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Chinese cotton seed sprouts on moon
BEIJING: A small green shoot is growing on the moon in an out-of-this-world first after a cotton seed germinated on board a Chinese lunar lander, scientists said on Tuesday. The sprout has emerged from a lattice-like structure inside a canister since the Chang’e-4 lander set down earlier this month, according to a series of photos released by the Advanced Technology Research Institute at Chongqing University. “This is the first
 
 
China slams Canadian PM’s remarks
BEIJING: China denounced Canada on Tuesday for “irresponsible” remarks after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused it of “arbitrarily” sentencing a Canadian to death for drug smuggling, aggravating already icy relations. The two countries have been at odds since early December, when Canadian police arrested Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, on a US extradition request as part of an
   
Myanmar delays UN refugee chief’s visit to Rakhine
United Nations: Myanmar has postponed a planned visit by the UN refugee chief to Rakhine state following renewed fighting between security forces and insurgents, a spokesman said on Monday. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi was due to visit last week but Myanmar authorities scrapped the trip to Rakhine, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims were driven out in a military crackdown that started in 2017.
 
 
Taliban claim Kabul raid, warn of more attacks
Kabul: The Taliban on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a powerful truck bomb in Kabul that ripped through surrounding neighbourhoods, killing at least four people including an Indian national, and wounding more than 100 in the latest assault on the Afghan capital. In a grim message, the militants also vowed to carry out more attacks in the city in direct response to the recent appointment of former spymaster and anti-Taliban
   
Duterte ready to mend fences with bishops: Official
MANILA: President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte is ready and willing to sit down and talk anew with Catholic bishops to prevent their ongoing “word war” from worsening, according to a senior Malacanang Palace official. Salvador Panelo, the presidential spokesman, said Duterte was ready to do “anything beneficial to the nation,” including resuming a dialogue with the Catholic bishops who have denounced him for his bloody and violent war
 
 
Manila lawmaker pleads not guilty in 4 libel cases
MANILA: An outspoken opposition senator on Tuesday flew to the hometown of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte in Davao City in Mindanao where he entered a plea of not guilty during his arraignment before a regional court on four cases of libel. The charges against Senator Antonio Trillanes were filed by Paolo Duterte, the son of Duterte, as well as son-in-law Manases Carpio, a lawyer married to the president’s daughter Sara, who
   
Hong Kong scientists claim antiviral breakthrough
Hong Kong: Hong Kong scientists claim they have made a potential breakthrough discovery in the fight against infectious diseases — a chemical that could slow the spread of deadly viral illnesses. A team from the University of Hong Kong described the newly discovered chemical as “highly potent in interrupting the life cycle of diverse viruses” in a study published this month in the journal Nature Communications. The scientists
 
 
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