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Pesticide poisoning kills 20 farmers in Indian state

Mumbai, India | AFP | Twenty Indian farmers have died and hundreds of others are in hospital after inhaling poisonous pesticides while spraying crops, officials said Monday, highlighting lax safety standards in the country. The farmers in the western state of Maharashtra, one of India’s most important agricultural regions, died after …

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Mustard gas: a legacy of WWI

Paris, France | AFP |  Mustard gas, which a watchdog on Friday said the so-called Islamic State group may have manufactured and used in Syria and Iraq, first terrorised battlefields during World War I. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons also said IS was behind a mustard gas …

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ChemChina extends Syngenta offer after EU launches probe

Zurich, Switzerland | AFP | China’s state-owned chemical corporation (ChemChina) said Tuesday that it had extended its $43 billion offer for Swiss seed giant Syngenta until January 5, after EU regulators announced they would probe the deal. The massive takeover would be the biggest in a recent spate of Chinese …

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Bayer buys controversial Monsanto for $66 bn 

Frankfurt, Germany | AFP | German chemicals giant Bayer said Wednesday it had agreed to buy the controversial US seeds and pesticides firm Monsanto for $66 billion, in a deal that triggered immediate criticism from environmentalists. After a months-long pursuit, Bayer said its US peer had accepted an improved offer …

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