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Mexican rape victim, 13, denied access to abortion

Girl in Sonora barred from terminating pregnancy after judge downgrades crime from rape to ‘sexual coercion’<p>Health officials in northern Mexico have refused to authorize an abortion for a 13-year-old girl who was raped by a family acquaintance after a judge downgraded the crime to a charge of …

Mexico City

Why some factory owners are celebrating India's child labour bill

<b>It's mid-morning and the local school in the large Delhi shantytown that I'm visiting, on the edge of India's vast capital, is teeming with children. The narrow lanes ring out with their little voices reciting the alphabet at the top of their lungs.</b><p>But just next to the school, that reassuring sound …

India

Wang Hong: China's online stars making real cash

<b>Ling Ling, a 29-year-old living in Shanghai, has gone to great lengths to curate a picture-perfect life on social media. Her photos on micro-blogging site Weibo show her glamorous and leisurely life.</b><p>Dressed in fashionable clothing and with immaculate make-up, Ling Ling is seen dining at fancy cafes …

China

Ice Bucket Challenge funds gene discovery in ALS (MND) research

<b>The Ice Bucket Challenge that went viral in 2014 has funded an important scientific gene discovery in the progressive neurodegenerative disease ALS, the ALS Association says.</b><p>Scientists have identified a new gene contributing to the disease, NEK1.<p>The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised $115m (£87.7m) …

Medical Research

Scientists find new antibiotic in the human nose

Scientists have discovered a bacterium living inside the human nose that produces an antibiotic capable of killing one of the most hard-to-treat pathogens — a pathogen that causes serious, even deadly skin and wound infections, bloodstream infections and pneumonia.<p>German researchers found that this …

Microbiology

European wind energy is now cheaper than nuclear power

Wind energy has officially overtaken nuclear power as the most affordable energy option – at least in countries surrounding the North Sea. In nearby …

Renewable Energy

Cities face dramatic increase in water treatment spending when watersheds are developed

A new global study has found that one in three large cities spend 50 percent more on water treatment costs as a result of damage to the ecological …

Ecology

The world’s most expensive coffee is a nightmare for the animals who produce it

The most expensive coffee in the world can go for $100 a cup, but it comes with a hidden cost: the well-being of a forest-dwelling cat-like creature native to southeast Asia.<p>Even in the world of specialty coffees and nitro cold brews, civet coffee—also known by its Indonesian name, <i>kopi luwak</i>—is a …

Coffee

Israeli tourist 'gang-raped' in northern India, two arrested

<b>Two men have been arrested after a 25-year-old Israeli woman was allegedly gang raped in India's Himachal Pradesh state.</b><p>Police said the woman mistook the car for a taxi and boarded it on Sunday morning in the popular town of Manali to go to a neighbouring district.<p>She was allegedly taken to a …

India

Israeli woman allegedly gang-raped in Indian tourist town of Manali

A 25-year-old woman reports being raped by two men after flagging what she thought was a taxi in the Himalayan town<p>Indian police have arrested two men suspected of raping a 25-year-old Israeli tourist in the popular northern Himalayan resort town of Manali, local officers said.<p>The arrests were made …

China's About to Rewrite Human DNA Using a Revolutionary Tool For The First Time

Here we go...<p>Next month, Chinese researchers will edit adult human DNA using the revolutionary CRISPR/Cas-9 tool, commonly known as CRISPR, for the …

Chinese Scientists Will Begin First Human CRISPR Gene-Editing Trial

A group of Chinese scientists will be the first in the world to use the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology on humns in a clinical trial set to begin …

11 Google projects that could change the world

Google's parent company Alphabet has so many projects cooking it can be difficult to keep track.<p>But there are some that could truly change the world as we know it once they're complete.<p>Scroll down to see the most mind-blowing projects.

Driverless Cars

Inflatable uLites emergency shelter with built-in solar sets up in just 30 minutes

When disaster strikes, providing shelter for displaced residents or to set up an emergency hospital is often one of the first things needed, and the …

Online 'university of anywhere' opens to refugees

<b>An online university is offering 500 refugees from Syria's civil war free places on its degree courses.</b><p>The University of the People, based in California, is a fast-growing, non-profit project designed to provide higher education for those with the academic ability to study, but without the ability …

eLearning

FGM is child abuse, says UN Population Fund chief

<b>The head of the United Nations Population Fund has, for the first time, described female genital mutilation as "child abuse".</b><p>Dr Babatunde Osotimehin told the BBC that the custom was a human rights abuse and needed to end immediately.<p>More than 200 million women and girls around the world have …

Child Abuse

Melbourne students' 'sexualised' Instagram posts spark anger

<b>A prestigious private school in Melbourne, Australia has shut down a student-run Instagram page which was accused of sexualising younger girls.</b><p>Police are investigating after the mother of one girl featured complained.<p>The account, by year 12 students at Brighton Grammar, used photos of girls as …

Australia

Oxfam: Poorest nations shouldering responsibility for world's refugees

<b>(CNN) —</b> The world's six wealthiest countries host less than 9% of the world's refugees, according to a new Oxfam report.<p>While the United States, China, Japan, Germany, France and UK make up more than half the global economy, last year they only hosted 2.1 million refugees and asylum seekers -- just …

North Africa

Scientists say that the world is losing so many species that we're putting ourselves at risk

In 2010, the UN Environment Programme estimated that 150 to 200 species of plants, insects, birds, and mammals go extinct every 24 hours, which was believed to be nearly as much as 1,000 times the "natural" rate.<p>And now, according to a new study published in Science, we are losing so many species …

Ecology

Gay blood donor ban based on fear, not science

<b>(CNN) —</b> A month ago, Americans woke up to the horrible news that as we slept, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history — the most violent terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11 -- had just occurred in Orlando. As the terrible details began to circulate on June 12, we could scarcely …

LGBTQI

South China Sea: China 'has right to set up air defence zone'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1252000/1252020_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518596414_96b5132db2234648815571432592ce7b<p><b>A senior Chinese official has said China has the right to set up an air defence zone over territory it claims in the South China Sea.</b><p>The statement …

China

Why has an Indian state imposed a 'fat tax'?

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/1251000/1251771_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1513212698_0d7d7f7a29006cc2de6f919c0c690f77<p><b>Kerala is the first state in India to introduce a "fat tax" on burgers, pizzas, doughnuts and tacos served in branded restaurants.</b><p>The …

Simpler ovarian cancer testing 'saves lives'

<b>Simplifying the way ovarian patients are tested is a "win-win" that saves both lives and money, a study shows.</b><p>Testing their DNA should identify the most effective drugs and finds out if other family members are at risk.<p>Fewer than a third of patients are currently tested, but the team at the …

Cancer

Frenchwoman 'faced job discrimination over headscarf'

<b>A Frenchwoman sacked for refusing to remove her headscarf at work was discriminated against, the European Court of Justice has been advised.</b><p>After her dismissal, Asma Bougnaoui took her case to the French courts and it was eventually referred to the ECJ.<p>She was "professionally competent" as a design …

Religion

Pokémon Go: armed robbers use game to lure players into trap

Missouri suspects used app’s geolocation feature to target ‘unwitting victims’, says police after another incident saw game lead player to dead body<p>UK rollout of Pokémon Go delayed<p>Armed robbers used the game Pokémon Go to lure victims to an isolated trap in Missouri, police reported on Sunday.<p>At …

Black Lives Matter protesters return to the streets

<b>(CNN) —</b> Protesters marched again Saturday in cities nationwide to decry police brutality after the killing of two African-American men by police this week.<p>While many were peaceful, events turned ugly in St. Paul, Minnesota, where protesters clashed with police on Interstate 94.<p>At least two officers …

Law Enforcement