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Chemical inspectors to begin work in Syria’s Douma

DAMASCUS: Inspectors from the OPCW chemical watchdog will begin their investigation Sunday at the site of an alleged chemical attack near Damascus, a senior official said. "The fact-funding team arrived in Damascus on Saturday and is due to go to Douma on Sunday," Deputy Foreign Minister Ayman Soussan told AFP. A delegation of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), based in The Hague, is tasked with investigating an April 7 attack on Douma, just east of Damascus. Western powers…

India uses inflammable chemical in occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: In Indian-occupied Kashmir, Indian occupational forces continue the use of Israel-made chemical substance to destroy houses and burn bodies of Kashmiri youth during cordon and search operations in the valley. The troops used highly inflammable chemical compound RD 2PNG to destroy houses in Balhama area of Khonmoh on the outskirts of Srinagar, Radio Pakistan reported. One of the three bodies recovered from the debris of a house was burnt beyond recognition by the use of the same chemical substance. Read…

Turkey considers chemical castration for child abusers

ANKARA: Turkey's government said on Tuesday it would consider introducing chemical castration for child abusers after several cases of sexual assault on children sparked public outcry. "The courts will decide on the use and duration of chemical castration to limit or eliminate sexual desire," said Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul. The government was putting the issue back on its agenda and would be revisited again "within a few days", he added. Turkey introduced a measure to chemically castrate those convicted of sex…

US company offers to produce chemicals from coal emissions

KARACHI: A United States company delegation called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday offering a new technology jointly produced named as `Coal to Chemical’ to produce different chemicals from scraps of coal. The delegation from New York-based Emissions Resources Corp (LERC) was led by Chairman Mr. Fernando Alvarez, Chief Financial Officer Mr. Daren Person and Director Mr. Russ Gerson. Also included was Gorntazy Group Chairman Mr. Munir Akram, Mr. Zeyd Shaeikh Gorntazy Group (Pakistan), CEO RETech…

Assailants set NAB official’s house ablaze

GILGIT: Unknown miscreants in Gilgit attacked the house of Deputy Director National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Abdul Majid and set it on fire, ARY News reported. According to details, the attackers set the house of NAB’s Deputy Director Abdul Majid on fire by pouring a combustible chemical on it. The NAB official successfully managed to escape from the burning house along with his family members. Sources said that the investigation officer is probing major corruption cases of the region. Police arrived at the…

Dozens treated after London airport ‘chemical incident’

LONDON: Hundreds of passengers and staff were evacuated from London City airport on Friday following a "chemical incident" that left 26 travellers feeling unwell and shut down flights in and out of the hub. "We are treating 26 patients at the scene for difficulty breathing," the London Ambulance Service said, adding of those two had been taken to hospital. A "hazardous area response team" had also been sent to the airport in east London, which caters mainly for business travellers and short-haul flights. The Fire…