JOHANNESBURG, 21 MAY – A recent report by the UN has revealed that elephant poachers in Central Africa are using weapons which are believed to be the remains of the civil war in Libya to kill the animals. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that poaching activities are increasing particularly in Cameroon, Chad and Gabon. In fact in Gabon alone more than 11,000 elephants were killed from 2004 to 2013
HONG KONG, 21 MAY – In the last month a wave of violence among school students across China has been recorded. According to reports in the local press there have been 4 stabbings incidents, one of which has caused the death of a 14-year-old. On May 8th a 12-year-old girl was also sentenced to three years for beheading a friend a year older than her because she was too beautiful.
MOSCOW, 20 MAY – Even Russia is building a series of robot policemen, specifically intended to combat terrorism. Applications to national security in this field will be seen during the World Cup 2014 in Brazil, where robots made in Israel will take part in security measures. The idea of Russian experts is also to limit the loss of lives during operations such as those of anti-terrorism.
BEIJING, 20 MAY – According to the announcement made by the the Broad Sustainable Construction, by June the construction of the tallest skyscraper in the world will start. The property, which is 838 meters tall, will surpass the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and will be constructed in seven months, assembling prefabricated parts. The building has 202 floors and will rise in the centre of Changsha, in Hunan province, and according to the manufacturers will reduce energy consumption by 80 percent.
SAO PAULO, 20 MAY – In Brazil, too, there are subscriptions for companies to adopt monuments, but it seems that in the Latin American country the initiative has not had much luck, lately. In São Paulo, 430 available works have not had a sponsor for three years although some are in need of urgent work, as is the case of a monument in memory of Ayrton Senna.
NEW DELHI, 16 MAY – Though downgraded to a Category 1 storm, UN has issued a warning of the possible danger to about 8.2 million people dwelling near the coast of India, Bangladesh and Myanmar as cyclone Mahasen, forecast to reach 85 to 90 kilometers per hour, is expected to hit the area on early Friday. In fact in Bangladesh two people from low-lying coast were reportedly killed due to heavy rains and strong winds that lashed out the region.
NEW YORK, 16 MAY – The Central African Republic is now in a state of anarchy and the UN Security Council should impose sanctions and send a peacekeeping force to restore order. This was reported by the representative of the international organization Margaret Vogt, who described a bleak picture of the situation in the country: “Indiscriminate and often targeted killings, rampant rapes and assaults on the innocent population, flagrant recruitment of children as soldiers, looting of homes,
BRASILIA, 16 MAY – Safety during the FIFA World Cup to be held in Brazil in 2014 will be entrusted to robots too. Company iRobot announced that it had sold 30 units, for a total of $ 3.5 million, to the Brazilian government. The robots will be used for surveillance, defuse any bombs and for facial recognition:
NEW DELHI, 13 MAY – In India there are at least 3,000 child soldiers. In a report by the Asian Centre for Human Rights, a nonprofit organization based in New Delhi, that was submitted to the UN, it is stated that recruits are mainly with Naxalites, while 500 children take part in the separatist militas from Jammu and Kashmir and Manipur. Authorities of the central-eastern state of Chhattisgarh admitted that police recruited about 300 minors
KOLKATA, 13 MAY – Darjeeling, one of the most popular types of tea in India, is increasingly popular in China. According to data released by the Indian press, Chinese buyers have purchased 20,000 kilograms since January. Demand from the giant is thus coming into conflict with that of Europe, weaker and weaker due to the economic crisis: ” China is offering $15-$40 per kg depending on the quality. At times, they are offering better prices than the Europeans,” said SS Bagaria,