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A member of a rescue team walks next to a collapsed tailings dam owned by Brazilian mining company Vale in Brumadinho, Brazil, Feb. 13, 2019.

Behind Vale's Deadly Dams, a Wave of Lobbying

Angelica Andrade will never forget January 25, 2019, the day her sister died.

A member of a rescue team walks next to a collapsed tailings dam owned by Brazilian mining company Vale in Brumadinho, Brazil, Feb. 13, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Washington Alves)

Of the 38 million cubic meters of forest lost to Romania’s logging industry each year, only 18 million are licensed and accounted for.

Oak and Omerta in Romania: Saving the Lungs of Europe

The teeth on an average full-skip chain stand at three-quarter inch intervals and are about the length of a thumbnail. Moving these blades along at a speed of almost 88 feet per second, a gas-powered chainsaw turns even the hardest and oldest of trees to butter.

Of the 38 million cubic meters of forest lost to Romania’s logging industry each year, only 18 million are licensed and accounted for. By the Associated Press. By The Associated Press

Arab Reporters During COVID-19 Lockdown: Life On the Edge

Editor Lina Attala lost her breath when she saw the article. It appeared on a pro-government website and claimed that her independent outlet had to close down because she contracted the novel coronavirus by “hanging out with foreigners” and her sister.

Japanese Gangs Vie for Power Amid Pandemic

Japan’s government has been criticized for its slow and inadequate response to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Japanese organized crime, meanwhile, has moved to take advantage of the crisis.

Carabinieri officers patrol outside the town of Castiglione D'Adda, which has been closed by the Italian government due to a coronavirus outbreak, Italy, February 23, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Crime & Quarantine: How the Pandemic is Squeezing Italian Crime Groups

It was a glimpse of a glow of a cigarette behind the shutters of an abandoned house that led Italian police to the crime boss they had been tracking for more than a week.

Carabinieri officers patrol outside the town of Castiglione D'Adda, which has been closed by the Italian government due to a coronavirus outbreak, Italy, February 23, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane.