Union Carbide ex-chief Warren Anderson is dead

Washington : Warren Anderson, who headed Union Carbide when a gas leak in its Bhopal pesticide plant killed thousands, is dead, the New York Times reported.

Anderson died Sep 29 at a nursing home in Vero Beach, Florida, aged 92, the Times said. His death, not announced by his family, was confirmed from public records.

Anderson flew to Bhopal four days after the world's worst industrial disaster and was arrested. But after paying bail he left India and never returned to face trial.

Israel recalls ambassador after Sweden recognises Palestinian state

Jerusalem: Israel recalled its ambassador to Sweden Thursday to protest the Scandinavian country's decision to recognise a Palestinian state, an Israeli foreign ministry source said.

Yitzhak Bachman, Israel's ambassador in Stockholm, was "brought back for consultations", according to the source, following Sweden 's announcement earlier Thursday. Bachman will return to Jerusalem until further notice.

Threats targeting US schools in UAE raise concerns

Dubai: The embassy of the US in Abu Dhabi warned US citizens about threats to attack American schools and teachers from Islamist groups in the region, saying that they must be taken seriously, a media report said Thursday.

A website used by Islamist militants had published the threats, the US embassy said in a memo sent to US citizens living in the country, Xinhua reported citing the United Arab Emirates (UAE) daily The National.

UN chief seeks help against female genital mutilation

Nairobi: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called on the media Thursday to speak out and help put an end "within this generation" to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a practice suffered by 130 million girls and women around the world.

In an event in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, Ban expressed his support for an international media campaign to raise awareness of FGM.

"The mutilation of girls and women must stop in this generation - our generation," the UN's highest-ranking official declared.

Britain honours Indian soldiers' contribution in WWI

New Delhi: Britain Thursday honoured the over a million Indian soldiers who fought in World War I, as British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon laid a wreath at the war memorial at India Gate and praised the "enormous contribution" of India.

Fallon, who arrived here on a two-day visit, handed over a digitised version of the war diaries and memorials of six Victoria Crosses won by Indian soldiers to Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and the colonels of Indian regiments at a special function at the British High Commission.

Israeli PM calls for halt to incitement

Jerusalem: The world must end its silence and condemn "Palestinian incitement" that fuels violence in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday, hours after a Palestinian gunman shot and seriously wounded a Israeli activist in Jerusalem.

Mozambique's ruling party, its presidential candidate win elections

Maputo : Mozambique's Electoral Administration Technical Secretariat (STAE), the executive body of the National Elections Committee (CNE), announced Thursday that Filipe Nyusi, the candidate of the ruling Frelimo party, has been elected as the fourth president since the southern African country's independence in 1975.


Religions unite to protest with holy water and incense in Hong Kong

By Antonio Broto,

Hong Kong : Pro-democracy activists have built a small church and a Buddhist temple with rubble and recycled material in the Hong Kong streets occupied by the "Umbrella Movement", reflecting the influence of religion in the month-long protests.

These improvised temples, which attract a growing number of people, are next to one another in the main street of the Kowloon district, normally reserved for cars but now occupied by the tents of protesters demanding democracy.


UN to aid Sri Lanka after landslides

United Nations : UN humanitarian agencies are on standby to help Sri Lanka after heavy rains caused landslides, an official said.

"The National Disaster Management Centre reports that at least six people have died, 300 people are missing and 150 houses are destroyed," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at a daily news briefing here Wednesday.

"OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is in close contact with this center and stands ready to support as requested," Xinhua quoted Dujarric as saying.


Israeli NGO blames occupation for Palestinians' poor living standards

Jerusalem: Israel's military, civil and administrative occupation of the West Bank has led to a dramatic decline in Palestinians' living conditions, according to a Israeli human rights group B'Tselem's report.

On Wednesday, the organisation's website featured "The Invisible Walls of Occupation" analysing the effects of the occupation on Burqah, a village in Nablus township whose inhabitants are subjected to severe travel restrictions, massive land-grabs and stifling planning.