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Report: Pollution as big a health problem as malaria or TB

Industrial pollutants harm the health of 125 million people, many of whom live in the developing world and work in mining Waste from mining, lead smelters, industrial dumps and other toxic sites affects the health of an estimated 125 million people in 49 low- and middle-income countries. This unrecognised health…

Ex-BBC head denies burying sex abuse probe

The former head of the BBC on Wednesday denied any role in shelving an investigation into allegations of widespread abuse of underage girls by the late British TV star Jimmy Savile. Mark Thompson, who is set to become CEO of the New York Times next month, told the newspaper he…

U.S. chides Kuwait in wake of protest clashes

The United States on Tuesday issued a veiled criticism of its ally Kuwait after 100 protesters were hurt in weekend clashes with police, defending the “universal right” to freedom of assembly. On Sunday, riot police used rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades and beat up hundreds of demonstrators to…

German chancellor to inaugurate Roma genocide memorial

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Wednesday inaugurate a sombre memorial to the estimated half million Roma and Sinti murdered by the Nazis, joined by survivors of the genocidal campaign. The long-delayed monument, consisting of a round pool of water and stele on which a single fresh flower will rest…

Bruce Lee’s Hong Kong home to go on sale

Kung fu legend Bruce Lee’s former residence in Hong Kong will be put up for sale after a plan to turn the property into a museum dedicated to the icon failed, a report said. Philanthropist Yu Panglin, who owns the mansion, which became a rundown ‘love hotel’, said he was…

Muslim pilgrims begin hajj rituals

More than two million Muslims began the main rituals of the annual hajj pilgrimage, heading from Mecca to Mina where they rest and pray for the night before moving on to Mount Arafat. The pilgrims, of whom nearly 1.7 million came to Saudi Arabia from abroad, started to travel by…

Sports stars shake up Ukrainian election

Ukraine’s best-known sports stars, boxing champion Vitali Klitschko and the footballer Andriy Shevchenko, are both vying for power in Sunday’s parliamentary elections in a bid to send a shockwave through Ukrainian politics. Heavyweight Klitschko, 41, who fought his last bout in September, leads his aptly named UDAR (punch) party which…

New York billionaire gives Central Park $100 million

New York’s famed Central Park saw a different kind of green when a hedge fund billionaire made a $100 million donation, said to be the largest gift to a park of all time. John Paulson, who made a fortune with the Paulson & Co. Inc. investment fund, announced the contribution…

Peace envoy: Syria agrees to Eid ceasefire

The Syrian government has agreed to a ceasefire during the four-day Muslim Eid holiday starting this week, international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said in Cairo on Wednesday. Many rebel leaders he contacted had also agreed to a truce during the holiday, which begins on Friday, he told reporters in Cairo…

World’s oldest turtle shells found next to trash dump could provide clues to ancient reptile’s origins

Plucked from a pit of grey clay next to a rubbish dump in southern Poland, fossilised turtle shells resembling the battle-scarred shields of ancient warriors are the world’s oldest and most complete. Dating back 215 million years, experts say they could provide invaluable clues in solving the riddle of the…

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