HOTTOPIC: US-Mexico border wall poses ‘severe environmental threat’

Bulldozers are clearing the way to build a new wall that may come with an enormous environmental cost. Bulldozers are clearing the way to build a new wall on the border between Mexico and the United States. The wall is a $5bn commitment by US President Donald Trump to stop asylum seekers getting into the US. But experts say the environmental cost of the wall may be enormous too, as well as irreversible. Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from northern Mexico.

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Trump attempts to discredit whistle-blower in impeachment probe

Trump denounces impeachment investigation against him as a ‘coup’ as more witnesses are called to testify. President Donald Trump has denounced an impeachment investigation against him as a “coup”. A war of words between House Democrats and a key member of his cabinet has erupted in Washington, DC, as more witnesses are being called to testify in an impeachment inquiry. Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro reports from Washington, DC.

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Google wins ‘right to be forgotten’ case in top EU court

European Court of Justice rules against obliging Google to apply ‘right to be forgotten’ rule globally. Europe’s top court has ruled that US search giant Google does not have to apply globally a previous ruling that it comply with requests to remove online links, limiting “de-referencing” to just European Union domains. The landmark case stems from a legal battle waged by France to impose a “right to be forgotten” on the web. The European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) ruling on Tuesday prevented the 28-member EU from acquiring unprecedented powers to regulate the…

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HOTTOPIC: UN climate talks: Activist Greta Thunberg files rights complaint

Despite official complaints about violating children’s rights and Thunberg’s damning speech, little action taken at UN climate talks. A new United Nations report has found commitments to cut greenhouse gases must be, at the minimum, tripled to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris agreement. At least 66 countries have committed to achieving net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. But 14 nations, representing a quarter of global emissions, have refused to improve their current climate goals by next year, a deadline set by UN chief Antonio Guterres. This prompted anger…

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Climate change activists plan for protests across US

Activists around the US have planned a week of marches and protests to coincide with the UN meeting on climate change. Activists around the United States have planned a week of marches and protests to coincide with the United Nations meeting on climate change. In Washington, DC, activists attempted to, in their words, “shut down DC”. Al Jazeera’s Shihab Rattansi reports from Washington, DC.

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Gun laws: Texas state eases restrictions

Since recent mass shootings in Texas, eight new pro-gun laws passed in state with highest number of registered guns. As Congress in the United States continues to debate possible gun-control measures, the state of Texas has moved in the opposite direction, making guns more accessible. That’s despite two mass shootings in the cities of El Paso and Odessa in August. But in Texas, owning and carrying a gun has actually become easier. Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro reports from Mission, Texas.

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US gun laws: New firearms control legislation

Trump says he will only support gun laws that support public safety but also uphold the constitutional right to gun ownership. In the United States, a congressional committee wants to restart efforts to limit gun ownership. The issue has hampered Congress for more than 20 years following a series of mass shootings. As Al Jazeera’s Kimberly Halkett tells us, one of the biggest obstacles could be President Donald Trump.

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US election-monitoring agency shuts down

The Federal Election Commission says it no longer has enough members to operate, with potentially serious consequences for 2020 presidential election. The US agency tasked with monitoring elections has effectively shut down. The Federal Election Commission says it no longer has enough members to operate, which has potentially serious consequences for the 2020 presidential election. Al Jazeera’s Kimberly Halkett reports from Washington, DC.

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Deadly Hurricane Dorian batters the Bahamas, edges closer to US

Hurricane downgraded to Category 4 but remains life-threatening, bringing winds of up to 230km an hour. Hurricane Dorian, one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the Atlantic, continued to pummel the Bahamas, leaving a deadly path of destruction despite weakening slightly. Dorian was downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane early on Tuesday but continues to batter the Bahamas as it remains almost at a standstill. Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said at least five people had died as a result of the storm, but officials said the death toll…

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Death toll in Texas shooting rises to seven

The attacker, who has not yet been publicly identified by the police, also wounded 22 people. Authorities in the United States said on Sunday they still could not explain why a man with an AR-style weapon opened fire during a routine traffic stop in west Texas to begin a terrifying rampage that killed seven people and ended with officers gunning him down outside a movie theatre. The attacker, who has not yet been publicly identified by Texas police, also wounded 22 people in Odessa-Midland area, the second mass shooting to…

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California: A leading state in child poverty

A lack of affordable housing is making it worse as President Donald Trump’s administration aims to slash funding for subsidised housing for the poor. The United Nations says a billion children in the world live in poverty. In the United States, California has one of the highest rates of any state. And a lack of affordable housing is making it worse. by Rob Reynolds Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from the town of Watsonville, just south of San Francisco.

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Are our phones eavesdropping on us?

Smart devices make life easier but security experts say there’s a darkside to the technology. Video of Are our phones eavesdropping on us? Ok Google. Hey Siri? Alexa! Voice recognition has become commonplace for millions of people around the world as consumers become more reliant on the virtual assistants that come with our smart phones and speakers. And while these AI-powered assistants quietly listen for our commands, who else is on the other end? The short answer is pretty much everyone. That’s because while your device is listening for your…

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Weinstein pleads not guilty to new indictment, trial delayed

Tweak to the case was intended to allow an actress to testify against Weinstein in a rape and sexual assault trial. Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to a new indictment on Monday that includes revised charges of predatory sexual assault, a development that caused the judge to delay the start of his trial until early next year. The tweak to the case was intended to open the door for an actress to testify against Weinstein in a rape and sexual assault trial that had been scheduled to start…

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Rebranding Death: What is the “death positive” movement?

FUNerals, coffin clubs, and death cafes are just a few ways people are embracing their mortality.   Video of Rebranding Death: What is the "death positive" movement? The finality of death is overwhelming for a lot of people. In fact, more than half of Americans are “afraid” or “very afraid” of facing death, according to a Chapman University Study . But the birth of the “Death Positive” or “Death Wellness” movement is hoping to change the cultural mindset about dying. Henry Fersko-Weiss, a New York social worker, helped birth the…

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