China's single women seek sperm donors overseas

Friday December 6 2019

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Xiaogunzhu is one of an increasing number of affluent single women in China that are seeking a child, but not a husband (AFP Photo/NICOLAS ASFOURI) 

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Benin orders EU envoy out for 'subversive' activities

Thursday November 28 2019

 

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Next phase of Trump impeachment hearings set for December 4

Wednesday November 27 2019

 

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Melania Trump gets booed at drugs speech

Wednesday November 27 2019

 

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India announces visa exemption for foreigners seeking medical treatment

Thursday November 21 2019

 


Disputed Western Sahara becomes kite surfing hotspot

Thursday November 14 2019

Dakhla, a former garrison town in the heart of

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Congolese 'Terminator' warlord gets harshest ever ICC sentence

Thursday November 7 2019

 

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Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan set January goal on controversial Nile dam

Thursday November 7 2019

 

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US rapper draws outrage with daughter 'virginity test'

Thursday November 7 2019

 


Gordan Sondland, US ambassador to EU, in impeachment hot seat

Thursday November 7 2019

 

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Hundreds of bottles of liquor salvaged from WWI-era Baltic wreck

Thursday November 7 2019

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Philippines ferry capsizes with 60 on board

Thursday November 7 2019

Philippine Coast Guard personnel search for

Philippine Coast Guard personnel search for survivors and dead bodies from the sunken ferry St Thomas Aquinas on August 17, 2013. Authorities launched a rescue operation on November 7, 2019 after a ferry with at least 60 people capsized near the central island Cebu. PHOTO | TED ALJIBE | AFP  

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Top Trump ally admits tying Ukraine aid to Biden investigation

Wednesday November 6 2019

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At least 71 killed in Pakistan train fire

Thursday October 31 2019

 

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Third deadly quake in weeks hits south Philippines

Thursday October 31 2019

 

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Body of missing British tourist found: police

Thursday October 31 2019


Homework curfew for Chinese children sparks heated debate

Thursday October 31 2019

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Zhejiang province has published a draft guideline proposing students go to bed at a decent hour - even if they still have unfinished schoolwork to do (AFP Photo/STR) 

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Texas hospital livestreams brain surgery on Facebook

Thursday October 31 2019

 

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China rolls out 5G services in race to narrow tech gap

Thursday October 31 2019

 

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CIA-backed Afghan militias kill with impunity, rights group says

Thursday October 31 2019



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Boeing says up to 50 planes grounded globally over cracks

Thursday October 31 2019

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Saudi Arabia to stage first women's wrestling match

Thursday October 31 2019

 

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Africa targeted by Russian-led disinformation campaign: Facebook

Thursday October 31 2019

 

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Israel soldier gets one-month jail over killing of Gaza teen

Thursday October 31 2019

 

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Informant who fingered IS leader likely to reap huge reward: report

Thursday October 31 2019

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Israeli diplomats strike over working conditions

Thursday October 31 2019

 

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Belgium kicks out Chinese academic in 'spy' row

Thursday October 31 2019

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Brexit translates to challenge for EU interpreters

Thursday October 31 2019

 

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Qantas grounds Boeing 737 plane with crack, inspects others

Thursday October 31 2019

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Pathologist says Epstein's injuries point to murder, not suicide

Thursday October 31 2019

 

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Democrats unveil plans for open impeachment hearings

Thursday October 31 2019

 

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Boris Johnson: legacy on the line in snap election

Wednesday October 30 2019

 

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Cameroon peace prospects slim in wake of national dialogue

Wednesday October 30 2019

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Cameroon's grand national dialogue over the status of anglophone regions in a mostly francophone state opens a month ago. File photo/ AFP 

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King fires royal guards for 'adultery'

Wednesday October 30 2019

 

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Drug overdoses driving down US life expectancy: health officials

Wednesday October 30 2019

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Lebanon president asks Hariri to head caretaker cabinet

Wednesday October 30 2019

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Dirty underwear and contested airspace: The long hunt for Baghdadi

Wednesday October 30 2019

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Japan beer exports to South Korea down 99.9 pc over boycott

Wednesday October 30 2019

 

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Footballers' 'wives': the interpreters who are a lifeline in China

Wednesday October 30 2019

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Translator Hong Wenjie passes on instructions to Guangzhou R&F's players. (Photo: AFP)  


US demands Syria ceasefire but Turkey remains defiant

Thursday October 17 2019

 


Turkey gains ground in key Syria border town: monitor

Thursday October 17 2019

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Zimbabwe police bar striking doctor from going abroad for treatment

Wednesday September 25 2019

 


UK MPs return after bombshell court ruling

Wednesday September 25 2019

 


How we can win the battle against treatment-resistant malaria

Wednesday September 25 2019

 

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Limbless chickens, killer robots: UK's Johnson bemuses in UN speech

Wednesday September 25 2019

 


Two Chinese men convicted in Malawi for ivory trafficking

Wednesday September 25 2019

 


Donald Trump names hostage negotiator O'Brien national security advisor

Thursday September 19 2019

 


Milan clubs meet city officials over plans to demolish San Siro

Wednesday September 18 2019

 

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Milan. Milan mayor Giuseppe Sala repeated his vehement opposition to the demolition of the San Siro Stadium, ahead of a meeting Wednesday with the city's two clubs to discuss the future of the iconic stadium.

AC Milan and Inter Milan, who share the stadium to the west of the city, have launched their bid to knock down the San Siro and build a new 60,000-capacity home on the same site.

"For me, San Siro is the history of football, it is a monument of Milan and therefore from here we should start again," Sala wrote on Facebook.

"Thanks to the explanations of Milan and Inter, which appeared today in some newspapers, it is finally evident to everyone that it is not the municipal administration that wants to give up the San Siro, it is the football clubs that intend to build a new stadium, more functional to their needs."

City authorities will meet with representatives from both clubs on Wednesday as part of an in-depth study on the project.

The clubs want to build a new ground adjacent to the current San Siro, while the old stadium will make way for an area "dedicated to sports, entertainment, and shopping".

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The project would require an investment of 1.2 billion euros ($1.34 billion), the clubs estimate.

Sala has said the current ground, which is owned by the city, would still be standing to mark the stadium's centenary in 2026 as it was included in the Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo bid for that year's Winter Olympics as site of the opening ceremony.


Russia, Iran blame US for regional tensions

Monday September 2 2019

 

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South Africa's President Ramaphosa pledges to tackle violence against women

Wednesday September 18 2019

 

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Nigerian police hold suspect after 8 women killed in hotels

Wednesday September 18 2019


Ivory Coast arrests 12 in DJ Arafat tomb desecration probe

Monday September 2 2019

 

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Japan Prime Minister warns Africa about debt as China grows presence

Thursday August 29 2019

 

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China tells US diplomats in Hong Kong to stop interfering

Thursday August 8 2019

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Iran says US Gulf mission will 'increase insecurity'

Thursday August 8 2019

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Indian boy, seven, found with 526 teeth inside his mouth

Friday August 2 2019

 

Delhi. A seven-year-old boy who had suffered occasional toothache was found to have 526 teeth inside his jaw, according to surgeons in India, reports The Guardian.

The hundreds of teeth were found inside a sac that was nestled in the molar region of his lower jaw, following surgery carried out at the Saveetha dental college and hospital in Chennai.

“The teeth were of variable sizes that ranged from smallest at 0.1mm to largest 3mm. They had a small crown, enamel and a small root,” said Pratibha Ramani, the head of the department of oral and maxillofacial pathology at the hospital.

 Doctors arrange tooth-like structures removed from the mouth of a 7-year-old boy inside a hospital in Chennai, India.

 “We had to drill down into the top [of the lower jaw], make a window and remove the sac,” said Ramani. “As it [the sac] was going deeper into the tissue the size of the teeth was becoming very small.”

Despite the large number of teeth inside his mouth, the boy was not in too much pain, she said. “The only thing which was bothering him was that the tooth on that side had not erupted, it was empty, and [he had] occasional pain, and there was slight swelling that was increasing in size.”

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The boy suffered from compound composite odontoma, a benign tumour. It is not known whether the condition was caused by genetic or environmental factors, she added.

The condition is very rare, though in 2014, doctors in Mumbai extracted 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy following a seven-hour operation.

 A 7-year-old boy, whose tooth-like structures were removed from his mouth, sits inside a hospital in Chennai, India.

The surgery in Chennai lasted about two hours, but it took experts 10 days to analyse all of the teeth. They are hoping to study them further by carrying out genetic tests.

“We had to take a lot of counselling sessions with him for him to undergo surgery. We have very good counselling teams who have expertise in dealing with children,” said Ramani.

The boy, who now has 21 teeth, was discharged after three days and is doing well.

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From restrictions to reforms: Saudi treatment of women

Friday August 2 2019

 

Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has decided to allow adult women to travel without seeking approval from a so-called male "guardian", a flagship reform as the petro-state seeks to overhaul its ultra-conservative image

But a number of policies remain in place which leave male relatives in charge of major decisions affecting women's lives.

Here is where the Sunni Muslim kingdom stands on five key issues:

Education

Saudi Arabia's so-called guardianship system places the legal and personal affairs of women in the hands of their fathers, brothers, husbands and even sons.

Women require the formal permission of their closest male relative to enrol in classes at home or to leave the country for classes abroad. It was unclear whether Thursday's reform would change that.

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In July 2017, Saudi Arabia's education ministry announced girls' schools would begin to offer physical education classes for the first time, provided they conform with Islamic law.

The ministry did not specify whether girls would need permission from their guardians to take part.

Saudi Arabia has several women-only universities.

Employment

Restrictions the guardianship system has long imposed on women's employment have been loosened as Saudi Arabia tries to wean itself from its dependence on oil.

The reforms announced Thursday also cover employment regulations that are expected to further expand job opportunities for women.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, named heir to the throne in June 2017, has promoted an economic plan known as "Vision 2030", which aims to boost the female quota in the workplace from 22 to 30 percent by 2030.

King Salman, his father, has signed decrees allowing women to apply online for their own business licences. The Saudi police force now also employs female officers.

Driving

On June 24 last year, women were allowed to drive cars for the first time in the kingdom's history.

While the end of the driving ban was largely welcomed, it did not signal an opening up of political freedoms.

Several women's rights activists, including veteran campaigners for the right to drive, were detained just weeks earlier and later put on trial on a host of charges including speaking to foreign journalists.

Personal status

Under the guardianship system, women of all ages require the consent of their male guardian to get married.

A man may divorce his wife without her consent.

In January, the Saudi justice ministry said courts were required to notify women by text message that their marriages had been terminated, a measure apparently aimed at ending cases of men getting a divorce without informing their partners.

Public spaces 

In January 2018, women were allowed into a special section in select sports stadiums for the first time. They had previously been banned from attending sporting events.

Saudi Arabia has also reined in its infamous morality police, which for decades had patrolled the streets on the lookout for women with uncovered hair or bright nail polish.

Some women in the capital, Riyadh, and other cities now appear in public without headscarves.

 


Swedish owner of tanker seized by Iran says crew 'safe'

Wednesday July 24 2019

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California bans discrimination against afros and dreadlocks

Thursday July 4 2019

 

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China says US tariffs must be lifted for trade deal

Thursday July 4 2019

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Iran to bypass uranium enrichment maximum despite calls for rethink

Thursday July 4 2019

 

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Frank Lampard appointed new Chelsea Manager

Thursday July 4 2019

 

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Netherlands to play USA at Women’s World Cup final

Thursday July 4 2019

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Disaster: 14 crew killed in fire on Russian sub

Wednesday July 3 2019

 

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Princess Haya: Dubai ruler's wife in UK 'in fear of her life'

Wednesday July 3 2019

 

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Sudan in revolt is deja-vu for Egyptians driven out by repression

Wednesday July 3 2019

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Inspired Sharma is India's World Cup heartbeat

Wednesday July 3 2019


No 'power vacuum' in Tunisia despite president's illness

Friday June 28 2019

 

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Thursday June 27 2019

 


Iran plays down threat of new US sanctions

Monday June 24 2019

Tehran. Iran on Monday played down the threat of new US sanctions as Washington was expected to tighten punitive measures on Tehran in a standoff sparked by the US withdrawal from a nuclear deal.

Tensions have flared after Iranian forces shot down a US drone Thursday, the latest in a series of incidents including attacks on tankers in sensitive Gulf waters that have raised fears of an unintended slide towards conflict.

Both the US and Iran have repeatedly said they want to avoid going to war, but the spiralling tensions saw US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travel Monday to meet with Saudi leaders to build a "global coalition" against the Islamic republic.

Tehran says the drone violated Iranian airspace and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has backed the claim with maps and coordinates -- allegations dismissed by Washington.

US President Donald Trump claimed he called off a planned retaliatory military strike on Iran at the last minute, tweeting that Washington would instead place "major additional sanctions on Iran on Monday".

"Are there really any sanctions left that the United States has not imposed on our country recently or in the past 40 years?" Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said at a Monday press conference in Tehran.

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"We really do not know what (the new sanctions) are and what they want to target anymore, and also do not consider them to have any impact," he added.

Last year, Trump unilaterally pulled the US out of a landmark 2015 deal meant to curb Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.

The US has since imposed a robust slate of punitive sanctions on Tehran designed to choke off Iranian oil sales and cripple its economy -- which he now plans to expand.

Trump, who has waged a "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran, has also said the US is prepared to negotiate with the Islamic republic with "no preconditions".

"America's claim of readiness for unconditional negotiation is not acceptable with the continuation of threats and sanctions," Hesamodin Ashna, an advisor to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, said Monday on Twitter.

"We consider war and sanctions to be two sides of the same coin," he added.

- 'Global coalition' -

Pompeo met Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Red Sea city of Jeddah and was later due to hold talks in the United Arab Emirates, US officials said.

Saudi and Emirati leaders both advocate a tough US approach against common foe Iran.

Pompeo described Saudi Arabia and the UAE as "two great allies in the challenge that Iran presents".

"We'll be talking with them about how to make sure that we are all strategically aligned and how we can build out a global coalition," Pompeo said.

He said the US sought a coalition "not only throughout the Gulf states but in Asia and in Europe that understands this challenge and that is prepared to push back against the world's largest state sponsor of terror".

But on Monday Russia, one of the world powers that negotiated the nuclear deal with Iran, denounced the planned new sanctions as "illegal".

- Cyber attack -

US media reports said Trump ordered a retaliatory cyber attack against Iranian missile control systems and a spy network after the drone was shot down.

On Monday Iranian Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said no cyber attack against his country had ever succeeded.

"The media are asking about the veracity of the alleged cyber attack against Iran. No successful attack has been carried out by them, although they are making a lot of effort," he said on Twitter.

He acknowledged that Iran has "been facing cyber terrorism -- such as Stuxnet -- and unilateralism -- such as sanctions", naming a virus believed to have been engineered by Israel and the US to damage nuclear facilities in Iran.

With the US out of the deal, Iran has said it would reduce some of its nuclear commitments unless the remaining partners -- Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia -- help it circumvent US sanctions and sell its oil.

Thierry Coville, an Iran expert at the French Institute of International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), also questioned whether there was room for further US action as previous sanctions have already severely hit Iranian crude exports.

"The Americans are asphyxiating Iran economically in order to force them to hold talks with them," Coville said.

"What more can be done? They will no doubt tighten secondary sanctions... and most probably extend a list of Iranian firms banned from trade."


Michael Jackson fans defiant as abuse claims loom over anniversary

Monday June 24 2019

 


US blocks more Chinese tech firms on national security concerns

Saturday June 22 2019

 

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Plane grounded in South Africa after foetus is found on board

Friday June 21 2019

 

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Virtual Facebook currency faces real-world resistance

Friday June 21 2019

 


Stars turn up and viewers tune in, but VAR steals headlines at women's World Cup

Friday June 21 2019

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New evidence suggests crown prince is liable of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, UN investigator reveals

Wednesday June 19 2019

 


France has lowest levels of trust in vaccines globally: Survey

Wednesday June 19 2019

 


Saudi Arabia de-fangs religious police but plans to enforce 'decency'

Wednesday June 19 2019


Swiss women rise up for equal pay

Friday June 14 2019

 


Saudi entertainment officials open probe into Halal 'nightclub opening'

Friday June 14 2019

 

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First US murder trial using DNA, family tree evidence

Friday June 14 2019

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Trump’s spokeswoman Sarah Sanders quits

Friday June 14 2019

 


Halal Night Club opens in conservative Saudi Arabia

Thursday June 13 2019

 


WorldRemit launches business payments service

Thursday June 13 2019

 

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Russia's 'sexiest poker player' is found dead in her bathroom

Thursday June 13 2019

 


Humans consume a credit card's worth of plastic every week- study

Wednesday June 12 2019

 

London. People worldwide could be ingesting five grammes of microscopic plastic particles every week, equivalent in weight to a credit card, researchers said Wednesday.

Coming mostly from tap and especially bottled water, nearly invisible bits of polymer were also found in shellfish, beer and salt, scientists and the University of Newcastle in Australia reported.

The findings, drawn from 52 peer-reviewed studies, are the first to estimate the sheer weight of plastics consumed by individual humans: about 250 grammes, or half-a-pound, over the course of a year.

Another study calculated that the average American eats and drinks in about 45,000 plastics particles smaller than 130 microns annually, while breathing in roughly the same number.

"Not only are plastics polluting our oceans and waterways and killing marine life, it's in all of us," said Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International, which commissioned the new report.

"If we don't want it in our bodies, we need to stop the millions of tons of plastic that continue leaking into Nature every year."

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- Plastics industry set to grow -

In the last two decades, the world has produced as much plastic as during the rest of history, and the industry is set to grow by four percent a year until 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research.

More than 75 percent of all plastics winds up as waste.

A third of that -- some 100 million tonnes -- is dumped or leaches into Nature, polluting land, rivers and the sea.
On current trends, the ocean will contain one metric tonne of plastic for every three metric tonnes of fish by 2025, according to The New Plastics Economy report, published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Plastic particles have recently been found inside fish in the deepest recesses of the ocean, and blanketing the most pristine snows in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain.

The authors of Wednesday's report were up front about the limitations of their research, starting with the fact that little is known about health consequences.

- 'Zero plastics' -

Gaps in data were filled with assumptions and extrapolations that could be challenged, though the estimates, they insisted, were on the conservative side.

They invited other researchers to build on their conclusions.

"Developing a method of transforming counts of microplastic particles into masses will help determine the potential toxicological risks for humans," said co-author Thava Palanisami, a microplastics expert at the University of Newcastle.

Some experts remain sceptical about longterm impacts.

"Based on the evidence that is currently available, I do not think that health effects of microplastics are a major concern," Alastair Grant, a professor of ecology at the University of East Anglia told AFP.

But that doesn't mean plastics isn't a major problem, he added.

"What we do need is political and economic actions to reduce the amounts of plastic being disposed of into the environment and encourage recycling."

Media and watchdog reports have recently uncovered numerous cases of plastic waste from rich countries destined for recycling in poorer ones being dumped or burned instead.

"This is likely to have much more serious health effects than a rather small number of plastic particles in food and water," Grant said.

The WWF said only hard targets backed by binding national commitments could hope to stem the plastics tide.

"The global goal must be to reduce plastic leakage into nature to zero," Eirik Lindebjerg, WWF's global plastics policy manager, told AFP.

"We need a new, legally binding agreement to combat marine plastic pollution -- it should be a stand-alone treaty like the Montreal Protocol or the Paris Agreement."

"Zero plastics" does not mean no plastics used..

But waste must be folded back into a circular economy, and plastics should no longer be made from fossil fuels, Lindebjerg added


Over three million people have fled Venezuela crisis: UN

Friday June 7 2019

 

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British Premier quits as party leader, succession race kicks off

Friday June 7 2019

 

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