Children at risk as “button” battery use grows-study

  • Children face a growing risk from “button” batteries, according to a US study showing a near doubling of emergency room visits in the past two decades as the objects can cause electrical or chemical burns if swallowed.Most of those emergency room trips are due to coin-shaped batteries that have...
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Israeli billionaire’s company faces money woes

  • JERUSALEM: One of Israel’s wealthiest businessmen may quickly be going from riches to rags, and experts warn he could drag Israel’s economy down with him....
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Gulf force begins war games in Kuwait

  • KUWAIT CITY: Joint Gulf force the Peninsula Shield began a 17-day exercise in Kuwait on Sunday as officials said the war games were not related to unrest in the region....
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Expats banned from morning treatment at Kuwait hospitals

  • KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait is to bar foreigners from attending public hospitals in the mornings, local media reported on Thursday, in a decision activists labelled as “racist.”...
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Turkey builds wall at Syria border crossing after bombs

  • ANKARA: Turkey is constructing 2.5-km-long twin walls at a border crossing with Syria to increase security at the frontier following three deadly bombings this year.The concrete walls will be built on either side of the road leading from the Turkish side of the crossing at Cilvegozu to the Syrian...
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Egypt court convicts 43 nonprofit workers

  • CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Tuesday convicted 43 nonprofit workers, including at least 16 Americans, of illegally using foreign funds to foment unrest in the country, sentencing them to up to five years in jail.Most of the Americans had left the country. They include Sam LaHood, son of the US...
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UK to help destroy Syria’s chemical stockpile

  • LONDON: The UK will help the international mission to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons program, officials said Friday, joining a complex operation with prominent roles for the US, Denmark and Norway.Britain’s Foreign Office said it has agreed to destroy 150 tons of two industrial-grade chemicals...
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Syrian rebels launch new ‘revolution’ against radicals

  • BEIRUT: Syrian rebels and activists have launched a second “revolution” nearly three years into the uprising against President Bashar Assad, this time against a powerful Al-Qaeda affiliate accused of brutal abuses.Battles have raged for two days across northern Syria since the newly formed Army...
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German frigate to help destroy Syrian chemical weapons

  • BERLIN: The German government agreed on Wednesday to send a frigate to take part in an international mission in the Mediterranean Sea to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons....
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Syria hands over last of declared chemical weapons

  • NICOSIA, Cyprus: The last of Syria’s acknowledged stockpile of chemical weapons has been handed over to Western governments for destruction, the organization charged with overseeing the elimination of such weapons said Monday.The final 8 percent of the 1,300-ton stockpile, which included mustard...
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