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Fire kills seven in new Bangladesh ‘Gap’ factory disaster

A huge fire at a Bangladeshi factory whose workers were making clothes and fabrics for top Western labels has killed seven people in the latest disaster to blight the country’s garment industry. Firefighters battled through the night to douse the flames at the Aswad Knit Composite factory at Sripur, on…

Prominent monk who co-founded the West’s first Tibetan monastery Akong Tulku Rinpoche among three killed in China

A prominent monk who fled Tibet in 1959 and co-founded the West’s first Tibetan monastery has been killed in China along with two other people, police said, with his brother saying he was “assassinated”. Akong Tulku Rinpoche was the co-founder of Samye Ling in the rolling hills of southern Scotland,…

Murder trial of Egypt’s Morsi to start November 4

The trial of Egypt’s deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on charges of inciting the murder of protesters will start on November 4, the official MENA news agency reported Wednesday. Morsi will stand trial with 14 other defendants over the killings of protesters outside his presidential palace in December 2012, almost…

Nobel Chemistry Prize won by Karplus, Levitt and Warshel for devising computer simulations that are used to understand and predict chemical processes

Three molecular chemists won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for devising computer simulations that are used to understand and predict chemical processes, the jury said. Martin Karplus, a US-Austrian citizen, Michael Levitt, a US-British citizen, and Arieh Warshel of the US and Israel, were honoured “for the development…

Child labor opponents upset over lack of progress

Despite recent declines in the incidence of child labor much more must be done to tackle the issue, the Third International Conference on Child Labor heard Tuesday. International Labor Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder urged redoubled efforts, decrying the fact a target to eliminate the worst instances of child labor…

Archaeologists in Bolivia find 1,500-year-old treasures

Gold and silver pieces as well as bones and pottery from 1,500 years ago were discovered in Lake Titicaca by underwater archaeologists, a researcher said Tuesday. “We found 2,000 objects and fragments,” Christophe Delaere, the Belgian co-director of the Huinaimarca Project that unearthed the items, said at a ceremony in…

Actor Tom Hanks reveals he has Type 2 diabetes

Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks has stunned fans by revealing on a US late-night talk show that he’s living with Type 2 diabetes. Hanks, 57, was promoting his new movie “Captain Phillips” — about the capture of a US cargo ship by Somali pirates — when he made the…

Obama to nominate Janet Yellen to lead Federal Reserve

Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen will be nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Ben Bernanke as the head of the organization, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday. The White House is expected to make the nomination official in a Wednesday announcement, which would put Yellen in a…

Cuban merchants defy ban on sale of imported clothes

Privately-owned small retailers in communist Cuba are defying a government order to stop selling imported clothing or face stiff fines. Imported clothing is in high demand in Cuba because foreign apparel is cheaper and of higher quality than threads sold in state-run stores. “We have been here for three years…

Brazil’s new oil find will begin yielding output in 2018

Output from a new oil find off northeastern Brazil will likely begin in 2018, the head of state-run energy giant Petrobras said in remarks published Tuesday. The online edition of the daily O Estado de Sao Paulo quoted Graca Foster as saying that one of the deposits in the Sergipe-Alagoas…

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