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Photo: Till Rimmele/Getty Images

16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg will visit Standing Rock Reservation and the Pine Ridge Reservation in North Dakota and South Dakota this week, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports.

Why it matters: Thunberg, who gave a scathing speech attacking world leaders for their inaction in the face of climate change at the United Nation's 2019 General Assembly, will be participating on panels about the environmental effects of 2 proposed oil pipelines that ignited protests in 2016 and 2017.

Details: Thunberg will participate on a panel on Sunday about the Keystone XL pipeline at the Red Cloud Indian School Field House on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

  • On Tuesday, she'll participate in a forum on the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Standing Rock High School in Fort Yates, North Dakota.

Context: TC Energy's (formerly TransCanada) Keystone XL pipeline is a proposed addition to the Keystone Pipeline System. The Keystone XL would carry oil from Canada across Montana and South Dakota to Steele City, Nebraska. In South Dakota, the XL would run near the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations.

  • TC Energy on Oct. 4 informed a federal court that it would begin preparing for the XL's construction in South Dakota and Montana, according to the Rapid City Journal.
  • The Keystone Pipeline System, which runs through eastern North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska, leaked 210,000 gallons of oil in eastern South Dakota on Nov. 17, 2017.

The Dakota Access Pipeline starts in North Dakota and runs for 1,172 miles through South Dakota and Iowa to oil terminals in Illinois.

  • In North Dakota, it runs near the Standing Rock Reservation and under Lake Oahe, the reservation's main source of water.
  • Lake Oahe's river crossing was the center of protests over potential water contamination and damage to sacred tribal sites in 2016 and 2017.

Of note: Thunberg will join fellow youth climate activist and indigenous rights advocate Tokata Iron Eyes on both panels.

Go deeper ... Axios-NewsWhip 2020 attention tracker: Greta's climate moment

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An activist holds a placard highlighting China's Tiananmen Square massacre as pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrives at West Kowloon Magistrates' Court in Hong Kong in November. Photo: Isaac Wong/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai is being detained until an April court hearing after the pro-democracy supporter was charged Thursday with fraud, per his Apple Daily news outlet.

Why it matters: The 72-year-old's arrest and denial of bail is another blow for the pro-democracy movement in the former British colony amid concerns about a fresh crackdown on activists.

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Inhofe loudly sets Trump straight on defense bill

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Senator Jim Inhofe told President Trump today he'll likely fail to get two big wishes in pending defense spending legislation, bellowing into his cellphone: "This is the only chance to get our bill passed," a source who overheard part of their conversation tells Axios.

Why it matters: Republicans are ready to test whether Trump's threats of vetoing the bill, which has passed every year for more than half a century, are empty.

Conspiracy theories blow back on Trump's White House

Sidney Powell. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

President Trump has rarely met a conspiracy theory he doesn't like, but he and other Republicans now worry the wild tales told by lawyers Sidney Powell and Lin Wood may cost them in Georgia's Senate special elections.

Why it matters: The two are telling Georgians not to vote for Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler because of a bizarre, baseless and potentially self-defeating theory: It's not worth voting because the Chinese Communist Party has rigged the voting machines.

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