Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines destruction ‘absolute bedlam’

”We are so very hungry and thirsty” one survivor told the BBC’s Jon Donnison in Tacloban The head of the Red Cross in the Philippines has described the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan as “absolute bedlam”. Up to 10,000 people are believed to have died in Tacloban city and hundreds elsewhere. Hundreds of thousands of […]

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China: Better Friends with Bloomberg News than Reuters

China has better relationships with some news organizations than others, because the restrictive country doesn’t hesitate to toss out the ones that defy it. For example, Bloomberg recently killed two stories for fear of getting evicted, and a Reuters journalist was denied a visa over his past misgivings. So things go in China. The New York […]

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Official: Over 10000 feared dead in Typhoon Haiyan

MANILA — As many as 10,000 people are feared dead in one city alone after Super Typhoon Haiyan — one of the most powerful storms ever recorded — slammed into the central islands of the Philippines, officials said. Regional police chief Elmer Soria said he was briefed by Leyte provincial Gov. Dominic Petilla late Saturday […]

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Over 100 dead in typhoon onslaught in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rescuers in the central Philippines counted at least 100 dead and many more injured Saturday a day after one of the most powerful typhoons on record ripped through the region, wiping away buildings and leveling seaside homes in massive storm surges, then headed for Vietnam. With communications and roads still cut […]

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BJP meets Bangladesh envoy over attacks on Hindus

New Delhi: A Bharatiya Janata Party delegation Wednesday met Bangladesh High Commissioner Mahbub Hassan Saleh and lodged a protest over attacks on Hindus in that country. The delegation was led by BJP’s convenor of overseas affairs Vijay Jolly. “He (Jolly) pointed out that the minority Hindu community in Bangladesh today lives in the shadow of […]

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B’desh formally seeks extradition of Zia’s son from

Bangladesh has formally asked Britain to extradite ex-premier Khaleda Zia’s “fugitive” elder son as he is wanted by courts here on charges of graft and a deadly grenade attack on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Zia’s 45-year-old son Tarique Rahman has been living in London since 2008 in self-imposed exile as he faces corruption and criminal […]

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Bangladesh became the First South Asian Country to Approve Commercial Cultivation of Bt Brinjal

Bangladesh on 31 October 2013 approved the commercial cultivation of transgenic Bt brinjal. With this decision Bangladesh became the first country in South Asia to cultivate the genetically modified food crop. National Committee on Biosafety (NCB), the highest regulatory body for GM crops in Bangladesh, officially approved the Bt brinjal varieties. With this step, Bangladesh becomes the 29th […]

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Schools to be shuttered for air pollution

BEIJING, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) — China may adopt a flexible working hours system and suspend school classes in case of the highest air pollution warnings, a government circular said on Wednesday. The circular was issued by the Ministry of Environmental Protection as China has been under growing pressure to curb air pollution, with heavy smog […]

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