World briefs: Eye drops may cure cataracts one day

Eye drops may cure cataracts one day

PARIS • An eye drop tested on dogs suggests cataracts, the most common cause of blindness in humans, could be cured one day without surgery, a study said on Wednesday.

A naturally occurring molecule called lanosterol, applied with a dropper, shrank canine cataracts, scientists reported in Nature. Currently, treatment requires going under the knife.


UK teen admits to inciting terror attack

LONDON • A British teenager yesterday admitted to inciting an attack, inspired by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), on policemen at a parade in Melbourne held as part of World War I commemorations this year.

The 15-year-old, who was 14 when he was arrested, sent thousands of instant messages to incite Australia-based Sevdet Besim, 18, into carrying out a beheading and an atrocity at the Anzac Day parade.


Iran accord: Queries over 'secret deals'

WASHINGTON • Secretary of State John Kerry's task of selling the Iran nuclear accord on Capitol Hill could be hampered by questions over what Republicans are calling secret "side deals".

Supporters say confidential components of the accord reached last week to limit the nuclear programme are routine and will be disclosed to members of the US Congress.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 24, 2015, with the headline 'WorldBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe