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UN scientists say ozone layer depletion has stopped

GENEVA – The protective ozone layer in the earth’s upper atmosphere has stopped thinning and should largely be restored by mid century thanks to a ban on harmful chemicals, UN scientists said on Thursday. The “Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion ...

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President Obama Bangalored again

Washington – US President Barack Obama has counselled American children to aim high as the country’s success in the 21st century depends on them in the face of increasing competition from ”Bangalore, India” and ”Beijing, China” where students are ”working ...

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Chinese to be introduced in CBSE, says Kapil Sibal

BEIJING: Indian school students will soon begin learning Chinese in large numbers as it will soon be introduced in the CBSE curriculum, Human Resources Minister, Kapil Sibal said Wednesday after discussing with China’s Education Minister Yuan Guiren the modalities of ...

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French parliament adopts ban on full-face veil

A ban will come into force early next year if latest law passed by French parliament is not overturned by senior judgesParis: The French parliament passed a law on Tuesday prohibiting wearing a full-face veil in public, meaning a ban ...

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UAE crackdown on handwritten passports will affect few Pakistanis

Abu Dhabi: The UAE has stopped issuing visas to Pakistanis holding handwritten passports, a senior official told Gulf News on Tuesday. The decision will affect Pakistanis who plan to travel to the UAE and Pakistani expatriates already in the country ...

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Obama condemns pastor’s “stunt”

WASHINGTON – Joining the widespread condemnation of Florida pastor Terry Jones, for his extreme views against Islam, President Barack Obama on Wednesday said that Mr. Jones’ plans to attack the religion would be a “recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda”. In an ...

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Quran-burning plan draws worldwide condemnation

KABUL – Afghan police went on alert on Wednesday to guard against demonstrations triggered by a US church’s plan to burn a copy of the Holy Quran on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks which has drawn global condemnation. ...

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Islam will sooner or later dominate Europe: Italian priest

LONDON: Christians in Europe must have more children or else the continent would become Islamised, said a Vatican official who predicted that Islam would “sooner rather than later conquer the majority in Europe”. Italian Father Piero Gheddo said the poor ...

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Obama to mark September 11 at the Pentagon

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama will mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks at the Pentagon, and Vice President Joe Biden will be at the World Trade Center site in New York, the White House said Monday. ...

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World’s ‘smallest’ man tours Big Apple

NEW YORK – A Nepalese teenager set to be declared the planet’s smallest person got the big star treatment Tuesday on a tour of New York. Crowds at Times Square jostled for a glimpse of Khagendra Thapa Magar who at ...

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Hundreds of looted artifacts returned to Iraq

BAGHDAD – Hundreds of Iraqi artifacts looted from museums and archaeological sites across the country – including a 4,400-year-old statue of an ancient king stolen during the US-led invasion – have been returned to Iraq and were displayed Tuesday. Iraq ...

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Pakistan races to protect two towns from surging floods

Karachi: Pakistani authorities were Monday racing to protect two southern towns and their 360,000 residents from surging floods, as the nation struggles to cope with its worst natural disaster in living memory.A month-and-a-half after monsoons caused devastating floods throughout the ...

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Three million people yet to receive food aid

Daira Dinpanah, Pakistan: Abdul Rahman and his family live under a tree next to a pile of rubble on a newly created island where his house used to be. In the month since his home was destroyed in the raging ...

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