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Bangladesh protests landmines near Myanmar border

Dhaka - Bangladesh summoned the Myanmar ambassador on Wednesday to protest the planting of landmines along the border, after a series of explosions maimed Rohingya fleeing violence in the Southeast Asian country.

Landmine casualties increased sharply last year: monitor

Washington - The number of casualties from landmines and similar explosive devices soared to a 10-year high last year as armed conflicts raged across the world, a report found Tuesday.

Tanzanian rats with nose for trouble train to save lives

Morogoro - They have proven their worth in detecting landmines but Africa's giant pouched rats have a lesser-known but equally critical vocation - saving lives by speeding up tuberculosis detection.

Sri Lanka bans landmines seven years after ethnic war

Colombo - Sri Lanka's government Thursday announced it would ban landmines and promised to destroy its stockpiles of the explosive devices, nearly seven years after its protracted civil war ended.

Campaigners winning war to wipe out landmines

Washington - Global efforts to eradicate landmines are bearing fruit, campaigners said Wednesday, noting that the number of victims injured by the deadly weapons have fallen to the lowest level in 14 years.

15 workers feared dead following massive explosion in Bulgaria

Vidin - Fifteen workers are missing and believed to have been killed after a massive explosion erupted at a Bulgarian explosives factory.

U.S. to finally phase out human landmines

The United States government announced that efforts will be made to eliminate its stockpile of landmines, but some remain concerned about the timing and failure to commit to the Ottawa Convention.

Landmine victims share stories to mark awareness day

El Salvador - Angela Ruales was just 14 when she stepped on a landmine in Colombia last year that tore off her legs and claimed the life of her two-month-old niece.

The Mine Kafon, a cheap and practical way of dealing with mines

Massoud Hassani is working on a way to make it cheaper to deal with landmines while maintaining its effectiveness. As a result, he came up with the "Mine Kafon."

Explorer finishes coast-to-coast trek across Africa Special

An explorer has completed his journey from coast to coast across Africa. Julian Monroe Fisher arrived in Angola after travelling across the continent, largely on foot, from Mozambique.

Trained rats humanity's new best friends?

Morogoro - Rats are being trained to use their superior sense of smell, and human are using their Pavlovian proclivity to respond to treats, resulting in the rodents detecting hidden mines, and patients infected with tuberculosis as well.

Angola To Host 'Miss Landmine Survivor' Pageant

To spread awareness of the plight of the landmines still hidden throughout Angola, the country has organized a special “Miss Landmine Survivor” pageant. The contests have all been injured by landmines.

Here She Comes, Miss Landmine

Landmines are a world wide problem. Between 2003 and 2005 there wee almost 7,000 landmine deaths worldwide. Now someone wants to do something about it. How? By holding a beauty pageant.

Cats Used In Training Rats To Sniff Out Landmines

This past year a special police unit in Columbia has been training rats to sniff out landmines in their war-torn South American country. Part of this special training includes locking these rats in cages with one of their fiercest enemies - the cat!

Honey Bees Being Trained to Find Landmines

Croatia is developing new technique to find unexploded land mines

UN: Landmine claims thousands annually

UN chief said on the second annual International Day for Mine Awareness that in nearly 80 countries millions of people live in fear of land mines and unexploded rockets, mortars and cluster bombs in which 15000 peoples are becoming victims annually.


The much-maligned rat saves lives in Africa. A Belgium company has trained African giant pouch rats to locate buried bombs. An estimated 80 million land mines are buried in more than 60 countries around the globe. Every day mines kill 50 people.

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