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Bayer to buy Monsanto in latest agrochemicals consolidation

A huge merger has been announced in the agriculture world as German drugs and crop chemicals company Bayer has won over US seeds firm Monsanto.

A huge merger has been announced in the agriculture world as German drugs and crop chemicals company Bayer has won over US seeds firm Monsanto.

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Gas allegedly used by Syrian government forces in latest Aleppo bombing

Medical sources in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo say that President Assad’s forces may have again used chlorine bombs in a gas attack on a rebel-held residential…

Medical sources in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo say that President Assad’s forces may have again used chlorine bombs in a gas attack on a rebel-held residential…

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Bayer raises bid price for Monsanto

Bayer's quest to become the world's largest producer of seeds and pesticides has led it to raise the price it is willing to pay for US firm Monsanto to more than $65 billion.

Bayer's quest to become the world's largest producer of seeds and pesticides has led it to raise the price it is willing to pay for US firm Monsanto to more than $65 billion.

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ChemChina Syngenta takeover moves closer with US government approval

ChemChina's takeover of Swiss pesticides and seeds group Syngenta has moved a step closer with approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US

ChemChina's takeover of Swiss pesticides and seeds group Syngenta has moved a step closer with approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US

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Europe in the grip of a weedkiller war

Farmers need to control weeds to ensure good harvests, but are they poisoning us in the process? And are we letting companies put dangerous products that may cause cancer into our food and cosmetics?

Farmers need to control weeds to ensure good harvests, but are they poisoning us in the process? And are we letting companies put dangerous products that may cause cancer into our food and cosmetics?

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Toxic chemicals in cosmetics?

Whether they are bought from the chemist or the supermarket, and whether or not they feature the mention “hypoallergenic,” “paraben free” or “dermatologically tested,” many cosmetics contain chemical

Whether they are bought from the chemist or the supermarket, and whether or not they feature the mention “hypoallergenic,” “paraben free” or “dermatologically tested,” many cosmetics contain chemical

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The European battle over the herbicide known as glyphosate

Currently in Europe, manufacturers of glyphosate have asked to have their European Internal Market licence renewed. But many are opposed to this herbicide and are attempting to block their way.

Currently in Europe, manufacturers of glyphosate have asked to have their European Internal Market licence renewed. But many are opposed to this herbicide and are attempting to block their way.

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Bayer 'confident' Monsanto offer will be accepted

Germany's Bayer has offered to buy US seeds company Monsanto for $62 billion (55 billion euros) in cash trying to gain the top spot in the fast-consolidating farm supplies industry.

Germany's Bayer has offered to buy US seeds company Monsanto for $62 billion (55 billion euros) in cash trying to gain the top spot in the fast-consolidating farm supplies industry.

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Pfizer blocks drugs sales for use in lethal injections in US prisons

Drug companies are saying No to death row. The latest pharmaceuticals giant to restrict sales of drugs used in lethal injections to US prisons is

Drug companies are saying No to death row. The latest pharmaceuticals giant to restrict sales of drugs used in lethal injections to US prisons is

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Death toll from Mexico plant blast rises

Wednesday's explosion at a petrochemical plant in Mexico killed at least 13 people and injured more than 130.

Wednesday's explosion at a petrochemical plant in Mexico killed at least 13 people and injured more than 130.

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European Commission breached EU law over chemical rules

The European Commission broke EU Law when it failed to set out the scientific criteria for defining harmful “endocrine disruptor chemicals”

The European Commission broke EU Law when it failed to set out the scientific criteria for defining harmful “endocrine disruptor chemicals”

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Dow Chemical and DuPont agree giant chemical merger

Chemical giants DuPont and Dow Chemical have announced in a combined statement that they have agreed to merge and create a huge combined entity worth

Chemical giants DuPont and Dow Chemical have announced in a combined statement that they have agreed to merge and create a huge combined entity worth

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Dow Chemical and Dupont 'in advanced talks' over mega merger

Merger talks are said to be at an advanced stage to create a chemicals giant with a market value of more than 120 billion dollars. The deal between

Merger talks are said to be at an advanced stage to create a chemicals giant with a market value of more than 120 billion dollars. The deal between

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OPCW says has proof chemical weapons used in ISIL attack in Syria

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says its analysis of an August ISIL bombardment proves mustard gas was used. First used 100

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says its analysis of an August ISIL bombardment proves mustard gas was used. First used 100

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Electrolysed water the future for agriculture

Electrolysed water is being hailed as the future for farming. The health industry are already using it as a sanitiser and now researchers in Tasmania

Electrolysed water is being hailed as the future for farming. The health industry are already using it as a sanitiser and now researchers in Tasmania

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China:fear and anger in the wake of the Tianjin disaster

Salvage teams pick their way through the remains of a chemical plant in China, after an explosion so immense it was visible from space. Toxic

Salvage teams pick their way through the remains of a chemical plant in China, after an explosion so immense it was visible from space. Toxic

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Conflicting information about evacuations after Tianjin explosion

Chinese police have confirmed the presence of deadly sodium cyanide after explosions in the city of Tianjin last week. The state-run Beijing News

Chinese police have confirmed the presence of deadly sodium cyanide after explosions in the city of Tianjin last week. The state-run Beijing News

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China: angry families of missing demand answers

There may be calm on the streets but among the relatives of those missing in the Tianjin blast there is anger. These people are furious that there

There may be calm on the streets but among the relatives of those missing in the Tianjin blast there is anger. These people are furious that there

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China: officials backtrack over evacuation reports

Chinese officials have denied ordering the evacuation of residents from the area surrounding the site of a huge chemical explosion. The statement is

Chinese officials have denied ordering the evacuation of residents from the area surrounding the site of a huge chemical explosion. The statement is

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China: Death toll mounts after massive explosion

The authorities in China have ordered anyone living within a three kilometre radius of a massive explosion at a chemical plant to leave their homes

The authorities in China have ordered anyone living within a three kilometre radius of a massive explosion at a chemical plant to leave their homes

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Chinese investigators start Tianjin blast tests

Some 200 Chinese investigators have started tests at the site of the chemical warehouse explosion in Tianjin. The team from the Chinese military are

Some 200 Chinese investigators have started tests at the site of the chemical warehouse explosion in Tianjin. The team from the Chinese military are

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More than 50 dead in Chinese warehouse blast

At least fifty people are now known to have died after a series of explosions in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin. More than 700 people have

At least fifty people are now known to have died after a series of explosions in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin. More than 700 people have

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UN unanimously adopts resolution on Syria chemical weapons

The UN security council has adopted a resolution which aims to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria which have killed and injured increasing numbers of civilians.

The UN security council has adopted a resolution which aims to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria which have killed and injured increasing numbers of civilians.

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Twelve injured in German chemical factory explosion

Twelve people were injured in an explosion at a chemical factory in Germany on Wednesday. Several of the victims were taken to hospital. It happened

Twelve people were injured in an explosion at a chemical factory in Germany on Wednesday. Several of the victims were taken to hospital. It happened