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Kuwait deports ‘hundreds’ for traffic offenses

Kuwait has deported hundreds of expats for traffic offences in the past month, a report said on Sunday, drawing condemnation from a human rights group. The Al-Anbaa newspaper cited a senior interior ministry official as saying that as many as 1,258 foreigners have been deported for traffic violations since a…

Egypt police shut passage to Israel due to abductions

Egyptian police closed a commercial passage with Israel on Sunday in support of colleagues who shut down a crossing with Gaza to protest the abduction of policemen, state media reported. The protesters say the commercial Al-Ouga crossing between Egypt and Israel will remain closed until three policemen and four soldiers…

North Korea test-fires another short-range missile amid military drill

North Korea Sunday test-fired a short-range missile off its east coast, its fourth in two days, despite pleas from South Korea and the UN chief to halt the launches at a time of high tensions. The guided missile was fired into the East Sea (Sea of Japan) on Sunday afternoon,…

Saudi man ‘spared paralysis sentence’

A Saudi man escaped a sentence of paralysis for stabbing and paralysing another man by offering him compensation, media reported on Sunday, although the authorities have denied issuing the punishment. The sentence was dropped after the family of Mohammed al-Hazim, 26, accepted one million riyals ($270,000) in compensation from the…

Briton accused of slitting throats of two young children in France

French police were on Sunday questioning a 48-year-old divorced Briton arrested on suspicion of slitting the throats of his two young children, judicial officials said. The bodies of the two children aged five and 10 were discovered on Saturday afternoon in his apartment in Saint-Priest, a southeastern suburb of the…

Google’s Eric Schmidt denies company avoided British taxes

Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt on Sunday defended the US Internet giant’s tax arrangements after claims it has unethically dodged paying vast amounts of British tax. Writing in Britain’s Observer newspaper, Schmidt insisted that Google “has always aspired to do the right thing” and that the company pays “significant” amounts…

Denmark wins Eurovision Song Contest

Denmark won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in the Swedish city of Malmoe early Sunday with the song “Only Teardrops” by Emmelie de Forest. Denmark, widely tipped to win the annual music competition, took the honours ahead of the 25 other finalists in a glittering ceremony watched by millions of…

Gay and lesbian couples push for same-sex marriage in Venezuela

Gays and lesbians demonstrated in Venezuela’s capital Saturday to push for an end to discrimination and for civil rights such as same-sex marriage. “In some areas of the capital, two men cannot be seen holdings hands without security ushering them out,” said Cesar Sequera, who leads Diverse Venezuela, among marchers…

Fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published

The field of mental health will face its greatest upset in years on Saturday with the publication of the long-awaited and deeply-controversial US manual for diagnosing mental disorders. Early drafts of the book, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5, have divided medical…

Human tissue cloning could treat heart disease or Parkinson’s disease

Lorraine Barnes suffered a heart attack in 2005 and has lived with the consequences – extreme exhaustion and breathlessness – ever since. “I was separated from my husband and so my children, Charlotte and James, had to grow up overnight because suddenly they were caring for me,” she says. Charlotte…

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