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Trump to reverse US environmental laws
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump was to roll back a slew of environmental protections enacted by Barack Obama, in a bid to untether the fossil fuel industry. In a maiden trip to the Environmental Protection Agency, Trump will sign an “Energy Independence Executive Order,” White House official told reporters. The new president will unveil a series of measures to review regulation curbing oil, gas
 
 
White House sealed after suspicious package found
WASHINGTON: The US Secret Service (USSS) has taken a suspect into custody after the White House was put on lockdown when a suspicious package was found near the grounds. The USSS tweeted:”Suspicious package investigation continues; suspect in custody!” It came less than an hour after an investigation into the suspicious package was announced and members of the public and media were moved to a safe distance. “USSS is
   
Legal spat over parents wanting to name child ‘Allah’
WASHINGTON: A civil rights group is suing the US state of Georgia because it will not let a couple give their toddler daughter “Allah” as her last name. Parents Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk want to name their 22-month-old daughter ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah. But state officials at the Department of Public Health said that under Georgia law, the child’s last name should either be Handy, Walk or a combination of the two,
 
 
Clock is ticking on Bob Dylan’s Nobel prize money
Stockholm: The Swedish Academy has warned that Nobel literature laureate Bob Dylan has until June 10 to deliver the traditional Nobel lecture, in order to receive the eight million kronor (840,000 euros, $910,000) that comes with the prize. The lecture, which can take nearly any form including a short speech, a performance, a video broadcast or even a song, must be held within six months of December 10, the date of the Nobel
   
El Salvador transgenders live in fear
SAN JUAN TALPA: Every time the neighbourhood dogs bark at night, Teresa, a 44-year-old transgender woman in El Salvador, wakes up in a panic. “I think that someone is coming to kill me,” said Teresa, a shopkeeper in the coastal town of San Juan Talpa.”I live in constant fear.” Three transgender people were killed in San Juan Talpa in February alone, police say, spreading fear through members of El Salvador’s lesbian, gay,
 
 
Bolivia’s Morales to return to Cuba for throat surgery
LA PAZ: Bolivian President Evo Morales said on Tuesday he is returning to Cuba to have a small nodule in his vocal cords removed, in what would be the socialist leader’s second trip to the communist-ruled nation for medical attention this month. “Tomorrow night I will travel with urgency. I don’t feel pain, it’s hoarse,” Morales, 57, told a group of coca farmers in the Bolivian capital La Paz.”I feel that everyday it’s getting
   
Brazil suspends production of meat
RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil ordered three more food processing plants to suspend production on Monday amid an investigation into alleged corruption in its meat industry as the world’s biggest beef exporter sought to regain the trust of consumers. Brazil’s center-right government is hoping countries that imposed bans on Brazilian meat products because of the scandal will soon follow China’s lead in lifting them, and that others such
 
 
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