Day: April 24, 2011

Dutch secret missions in Africa

Dutch forces have for several years been training soldiers in Mali, Senegal and Chad in their fight against al-Qaeda militants—without the Dutch parliament being informed. The covert mission is part of the United States war against terrorism, according to Dutch newspaper AD, which cites documents from the US Congress and […]

Galileo’s heirs advise the pope

by Eveline Kobler, swissinfo.ch The new Swiss president of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences tells swissinfo.ch about the challenges of squaring religious faith with science. Werner Arber, an Aargau-born microbiologist and geneticist who shared the 1978 Nobel Prize for Medicine, is the first Protestant to hold the position. The 81-year-old […]

Stinking giant a hit in Basel

The rare blooming of a giant flower, taller than a man, that stinks of carrion, has been drawing thousands of visitors to Basel University’s botanical garden. The only previous time a titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) produced a flower in Switzerland was 75 years ago. World-wide, there have only been 134 […]

Saleh agrees to step down under GCC deal

By SAEED AL-BATATI | ARAB NEWS SANAA: Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh has agreed to a proposal by Gulf mediators to step down within 30 days and hand power to his deputy in exchange for immunity from prosecution, state television announced Saturday. The protest movement demanding his immediate departure earlier said […]