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Oil giants back carbon tax proposal

Oil companies support carbon taxMajor oil companies are lining up behind an idea from former top Republicans to impose a tax on carbon dioxide emissions.

The Climate Leadership Council, which is pushing the idea, on Tuesday announced that Exxon Mobil Corp., BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Total are among a group of “Founding Members” for its campaign. Other major corporate and individual members are also included.

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Oil giants back carbon tax proposal

Oil companies support carbon taxMajor oil companies are lining up behind an idea from former top Republicans to impose a tax on carbon dioxide emissions.

The Climate Leadership Council, which is pushing the idea, on Tuesday announced that Exxon Mobil Corp., BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Total are among a group of “Founding Members” for its campaign. Other major corporate and individual members are also included.

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F-15 shoots down armed drone over Syria, CENTCOM reports

F-15 shoots down Syrian armed droneA U.S. Air Force F-15E on Tuesday shot down an armed drone over Syria that was advancing on allied forces, U.S. Central Command reported, in another sign of escalating tensions with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"The armed pro-regime Shaheed-129 UAV was shot down by a U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle at approximately 12:30 a.m. after it displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces," the command said in a statement.

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Tillerson's 'transition' remarks prompt protest in Iran

TillersonIran has summoned the Swiss ambassador to Tehran, who looks after US interests, over comments by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson backing "peaceful transition" in the Islamic republic.

Bahram Ghassemi, the ministry spokesman, informed Iranian media on Tuesday about the diplomatic protest and said Tillerson's comments were "contrary to international law and the UN charter".

Iran also sent a protest letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, according to the ISNA news agency.

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Dust storm leads to fatal 25-car pileup near Ariz., NM border

Dust storm kills several in pileupSeveral people were killed in a massive pileup near the border of Arizona and New Mexico on Monday, according to authorities, who attributed the crashes in part to a dust storm.

The New Mexico State Police Department said 25 vehicles — 18 commercial motor vehicles and seven passengers vehicles — were involved in the crash, resulting in multiple fatalities and injuries, ABC affiliate KVIA reported.

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Flynn didn’t disclose role in Saudi deal with Russians, congressional letter says

Flynn did not disclose Saudi connectionFormer National Security Advisor Michael Flynn appears to have failed to report a 2015 trip to Saudi Arabia on behalf of a U.S./Russia business plan to build nuclear reactors, according to a congressional letter issued Monday requesting documents from the companies he allegedly represented.

The seven-page letter — which contains the signatures of Democratic ranking members of the House Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees, but no Republicans — is framed as a request to three companies Flynn allegedly represented in the effort. The joint venture, which the letter notes was first noted in a Newsweek article, involved U.S. companies, a Russian state-sponsored company and Saudi financing, and was geared towards providing “nuclear power to the Arab world.”

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Otto Warmbier Dies After Returning To U.S.

Otto Wermbier diesto Warmbier, the former University of Virginia student who returned home to the U.S. last week after spending more than a year imprisoned in North Korea, died on Monday afternoon, his family said.

“Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today,” his parents said in a statement.

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Manafort met with Ukraine associate amid Russian election meddling

Paul ManafortThen-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort met with a Ukrainian business associate who previously served in the Russian army last August, as speculation rose about Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential campaign, the Washington Post reports.

Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik met in a New York City cigar bar and discussed issues including the conflict in Ukraine and unpaid bills from clients, according to a statement from Kilimnik to the Post through Manafort’s attorney.

The statement also says the dinner was the second of two meetings he had with Manafort while Manafort was working for Trump's campaign.

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A third of the world now faces deadly heatwaves as result of climate chang

THird of world will suffer heat wavesNearly a third of the world’s population is now exposed to climatic conditions that produce deadly heatwaves, as the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere makes it “almost inevitable” that vast areas of the planet will face rising fatalities from high temperatures, new research has found.

Climate change has escalated the heatwave risk across the globe, the study states, with nearly half of the world’s population set to suffer periods of deadly heat by the end of the century even if greenhouse gases are radically cut.

“For heatwaves, our options are now between bad or terrible,” said Camilo Mora, an academic at the University of Hawaii and lead author of the study.

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