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02.05.2018, 04:03 AM
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JOHANNESBURG , Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- More than 900 miners, who were trapped underground in a gold mine after a power failure in the Northern Free State in South Africa, have all been rescued, the mine's owner said Friday.

KAMPALA, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Africa's third best women's player , Bridget Shamim Bangi on Wednesday left the country to take part in three International tournaments in Europe.

Bangi told Xinhua in an interview before departure that she is determined to perform well this year as she tries to accumulate points towards qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

"I know playing in these big tournaments in Estonia, Sweden and Iceland will help me improve better," she said.

The Ndejje University student who was accompanied by her coach William Kabindi said she is targeting to come top of Africa so that she can also improve her world rankings.

Bangi, who is ranked 115th in the world, and Uganda's top men' s player Edwin Ekiring will participate in the Yonex Estonia Championship that runs Jan. 8-11. Bangi will later participate in the Swedish Masters Championship Jan. 15-18 before heading for the Iceland Championship that takes place Jan. 22-25.

"Our target will be to see that Bangi gets some points from the three tournaments. We are aware strong players from Asia and Europe will take part in some of these tournaments , but we have prepared well," said Coach Kabindi.

Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Badminton Association Simon Mugabi said they excluded Ekiring from the two other tournaments in Sweden and Iceland because he will be busy with Club engagements in Holland.

Ekiring, who reclaimed Africa's top men's slot last month, has participated in the last two Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012, while Bangi has only participated in Commonwealth and All Africa Games.

LONDON , Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Naji Abu Nowar, director of Jordanian film "Theeb" that has got a foreign-language film Oscar nomination, said the film has been a struggle to make.

"Theeb" recounts the tale of boy coming of age in the Ottoman-ruled Middle East during the First World War.

Nowar told Xinhua in a recent interview in London that the film was a "Bedouin Western."

It is set among the Bedouin people of what was called the Hejaz Province of Arabia at the time of the film, 100 years ago, and Nowar , who is Jordanian, spent a year living in the area himself with the Bedouin as part of the research for the film.

"Everything comes from our experience with the Bedouin, how we chose what period it was set in, what the story was, the music ," said Nowar. "That began at the beginning of 201012 and went through to 2012, an eight months workshop of acting."

Parts of the region are now some of the most strife-torn places in the world, but for Nowar Jordan was a safe place.

"One of the sad things tourists do not go that much because of what they have seen in Syria and Iraq, but Jordan is a safe country. I am half British and half Jordanian, so I always knew that and that it would be fine to make films in that area. One of the added bonuses of this film is that it has shown that there is more to the region than just conflict ," he said.

But the roots of the current war in Syria and the strife in the region can trace many of their origins back to 100 years ago, in the era in which the film is set when the Ottoman Empire found itself part of the wider conflict of the First World War.

Nowar did not intend the film to be political. He said, "I make films because I love cinema. I'm not really about the politics. But I think it is very relevant today."

"Everything that is happening today is happening because of what was happening in the film and the backdrop of the film. If you want to understand what is happening in the Middle East you need to watch films like this," he said.

Nowar said that the film, whose gestation has taken several years and which began before the conflict in Syria , caught the mood of the region in conflict. " I wish I could say I had predicted it but I didn't. I think it was in the zeitgeist. As we were writing the film it was something that all of the people in the region were feeling and it just happened that way," he said.

The film has been a struggle to make, and Nowar said that it started as a piece of "guerilla filmmaking" with just a three-man team, but grew and grew.

"It is still a very low budget independent film, under the budget of most documentaries ," he said. "For us to go on this amazing journey... get to the point where it is now nominated for Oscars is an incredible thing. We are proud for what this does for filmmaking in Jordan."

UNITED NATIONS, May 22 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday called for more global efforts to protect biological diversity, saying that "Protecting biodiversity and preventing further losses is an essential investment in our collective future."

In his message to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity, which is observed annually on May 22, Ban said, "Biodiversity and the ecosystem services it supports are the foundations for life on Earth and the livelihoods and well-being of people everywhere."

Biodiversity is an important cross-cutting issue in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, approved by world leaders in September 2015 to serve as the blueprint for global development efforts over the next 15 years, Ban noted.

Goal 15 explicitly recognizes the importance of halting biodiversity loss, and other goals recognize the importance of biological diversity for eradicating poverty, providing food and fresh-water, and improving life in cities, he said. "It is critical that we make progress in mainstreaming biodiversity and transforming how societies value and manage it."

"Despite numerous commitments, biodiversity loss continu.
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