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Two British businesses responsible for attempting to illegally export 259 tons of mixed waste to China were fined the maximum amount on Wednesday.

The businesses disguised 10 containers of mixed waste as scrap metal for export but were discovered at Felixstowe, the largest British port, during a routine inspection by the British government’s regulatory body Environment Agency.

The last time illegal shipments to China caused a public stir was in 2005, when more than 1,000 tons of contaminated British household refuse disguised as waste paper was intercepted in the Netherlands.

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The following is a personal appeal by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Grand Ayatollah Ali Hoseyni Khāmene’i, to show Islamic compassion during Ramadan, the month of fasting, and free the three young American hikers who have been held in Iran for over a year. The appeal comes in advance of the Night of Power, which falls in the last days of the month. It is the time when Muslims are called to show special mercy and kindness. Ambassador Ahmed delivered this appeal, the first on behalf of the hikers by an Islamic scholar, to the senior most Iranian diplomat in Washington, D.C. last week.

The following is the text of the letter:

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The Soil Association has launched a new Low Carbon Farming Project to help farmers reduce carbon emissions and improve the resource efficiency of their farms.

The project will identify user-friendly carbon foot printing tools and provide a benchmarking facility along with information, advice, and detailed case studies. There will be a number of low carbon workshops and on-farm training events on offer in the coming months open to all interested farmers and growers.

In order to provide a benchmarking facility the Soil Association needs to collect carbon foot printing data from different farms and is looking for farmers to get involved.

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Despite opposition from India, China and Russia, the UN Human Rights Council passed its first resolution on Internet freedom, to support individuals’ rights online. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised the move, claiming that “the free flow of news and information is under threat” around the world.

The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva passed its first resolution on Internet freedom on Thursday with a call for all states to support individuals’ rights online as much as offline.

Despite opposition on the issue from nations including China, Russia and India, states promoting the resolution hailed the support of dozens of countries ahead of its adoption.

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US researchers suggest aerobic exercise can improve memory and may prevent cognitive decline in older adults. They found that regular exercise over a year increased the size of the hippocampus, an area of the brain that makes memories.

The scientists studied 120 older people without dementia. Half began an exercise regimen of walking for 40 minutes three times a week. Half were limited to stretching exercises. Magnetic resonance images (MRI) and spatial memory tests were performed at the start, after six months and after a year.

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How can you make a green form of transportation even greener? Bryan McClelland may have the answer: bamboo bikes.

McClelland has created the BamBike, a bicycle made out of bamboo. The bicycles are made in Manila, Phillipines, which Reuters reports is one of the most polluted capitals in the world. The bikes, costing around $500, are built by local skilled laborers, and the company advertises that as “a company that is interested in helping out people and the planet,” their bicycles are made with fair-trade labor.

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SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (Oct. 8) — Drillers neared the lower reaches of a gold and copper mine where 33 men have been trapped for more than two months, preparing Friday for a breakthrough that would unleash a national outpouring of joy.

Engineers had just the last 128 feet (39 meters) of rock to carve through, and were working carefully to keep the T130 drill from jamming or punching through with too much force, Mining Minister Laurence Golborne said.

“We are very close,” Golborne said. “It would be very complicated if after all the work we have done … you lose the hole. We have to be very careful and do it in a controlled way.”

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On Tuesday night, Peru’s Congress unanimously approved a ‘historic’ new law that guarantees indigenous people’s right to free, prior and informed consent to any projects affecting them and their lands.

President Ollanta Humala says he supports consultation, and now has 15 days to sign the bill into law. It is a significant step away from the policies of former Peruvian President Alan Garcia, who vetoed a similar bill.

The ‘Prior Consultation Law’ complies with commitments set out in ILO Convention 169, the only international law designed to protect tribal people’s rights.

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Positive TV is delighted to be working in association with The Resurgence Trust for The Resurgence Talks.

Recorded live at 42 Acres, London on 25 April 2018. Dr Rupert Sheldrake: a biologist and author of more than 85 scientific papers and 12 books, shares his wisdom and knowledge on science and spirituality. Focusing on meditation as a treatment for depression and anxiety, he explores the science behind it.
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Davos, Switzerland (CNN) — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will inject $750 million into the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates announced Thursday at the World Economic Forum.

The donation comes in the form of a promissory note, not as cash, which the Gates Foundation said “gives the Global Fund the flexibility and authority to distribute funds efficiently based on immediate needs.”

“By supporting the Global Fund, we can help to change the fortunes of the poorest countries in the world,” Gates said in a statement. “I can’t think of more important work.”

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Levels of spam have fallen by almost 50% since August 2010, suggest figures.

Figures compiled by security firm Symantec show that the amount of junk e-mail messages flowing around the net has dropped 47% in three months.

Kaspersky Labs noted a similar fall from July to September, when spam levels fell to 81.1% of all e-mails

The decline was put down to the arrests of those behind spam-sending botnets, and intelligence work that saw other spamming systems shut down.

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German researchers who used a bone marrow transplant to treat a cancer patient with the AIDS virus, have declared him cured of the virus – a stunning claim in a field where the word “cure” is barely whispered.

The patient, who had both HIV infection and leukemia, received the bone marrow transplant in 2007 from a donor who had a genetic mutation known to give patients a natural immunity to the virus.

Nearly four years after the transplant, the patient is free of the virus and it does not appear to be hiding anywhere in his body, Thomas Schneider of Berlin Charite hospital and colleagues said.

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