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‘I don’t have any hope’: How toxic water is allegedly slowly poisoning two villages in Punjab

Basharat Ali was 15 when his legs began to falter, a condition doctors have blamed on polluted water in a region infamous for the deformities that afflict many of its people. Too weak to carry his own schoolbag, he was taken to hospital, where doctors said water laden with toxic levels of arsenic, fluoride, minerals and various metals was to blame. “It was a big blow to me as I had to quit my studies to get treatment,” Ali told AFP on the rooftop of his house some 45 kilometres from Lahore. From there, Ali's…

Lavrov says spy poisoning could be ‘in interests’ of UK govt

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday suggested that the poisoning of a former double agent could benefit the British government by distracting attention from problems around Brexit. The March 4 attack on Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury has triggered a wave of tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats between the West and Russia and sent relations plunging to new post-Cold War lows. "This could be in the interests of the British government which found itself in an uncomfortable…

Plane carrying Russian diplomats expelled from US lands in Moscow

MOSCOW:  The first plane carrying Russian diplomats expelled from the United States over the poisoning of a former spy arrived at Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Sunday.  The Il-96 jet brought home 46 Russian diplomats and their family members, the state TASS news agency said. Russian television showed passengers disembarking from the plane while several buses waited to pick them up. A second plane was expected to arrive in the Russian capital later Sunday. In total, 171 people -- diplomats and their families -- were…

Russia calls British PM’s allegations over poisoning ‘insane’

MOSCOW: A Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman on Thursday described allegations by British Prime Minister Theresa May that Russia was to blame for the nerve agent poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal as insane. The spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, also said Moscow was still working on retaliatory measures against Britain for London’s decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats over the poisoning, which left Skripal and his daughter critically ill. Her comments followed a statement by British Prime Minister Theresa May on…

Lead poisoning lurks in scores of New York neighborhoods

In some areas of New York City, children tested high for lead at double the rate in Flint – the latest finding in a Reuters investigation that has identified 3,800 such lead hotspots nationwide. Until now, many have remained hidden. NEW YORK: In public health circles, New York City is known for its long war on lead poisoning. The city outlawed residential lead paint in 1960, 18 years before a national ban. A 2004 housing law targeted “elimination” of childhood lead poisoning within six years. The city offers free lead…