US EPA chief says carbon rule not killing coal country

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, May 7 : The top US environmental regulator said that federal rules to curb power plant pollution are not the cause of the economic decline of coal country after presidential candidates confronted anger on the campaign trail this week from laid-off West Virginia miners. “We need to understand that the market […]

New Amendment safeguarding n-facilities to enter into force

United Nations, May 7 : An important amendment safeguarding nuclear facilities was expected to enter into force on Sunday, a UN spokesman said here on Friday. The UN Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material “makes it legally binding for countries to protect nuclear facilities, as well as nuclear material in domestic use, storage […]

6 killed in shootouts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), May 7 : At least six people died, including a policeman, as a consequence of shootouts between police patrolling a favela (slum) and alleged drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s Militarized Police said on Friday. The police reported that the events occurred on Thursday evening in the Providencia neighbourhood near […]

Jadavpur University files complaint against ABVP-BJP activists

Kolkata, May 7 : The Jadavpur University authorities on Friday filed a police complaint against four outsiders – three of them ABVP activists – for allegedly molesting female students of the varsity during a commotion over an open-air screening of Vivek Agnihotri’s film “Buddha In A Traffic Jam”. With the campus on the boil over […]

60 hostages freed as Afghan forces storm Taliban-run detention centre

Kabul, May 6 : Sixty people were set free as government forces raided a Taliban-run detention centre in the Helmand province, the Defence Ministry said on Friday. “Units of Special Operations Forces raided Taliban-run prison Thursday night and released 60 people taken hostages by Taliban commander Abdul Rahim alais Mullah Manan,” Xinhua news agency cited […]

Philippines investigates possible abduction of missing Spaniards

Manila, May 6 : Philippine authorities are investigating the possibility that two Spaniards who went missing on Monday while sailing in Malaysian waters were kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf, officials said on Friday. “We have been investigating information that has come to us on the possibility that they were kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf,” Restituto Padilla, spokesperson […]