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Switzerland votes on 'fair food' laws By BBC | Last Updated: 23rd September, 2018, 14:11

The votes follow scandals in the last few years over horse meat in lasagne and the destruction of rain forests to make way for palm oil

Switzerland considers tighter rules on sustainable 'fair food'

Over 3 million deaths due to excessive drinking in 2016, says WHO Over 3 million deaths due to excessive drinking in 2016, says WHO

Globally, about 2.3 billion people are current drinkers


Mission implausible: Russians mock improbable spy duo Russians mock improbable spy duo

The appearance by Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov on Kremlin-funded TV to claim that they were tourists - not hired assassins


Marco Minniti: The man who cut the migrant flow to Italy The man behind Italy's migrant drop

Now, out of office, he's keen to explain how he orchestrated a deal to reduce migration from Libya to Italy


Faridpur farmers tell the tale of successful brinjal farming Faridpur farmers tell the tale of successful brinjal farming

This year around 290 hectares of land have been brought under brinjal cultivation while it was 250 hectares last year, a DAE official says


Aboriginal man fights possible deportation from Australia Aboriginal man fights to stay in Australia

He does not have Australian citizenship and had his visa cancelled last month after serving a jail term


Wilmington: A community cut off after 'terrifying' storm A community cut off after 'terrifying' storm

Towns like Wilmington have experienced the practical reality of the sprawling size and slow-moving speed of this huge storm


Chinese gambling boom looms over sleepy town Chinese gambling boom looms over sleepy town

During colonial rule - from 1863 to 1953 - the French would retreat to the lush highlands of Bokor mountain above Kampot to escape the stifling heat


ICESat: Space laser to get unprecedented view of Earth's ice Space laser to target Earth's ice

The satellite mission, called ICESat-2, should provide more precise information on how these frozen surfaces are being affected by global warming


Over 66,000 hectares lost to Padma since 1967-NASA report Over 66,000 hectares lost to Padma since 1967-NASA report

Scientists measure erosion on the Padma River by noting differences in its width, depth, shape, and overall appearance on satellite images


Elephant birds: Who killed the largest birds that ever lived? Humans may have wiped out biggest birds

According to scientists, it's evidence that the elephant birds of Madagascar were hunted and butchered for food


Australian schoolgirl Harper Nielsen protests at national anthem Australian schoolgirl’s national anthem protest

"When it says 'we are young' it completely disregards the Indigenous Australians who were here before us," Nielsen says ABC news Australia


Vietnamese capital Hanoi asks people not to eat dog meat

Vietnamese capital Hanoi asks people not to eat dog meat

The city office says consuming the meat could lead to the spread of diseases like rabies and leptospirosis


Rohingya: Walk a mile in their shoes

Rohingya: Walk a mile in their shoes

Rohingya may have become a very familiar term to us recently, as international media outlets continue to pour into the small coastal town of Teknaf


Hills in peril for lack of effective conservation plan: Experts Hills in peril for lack of effective conservation plan: Experts

They also warned that the hills may face serious consequences in the future if 'effective steps’ are not taken to check their ruination


North Korea: Six months' training for 10 minutes on parade Six months' training for 10 minutes on parade

Tens of thousands of local citizens will march in a painstakingly rehearsed parade


Rangamati farmers smile amid bumper jhum yield Rangamati farmers smile amid bumper jhum yield

During a recent visit to jhum cultivation areas, the indigenous jhum farmers were seen busy harvesting Aus paddy from hill slopes


Breastfeeding mum forced to stand on rush hour train Breastfeeding mum forced to stand on train

The blogger, who is also mum to three-year-old Oliver, urges people to "be kinder" if they saw others struggling


Israel's top court says West Bank village can be demolished West Bank village can be demolished

The court rules Wednesday that its stay will expire in seven days, after which the village can legally be demolished


Newly married British couple books entire train for honeymoon trip to Nilgiri hills Newly married British couple books entire train in India

A newly married British couple chartered an entire train to travel from Mettupalayam to Udhagamandalam to spend their honeymoon in the Nilgiri hills


Kerala: Flood-hit India state battles rat fever outbreak Flood-ravaged Kerala battles rat fever

The government has asked everyone who came into contact with flood waters to take medication as a precautionary measure to avoid an epidemic


64- year-old  freedom fighter to swim 186 kms to set Guinness World Record 64- year-old FF to swim 186 kms to set Guinness Record

Khitindra started the swimming jumping into the river from the west side of a bridge in Nalitabari upazila headquarters in Sherpur at 7am on Monday


Gymkhana Lake: A breath of fresh air for Narayanganj Gymkhana Lake: A breath of fresh air for Narayanganj

A pedestrian bridge in the middle of the lake is another beautiful spot on the Gymkhana Lake


Why a village in New Zealand is trying to ban all cats The village that wants to ban all cats

Under the initiative, proposed by Environment Southland, cat owners will have to neuter, microchip and register their moggies with local authorities


After Flood, Tourism in India's Kerala Left a Muddy Mess After Flood, Tourism in India's Kerala Left a Muddy Mess

Some 1,500 houseboats are tied up at Alappuzha, going nowhere, with many of the owners still paying off loans taken to buy the boats


US state is first to define what can be considered meat US state is first to define what can be considered meat

The group hopes other states will follow Missouri's lead


Why Facebook banned Myanmar army chief Why Facebook banned Myanmar army chief

In all, Facebook has removed 18 accounts linked to Myanmar and 52 Facebook pages. One account on Instagram, which Facebook owns, is also closed


Unfit for porpoise: Naughty dolphin causes French beach ban Unfit for porpoise: Naughty dolphin causes French beach ban

Sami Hassani, a specialist in marine mammals at the Oceanopolis sea park, says the dolphin could accidentally cause "serious injuries" with its tail


Venezuela migrant crisis: Peru receives asylum requests Venezuelans request asylum in Peru

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans are fleeing their country amid chronic shortages of food and medicines


Canada's 'most racist city' makes a comeback Canada's 'most racist city' makes a comeback

Over 3,000 children died while at the schools over the last century, and many others experienced physical and sexual abuse


Rohingya who stayed behind still persecuted in Myanmar Rohingya who stayed behind still persecuted in Myanmar

The Rohingya exodus has threatened Myanmar's tense transition to democracy and shattered the image of its leader, Nobel peace prize laureate Suu Kyi


Russia says 63,000 troops have seen combat in Syria Russia's military role in Syria grows

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 7,928 civilians and 10,069 combatants have been killed in Russian air strikes


Resilient and resourceful, Rohingya diaspora carve out new lives Rohingya diaspora carve out new lives

Many fled Myanmar as children. Some have been granted refugee status, others live in the shadows with no legal status or protection


Sweden launches 'feminist foreign policy' manual Sweden launches 'feminist foreign policy' manual

The manual is derived from four years of work to place gender equality at the heart of the country's international agenda


Trump ex-lawyer Cohen 'happy' to aid Russia probe Trump ex-lawyer Cohen 'happy' to aid Russia probe

He says he had paid hush money to two women who alleged they had affairs with Trump, at the direction of "the candidate" - a clear reference to Trump


Spain's 'wolf pack' sex attackers confronted at Seville pool Spain's 'wolf pack' sex attackers confronted at Seville pool

The men are originally from Seville, where at least two are recognised by other bathers at the public pool in Palomares del Río on Saturday


Child passive smoking 'increases chronic lung risk' Child passive smoking 'increases chronic lung risk'

The researchers says childhood passive smoking was "likely to add seven deaths to every 100,000 non-smoking adults dying annually"


The hajj pilgrimage and its significance in Islam The hajj pilgrimage and its significance in Islam

The hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and all able-bodied Muslims are required to perform it once in their lifetime


Murders leave Rohingya camps gripped by fear Murders leave Rohingya camps gripped by fear

Police in Cox's Bazar district are investigating 21 refugee murders, many in recent months, which they blame on score-settling and turf wars


The world's first floating cow-farm making waves in Rotterdam Floating cow farm brings new hope in Rotterdam

The farm also aims to reuse and recycle as much as it can

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