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Eiffel Tower to be shielded by 2.5-metre glass security walls

PARIS: The Eiffel Tower, the symbol of Paris, will soon be surrounded by a bullet-proof glass wall 2.5 metres (eight feet) high, part of a plan to prevent attacks at the iconic monument, the city said on Thursday. The 20-million-euro ($21.4 million) wall to be erected this autumn will replace the metal fences thrown up around the 324-metre (1,063-foot) tower during the Euro football tournament in France last year. "The terror threat remains high in Paris, and the most vulnerable sites, starting with the Eiffel Tower,…

Mexican boy designs bullet-proof backpack

MEXICO CITY: An 11-year-old Mexican boy who lives in a northern city plagued by drug violence and shootouts has designed a bullet-proof backpack with a GPS tracker and an alarm system. Juan David Hernandez, who lives in Matamoros on the border with the United States, presented his special school gear at a science fair in the state of Tamaulipas, according to local media. The bag, which has the words "security backpack" inscribed on the back, weighs five kilograms (11 pounds). It includes a steel plate to stop…