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‘Butcher of Bhopal’ Warren Anderson dies

Washington: Warren Anderson, the former CEO of Union Carbide Corp, has died at 92 after living for 30 years under the shadow of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy that killed thousands. The death of the man, under whose watch the tragedy that still haunts India took place, was reported by the New York Times on Friday, more than a month after he died on [Full Article...]

Myanmar may amend constitution barring Suu Kyi from presidency

Naypyidaw: Myanmar’s parliament will consider amending the country’s constitution – which currently bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president – ahead of elections next year, an official said on Friday. “They agreed to discuss the issue of amending the constitution in parliament, according to the law,” presidential spokesman Ye Htut told reporters after President Thein Sein held unprecedented talks with army [Full Article...]

Sri Lanka seeks assistance from US after the deadly landslide

Washington: Sri Lanka has sought assistance from the US on the recent massive landslide in the country that killed 10 people with nearly 160 others feared to have been buried alive. “The United States has received an official request for assistance from the Government of Sri Lanka. The US extends its deepest condolences to the Government and the people of Sri Lanka and the [Full Article...]

Obama calls for inclusive, credible vote process in Myanmar

Washington: Ahead of his visit to Myanmar, US President Barack Obama has called for an “inclusive and credible” election process in the country next year and asked the government to take “additional steps” for peace in the strife-torn Rakhine state. Obama on Thursday spoke to Myanmar President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi over phone and discussed a number of issues. [Full Article...]

Burkina Faso leader refuses to quit after day of violence

Ouagadougou: Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore refused to give up power but called off a state of emergency imposed after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule that saw parliament set ablaze. It remained unclear who was in charge of the country after an earlier announcement by the army that it had taken control, dissolved parliament and would put in place a transitional government. [Full Article...]

21 IS fighters killed in US-led airstrikes

Damascus: Twenty one Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in US-led airstrikes against the Sunni radical group’s positions in the predominantly Kurdish town of Kobane on the Syrian-Turkish border, a monitoring group said Friday. An IS commander and a Danish IS fighter were among those killed, Xinhua reported citing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The US-led anti-terror coalition has recently focused its strikes [Full Article...]

Pak court reserves judgment in Musharraf’s joint trial plea

Islamabad: A special court today reserved its decision on a plea by former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf to include several former civilian and military leaders in his treason trial case. A three-member tribunal headed by Justice Faisal Arab is trying 71-year-old Musharraf for treason which he allegedly committed by imposing emergency in 2007 when he was president of the country. Musharraf has challenged [Full Article...]

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Antarctic ozone hole remains stable for 2014 LONDON: The scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have recently reported that the Antarctic ozone hole reached its annual peak size on Sept. 11, 2014, which was almost similar to that in 2013. The size of this year’s hole was 24.1 million square kilometers, an area roughly the size of North America. [Full Article...]