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Human rights monitoring groups say Myanmar’s military is increasingly turning to airstrikes with deadly results to try to crush stiff armed resistance two years after it seized power and plunged the country into a prolonged civil war. According to the organization Myanmar Witness and other experts, the military is heavily reliant on fighter jets and helicopter gunships supplied by its allies Russia and China. The underground National Unity Government says 460 civilians, mostly children, have lost their lives in airstrikes. The opponents of military rule have virtually no access to sophisticated weapons to combat air attacks. They have called for an embargo on the sale of aviation fuel to Myanmar in addition to existing Western sanctions.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has effectively vetoed a proposed open-pit copper and gold mine in a remote region of southwest Alaska that supports the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery. The move was heralded by Alaska Native tribes and environmentalists who have long fought the proposed Pebble Mine. Pebble Limited Partnership CEO John Shively criticized the EPA’s move and says litigation is likely. Tribes in the Bristol Bay region in 2010 petitioned the EPA to pursue protections for the area under the federal Clean Water Act. The proposed mine is in an area that is a trove of minerals coveted by mining interests.

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FILE - A worker with the Pebble Mine project digs in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska near the village of Iliamma, Alaska, July 13, 2007. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a decision Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, that would block plans for the proposed Pebble Mine, a copper and gold project in southwest Alaska. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

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FILE - Workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, near the village of Iliamma, on July 13, 2007. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a decision Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, that would block plans for the proposed Pebble Mine, a copper and gold project in southwest Alaska. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

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Pakistani officials say a suicide bombing that killed dozens of policemen at a mosque in a government compound in northwest Pakistan reflects serious “security lapses.” The somber acknowledgement came as the death toll climbed to 100 on Tuesday. The blast, which ripped through a Sunni mosque inside a major police facility the mosque, was one of the deadliest attacks on Pakistani security forces in recent years. It left 225 people wounded, many of them still in serious condition in hospital. It was not clear how the bomber was able to slip into the walled compound in a high-security zone with other government buildings and reach the mosque.

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People carry the casket during a funeral for a police officer killed in Monday's suicide bombing inside a mosque, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. The death toll from the previous day's suicide bombing at a mosque in northwestern Pakistani rose to more than 85 on Tuesday, officials said. The assault on a Sunni Mosque inside a major police facility was one of the deadliest attacks on Pakistani security forces in recent years. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

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People attend the funeral prayer for a police officer killed in Monday's suicide bombing inside a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. The death toll from the previous day's suicide bombing at a mosque in northwestern Pakistani rose to more than 85 on Tuesday, officials said. The assault on a Sunni Mosque inside a major police facility was one of the deadliest attacks on Pakistani security forces in recent years. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

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FILE - In this photo provided by the Free Burma Rangers, a wounded woman rests in Lay Wah, one of the villages in Karen state's Mutraw district, Myanmar, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. Two years after seizing power, Myanmar's military continues to face stiff armed resistance on the ground, and is responding increasingly with air strikes that resistance forces have little defense against, says a report released Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, by a human rights monitoring group. (Free Burma Rangers via AP, File)

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FILE - This photo provided by the Free Burma Rangers shows remains of a destroyed village school in Lay Wah, one of the villages in Karen state's Mutraw district, Myanmar, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. Two years after seizing power, Myanmar's military continues to face stiff armed resistance on the ground, and is responding increasingly with air strikes that resistance forces have little defense against, says a report released Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, by a human rights monitoring group. (Free Burma Rangers via AP, File)

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FILE - In this photo provided by the Free Burma Rangers, a man holds bomb shrapnel in a crater at a church in Lay Wah, one of the villages in Karen state's Mutraw district, Myanmar, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. Two years after seizing power, Myanmar's military continues to face stiff armed resistance on the ground, and is responding increasingly with air strikes that resistance forces have little defense against, says a report released Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, by a human rights monitoring group. (Free Burma Rangers via AP, File)