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BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4084 (Published 28 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d4084

White asbestos is kept off list of hazardous chemicals: Chrysotile asbestos, a known carcinogen, will remain off a list of hazardous chemicals maintained under the Rotterdam Convention after Canada joined other exporters—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, and Vietnam—in blocking its listing. Canada has banned asbestos domestically but continues to export it, primarily to India. In an open letter more than 200 doctors and organisations, including the Canadian Medical Association, said that the government’s “double standard” was “harming Canada’s international reputation.”

UN is concerned about human rights violations in Bahrain: The United …

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