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JERUSALEM: A 58-year-old woman has given birth to twins after receiving fertility treatment. 

Medical authorities said Samira Elias, a retired history teacher, was the oldest woman to give birth in Israel, breaking a record set several years ago by a 53-year-old. 

“I may be the oldest person to have given birth in Israel but I am the happiest woman in the world,” Elias was quoted as saying in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper yesterday.  

A 2.4 kg boy, Elias, and a girl, Solva, weighing 2.1 kg, were born by Caesarean section in hospital in the town of Nahariya on Saturday.  

They are her first children. – Reuters 


WELLINGTON: A NZ$200,000 (RM430,000) dispute between two companies has been resolved in an an unusual out-of-court settlement – a best-of-three arm-wrestling match. 

The chief executives of the small telecommunications companies – Teamtalk Ltd and MCS Digital Ltd – squared off after their firms were unable to reach an agreement on access to a mobile radio network. 

“Sure, losing hurts but not nearly as much as paying lawyers bills,” said defeated TeamTalk Chief Executive David Ware. – Reuters 


SYDNEY: The president of the tiny Pacific island state of Nauru has died in a United States hospital after emergency heart surgery, a government spokesman said yesterday.  

Bernard Dowiyogo, 57, died late on Sunday after collapsing last week during an official visit to the US and undergoing an 11-hour heart operation. 

Dowiyogo had undergone heart bypass surgery in Australia in 2001 and had had diabetes for 30 years. – Reuters  

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