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Oceanic junk ranges from toys to suspected debris – 8.8m tons of plastic dumped into oceans annually

NEW DELHI: For years along the Cornish coast of Britain, Atlantic Ocean currents have carried thousands of Lego pieces onto the beaches. In Kenya, cheap flip-flop sandals are churned relentlessly…

China battles fires, contamination at blast site

TIANJIN: Chinese authorities struggled yesterday to extinguish fires and identify dangerous chemicals at a devastated industrial site, two days after giant explosions killed dozens and left residents in fear of…

Huge explosions kill at least 50 in China

Latest accident to blight developments in China

Japan ends nuclear shutdown sparked by Fukushima crisis – Anti-nuclear sentiment still runs high

TOKYO: Japan yesterday restarted its nuclear power programme after a shutdown triggered by the 2011 Fukushima crisis, as the government pushes to return to a cheaper energy source despite widespread…

Japan to restart first reactor under new rules since crisis – Japan’s 43 operable reactors are currently offline

TOKYO: A power plant operator said it will restart a reactor in southern Japan today, the first restart under new safety requirements following the Fukushima disaster and a milestone for…

Typhoon heads to China after killing four in Taiwan

SHANGHAI: Typhoon Soudelor moved towards China yesterday, weaker but still packing a punch, after killing at least four people and leaving a trail of destruction in Taiwan. The typhoon ripped…

Mixed messages on 777 part frustrate Flight 370 families

KUALA LUMPUR: The confusion and frustration that punctuated the investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 erupted anew yesterday after officials offered conflicting levels of confidence on whether…

Japan marks 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing – Mayor calls for a nuclear-weapons-free world

HIROSHIMA: Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima yesterday, with Mayor Kazumi Matsui renewing calls for US President Barack Obama and other world leaders to step…

Mystery of missing jet slowly unravels – Malaysia confirms wing part is from ill-fated MH370

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia confirmed early today that a piece of a wing washed up on an Indian Ocean island beach last week was from the Malaysian Airlines jet MH370, the…

No common approach with US on fighting IS: Russia – Islamic State is the common threat, common evil

KUALA LUMPUR/MOSCOW: Russia and the United States have not been able to agree on a common approach to fighting Islamic State, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said yesterday, after his second…

Desperation mounts in flood-hit Myanmar – Official death toll climbs to 69

YANGON: Tens of thousands of people huddled yesterday in monasteries and other makeshift evacuation centres in remote areas of Myanmar cut off by deadly floods, as rescuers struggled to deliver…