Monthly Archives: April 2014

Obama reminds North Korea of U.S. ‘military might’

President Obama takes a closer look at North Korean gun posts in the demilitarised zone during his recent visit to South Korea.

President Barack Obama said on Saturday the United States did not use its military might to “impose things” on others, but that it would use that might if necessary to defend South Korea from any attack by the reclusive North. The North warned last month it would not rule out a “new form” of atomic test after the U.N. Security Council condemned Pyongyang’s launch of a mid-range ballistic missile into the sea east of the Korean peninsula. Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye presented a united front against North Korea at a joint news conference following their summit on Friday, warning that they would respond firmly to any “provocations” … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka delays herbicide ban as kidney disease origin elusive

Men walk through rice paddies after morning

By Sasha Chavkin Facing political opposition and questions about its scientific evidence, Sri Lanka’s government has placed on hold its decision to ban the top-selling Monsanto herbicide glyphosate based on the weed killer’s alleged role in a deadly epidemic of kidney disease. The delay represents a setback to efforts by some scientists and health officials, primarily in Sri Lanka and El Salvador, to remove the herbicide for its potential link to the mysterious kidney disease that has killed tens of thousands of agricultural workers. Monsanto, other agrochemical producers and Sri Lankan officials, including Registrar of Pesticides Anura Wijesekara, have pushed back, noting that the ban rests on a theory that has not been proven. “It is … Continue reading

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Putin and Putina bring 30-year marriage to amicable end

President Putin and his former wife Putina who have finally divorced after living apart for so long.

T he Kremlin has confirmed that the divorce of Russian President Vladimir Vladimovich Putin from his wife of 30 years, Lyudmila Alexandrovna Putina, has been finalised. The country’s best-known couple who have two daughters, Maria, born in 1985 and Yekaterina, born a year later, went on state TV last June to announce the break-up of their marriage. A former flight attendant with the Russian national airline Aeroflot, Alexandrovna married Vladimovich in July 1983. A linguist who graduated from Leningrad State University in 1986, Alexandrovna always maintained a low profile on the Russian political stage and often avoided any limelight. Ranked among the world’s most powerful people, Putin made headlines last … Continue reading

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