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Australia pledges US$700M to save Great Barrier Reef

The Australian government on Friday pledged to spend another 1 billion Australian dollars (US$704 million) over nine years on improving the health of the Great Barrier Reef after stalling a UNESCO decision on downgrading the natural wonder's World Heritage status.

This Dec. 2, 2017, file photo shows the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. (Kyodo News via AP, File)

Greek army helps remove vehicles on snow-plagued road

Greek army and municipal crews removed hundreds of vehicles Wednesday that had been stranded in snow for three days along a road linking Athens to its international airport, as authorities struggled to clear blocked thoroughfares and restore power to blacked out parts of the capital.