Decorative Lights Contain Harmful Substances, Experts Warn

Decorative lights contain potentially harmful plasticizers whose concentrations exceed legal limits, said an environmental organization.


The Germany-based Friends of the Earth organization has recently assigned a laboratory to test four types of decorative lights to see if they contain harmful phthalates and chlorinated paraffins. The tested lamps were bought from online vendors.


"In three of four tested decorative lights, scientists found high concentrations, up to 27 percent, of these harmful substances," the organization said in a statement, noting that these quantities violate the EU law.


According to the German organization, plasticizers - chemicals added to plastic and other materials to promote plasticity and fl...
Read more »


A Kurdish man murdered in Nashville

Kurdish man Nashwan Malaka was fatally shot inside the Newroz Market on Elysian Fields Court where he worked Thursday night in south Nashville.


The 32-year-old father of two ...

»  Boochani: 'I Am Happy Because I Survived'
»  A young Kurd sets himself on fire outside the UNHCR building

Susan Rice: U.S. has ‘sold out the Kurds’ with Syria move

Susan Rice, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and national security adviser in the Obama administration, joined Judy Woodruff on PBS NewsHour and discussed the Trump administration&rsquo...

»  INTERVIEW: Kurdish leader Ilham Ahmed on security in North and East Syria
»  A political analyst: The subject of the disappeared will be raised for electoral campaigns

HRW: Abductions Linked to Baghdad Protests

At least seven people, including a boy of 16, were reported missing since October 7 from or near Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, where they were participating in ongoing protests in Iraq’s cap...

»  UN: Climate change near 'point of no return'
»  KRSO: The Kurdistan Region has over 6 million people