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Today in eco-history: Andropov writes to U.S. 5th grader to ease nuclear fears

While not seen as an environmental issue at the time, nuclear weapons pose the single biggest threat to the Earth's environment, scientists warned in 2006.

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TPP trade talks draw foes on both sides of Pacific

Twitter carried pictures of protesting Asian workers and news reports said the Obama-Abe bargaining in Japan would probably not result in approval of the trade pact.

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Tensions high in Ukraine in spite of agreement

The problem is that there was no involvement of disaffected elements from primarily Russian-speaking communities in Eastern Ukraine in the talks that led to the announcement.

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As crisis builds, Ukrainians face May 25 election

This election is largely a contest of powerful business tycoons who made their fortunes out of the breakup of the old Soviet Union and the privatization of state enterprises that followed.

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Activists push for release of jailed trade unionist Shahrokh Zamani

He was arrested in June 2011 and sentenced to 11 years in prison on charges widely levelled against trade unionists.

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Rwanda: the long descent to genocide

Rwanda was almost exclusively seen in terms of a grand narrative of African catastrophe. 

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Venezuela crisis is different this time, mostly

Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's socialist-inclined government have been in the streets and causing disturbances since earlier February.

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Continental drift: a slew of European breakaways

The U.S. and its allies may rail against the referendum in the Crimea; Scots will consider a very similar one on September 18, and Catalans would like to do the same.

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Open letter urges Congress to get all the facts on Venezuela

Celebrities, activists, academics and lawyers issued an open letter, Mar. 28, to Congress urging members to oppose any sanctions on Venezuela and to get all the facts on the situation there. 

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U.S. secretly built "Cuban Twitter" to stir unrest

The U.S. built a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks.

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