Toiling in Delhi, the world’s most polluted major city

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NEW DELHI: Delhi is the world’s most polluted major city, its toxic cocktail of vehicle fumes, dust and smoke choking the chaotic metropolis and taking years off its 20 million inhabitants’ lives. But despite this, with levels of airborne pollutants routinely eclipsing safe limits in winter months, people in the […]

Madrid demands ‘immediate’ release of journalists held in Venezuela

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MADRID: Madrid on Thursday demanded the immediate release of journalists working for the Spanish news agency EFE who were arrested in Venezuela as part of a crackdown by Caracas on foreign media. The Spanish government “strongly condemns” the detention in Caracas of four members of a team from Spanish news […]

Dozens of ex-graft convicts running for public office in Indonesia elections

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JAKARTA: Dozens of Indonesians who served jail time for corruption are running for public office, the electoral agency said Thursday, as the world’s third-largest democracy gears up for national polls. The 49 candidates belong to more than half of the 16 political parties contesting April elections, including President Joko Widodo’s […]

War declared on world’s growing e-waste crisis

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Weighing more than all commercial airliners ever built and worth more than most countries’ GDP, electronic waste poses a growing economic and environmental threat, experts said Thursday, as they launched a global initiative to clean it up. The world produces close to 50 million tonnes of e-waste every year as […]

China failing to curb methane emissions, study finds

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Methane emissions from coal mining in China have continued to rise despite tough legislation and ambitious government targets, a new study based on satellite data said Wednesday. The news is likely to fuel concerns that major emitters like China are failing to meet targets intended to prevent nightmare climate change […]

Man versus condor: The king of the Andes under threat

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By all accounts, Dasan and Illika should have died of poisoning. But they are back on their feet, poking their beaks through the bars of their cages, impatient to return to the skies over Colombia, which have been transformed into hostile territory for the so-called king of the Andes — the […]

Climate change pushing killer whales to migrate north

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Paying no attention to nearby divers, a killer whale and her calf hunting for food frolic in a snowy Norwegian fjord. Their favourite meal, herring, abounds, but climate change means both predator and prey must increasingly migrate further north. The clear and calm waters of Reisafjorden, in Norway’s Far North, […]

Foreign reporters say China work conditions worsen

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BEIJING: Detentions, visa delays, and suspected phone bugging are among the challenges faced by foreign journalists in China, who say working conditions are getting worse with many reporting being watched and harassed. A survey of 109 journalists published Tuesday “painted the darkest picture of reporting conditions inside China in recent […]

Activist jailed for five Years, say rights groups

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BEIJING: The founder of a prominent Chinese civil and human rights website was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for inciting state subversion, according to human rights organisations. Liu Feiyue created and ran the Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch website, which covers a range of civil and human […]

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