Climate activists are rooting for Keith Ellison to head up the Democratic National Committee.

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Democratic Party insiders will vote for a new chair this weekend. The winner will get the tough job of trying to rebuild a damaged party.

Ten people are in the running, but the victor is likely to be one of the top two contenders: Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison or former Labor Secretary Tom Perez. Ellison backed Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary last year, and Sanders is backing Ellison in this race. In 2012 and 2015, Ellison and Sanders teamed up to push a bill to end subsidies for fossil fuel companies.

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Standing Rock is burning.

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About 150 people voluntarily left the last occupied resistance camp by Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., the state-issued deadline to clear camps built to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline. The remaining water protectors joined members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in setting fire to tents according to tribal tradition — one last blaze of defiance against the pipeline.

Police likely arrested around 50 people, and around 25 to 50 water protectors still remained in the evacuation zone after the 2:00 p.m. deadline. North Dakota law enforcement entered the camps again this morning to clear out anyone who still remained. Ruth Hopkins, a journalist with Indian Country Media Network, reported law enforcement pointing rifles at people and knifing tipis.

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Athens Airport gets Automated Passport Control Units

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Athens Airport will acquire e-gates, automatic passenger passport control and passenger identification gates, (Automated Border Control Units), in 2017 and will reach the standards of many large international airports and railway stations.

These systems used in the departure and arrival of passengers to and from countries outside the Schengen Treaty, are expected to operate towards the end of the year and contribute to enhancing the travel experience of millions of passengers.

The one million euro investment is one of the best features of IATA practices in order to maximize passenger service and automation of air travel.

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Tsakalotos defends handling of negotiations with creditors

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Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos defended the results of the latest Eurogroup meeting for Greece which resulted in direct talks with creditors resuming in Athens next week.

The minister rejected criticism that his handling of talks with creditors are likely to result in a fresh round of austerity, arguing that Athens will make reforms that have a neutral fiscal impact and seek to support the most vulnerable.

Tsakalotos told parliamentarians that the basic parameters of the deal Athens is expected to strike with the “quartet” of its international creditors are already known to a large extent.

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IAEA mission finds Cyprus radiation safety regulatory body competent, identifies areas in need of …

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Nicosia, Cyprus, Feb 23 : An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said that Cyprus has a competent and dedicated radiation safety regulatory body that works for the continuous improvement of safety, but noted that a legal framework review and other steps would further enhance safety.

The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team on Thursday concluded an 11-day mission to assess the regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety in the Republic of Cyprus. The Ministry for Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance (MLWSI) is the regulatory authority for regulatory oversight of nuclear and radiation safety, with the regulatory responsibilities carried out by the Department of Labour Inspections Radiation Inspection and Control Services (RICS).

Cyprus legal and regulatory framework for radiation is largely in line with IAEA Safety Standards, said team leader Christos Housiadas, Chairman of the Greek Atomic Energy Commission. The regulatory body, although small, is competent, experienced and dedicated.

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 Tsipras holds telephone conversation with Lagarde

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held a conversation over the telephone with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, on the eve of the latter’s meeting with the German Chancellor in Berlin.

In their telephone conversation, according to government sources, they discussed that Greece has taken steps in changing the financial mixture the IMF requests for the post-program period. Also, on its part, the IMF made steps with respect to the zero financial impact the measures will have.

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Exxon just decided to keep a big chunk of its tar sands in the ground.

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On Tuesday, he stood in front of a room full of those employees and made his first address as administrator of the agency. Pruitt accepted welcome gifts (an EPA lapel pin and baseball hat), expressed appreciation for the staff, and insisted he would have his ears open to them. “You can’t lead unless you listen,” he said.

In his brief address, he made no mention of the toxic pollution threatening Americans’ health, but did decry the “toxic environment” polluting modern politics. He talked of working across the aisle and called for civility and “being problem solvers.”

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Here’s what the world’s biggest solar farm looks like from space

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On the Tibetan Plateau in eastern China, 4 million solar panels silently soak up the sun as part of the Longyangxia Dam Solar Park. It’s the largest solar farm in the world, spreading over 10 square miles of the high desert landscape.

The complex sprung into existence in 2013 and has been rapidly expanding ever since. Satellite imagery curated by NASA’s Earth Observatory chronicles its growth from a cluster of panels to a sprawling solar farm that looks like a giant, angular thought bubble as of January 2017.

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Russians and Chinese “champions” in Greek Golden Visas

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The Greek Golden Visa program providing a permit to reside in Greece to investors of over 250,000 euros in the country has generated great interest. Those who have most utilized the program are the Chinese and Russians.

Investments may involve either real estate or business activity and permits are granted to investors / residents of third countries but are not limited to them, they also include their families.

At a meeting held on Wednesday at the Finance Ministry with real estate market officials and lawyers who are active in promoting the program, it was mentioned that by 31 January 2017 a total of 1,573 permits had been granted to real estate investors.

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