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The Chinese Government Is Asking Citizens to Stop Hiring Strippers for Funerals

The sexy sendoffs are popular in rural parts of the country, where a good turnout at a funeral is seen as a sign of good fortune.<p>In death, as in life, there's more than one way to throw a party. Some mourn the passing of a loved one with church hymns and prayer; others choose to celebrate their …

Chinese Gene-Editing Experiment Creeps Out Scientists

Chinese scientists have caused an uproar by trying to permanently edit the DNA of human embryos — created genetic changes that could be passed along from generation to generation.<p>Their attempt didn’t work very well, but the report, published in a small, online journal called Protein & Cell, has …

Genetics

Multiple air raids hit Yemen despite calls for talks

Saudi-led warplanes have launched deadly air strikes in Yemen despite a call by Houthi fighters for a halt to the raids as a condition for UN-sponsored peace talks.<p>Defence Ministry officials told Al Jazeera on Thursday that 11 air strikes struck Houthi targets in Ibb province, while four hit Lahij, …

Middle East

Like an Eraser for Dead Cells, Gommage Exfoliators Will Transform Your Skin

If your idea of a perfect beauty product is one with instant results, trust us when we say you’ll go wild over gommage exfoliators. Gommage—meaning …

Rights group critical of Egypt's air strikes in Libya

Egypt failed to "take necessary precautions" to protect civilians when it launched air strikes in Libya following the murders of 21 Egyptian Christian hostages earlier this month, a human rights group says.<p>Amnesty International released eyewitness testimonies late on Monday about a strike which …

Middle East

Indonesia stands firm on executing convicts

Indonesia's president has said the planned execution of 11 convicts on death row - including two Australian drug smugglers - will not be delayed and warned foreign countries not to intervene in Jakarta's right to use capital punishment.<p>President Joko Widodo has denied clemency to the convicts …

Asia Pacific

Thirty Shia Muslims kidnapped in Afghanistan

Masked gunmen have abducted 30 Shia Muslim men who were travelling by bus through central Afghanistan, according to local authorities.<p>The men, members of the minority Hazara ethnic group, were taken on Monday evening in Zabul province, on the road between the western city of Herat and Kabul.<p>Hazara …

Afghanistan

Exile instead of murder: A Syrian refugee's choice | Germany

<b>Braunschweig, Germany -</b> Ammar Kassir became a refugee to avoid killing fellow Syrians.<p>In 2012, as pro-democracy marches on the streets of Damascus were increasing, Kassir was a part of a police unit working under the direct control of President Bashar al-Assad. One afternoon, he was ordered to open …

Aegean Sea

Three Muslim students killed at North Carolina campus

Three American students have been shot to death at a residential complex of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a suspect has been arrested over the incident, according to local police.<p>Chapel Hill police told local news outlets that Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, was arrested and charged …

North Carolina

Vladimir Putin's Egypt visit sends message to US

Russian president’s arrival in Egypt allows both countries to signal that their foreign policies are not to be dictated by others<p>Russian president Vladimir Putin has flown to Cairo for a two-day visit, in a move nominally aimed at bolstering bilateral ties with Egypt that also allows both countries …

Russia

UK plans for possible Greek euro exit

<b>The prime minister this morning chaired a meeting of senior officials to discuss the impact on the UK of possible Greek exit from the eurozone - and to take steps to ensure British banks and companies would not be excessively damaged.</b><p>Attended by the head of the Treasury, Nick Macpherson, the …

Europe

When is it OK to have a Swiss bank account?

<b>Plenty of celebrities - and rich Brits - have Swiss bank accounts. Believe it or not, some are even residents of Switzerland.</b><p>But if you are a full UK taxpayer with a Swiss bank account, you have to declare any income from it to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).<p>If you fail to do so, you are guilty of …

Investing

Ukraine conflict: Vladimir Putin renews blame on West

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1144000/1144115_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524678856_8c10c841645266b5ca2256ec4a4d87ca<p><b>Ukraine's crisis has been caused by the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin says, as he considers Franco-German proposals to end fighting between</b> …

Russia

ISIL sets sunset deadline for hostage swap

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group set a deadline for Jordan to release an al-Qaeda-linked female prisoner, saying the group would kill a Jordanian pilot it holds "immediately" if the woman is not freed by sunset on Thursday.<p>In a new audio recording a voice identifying itself as …

Islamic State (ISIS)

DR Congo to launch fresh assault on Rwandan rebels

The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo has announced a fresh offensive against Rwandan ethnic Hutu rebels after weeks of heavy international pressure to act.<p>Democratic Republic of Congo's army has declared the official start of operations against Rwandan Hutu rebels, but a senior army …

Africa

Israel to build 430 new settler homes in West Bank

The Israeli government has published tenders to build 430 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, according to an NGO that monitors settlement activity.<p>Terrestrial Jerusalem reported that the tenders were published on Friday for new homes in four existing settlements across the West Bank, …

Israel

German cattle ranchers killed by guerrillas in Paraguay

<b>A German couple who had been farming in Paraguay for 30 years have been found shot dead at their ranch in the north of the country.</b><p>Roberto Natto and Erika Reiser, both in their 60s, had been kidnapped and shot several miles from their ranch.<p>Government officials say they were killed by a left-wing …

Latin America

Guantanamo detainee freed in Bowe Bergdahl swap 'back to terrorism'

Fears one of the prisoners released in exchange for the US PoW has made contact again with the Taliban<p>A Guantanamo Bay prisoner released last year as part of an exchange for captured US serviceman Bowe Bergdahl has resumed contact with the Taliban, according to reports.<p>The former detainee - one of …

Afghanistan

The New Saudi King Just Made A Bunch Of Changes To His Government

Salman is setting up an economic development council, according to Bloomberg. The current interior minister and newly appointed deputy crown prince, Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef, will be in charge of the new council. Oil minister Ali al-Naimi will also be involved.<p>Here is the rest of the government …

44 police commandos killed in anti-terror op mourned in Philippines

The Philippines president on Friday told relatives of 44 police commandos killed during an anti-terror operation that went wrong that he understood their loss.<p>They were gathered in front of the coffins of the slain officers at a memorial service, held at a police base in Taguig.<p>The president said …

Woman opens fire in Istanbul's Taksim Square

Turkey's state-run news agency says a woman opened automatic weapon fire at a police vehicle in Istanbul's main square, Taksim, before escaping on foot.<p>No one was hurt in Friday's incident.<p>The Anadolu Agency says the assailant left her weapon and a bag near the square. There was no immediate …

Extremism

AU calls for regional force to fight Boko Haram

The African Union has called for a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to defeat the "horrendous" rise of the Nigerian armed group Boko Haram, AU Commission Chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has said.<p>The statement on Friday came after Boko Haram increased cross border raids in recent weeks, in …

Africa

Philippines mourns 44 slain officers

The Philippine president has pledged justice for the families of 44 police commandos killed during a botched anti-terror operation, that has threatened to derail a peace deal with Muslim rebels.<p>President Benigno Aquino III promised grieving relatives on Friday that government forces would capture …

Extremism

US executes mentally disabled man

Rights groups up in arms after Texas executes mentally-handicapped man convicted of rape and murder<p>The state of Texas on Thursday executed a convicted rapist-killer whose lawyers argued was severely mentally impaired, hours after the US Supreme Court refused last-minute appeals to spare him.<p>Robert …

Death Row

Ukraine battle rages for key town of Debaltseve

<b>Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels have been exchanging heavy artillery fire in and around Debaltseve, a strategic town in eastern Ukraine.</b><p>The rebels say they have fully seized the nearby town of Vuhlehirsk, but the Ukrainian military denies this.<p>Many civilians remain trapped in Debaltseve, …

Russia

Russia says patrols near UK airspace were 'routine'

<b>Russia has dismissed claims its planes caused "disruption to civil aviation" in the UK this week, saying its actions were not "threatening" or "disruptive".</b><p>The UK Foreign Office said the Russian planes, which came near UK airspace on Wednesday before being "escorted" by RAF jets, were "part of an …

Airplanes

Iraq probes alleged massacre by Shia militia in Diyala

<b>Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered an investigation into allegations Shia militiamen massacred Sunni residents of an eastern village.</b><p>Witnesses said more than 70 people were killed on Monday after pro-government forces expelled Islamic State (IS) from its last stronghold in Diyala …

Islam

Dozens killed in Afghanistan in attacks on funeral, checkpoint

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomb attack on a funeral in east Afghanistan killed 16 people and injured another 39 on Thursday, a local official said, an unusually high death toll for a single bombing in a country ravaged by decades of war.<p>Afghan men carry a wounded man at a hospital in Jalalabad, …

Afghanistan

Death toll mounts in intense clashes in east Ukraine

KIEV (Reuters) - Five Ukrainian soldiers and three civilians have been killed as a result of fighting in Ukraine’s separatist eastern regions in the past 24 hours, Kiev authorities said on Thursday, reporting no let-up in violent clashes with pro-Russian rebels.<p>Ukrainian servicemen construct a …

Russia