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Court orders Myanmar to prevent Rohingya genocide

‘The ICJ finds that there is a real and imminent risk’ The International Court of Justice has ordered measures to prevent the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. The decision comes despite de facto leader Aun San Suu Kyi personally defending her country against the accusations last month. Thousands of Rohingya died and more than 700,000 fled to Bangladesh during ... Read More »

Cold-related diseases affect 5,825 people in 24 hrs

Various cold-related diseases affected 5,825 people across the country in the last 24 hours, the government said on Thursday. Data from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) control room showed that 888 of the patients received treatment for acute respiratory infection (ARI). Another 1,890 were treated for diarrhoea, and 3,047 for diseases including jaundice, inflammation in the eye, skin ... Read More »

Why the Coronavirus should worry us all

By Ifeanyi Nsofor Reprint ABUJA, Jan 21 2020 (IPS) – The coronavirus outbreak — which began in Wuhan, China, and causes a pneumonia-like illness — is raging across Asia, infecting close to 300 people and killing four. It was initially known to be transmitted from animals to humans and was just confirmed to be transmitted from human to human. Read More »

A model ecosystem story: Anglers can predict fish stock

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Have I got a fish story for you. Any angler beginning a yarn like that usually ends up spinning a tall tale, an exaggeration or bald-faced lie. Michigan State University researchers, however, have demonstrated that anglers can produce accurate and complex environmental models similar to those of trained scientists. Read More »

Search for rare species as 1bn Australia flames toll feared

New South Wales, AP/UNB, Jan 18 – Australia’s unprecedented wildfires season has so far charred 40,000 square miles (104,000 square kilometres) of brushland, rainforests, and national parks — killing by one estimate more than a billion wild animals. Scientists fearsome of the island continent’s unique and colourful species may not recover. For others, they are trying to throw lifelines. Read More »

Trump stands trial at the start of an election year

Washington, AP/UNB, Jan 17 – The U.S. Senate opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump with a quiet ceremony Thursday — senators standing at their desks to swear an oath of “impartial justice” as jurors, House prosecutors formally reciting the charges and Chief Justice John Roberts presiding. Read More »

Trump threatens war crimes against Iran

Laws of War Prohibit Deliberate Attacks on Cultural Property: HRW Washington – United States president Donald Trump’s public threat to attack Iranian sites of cultural importance would be war crimes if carried out, Human Rights Watch said today. The US government should immediately clarify that the US will at all times comply with the laws of war. Amid escalating US-Iran ... Read More »