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APS attack survivor shines in GCSE exams

KARACHI: Around four years after the Army Public School (APS) carnage that killed 150 people (mostly pupils), one of the survivors of the massacre, Ahmad Nawaz, excelled in GCSE examinations in the UK, securing top marks. Ahmad secured six A* and two As in his eight international GCSE exams. He took to the social media to make this announcement, drawing widespread appreciation from numerous quarters for his feat. “Thanks to my parents and all of you for supporting me. This is a big success for me and takes me many…

APS survivor meets Pakistan legends at Leeds

LEEDS: A teenage Pakistan boy, who survived the Army Public School terrorist attack in 2014, met the Pakistani cricket legends during the second day's play between Pakistan and England at Headingley on Saturday. Waleed Khan survived a dozen bullets in the attack which left some 150 plus kids and teachers dead in one of the most barbaric attacks in Pakistan. He now plays cricket and studies in Birmingham. The boy was invited as a special guest by the Test Match Special commentary Team to Headingley to share the horrific…

Florida school shooting survivor rejects ‘hero’ label

FLORIDA: A survivor of the Florida school shooting nicknamed "Iron Man" for his efforts to save classmates said he did not want to be labeled a "hero," as his family announced a lawsuit against authorities. Anthony Borges, 15, was shot in both legs and the back by Nikolas Cruz, who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on February 14. Despite his injuries, the teenager managed to shut a door, preventing the shooter from entering the room where around 20 students were hiding. In doing so, he…

Hiroshima survivor to accept Nobel Peace Prize for nuclear watchdog

OTTAWA: Setsuko Thurlow was 13 years old and standing only a mile away from ground zero when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in 1945. More than 62 years after that horrific day, she will jointly accept the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of this year's laureate, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), an organization in which she has played a major role. "I remember a bluish-white flash. My body was flung into the air, and I remember a sensation of floating,"…

Childhood death of sibling might affect survivor’s lifespan

COPENHAGEN: Death of a sibling in childhood is associated with a greater risk of early death in the surviving brother or sister, researchers say. "The public should be aware of children’s vulnerability after experiencing sibling loss, especially in the first year and for siblings of same sex or close age,” Dr. Yongfu Yu from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark told Reuters Health by email. “Tailored social support may help to reduce the level of grief and minimize potential adverse health effects on the bereaved…