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The year the world woke up to the climate emergency

The year the world woke up to the climate emergencySpurred on by Swedish wunderkind Greta Thunberg — virtually unknown outside of her homeland a year ago but now a global star nominated for a Nobel prize — millions of young people took part in weekly demonstrations demanding climate action. Although scientists have warned for decades about the risk to humanity and Earth posed by unfettered burning of fossil fuels, in 2019 — set to be the second hottest year in history — their message seems to have finally hit home. The 2015 Paris agreement saw nations commit to limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels as a way of curbing the worst impacts of global warming.



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Man serving life sentence says it ended once he died, was revived in medical emergency

Man serving life sentence says it ended once he died, was revived in medical emergencyAn Iowa man convicted of murder was rushed from prison to a hospital where his heart was restarted five times. He claims he should be freed.



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California state-wide emergency declared as wildfire forces 200,000 to flee and leaves millions without power

California state-wide emergency declared as wildfire forces 200,000 to flee and leaves millions without powerCalifornia‘s governor has declared a state-wide emergency, ordering nearly 200,000 people to flee from the threat of wildfires fuelled by ferocious winds.Millions of people were left without power as hurricane-force winds whipped through the state.



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Chile's Pinera extends state of emergency, says 'we are at war'

Chile's Pinera extends state of emergency, says 'we are at war'Chile’s government will extend a state of emergency to cities in its north and south, President Sebastian Pinera said late on Sunday, after at least seven people were killed amid violent clashes and arson attacks over the weekend. “We are at war against a powerful enemy, who is willing to use violence without any limits,” Pinera said in a late-night televised statement at army headquarters in Santiago. Pinera said Santiago´s metro and bus system would operate a partial service on Monday, along with hospitals and some schools and crèches, and appealed for Chileans to band together and help their neighbors to get on with their lives and remain safe.



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Chicago strike means day off for some, emergency for others

Chicago strike means day off for some, emergency for othersChicago parents leaned on family, friends and community groups as 25,000 teachers in the nation’s third-largest school district went on strike this past week, canceling classes for more than 300,000 kids. For some families, the Chicago Teachers Union walkout meant a day off and a bit of inconvenience for parents juggling work schedules. Both Mayor Lori Lightfoot and union leaders said negotiators have several major disputes to resolve, including pay and benefits, class size, and school staffing.



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Shooting kills 6 in Puerto Rico, leads to emergency meeting

Shooting kills 6 in Puerto Rico, leads to emergency meetingPuerto Rico’s governor called an emergency meeting Tuesday after six people were killed in a mass shooting in a San Juan housing project and gunfire left two people dead a day earlier in the island’s north. A police statement said the violence left five men and one woman dead. The brazen murders led Gov. Wanda Vázquez to convene a gathering of her security team, led by public security chief Elmer Román and justice secretary Dennise Longo Quiñones.



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Airlines ground Boeing 737s after emergency checks ordered over cracks in planes

Airlines ground Boeing 737s after emergency checks ordered over cracks in planesAn American airline has grounded two Boeing jets after finding cracks in parts that connect the wings to the fuselage.A Brazilian airline has also grounded 11 Boeing 737s after finding evidence of “the need to replace a specific component”.



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UPDATE 2-Ethiopian Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Dakar, no casualties

UPDATE 2-Ethiopian Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Dakar, no casualtiesAn Ethiopian Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing minutes after taking off in Senegal on Tuesday because an engine had caught fire, an airport spokesman said. None of the 90 passengers or crew were injured, spokesman Tidiane Tamba told Reuters. The airline confirmed on Twitter that its Boeing 767 aircraft had to land unexpectedly at Senegal’s Blaise Diagne International Airport near the capital Dakar because of “a technical problem” without providing more detail on the cause.



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Hong Kong leader says no plan to use emergency powers for other laws

Hong Kong leader says no plan to use emergency powers for other lawsHong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the government had no plans at present to use colonial-era emergency powers to introduce more new laws, after a long weekend of violent protests saw widespread defiance of a ban on face masks. Speaking at a weekly news conference, Lam warned that Hong Kong’s economy was suffering badly due four months of often violent protests. Despite the regular clashes between protesters and police – and the first interaction between Chinese troops stationed in the territory and demonstrators – Lam said Hong Kong was equipped to handle the situation on its own.



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Teenager shot as violence flares hours after Hong Kong imposes emergency powers

Teenager shot as violence flares hours after Hong Kong imposes emergency powersHong Kong police shot and wounded a teenage boy on Friday, as violent protests erupted across the Chinese-ruled city hours after its embattled leader Carrie Lam invoked colonial-era emergency powers last used more than 50 years ago. Lam, speaking at a news conference, said a ban on face masks would take effect on Saturday under the emergency laws that allow authorities to “make any regulations whatsoever” in whatever they deem to be in the public interest. Nearly four months of anti-government protests have plunged Hong Kong into its biggest political crisis since its handover from Britain to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula that granted it autonomy and broad freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland.



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