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France bans the use of plastic crockery and cutlery to aid battle against climate change

Plastic crockery and cutlery is to be banned in France unless it is made from biologically sourced materials.<p>The law comes into force in 2020. It is part of a French environmental initiative called the Energy Transition for Green Growth, part of a package aimed at tackling climate change.<p>But, the …

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Pope says it's wrong to identify Islam with violence

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Sunday that it was wrong to identify Islam with violence and that social injustice and idolatry of money were among the prime causes of terrorism.<p>“I think it is not right to identity Islam with violence,” he told reporters aboard the plane …

Cheap oil is taking shipping routes back to the 1800s

The plummeting price of oil on international markets has had many effects – one of which is that it may be cheaper for ships to travel right around Africa than go through the Suez Canal.<p>The Suez Canal was one of the most significant engineering projects of the 19th Century. It was a gargantuan task …

In Cuba, Pope delivers veiled critique

<b>(CNN) —</b> Pope Francis landed in Cuba on Saturday, quickly calling on the communist nation to "open itself to the world," while praising its recent restoration of diplomatic ties with the United States.<p>Francis was greeted by President Raul Castro at Jose Marti International airport in Havana, where …

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