Canada denies visa for Africa’s top biosafety negotiator

Thursday, July 28, 2005 Dr. Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, the Ethiopian government’s chief scientist and its representative to the Montreal-based UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) had his passport returned without the requested Canadian visa, and without explanation. Dr. Tewolde is Africa’s chief negotiator for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Tewolde had announced he would […]

2012 Olympics clash with Ramadan

Sunday, October 15, 2006 Muslim groups from across the world are criticising the organisers of the 2012 Olympics in London after it was revealed that the games will take place over Ramadan. The most holy month in the Muslim calendar, which will take place from the 21 July to 20 August in 2012, involves fasting […]

Magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits New Zealand

Friday, September 3, 2010 The USGS says an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 occurred in the Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island at Saturday 04:35:44 AM local time (Friday 16:35:44 UTC). Officials in New Zealand say the magnitude was 7.1. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 10.0 kilometers (6.21 miles). The epicenter was located […]

2012 Olympics clash with Ramadan

Sunday, October 15, 2006 Muslim groups from across the world are criticising the organisers of the 2012 Olympics in London after it was revealed that the games will take place over Ramadan. The most holy month in the Muslim calendar, which will take place from the 21 July to 20 August in 2012, involves fasting […]

Haiti relief efforts: in depth

Friday, January 15, 2010 Countries and relief organisations around the world are sending aid to Haiti, which was hit by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Tuesday, affecting up to three million people, most of them in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Relief efforts, however, have been hampered by damaged or destroyed infrastructure, lack of shelter, and communications […]

IRA disbands military structure

Thursday, October 5, 2006 The Independent Monitoring Commission has reported that the Provisional Irish Republican Army has undergone major changes within their military structure and shows that the IRA Army Council wants to put its military campaign behind it. The Commission consists of John Alderdice, a former Alliance Party leader; Joe Brosnan, former Secretary General […]

News briefs:April 28, 2005

Thursday, April 28, 2005 Contents 1 UK Attorney General raised legal doubts over Iraq invasion 2 New Italian government gets confidence from the House 3 European human rights body condemns U.S. “torture” at Guantanamo Bay 4 Munch’s “The Scream” might have been burned 5 Lebanon government wins ‘vote of confidence’ 6 CIA gives up search […]

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