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Australian farmer discovers 100 mln year old dinosaur fossil

Sydney, April 21: An Australian farmer has found the remains of a 100 million-year-old dinosaur on his property. The giant marine predator dominated Australia’s great inland sea and Robert Hacon said he was very surprised to discover such a rare creature. Hacon, from Queensland, in northern Australia, told the Brisbane Times on Tuesday he dug up the 1.6m jaw of a Kronosaurus Queenslandicus,... 

17 bodies recovered from Everest base camp, Google executive found dead

Kathmandu, Apr 26: Seventeen bodies have been recovered on Mount Everest base camp after a severe earthquake on Saturday set off an avalanche, making it the deadliest disaster in the history of mountaineering on the world’s highest peak. Sixty-one people were injured when part of the base camp was engulfed by the snowslide, Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association,... 

6.6 million people affected in Nepal earthquake, says UN

Kathmandu, April 26: The United Nations office in Kathmandu said on Sunday that some 6.6 million people in Nepal have been affected by the devastating earthquake. The quake and the ensuing aftershocks triggered avalanches in the Mount Everest, killing over a dozen climbers. “Rescue and relief operations may be hampered with the monsoon fast approaching,” IANS quoted the UN as saying. The... 

Nepal quake toll crosses 2,000 as fresh jolts hamper relief efforts

Kathmandu, April 26: The toll in Nepal’s worst quake in over 80 years crossed the 2,000-mark on Sunday as rescuers dug with bare hands and heavy equipment through tonnes of rubble for survivors, with fresh aftershocks triggering panic and hampering relief efforts. A strong 6.7-magnitude aftershock sent people running for open spaces as they struggled with the devastation caused by Saturday’s... 

MH17 victims’ bodies reach Ukraine government-controlled city

Donetsk/Kiev/Moscow, July 22: A refrigerated train carrying the bodies of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crash victims arrived Tuesday in the government-controlled city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine as Russia and Ukraine welcomed a UN resolution calling for an independent investigation into the horrific tragedy. The train, with 16 representatives of the Netherlands, Malaysia and the Organisation for... 

One-third of world’s food wasted annually: UN

Cape Town, Sep 13: One-third of the world’s food is wasted annually, amounting to some 1.3 billion tonnes each year, according to a UN report released here on Thursday. The waste is causing economic losses of $750 billion and significant damage to the environment, Xinhua reported citing United Nations Information Centre Pretoria (UNIC Pretoria) as stating in the report. The report, ‘Food... 
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Obama visits Bethlehem church, Holocaust memorial

Jerusalem, March 22: US President Barack Obama Friday made a historic visit to Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem which marks the birthplace of Jesus, and also paid tributes at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accompanied Obama in his visit to the church, Xinhua reported. Obama toured the church and listened to a brief of its history before praying... 
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Argentina’s Jorge Mario Bergoglio elected new Pope

Vatican City, March 14: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina has been elected the Catholic Church’s 266th Pope. He is first Latin American to be pontiff, and will call himself Francis I. After his election Wednesday night, the 76-year-old Pope appeared on a balcony and greeted crowds in St. Peter’s Square, BBC reported. He was the archbishop of Buenos Aires. He asked the faithful... 

Sri Lanka hopeful of Indian backing at UNHRC

Colombo, March 13: Sri Lanka Wednesday said it remained hopeful of India’s backing against a US sponsored resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Secretary Karunatillaka Amunugama told Xinhua that India is likely to make its decision at the very last minute when the final document is presented. “Of course, we will remain hopeful that India... 

Sri Lanka accuses US of human rights abuses

Colombo, March 11: Days before a US-sponsored resolution will be taken up against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, Colombo accused Washington of committing human rights abuses. Cabinet Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena Monday said that there were reports that the US had killed civilians during its military operations in Afghanistan. He noted that most countries were overlooking such abuses...