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Experts: Airport security set for boom despite budget cuts

The airport security sector is still expected to soar despite US budget cutbacks as air traffic grows and the threat of terrorism persists, analysts say. Screening passengers and baggage as well as surveillance at airports is a business that has boomed as countries radically tightened security in the wake of…

Lamb meat doesn’t pass inspection at factory where horse meat was found

French authorities Tuesday said they had found 57 tonnes of minced lamb that did not conform to European standards at the factory of Spanghero, the firm at the heart of the horsemeat scandal. The French company sparked a European food alert by allegedly passing off 750 tonnes of horsemeat as…

European Union considers ban on insecticides to save bees

The European Commission said Tuesday it will try again to get member states to back a two-year ban on insecticides harmful to bees whose numbers have been in sharp and worrying decline. EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg told EU agriculture ministers meeting in Brussels that he wanted to revisit the…

Europe triples recycling in a decade

Recycling of household waste has tripled in Europe over the past decade but some countries are dragging their feet for meeting a target set for 2020, the European Environment Agency (EAA) said in a report issued on Tuesday. From 2001 to 2010, recycling of materials and composting of organic waste…

Number of dead pigs in Shanghai river approaches 15,000

The number of dead pigs found in a river which runs through Shanghai has reached nearly 15,000, officials and reports said Tuesday, as a newspaper claimed the government was concealing the true tally. The images of dead pigs in China’s commercial hub have proved a huge embarrassment for the city,…

Pope Francis shakes up Vatican fashion with humble style

Solid gold rings velvet capes and ermine furs are out, humility is in: Pope Francis has shunned Vatican tradition in favour of a simpler style — and perhaps committed a clerical fashion faux pas in the process. From the moment he stepped out in plain papal whites to wave to…

How German fears of underwriting Russian oligarchs pushed Cyprus to crisis

Copyright ImageClick to View Protesters raise their open palms showing the word ‘No’ during an anti-bailout rally today outside the parliament in Nicosia, Cyprus. Cypriot ministers were trying to revise a plan to seize money from bank deposits before a parliamentary vote on Tuesday that will secure…  …

Revolt against City of London’s medieval elders

For almost a thousand years the City of London Corporation has run the British capital’s financial hub, winning hearts with opulent banquets and parades of red-robed dignitaries, pikemen and musketeers. But campaigners want to open up the secrets of this arcane organisation, arguing that its medieval structures are helping one…

Family of slain journalist Daniel Pearl hails Pakistani arrest

The family of slain US journalist Daniel Pearl welcomed Monday the arrest in Pakistan of a former leader of a banned militant outfit allegedly involved in his 2002 murder. Qari Abdul Hayee, popularly known as Asadullah and from Karachi’s eastern Gulshan-e-Iqbal neighbourhood, was detained in a raid on his hideout…

Infamous Baghdad ‘war correspondent hotel’ gets makeover

amous the world over for housing masses of foreign journalists during the US-led invasion of Iraq, the Palestine Hotel has since undergone a makeover and looks brand new. Now all it needs is customers. From employees cleaning dust off the faux marble to guards waiting to guide visitors through a…

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