The modern gold rush that's destroying the Amazon

The modern gold rush that's destroying the Amazon

That nice, round number brought cheers on London trading floors and toasts in Manhattan bars, but it made a different noise in “Mother of God,” Peru. Madre de Dios is a pristine chunk of the Amazon about the size of South Carolina, where macaws and monkeys, jaguars and butterflies thrive. It is some of the healthiest rainforest left on Earth and here, that $1000 number brought the sound of chain saws, diesel pumps and dirt bikes. It created jungle boomtowns, complete with pop-up brothels and gun fights, as tens of…

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Victoria Police officers' pants coming apart at the seams, union says

Victoria Police officers' pants coming apart at the seams, union says

Updated November 11, 2017 09:32:19 Photo: Some police officers say their trousers limit their movements when they are trying to make arrests. (ABC News: James Dean) Victorian police officers have called for new pants after reporting their current uniforms are splitting at the crotch when they are trying to arrest people. Police Association Victoria secretary Wayne Gatt said members had reported poor-quality and ill-fitting pants. “The material used in manufacturing the pants is particularly unpopular with members, who have advised that the material does not breathe, and that the pants…

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FX network cuts ties with comedian Louis C.K.

FX network cuts ties with comedian Louis C.K.

Louis C.K.’s lucrative deal with FX and FX Productions is no more. The network and production company said they are “ending our association” with the comedian in a statement Friday. Louis C.K. has executive produced five series with the company over the last eight years. In addition to canceling Louis C.K.’s overall deal with his company, Pig Newton, the companies said he will no longer serve as executive producer for any of the four shows they produce with him, including “Better Things,” “Baskets,” “One Mississippi” and “The Cops.” He will…

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Fiji thumps Italy to reach Rugby League World Cup quarters

Fiji thumps Italy to reach Rugby League World Cup quarters

Updated November 10, 2017 23:09:30 Photo: Suliasi Vunivalu of Fiji scored three times to put the game out of Italy’s reach in the second half. (AAP: Lukas Coch) Fiji has advanced to the Rugby League World Cup quarter-finals however the team’s 38-10 win over Italy has been overshadowed by an ugly incident after Jarryd Hayne was sin-binned. Hayne and Joe Tramontana were marched from the field for 10 minutes late in Friday night’s first half after an all-in scuffle in which the Italian dummy-half threw a punch at Suliasi Vunivalu….

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He lost his son in Iraq and drew Trump's ire

He lost his son in Iraq and drew Trump's ire

Last year, two defiant minutes on the stage of the Democratic National Convention turned Khizr Khan into an unwitting celebrity, but he has held onto his humility. He stands now before this North Carolina audience, slightly hunched in a dark navy suit and striped tie. He bows his head, brings his hands together in a perfect Namaste. The church lights illuminate a small pin on his lapel that says everything: Gold Star father. His middle son, Humayun Khan, served in Iraq as a captain in the U.S. Army and was…

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