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Source: Washington Post

Why Trump might bend nuclear security rules to help Saudi Arabia build reactors in the desert

Today 01:32 GMT

Multibillion-dollar contracts to build a pair of nuclear power reactors in desolate stretches of desert along the Persian Gulf.

If the administration wants to boost the chances of a U.S. consortium led by Westinghouse, it might need to bend rules designed to limit nuclear proliferation in an unstable part of the world. For the Trump administration, the contest poses a thorny choice between promoting U.S. companies and fighting nuclear proliferation.

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Source: BBC

Ocean plastic tide 'violates the law'

Today 02:29 GMT

Tickell maintains that marine plastic litter can already be controlled through the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); the London Convention; the MARPOL Convention; the Basel Convention; Customary Law, and many other regional agreements.

Tickell adds: "Amid all the hand-wringing over ocean plastic, the fact that it's actually illegal has scarcely been mentioned. "Measures shall include, inter alia, those designed to minimize to the fullest possible extent... the release of toxic, harmful or noxious substances, especially those which are persistent, from land-based sources… [and] shall include those necessary to protect and preserve rare or fragile ecosystems as well as the habitat of depleted, threatened or endangered species and other forms of marine life."

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Source: CTV

B.C. challenges Alberta's ban on wine over pipeline expansion dispute

Today 01:33 GMT

British Columbia has turned up the heat in a simmering trade dispute by launching a formal challenge against Alberta's ban on its wines.

"Given the lengthy process that a challenge through the Canadian Free Trade Agreement's dispute settlement process will take, we continue to ask the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission to lift the unfair ban and allow the free trade of B.C. wines into Alberta," Miles Prodan, president of the B.C. Wine Institute, said in a statement.


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