Humanity

Iran president offers olive branch

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Iran’s president has underscored his moderate policies and outreach to the West during a military parade marking the country’s National Army Day. Hassan Rouhani said today that Iran has no hostile intentions toward anyone in the world, including the United States, which has long been considered an enemy. He said: “We are not after war, we are after logic, we ... Read More »

Japan to launch reduced Pacific whale hunt next week

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Japan says it will begin hunting whales in the Pacific Ocean next week, after cancelling whaling off Antarctica in line with an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling. Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said the target would be 210 Pacific whales – about half the current catch. Japan’s defiance of a worldwide ban on whaling has angered environmentalists. Last month the ... Read More »

The power of parody in eastern Ukraine

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The tired looking young men in t-shirts and combat fatigues manning the barricades in Slovyansk say they are not going anywhere. Yesterday the agreement thrashed out in Geneva between the EU, the US, Russia and Ukraine said that all unauthorised roadblocks and occupied municipal buildings should be cleared. But they’re not obeying those orders in eastern Ukraine. “The government in ... Read More »

‘Six dead’ in Everest avalanche

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Six people are reported to have been killed after an early-morning avalanche on the slopes of Mount Everest. The avalanche struck around 06:45 local time (01:00GMT) in an area known as the “popcorn field”, just above Everest base camp at an elevation of 5,800m (19,000ft), an official told the BBC. An official said four bodies had been found and two ... Read More »

Greek FM refers to destruction of Cyprus’ cultural heritage in occupied north

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Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos, speaking before the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg on the return of cultural objects unlawfully removed from the territory of a member state, referred to the need to return the Parthenon marbles to Greece and the damage that Cyprus` cultural treasures have suffered since the 1974 Turkish invasion. He said that the new directive regarding ... Read More »