5 July 2007 Edition
International : News in Brief
TurkeyThe European Union is risking an Islamic backlash in Turkey, according to the EU’s enlargement commissioner, Olli Rehn, as attitudes in the country sour towards the West. A survey by the Pew Research Centre revealed Turkish approval of Europe to be falling rapidly, and just 27% of Turks have a favourable opinion of the European Union, compared to 58% in 2004.
IndiaAuthorities in India’s north-eastern state of Assam have threatened local oil refineries with closure unless they stopped polluting local rivers Brahmaputra, Bharalu, Dhansiri, Digboi, Buridihing and Tunia.
Assam’s Pollution Control Board has given five refineries a year to stop discharging effluents into rivers as they were dumping effluents at levels much higher than acceptable federal limits. Two of the five refineries have told the board that they have stopped discharging effluents into rivers.