Armadillos linked to leprosy in humans

(Health.com) — Several years ago, an 81-year-old woman with a raised patch of dry skin on her arm visited Mississippi dermatologist John Abide, M.D. Although the lesion looked only slightly abnormal, a series of lab tests revealed that it was a symptom of leprosy. “I thought, ‘Leprosy, are you kidding […]

Students, medics abducted in Bahrain

Tehran Times Bahraini forces have reportedly abducted two female students and four women medics in different cities in line with the country’s harsh Saudi-backed crackdown. According to Press TV, the students were kidnapped in Bilad al-Qadim city and the medics in Isa town on Tuesday, witnesses said. Earlier on Tuesday, […]

Opposition parties (in Jordan) express concern over ‘deliberate delay’ in implementing reforms

By Mohammad Ben Hussein AMMAN – The National Coalition of Opposition Parties on Tuesday expressed concern over what they claimed was the government’s deliberate delay in implementing political and economic reforms. “The official policies to delay speeding up democratic reform is dangerous,” the coalition said following a meeting on Monday […]

Natural cures that really work

Will placing a tea bag on a cold sore make it disappear? Can you ease hot flashes with herbs? And does putting yogurt on your nether parts have a prayer of curing a yeast infection? It used to be that you’d hear about these kinds of home remedies from your […]

China drafting special law on climate change

BRUSSELS – China’s chief negotiator to UN climate change talks said here on Tuesday that the country is drafting a special law dedicated to climate change and will explore a low carbon development path suitable to China. “We are in the process of preparing for a special law dedicated to climate […]

China software industry Q1 revenue surges 27%

BEIJING – China’s software industry revenue in the first three months surged 27 percent year on year to 345.4 billion yuan ($53 billion), the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said Tuesday.   Related readings:  31 central government departments complete installation of genuine software  Chinese steel firm settles software piracy […]

Iranians top the list of Umrah pilgrims

Arab News By MUHAMMAD HUMAIDAN JEDDAH: A total of 724,000 pilgrims arrived for Umrah until early April, said the Haj Ministry on Monday, adding that the Umrah season has so far been a success. According to Haj Ministry records, 257,000 of the pilgrims were from Iran, 235,000 from Turkey, 171,000 […]