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“My name is Zainab. I am seven-years-old”

On January 4, a seven-year-old girl went missing. She was last seen outside a tuition centre, barely a few minutes away from her uncle’s house in Kasur, Punjab.Five days later her lifeless body was recovered from a trash heap. According to a preliminary post-mortem report, the little girl was raped …

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Traffic pollution tied to low birth-weight risk

Air pollution, but not traffic noise, appears to be linked to an increased risk of having low-birth-weight babies,reports a new study from the UK.Previous studies have tied road traffic air pollution to low birth weight.Road traffic produces noise as well as pollution, but studies of noise pollution have had conflicting …

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Drinking hot tea linked to lowered glaucoma risk

People who drink hot tea daily may be less likely than others to develop glaucoma symptoms, US researchers say.Compared to coffee, soft drink and iced tea drinkers, study participants who consumed a cup or more of hot caffeinated tea daily had 74 per cent lower odds of having glaucoma, the …

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US seeks longer ISIS life – Report

End of ISIS terrorist group in Syria and Iraq now makes any longer US military presence in the two countries meaningless, though since the beginning the American military deployment to Syria was uninvited and so a violation of the Syrian sovereignty and in practice lacked the intention to fight the …

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Decoded: Can you really lose weight with GM diet?

In our effort to maintain an ideal body weight, we don’t shy away from trying different dietary fads that promise us rapid results.This may make us overlook how our body could react to certain diet plans and opting some of these regimes could end up as an irrational choice. One …

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Israel, the US and the PA are complicit in normalising colonialism

By Ramona Wadi In recent Media reports about Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and his role in the diplomatic negotiations have conveyed the absence of leadership in reclaiming Palestinian rights. The White House statement blaming Abbas for wasting decades of negotiations is accurate up to a point, although the context …

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Variety of nuts tied to lower risk of heart disease

People who regularly eat a variety of nuts including walnuts, peanuts and tree nuts may be less likely to develop heart disease than individuals who rarely or never eat nuts, a US study suggests.Researchers examined information on medical history, lifestyle and eating habits for more than 210,000 healthcare workers.During an …

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Baking soda plus water best for washing pesticides off apples

Washing apples in water with a dash of baking soda is the most effective way to remove pesticide residue, new research shows.The mix outperformed Clorox-spiked water for getting rid of the chemicals, and also worked better than plain water, Dr Lili He of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and …

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Elsa Lefort Hamouri: ‘My husband’s arrest is political’

It’s been 84 days since the French-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri was imprisoned in Israel after being arrested at his home in East Jerusalem. Since then he has been placed under administrative detention and imprisoned for a renewable period of six months by order of the Minister of Defence Avigdor Lieberman. …

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Britain is responsible for my tragedy’

On the 100th anniversary of the Balfour declaration, the British promise to help create a Jewish national homeland in Palestine, Motasem A Dalloul interviews 81-year-old Palestinian, Abdul-Hamid Ramadan Al-Aloul, who has lived through the British occupation, the Nakba and Israeli air strikes on his home.My mother told me that my …

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