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Mexico fines Chinese retail project $1.1mn MEXICO CITY: Mexican authorities imposed on Friday a $1.1 million fine against a controversial and massive Chinese shopping center project for causing damages to the ecosystem near the Caribbean resort of Cancun.The environmental protection prosecutor's office had already slapped a $500,000 fine on Dragon Mart last month because it lacked proper environmental impact authorizations.This time, the agency issued a fine of $208,000 and ordered the Chinese-funded project to pay almost $900,000 to repair the damage.The $180 million project, financed by the Chinamex company, has been criticized by environmentalists because 418 hectares (1,032 acres) out of the total 557 on which the mall is to be built is located on land designated as a nature reserve.The project stalled initially after authorities refused to issue a construction permit but got going after several rounds of legal appeals.The mall, which would be the second largest Chinese retail complex in the world outside China, ...

White House makes it official : US 'at war' with IS WASHINGTON: The White House declared the United States was at war with Islamic State (IS), seeking to rub out another semantic flap over its Syria policy.In a series of television interviews Secretary of State John Kerry had appeared to be reluctant to term the expansion of US operations against IS in Iraq and Syria as "war."But pressed to clear up doubts about how President Barack Obama sees the conflict, the White House and Pentagon left ...
US General Allen to head anti-jihadist coalition effort WASHINGTON: Retired US Marine general John Allen, former commander of American forces in Afghanistan, was appointed coordinator of the international effort against the Islamic State extremist group, the State Department announced Friday."In this role General Allen will help continue to build, coordinate and sustain a global coalition across the multiple lines of efforts to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL," said State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf, referring to the jihadists that have marauded against parts ...
SpaceX next cargo launch set for Sept 20 WASHINGTON: SpaceX's next unmanned cargo trip to restock supplies at the International Space Station is scheduled for September 20, the US space agency said Friday.The Dragon spacecraft will launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 2:16 am (0616 GMT) on September 20 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, NASA said."If for any reason the launch is postponed, the next launch opportunity is Sunday, Sept. 21 at approximately 1:53 am," it said in a ...
Number two US newspaper group up for sale WASHINGTON: Digital First Media, the second largest US newspaper group, said Friday it was studying a sale of the company among "strategic alternatives" to cope with a shifting media landscape."The news information industry in America is undergoing a period of seismic change, defined by the need to consolidate to rapidly compete in a digital world," said John Paton, chief executive of the group created in December by the merger of Media News Group and the ...
First freeze causes little damage to US Northern Plains crops CHICAGO: The US northern Plains and far western Midwest crop regions saw their first freeze of the season but the cold temperatures were only in pockets of the belt, limiting damage to immature corn and soybeans, agricultural meteorologists said on Friday.The forecast called for more cold temperatures in the northern Corn Belt on Saturday morning after lows on Friday morning ranged from the mid-20s to low-30s degrees Fahrenheit (minus 3.9 to 1.7 Celsius) from western ...
NASA Mars Rover curiosity reaches base of target mountain ISLAMABAD: NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has arrived at the base of a mountain of layered rock that scientists suspect holds clues about whether the planet most like Earth in the solar system had the ingredients to support and preserve signs of microbial life.The one-ton rover touched down inside an ancient impact basin in August 2012. It quickly discovered a region inside the Gale Crater landing site that was chemically and geologically suited for the same ...


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