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Unexploded munitions a threat in Sudan's Darfur EL FASHER: From aircraft bombs to cluster munitions and grenades, the Ordnance Disposal Office of the international peacekeeping force in Sudan's war-torn Darfur has found and destroyed them all.But for every piece of unexploded weaponry the ODO eliminates, worsening fighting means that other munitions will take their place, posing a threat to farmers and peacekeepers alike."Those areas where we assess this year, for example, as free, next year or next month could be contaminated again because of some conflict," says Steven Harrop, a British Royal Air Force veteran who is a safety adviser to the 30-member ODO.That means Darfuris returning to their fields to sow their crops can "never be 100 percent confident" weapons are not lying dormant in the soil ready to explode, Harrop said in an interview at the headquarters of UNAMID, the African Union-UN Mission in Darfur.He and other members of the UN Mine Action Service are ...


Search on for survivors of Indonesia volcano eruption KARO: Indonesian rescuers will search through thick ash Sunday hoping to find survivors after Mount Sinabung volcano erupted engulfing victims in scorching clouds, killing 14 people including four high-school students. The volcano on the western island of Sumatra started erupting in September but on Saturday spewed hot rocks and ash 2,000 metres (16,00 feet) into the air, blanketing the surrounding countryside with grey dust.About 100 rescuers, including from the military and police, armed with chainsaws ...

Campaigning starts for Afghan presidential election KABUL: Afghanistan's election campaign kicks off Sunday as the killing of a presidential candidate's aides highlighted the threat surrounding the poll to succeed Hamid Karzai, with NATO combat troops due to withdraw by year end.Gunmen shot dead two aides of Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister seen as a strong contender, in the western city of Herat on Saturday, officials said.The attack comes as the country prepares for its first democratic transfer of power, with ...

Tata Motors readies for India show amid turmoil over chief's death NEW DELHI: Tata Motors is launching two models this week for India's Auto Expo but the sudden death of its operations chief has left the vehicle giant in turmoil as it struggles to rebuild its fortunes.Tata Motors, a unit of giant Indian tea-to-steel conglomerate Tata, has become almost totally dependent on British prestige marques Jaguar and LandRover (JLR) for profit while its domestic woes go from bad to worse.Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym had ...

Niger, Areva tussle over future of uranium mining NIAMEY: Niger's government and French nuclear giant Areva are engaged in tough talks on the future of uranium mining in the west African country, whose leaders want more money from the resource to help pay for development.Production resumed at Areva's two uranium mines in Niger on Saturday after weeks of shutdown.The contract binding the two parties expired at the end of last year, but Areva was determined to keep down the cost of its operations ...

TTP committee for government talks includes Imran Khan MIRANSHAH: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Saturday said that Imran Khan would be one of five members of a committee set up to hold talks with the government.The announcement came days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif named a similar team to facilitate dialogue with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)."The committee members will hold talks with their interlocutors in the government's team on our behalf and put forth our point of view," Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid ...


 



 
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