clothing were among the breathtaking shows that lit up the second full day of New York Fashion Week Sunday. American …

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Nissan board announces CEO Saikawa stepping down

  YOKOHAMA, JAPAN (AFP) — Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa will step down next week, the company’s board said Monday, amid accusations of financial irregularities as the carmaker reels from the arrest and ouster of former boss Carlos Ghosn. “After the …

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US opens probe of four automakers over California emissions pact

  NEW YORK (AFP) — The US Department of Justice has opened an antitrust probe of California’s agreement with four automakers on fuel efficiency standards that circumvented the Trump administration’s plans, automakers said Friday. The agreement announced in July increases …

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Coffee and quacks served up at Chengdu duck cafe

CHENGDU, China (AFP) — Crowds in a Chinese eatery ignore their drinks to gather adoringly around four fluffy white ducks, phones poised ready for pictures, at the latest addition to the country’s growing list of popular animal cafes. “Hey! We …

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