High arsenic levels found in children near former French mine

TOULOUSE: Worrying levels of arsenic have been detected in 38 children living near what was once the world’s biggest mine for the toxic element, a French regional health agency said Tuesday, heightening... Read more »

1,800 dead as malaria ‘epidemic’ rages in Burundi: UN

Malaria has killed more than 1,800 people in Burundi this year, the UN’s humanitarian agency says, a death toll rivaling a deadly Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. In its... Read more »

EU leaders scramble for consensus on 2050 carbon neutral target

BRUSSELS: EU leaders hoping for the bloc to lead the fight against global warming by agreeing on Thursday to go carbon neutral by 2050 engaged in last-ditch diplomacy to ease fears among... Read more »

US quarantines 5,200 migrants over mumps and chicken pox exposure

WASHINGTON: US authorities said Friday they had placed 5,200 detained migrants into quarantine, mainly over exposure to mumps, linking a surge in cases to a recent outbreak of the contagious disease in... Read more »

Lychee fruit killing people in India, 31 children dead

PATNA: At least 31 children have died in northern India in the last 10 days from a deadly brain disease believed linked to a toxic substance found in lychee fruit, health officials... Read more »

Environment emerges as major issue for Australian voters

MELBOURNE: The environment has emerged as a major issue for Australian voters, a poll showed on Sunday, but healthcare and the cost of living are the top concerns ahead of next month’s... Read more »

Cholera cases increase to 271 in Mozambique’s cyclone-hit Beira

MAPUTO, Mozambique: The number of confirmed cases of cholera in Mozambique’s cyclone-hit port city of Beira has nearly doubled to 271 in the last 48 hours, the southern African nation’s government said... Read more »

98 die of toxic alcohol in India’s Assam state; 200 hospitalised

Ninety-eight workers have died and at least 200 others have been hospitalised in northeastern India after drinking toxic liquor, officials said Saturday, in the latest case of alcohol poisoning in the country.... Read more »

Soaring 9/11 health claims force cutback of compensation

NEW YORK: The $7.4 billion fund for victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks faces a sharp surge in claims and will cut back individual payouts by as much as 70 percent,... Read more »

EU inspectors arrive in Poland to probe shocking beef scandal

EU experts arrived in Poland on Monday to probe a suspect beef scare that saw a Polish slaughterhouse allegedly evade controls to butcher lame cows and export the meat to other European... Read more »