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Vast Antarctic sanctuary plans fail

Vast Antarctic sanctuary plans fail

Nov 01, – Plans to create two vast ocean sanctuaries in Antarctica to protect the pristine wilderness failed on Friday for a third time with Russia and China blocking the bids, delegates at multi-nation talks said. The proposals for two huge Marine Protected Areas were on the table at the Commission for the Conservation of […]

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France, Germany demand talks with US to settle spying rules

France, Germany demand talks with US to settle spying rules

Oct 25, – France and Germany pushed on Friday for Washington to agree rules for the spy game after damaging revelations the United States tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone, the European Union said. Leaders “took note of the intention of France and Germany to seek bilateral talks with the US”, EU President Herman […]

October 25, 2013 | By | Reply More
Saudi Arabia rejects seat on UN Security Council

Saudi Arabia rejects seat on UN Security Council

Oct 18, – Saudi Arabia on Friday rejected its freshly-acquired seat on the U.N. Security Council, saying the 15-member body is incapable of resolving world conflicts such as the Syrian civil war. The move came just hours after the kingdom was elected as one of the Council’s 10 nonpermanent members. In a statement carried by […]

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Norway rocker in French court for alleged racism

Norway rocker in French court for alleged racism

Oct 17, – Kristian “Varg” Vikernes, 40, was initially detained on terrorism suspicions after he and his French wife visited a gun club. Authorities turned up no plot, but instead filed charges linked to his alleged anti-Semitic and xenophobic messages. He faces up to five years in prison. A Norwegian heavy metal rocker on trial […]

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Wood fires and diesel cars pose pollution threat

Wood fires and diesel cars pose pollution threat

Oct 15, – European regulators are expected to propose a tightening of EU limits on microscopic particles known as particulate matter (PM) and other pollutants, with legislative proposals due before the end of the year. While emissions of some pollutants have declined sharply in Europe in recent decades, more diesel cars and a rise in […]

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India moves to ease visa restrictions to attract tourists

India moves to ease visa restrictions to attract tourists

Oct 08, –  A meeting of senior officials from the home, foreign and tourism ministries, as well as intelligence officers, concluded on Monday evening with a consensus in favour of the sweeping visa reform. India is looking at issuing visas on arrival for visitors from 40 more countries, a minister has said, raising hopes it […]

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Syria says ‘terrorists’ eat human hearts

Syria says ‘terrorists’ eat human hearts

Sep 30, –  Walid al-Moallem, addressing world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, also charged that the U.S., Britain and France had blocked the naming of the real perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Syria’s foreign minister claimed Monday that his government is fighting a war against al-Qaida-linked militants who eat […]

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Militant group attacks Kenyan border towns

Militant group attacks Kenyan border towns

Sep 26, –  The leader of al-Shabab said in a message that there is no way Kenya can “withstand a war of attrition inside your own country.” “Make your choice today and withdraw all your forces,” said Ahmed Abdi Mohamed Godane, who goes by his nom de guerre Mukhtar Abu Zubayr, in a new statement […]

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Syria submits chemical arms information to OPCW

Syria submits chemical arms information to OPCW

Sep 21, – The world’s chemical weapons watchdog has received an “initial disclosure” of Syria’s weapons program. Under a US-Russia brokered agreement, all of the country’s chemical weapons are to be destroyed by mid-2014. “The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has received an initial disclosure from the Syrian government of its chemical […]

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