07/29/2015INDIA Alarm waste in Mumbai: garbage overwhelms the metropolis The occupied area could accomodate houses worth $4.4 billions and give shelter to the 6.5 million slum dwellers. Trash mountain of Deonar dump site (the ancientest) is twice taller than the White House. Mumbai (AsiaNews/Agencies) - It's alarm waste in Mumbai. In the metropolis - financial capital of India and ninth most populous city in the world - an area nearly the size of New...
07/29/2015NEPAL Animal slaughter banned at Hindu feast of Gadhimai, goddess of power The Gadhimai Festival is held every five years and brings in millions of pilgrims from India and Nepal. In 2009, 500,000 buffaloes, goats and chickens were killed. In 2014, the number dropped after a ruling by the Indian Supreme Court banning livestock movement between the two countries.
07/29/2015VIETNAM Countless deaths in the ‘cancer villages’ around Ho Chi Minh City by Thanh Thuy The towns and villages around southern Vietnam’s largest city are full of landfills and dumps, where large companies unload materials full of mercury, iron and chemicals. The pollution causes damage to the ground and in people, provoking a cancer epidemic.
07/29/2015KAZAKHSTAN Nuclear fuel bank in Kazakh site under international control Located in eastern Kazakhstan, the IAEA LEU Bank will be under the control of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Its goal is to prevent nuclear proliferation by countries like Iran. The facility will be a physical reserve of up to 90 tonnes of LEU. Members requesting LEU will have to respect tight rules.
07/29/2015TURKEY – IRAQ – UNITED STATES Ankara using anti-Jihadi campaign to fight Kurdish autonomist desires Erdogan is really worried about the possible declaration of a Kurdish state. The president, who is probably thinking about early elections, claims that some lawmakers from the Kurdish-based HDP party have links to Kurdish terrorists in the PKK. The HDP’s success at the polls in June prevented the ruling party from having an absolute majority. Turkey and the United States confirmed their intention of creating a 90-km long "IS-free zone" inside Syria.
07/29/2015RUSSIA The dispute between Russia and Ukraine also involves the prince who Christianised Rus by Nina Achmatova Yesterday marked 1,000 years since the death of Prince Vladimir, who in 988 chose Christianity for Kievan Rus. For Putin, he led to the rise of Russia as a centralised state and the source of Russia’s development as a unique country and civilisation. For Poroshenko, his choice for Christianity was European in orientation. Meanwhile in Moscow, the prince’s controversial statue could be placed in a square in front of the former KGB headquarters, a symbol of past repression.
07/29/2015ISRAEL-USA Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard will be released by the US in November by Joshua Lapide The 60-year-old analyst from Texas, son from Jewish parents, transferred volumes of sensitive information to Israel. Accused of espionage, in 1985 sought refuge in the Israeli Emabssy, but was rejected. In '96, Tel Aviv granted him the Israeli citizenship and admitted that he was a spy on their payroll. He will remain in the US for five years on probation. No link with the Iran-US nuclear accord.
07/28/2015SRI LANKA Injustice is still the lot of many of Sri Lanka’s war widows by Melani Manel Perera Although the country’s civil war ended many years ago, the legacy of the bloody conflict between the government and Tamil rebels is still felt. Refugees are still forced to move as the government seizes their lands. The latest trend has been to use farmland for tourist development. The net effect of the situation is that refugee children have easy access to drugs but no access to education. After 100 days in power, “we expected something better” from President Sirisena.
07/28/2015PHILIPPINES Climate advocates hit Aquino for ‘dirty’ energy dependence During Aquino’s term, his administration approved the operation of 27 coal plant projects, and 118 coal mining permits, with 15 more coal plant projects still in pipeline. Based on this, it is projected that the Philippines will be 70 percent dependent on coal by 2030.
07/28/2015SAUDI ARABIA Second Saudi execution after Ramadan The man executed was a hashish trafficker. No executions took place during the holy month. In the first seven months of 2015, the Saudi kingdom carried out 104 executions. In 2014, 84 took place.