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Hollywood star Mark Ruffalo accused US President Barack Obama of hypocrisy for allowing fracking and other fossil fuel extraction while presenting himself as a green president. The Oscar-nominated "Spotlight" and "Avengers" actor spoke out at a rally in Los Angeles protesting against man-made climate change and, in particular, the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, the site of escalating protests in recent weeks. "President Obama, it is immoral for you to keep drilling in our state lands, in our federal lands, off our federal waters, while at the same time calling yourself a climate change leader," he said.
The head of Wallonia's parliament said Monday it would not respect an EU ultimatum to back a massive trade deal with Canada blocked by the Belgian region. "It won't be possible to respect this ultimatum," Andre Antoine told RTL radio in Belgium, referring to a late-Monday deadline set by EU president Donald Tusk for the country to say whether it could support the pact. Belgium has so far been the only EU member not to sign up to the CETA trade deal, which has been seven years in the making, because French-speaking Wallonia has refused to endorse it.