US peach farmer wins $265 million damages over Bayer, BASF herbicide Feb 18, 2020 0 810 12345 Washington: A US jury has awarded $265 million to a Missouri farmer who blamed herbicide from chemical giants Bayer AG and German rival BASF for destroying his peach orchards, in a case set to bolster 140 other lawsuits. Jurors in federal court in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, made the ruling after peach farmer Bill Bader claimed the companies encouraged farmers to use the dicamba weedkiller irresponsibly. Bloomberg News reported that the case was the first US trial over dicamba herbicide, which is alleged to have wrecked crops across America’s Midwest by drifting onto plants that were unable to resist it. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES Pakistan no longer a militant safe haven: PM Khan Feb 18, 2020 0 64 Indian FM defends citizenship law as he promotes EU ties Feb 18, 2020 0 578 China asks recovered patients to donate plasma for Covid-19 treatment as toll hits 1,770 Feb 18, 2020 0 360 Malaysians named as Asia’s worst plastic polluters Kuala Lumpur: A report published on Monday listed Malaysians as the biggest per capita users of plastic packaging in a region responsible for more than half the plastic litter in the world’s oceans. The report by the World .. Armed gang steals toilet rolls in panic-buying hit HK amid virus fears Hong Kong: Armed robbers who stole hundreds of toilet rolls were being hunted by Hong Kong police on Monday, in a city wracked by shortages caused by coronavirus panic-buying. Toilet rolls have become hot property in the .. Australia launches dedicated ‘mental health’ hotline for bushfire victims Canberra: Australian charity Lifeline has launched a dedicated mental health support phone line for victims and survivors of devastating bush fires that destroyed large swathes of land across the country. The .. Russian woman who fled virus quarantine sent back to hospital Saint Petersburg: A Russian court on Monday ordered a woman to be forcibly returned to coronavirus quarantine in a Saint Petersburg hospital after she escaped and went home. The Botkin hospital filed a highly unusual .. Taliban kill five Afghan soldiers despite violence reduction hopes Kabul: At least five Afghan soldiers were killed when Taliban fighters stormed their base in northern Afghanistan, officials said on Monday, as the country waits for an expected “reduction in violence” before a .. Taliban claim deal with US to be signed by end of February DPA Kabul AN agreement between the Taliban and the United States will be signed by the end of February, the militia’s political spokesman Suhail Shaheen, told DPA on Monday. US and Taliban representatives have been .. Pakistan to vaccinate 40 million children amid fears of polio Islamabad: Pakistani authorities have targeted 40 million children in the first nationwide polio vaccination drive of the year that began on Monday amid fears of an resurgence. More than 250,000 health workers would be .. Albania quake recovery conference raises 1.15 billion euros: EU chief Brussels: International donors on Monday pledged 1.15 billion euros ($1.25 billion) to help Albania recover from a powerful earthquake last year, the EU chief announced, more than double the sum expected by Tirana. .. Trump threatens intelligence block over Huawei: US envoy AFP Washington The United States’ ambassador to Germany said on Sunday that President Donald Trump had threatened to cut off intelligence-sharing with countries that dealt with Chinese tech firm Huawei. Washington .. Japan cancels Emperor’s birthday celebrations amid coronavirus fears Tokyo: Japan said on Monday it would cancel a public gathering to celebrate the birthday of new Emperor Naruhito, as fears grow over the spread of the new coronavirus in the country. “In light of various situations, we have .. WHO warns against novel coronavirus ‘blanket measures’ Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday warned against “blanket measures” over the novel coronavirus outbreak, pointing out the epidemic outside of China was only affecting a “tiny” proportion of the ..