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India-China clash: Two sides blame each other for deadly fighting

India-China clash: Two sides blame each other for deadly fighting

World
China and India have accused each other of provoking fighting in which at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a disputed Himalayan border area.Soldiers reportedly brawled with sticks, bats and bamboo sticks studded with nails in the late-night clash in the Ladakh region on Monday.But both sides insist no shots were fired, as part of a longstanding pact.India's army said that both sides suffered casualties. China confirmed the incident but did not give details.The Indian statement notes that injured soldiers were "exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain".An extraordinary escalation 'with rocks and clubs'It is the first deadly clash between the two sides in the border area, in the disputed Kashmir region, ...
Probe blames safety lapses for deadly India gas leak

Probe blames safety lapses for deadly India gas leak

World
A committee appointed by India’s top environmental court has blamed “gross human failure” and lack of basic safety norms for a gas leak in a South Korean-owned chemical factory this month that killed 12 people and sickened hundredsByThe Associated PressMay 31, 2020, 9:37 AM2 min read2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleNEW DELHI -- A committee appointed by India’s top environmental court has blamed “gross human failure” and lack of basic safety norms for a gas leak in a South Korean-owned chemical factory this month that killed 12 people and sickened hundreds. In its report, accessed and reviewed by The Associated Press, the committee said the tanks from which the gas leaked May 7 at the LG Polymers plant in Vishakhapatnam, a port city in Andhra Pradesh state,
Deadly olive tree disease across Europe ‘could cost billions’

Deadly olive tree disease across Europe ‘could cost billions’

Science
Researchers say the economic costs of a deadly pathogen affecting olive trees in Europe could run to over €20 billion.They've modelled the future worst impacts of the Xylella fastidiosa pathogen which has killed swathes of trees in Italy. Spread by insects, the bacterium now poses a potential threat to olive plantations in Spain and Greece. The disease could increase the costs of olive oil for consumers.Xylella is considered to be one of the most dangerous pathogens for plants anywhere in the world. At present there is no cure for the infection. It can infect cherry, almond and plum trees as well as olives. It has become closely associated with olives after a strain was discovered in trees in Puglia in Italy in 2013. The organism
Plagues, zombies and vampires: How Hollywood handles deadly viruses

Plagues, zombies and vampires: How Hollywood handles deadly viruses

Entertainment
There is one part of the film industry booming after the onset of Covid-19 - movies that deal with infections, particularly on a global scale.Docuseries such as Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak on Netflix, and films such as Steven Soderbergh's Contagion from 2011 have been enjoying unprecedented streaming numbers as audiences seek to understand current events.Featuring an ensemble A-list cast including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, Lawrence Fishburne, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard, Contagion documents the spread of a virus which originates in Asia and causes global lockdown. However, its sober tone is the opposite to the bombast of the traditional "disaster" movie, and it was made with the input of medical experts at Columbia University.C...
Feds will investigate deadly Tesla crash in California

Feds will investigate deadly Tesla crash in California

Technology
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the crash of a speeding Tesla that killed two people in a Los Angeles suburbByThe Associated PressJanuary 1, 2020, 6:04 AM3 min readGARDENA, Calif. -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the crash of a speeding Tesla that killed two people in a Los Angeles suburb, the agency announced Tuesday. Agency spokesman Sean Rushton wouldn’t say whether the Tesla Model S was on Autopilot when it crashed on Dec. 29 in Gardena. That system is designed to automatically change lanes and keep a safe distance from other vehicles. The black Tesla had left a freeway and was moving at a high rate of speed when it ran a red light and slammed into a Honda Civic at an intersection, police said. A man and woman