China drafting special law on climate change

BRUSSELS – China’s chief negotiator to UN climate change talks said here on Tuesday that the country is drafting a special law dedicated to climate change and will explore a low carbon development path suitable to China. “We are in the process of preparing for a special law dedicated to climate […]

China software industry Q1 revenue surges 27%

BEIJING – China’s software industry revenue in the first three months surged 27 percent year on year to 345.4 billion yuan ($53 billion), the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said Tuesday.   Related readings:  31 central government departments complete installation of genuine software  Chinese steel firm settles software piracy […]

Iranians top the list of Umrah pilgrims

Arab News By MUHAMMAD HUMAIDAN JEDDAH: A total of 724,000 pilgrims arrived for Umrah until early April, said the Haj Ministry on Monday, adding that the Umrah season has so far been a success. According to Haj Ministry records, 257,000 of the pilgrims were from Iran, 235,000 from Turkey, 171,000 […]

An open letter to Mubashir Lucman

On April 21, 2011 the Supreme Court of Pakistan announced the verdict on Mukhtar Mai’s case. According to the verdict, the initial judgment of the Lahore High Court was upheld and five out of six accused in Mai’s gang rape were acquitted. Various news channels covered the acquittal including several […]

500 militants break out of Afghan prison

Kandahar, Monday Almost 500 Taliban prisoners escaped through a tunnel in an audacious overnight jailbreak in south Afghanistan which the president’s office called a security “disaster”. The Taliban said it was behind the operation to free the prisoners using a massive underground tunnel in its heartland of southern Kandahar, and […]

Syria’s unrest: Between myth and reality

Syrian authorities blame foreign conspirators and Salafists, but analysts say the uprising is spontaneous. If the Syrian government is to be believed, the protests sweeping the country are the work of “foreign conspirators” and amount to an armed insurrection by Salafists, members of a hardline, puritanical Islamic movement. But analysts and […]

Natural Antimalarial Therapies may be lost for ever

Plants in East Africa with promising antimalarial qualities—ones that have treated malaria symptoms in the region”s communities for hundreds of years—are at risk of extinction, according to research released in anticipation of World Malaria Day. Scientists fear that these natural remedial qualities, and thus their potential to become a widespread […]