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Rome (AFP) May 16, 2017
A batch of centuries-old olive trees in southern Italy have been moved out of the way of a controversial new pipeline in a dead-of-night operation that required the deployment of dozens of police.
More than 200 opponents of the project to pipe gas from the Caspian Sea to Italy via Turkey, Greece and Albania tried in vain to block the transfer of 11 of the some 200 trees due to be moved.
The consortium behind the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) have promised that the uprooted trees will be kept alive and returned to their original locations once the pipe has been laid.
But local environmentalists are sceptical about this happening and they turned out in force in the early hours of Tuesday to make their feelings known.
Campaigners say the pipeline should be brought ashore in an already-industrialised area of the Puglia region, to the north of the olive groves they say are at risk of being blighted.
Italy's centre-left government has declared the pipeline a strategic project - making it harder for it to be blocked by local objections.
Washington DC (UPI) May 15, 2017
More than $13 million in humanitarian assistance is on hand for Myanmar, the EU said, one week after a warning that energy security threatened its development. The European Union put $13.1 million forward to address humanitarian issues in Myanmar. Christos Stylianides, the European commissioner for humanitarian aid, said after a visit to the conflict-torn northern state of Rakhine that ... read more
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