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Caspian Sea nations sign landmark deal

Posted by on 12/08/2018
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Caspian Sea nations sign landmark deal

Caspian Sea nations sign landmark deal

AKTAU, Kazakhstan: The leaders of the five states bordering the resource-rich Caspian Sea signed a landmark deal yesterday on the legal status of the inland sea which boasts a wealth of oil and gas reserves and sturgeon. The leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan signed the agreement on the status of the inland […]

Nobel-winning writer Naipaul dies aged 85

Posted by on 12/08/2018
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Nobel-winning writer Naipaul dies aged 85

Nobel-winning writer Naipaul dies aged 85

LONDON: British author V S Naipaul, a famously outspoken Nobel laureate who wrote on the traumas of post-colonial change, has died at the age of 85. Naipaul, who was born in Trinidad and the son of an Indian civil servant, was best known for works including “A House for Mr Biswas” and his Man Booker […]

Hundreds of Sikh separatists rally in British capital

Posted by on 12/08/2018
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Hundreds of Sikh separatists rally in British capital

Hundreds of Sikh separatists rally in British capital

LONDON: Hundreds of Sikh separatists and their supporters gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square yesterday to demand a referendum on an independent homeland to be carved out of India. They brandished banners reading “Free Punjab, End Indian occupation”, “Punjab Referendum 2020 for Khalistan” and “We will re-establish Punjab as an independent country”. The protest was organized […]

Pro-EU Brit hits the road to spell out ‘stop Brexit’

Posted by on 11/08/2018
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Pro-EU Brit hits the road to spell out ‘stop Brexit’

Pro-EU Brit hits the road to spell out ‘stop Brexit’

LONDON: A passionately pro-European Briton has quit his job to drive around the continent for months spelling out “stop Brexit” on maps depicting his circuitous route. Andy Pardy, 28, from the southwest English city of Exeter, resigned from a consultancy job in June to embark on the 30,000-kilometre, 32-country “farewell tour” before Britain leaves the […]

Germany jails couple for selling young son online

Posted by on 07/08/2018
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Germany jails couple for selling young son online

Germany jails couple for selling young son online

FREIBURG: A German court handed down lengthy jail sentences yesterday to a couple for repeatedly sexually abusing their young son and selling him to pedophiles online, in a shocking case that raised pointed questions about the competence of child protection services. Following a criminal probe that even seasoned investigators said pushed them to the emotional […]

Amundsen’s ship returns to Norway after 100 years

Posted by on 06/08/2018
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Amundsen’s ship returns to Norway after 100 years

Amundsen’s ship returns to Norway after 100 years

OSLO: The ship used by Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen finally returned home yesterday, completing its journey around the North Pole 100 years after her chaotic expedition started. A precious relic of Norwegian polar expeditions, the Maud was recovered in 2016 after spending 85 years in Canadian Arctic waters where it sank in 1930. The […]

European nations keep melting as temperatures hit near-record highs

Posted by on 06/08/2018
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European nations keep melting as temperatures hit near-record highs

European nations keep melting as temperatures hit near-record highs

A roundup of recent developments PARIS: Europe baked in near-record temperatures yesterday but hopes were for some respite after weeks of non-stop sunshine as people come to terms with what may prove to be the new normal in climate change Europe. Here is a roundup of recent developments: France, adapt to change Temperatures were expected […]

Europe sizzles in heatwave as wildfire hits Portugal

Posted by on 05/08/2018
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Europe sizzles in heatwave as wildfire hits Portugal

Europe sizzles in heatwave as wildfire hits Portugal

MADRID: Europe sweltered through an intense heatwave yesterday, with soaring temperatures contributing to forest fires, nuclear plants closing and even threatening the Netherlands’ supply of fries, although some countries experienced a slight respite. Here is a roundup: Spain: Fire under control A top of 42 degrees Celsius (107 degrees Fahrenheit) was forecast in the southwest […]

First niqabi fined in Denmark

Posted by on 04/08/2018
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First niqabi fined in Denmark

First niqabi fined in Denmark

STOCKHOLM: A 28-year-old woman wearing a niqab on Friday became the first person in Denmark to be fined for violating a new controversial law banning full-face Islamic veils in public places, media reported. Police were called to a shopping center in Horsholm, in the northeastern region of Nordsjaelland, where the woman had become involved in […]

Shoes for dogs: Europe wilts in heat

Posted by on 04/08/2018
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Shoes for dogs: Europe wilts in heat

Shoes for dogs: Europe wilts in heat

Record high temperatures begin melting asphalt MADRID: Europe sweltered yesterday in intense heat with temperatures due to hit near-record highs of 46 degrees Celsius in Portugal, while elsewhere high temperatures melted the asphalt or saw police dogs fitted with shoes. Here is a roundup: Portugal: Peak heat The heatwave was expected to reach its peak […]

Do you want to save the planet from ecological disaster? Move to Wales

Posted by on 04/08/2018
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Do you want to save the planet from ecological disaster? Move to Wales

Do you want to save the planet from ecological disaster? Move to Wales

One Planet Development Policy’ aims to promote sustainable living GLANDWR: Fighting climate change is much more than a day job for Chris Vernon and Erica Thompson. It is their entire way of life. They are part of a groundbreaking Welsh government scheme under which people get to circumvent tight planning rules so long as they […]

Kosovo rape survivors battling ‘code of silence’ for recognition

Posted by on 02/08/2018
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Kosovo rape survivors battling ‘code of silence’ for recognition

Kosovo rape survivors battling ‘code of silence’ for recognition

Sworn secrecy has helped shield perpetrators from the law PRISTINA: Raped during Kosovo’s war for independence, Zana and thousands of other women are now eligible for financial aid from the government – a victory hard-won through years of lobbying. But the battle is not over yet: a culture of shame keeps many victims from coming […]