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Pacific island of Tetiꞌaroa invaded by plastic waste

Issued on: 08/11/2021 - 17:07 Tetiꞌaroa, an almost deserted Pacific island northeast of Tahiti, is a sanctuary for birds, sea turtles and all sorts of marine life. The atoll is perhaps most famous for being bought by US actor Marlon Brando. But this picturesque French Polynesian island is being invaded by plastic waste washed ashore by ocean tide..

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Afghanistan’s health system on the brink as Taliban confront a difficult winter

Issued on: 08/11/2021 - 11:17 Health facilities in parts of Afghanistan have shut down and in the capital, Kabul, hospitals are functioning without electricity or water supply as the country suffers a humanitarian crisis following the Taliban takeover and suspension of international aid. FRANCE 24 reports from Kabul. A nurse at the Wazir Moham..

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China’s ruling party plenary to tighten President Xi’s grip on power

Issued on: 08/11/2021 - 01:52 Chinese President Xi Jinping, the uncontested leader of the world's most populous nation, heads a pivotal plenary of the ruling party's top figures next week that will set the tone for his bid for long-term rule. From Monday to Thursday, some 400 members of the Communist Party's all-powerful Central..

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Chennai comes to a standstill as heavy rains flood city

MUMBAI: India's manufacturing capital Chennai came to a standstill on Sunday (Nov 7) with many areas flooded after the southern Indian coast was battered by heavy rainfall overnight, prompting authorities to issue warnings and evacuate people from low-lying areas. Local media showed footage of cars submerged under water, uprooted trees and peo..

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China has ‘long way to go’ to meet ecological goals: State Council

China aims to bring the proportion of good water quality in its coastal regions up to 79 per cent, to basically eliminate heavy polluted weather, to effectively control soil pollution risks and to significantly enhance the capability of treating solid waste and new pollutants, the council said. The government also vowed to cut the amount of volatil..

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