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ISIS Loses Ramadi, Comfort Women Restitution, Fictional Refugees

IRAQI FORCES RECLAIM CENTRAL RAMADI

An Iraqi military official said this morning that government forces had "fully liberated" Ramadi, which fell to ISIS last May in an embarrassing defeat. Government forces have been trying to retake the city, the capital of the Anbar province, for weeks. But another official was quick to say that while central Ramadi had been retaken, there were still parts of the city being held by ISIS. "We're being very careful in declaring victory until we have an official announcement from the prime minister's office," the BBC quoted provincial spokesman Muhannad Haimour as saying. ISIS fighters are reportedly still holding "pockets of resistance" and are "capable of launching any attacks on the security forces," Haimour added.

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The Bogus Concept Of "Carbon-Neutral" Oil

The Colombian president recently said that the country had exported one million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset oil. But in an unregulated carbon market, such a claim is pure greenwashing.

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María Mónica Monsalve Sánchez

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BOGOTÁ - In March this year, various national and corporate leaders met in Houston, Texas, for CERAWeek, an annual conference to discuss the world's energy challenges. Colombia's President Iván Duque took the opportunity to remind participants that his country produced just 0.6% of the world's carbon emissions even as it had raised crude production to one million barrels a day.

He said oil should not be seen as an enemy, since the fight was really against greenhouse gas emissions. He also revealed at the event that the country's national oil firm, Ecopetrol, had sold the Asian market its first million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset crude, consisting of the entire extraction, production and exportation chain.

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