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Australia's new deputy prime minister elected unopposed

Feb 12, 2016

Australia's new deputy prime minister elected unopposed

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has inherited a hard-right, climate-change skeptic for his deputy after the retirement of his current No. 2 on Thursday, an appointment that could block any revamp of an emissions trading scheme. Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, an outspoken lobbyist for ...

Feb 12, 2016

Parched Earth soaks up water, slowing sea level rise

As glaciers melt due to climate change, the increasingly hot and parched Earth is absorbing some of that water inland, slowing sea level rise, NASA experts said Thursday. Satellite measurements over the past decade show for the first time that the Earth’s continents have ...

Massive gas leak near Los Angeles plugged after 16 weeks

Feb 12, 2016

Massive gas leak near Los Angeles plugged after 16 weeks

A blowout at a natural gas well that gushed uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged Thursday, a utility said. While the well still needs to be permanently sealed with cement and inspected by state ...

Feb 12, 2016

Venezuela top court overrules Congress, grants decree powers

Venezuela’s Supreme Court has overruled the opposition-controlled congress and granted broad decree powers to President Nicolas Maduro. Congress last month had refused to approve Maduro’s declaration of an economic emergency. The court ruled in a decision made public Thursday night that Maduro did not ...

Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week

Feb 12, 2016

Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week

Diplomats trying to secure a cease-fire for the civil war in Syria fell short early Friday in organizing a truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary “cessation of hostilities” in a week’s time. The deal appeared to be ...

Obama confident carbon pledge has 'legal footing' despite top court halt

Feb 12, 2016

Obama confident carbon pledge has 'legal footing' despite top court halt

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday called the Supreme Court’s decision to delay implementation of his administration’s Clean Power Plan “unusual” and expressed confidence that the White House would prevail. “We’re very confident that we’re on strong legal footing here,” he told a group ...