| WALL TO SEPARATE SLUM FROM CITY
The Rio de Janeiro city government is building a concrete wall to prevent the expansion of the Santa Marta slum, the city's largest and most populous slum, from spreading farther into its picturesque hills. The Brazilian city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The government plans to stretch the wall to 11 kilometres.
A Swaziland court
asked the government to provide free education to
primary school children. Though free education is a constitutional obligation, the government said it is not feasible due to financial constraint. The
case was filed by ex-mine workers' union.
A meningitis outbreak
that began in early 2009 in sub-Saharan Africa
killed 1,500 people and affected 25,000 by March, said who. Nigeria
has become vulnerable in the chaos following the mid-March coup
, 13 conservation groups said. There is a surge in raids on national parks for smuggling rare wildlife and valuable
At least 20 miners
were killed in northwest Tanzania
gold mine collapsed following heavy downpour. Tanzania is Africa's third largest gold producer.
Chinese authorities resorted to contraceptive
pills to rein in the exploding
population of gerbils
, a desert rodent, which is threatening the ecosystem of Gurbantunggut desert in Xinjiang region.
ecologists have cautioned against using water from the country's
third largest river, Syr Darya, for irrigation because it is loaded with pesticides and heavy metals
. Rice irrigated with such water can
cause congenital anomalies and cancer.
Following a downpour, a dam
burst in the Indonesian capital
early on March 27, killing 98 people and flooding two suburbs. Residents blamed poor maintenance for the collapse of the
group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan asked all non-profits to leave
Swat Valley and banned polio vaccination
in the region saying it causes infertility. Four polio cases were recorded in Swat in
Italy and Switzerland decided to redraw their 148-year-old border
global warming dissolved the Alpine glaciers near Matterhorn mountain over which the national frontier passes. Scientists say the glacial
has accelerated in the past five years.
A quake struck Italy's L'Aquila
on April 6 leaving millions homeless. More
than 150 deaths were reported the first day. The 6.3-magnitude quake
was the deadliest in three decades.
French nuclear giant Areva signed a deal to develop the Imouraren uranium
in the Democratic Republic of Congo
To protect Lake Titicaca --world's highest navigable lake at 3,810 metres above
sea level-- Bolivia
plans to install sewage treatment
plants in the lake basin.
Economic meltdown has forced Venezuela
to cut investment in the
by 40 per cent. The cut will not affect its policy to dedicate 10 per cent of the oil revenue to social development
government has asked companies operating in the country
to modify internal regulations to make sure workers with hiv
not discriminated against by their colleagues.
Brazil's state oil company Petrobras signed a deal with Peruvian oil
Ecopetrol to explore oil and natural gas in two regions of the Peruvian Amazon
--both inhabited by uncontacted
Ecuador's indigenous people have filed a lawsuit
before the constitutional
court to declare the new mining law
unconstitutional. They said the government did not consult the communities whose territories will
be affected by mining before approving it.
In a letter to the White House, the US Environm-ental Protection Agency has
declared CO2 a danger
to public welfare and proposed to regulate the gas as a pollutant under the Clean Air
Fifty new species
, including a jumping spider and a chirping frog, were
discovered during a 2008 expedition in Papua New Guinea
, said Conservation International, a non-profit.
Scientists tracked an asteroid as it fell on Earth and for the first time recovered its
debris. Found in Sudan's
Nubian desert, the debris offers a chance to study the asteroid's route
Images by nasa
show mounds, possibly mud volcanoes
, on northern plains of the planet. Scientists say this could provide clues into the possibility of life
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