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World’s largest radio telescope starts operating in China
The world’s largest radio telescope began operating in southwestern China Sunday, a project Beijing says will help humanity search for alien life. The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), nestled between hills in the mountainous region of Guizhou, began working around noon, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Built at a cost of 1.2 billion yuan ($180 million), the telescope dwarfs the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico as the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope, with twice the sensitivity and a reflector as large as 30 football fields, it said. — AFP, Beijing

Probe your own brother, Yingluck tells junta chief
Thailand’s first female prime minister on Sunday told the man who ousted her government two years ago to investigate his own brother over corruption allegations, in an unusually strong broadside against the junta. Yingluck Shinawatra was booted from office shortly before army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha seized power in May 2014, the military’s second coup in less than a decade and their twelfth successful power grab since 1932. Since then she has been hit with a series of junta-led prosecutions including a retroactive impeachment, an ongoing criminal negligence trial that could see her jailed for up to a decade and a separate move to seize more than $1 billion in civil damages. — AFP, Bangkok

Quit or risk being killed, brother warns Zuma
President Jacob Zuma has received the latest call for his resignation from his own brother, according to a media report, as the South African leader clings to power despite a string of scandals. Zuma’s younger brother Michael urged him to quit or risk being killed, the Sunday Times reported. The president has survived accusations of corruption and even rape before he took office in 2009, showing no signs of leaving office before 2019 when he is required by law to step down after two five-year terms. — Reuters, Johannesburg

India to ratify Paris Agreement on climate change
India’s prime minister said Sunday that his country will ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change early next month. Prime minister Narendra Modi said his government will ratify the agreement October 2, coinciding with the birth anniversary of India’s independence leader Mohandas Gandhi, who believed in a minimum carbon footprint. Modi made the announcement at a meeting of his Bharatiya Janata Party’s leaders in the southern Indian town of Kozhikode. India accounts for around 4.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. — AP, New Delhi

UK soap sacks Pak-born actor for offensive India tweets
A Pakistan-born actor has been sacked from Britain’s most popular television soap after posting what broadcaster ITV called Sunday “entirely unacceptable, racially offensive” comments about Indians on social media. Marc Anwar, 45, joined ‘Coronation Street’, the world’s longest-running TV soap opera, in 2014 as a member of the show’s first Muslim family. ‘Indians killing our Kashmir brothers and sisters,’ he wrote. He called Indians “b*****ds” and used other insulting terms. — AFP, London

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