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"We hope this could someday lead to a new way for people with diabetes to manage their disease." http://bbc.in/1hyPS9s #Google has said it is testing a "smart contact lens" that can help measure glucose levels in tears. It uses a "tiny" wireless chip and a "miniaturised" glucose sensor embedded between two layers of lens material. The internet giant says that "a lot more work" needed to be done to get the technology ready for everyday use.

[UPDATE 18/01/2014, 0925GMT: Police say they "strongly believe" body of a boy found in Fife is missing three-year-old Mikaeel Kular and have detained his mother. They have sealed off and are searching a house in Kirkcaldy, Fife, which belongs to a relative of his mother.] A body has been found by police searching for missing three-year-old Mikaeel Kular. Mikaeel had been last seen at his home in Edinburgh at 9pm on Wednesday. Police in Edinburgh said at a press conference that the body of a young boy had been found in Fife shortly before midnight. They also said a person had been detained. Mikaeel's disappearance initiated a major search, with hundreds of members of the public joining search teams and police. http://bbc.in/1dgfJOb

South Korea confirms bird flu, expands culling | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea confirmed the outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu on Saturday and said it would expand the culling of birds to a radius of 3-km (1.9 mile) around a duck farm, but a nationwide suspension of poultry shipment was considered premature.<p>The Ministry of Agriculture, Food …

Thai protesters march on, defiant after grenade attack | Reuters

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Anti-government protesters marched defiantly through Thailand’s capital on Saturday, with one group entering a police compound, undeterred by a grenade explosion the day before that wounded 35 demonstrators and killed one.<p>Soldiers stand next to a cache of weapons found in an …

Libya sends troops to restore order in volatile south - PM | Reuters

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya is sending troops to the country’s restive south after gunmen stormed an air force base in the region’s biggest town, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Saturday, following days of skirmishes between rival tribesmen and militias.<p>Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan speaks …

Pope won't be lenient with predator priests - ex-prosecutor | Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will not show leniency towards paedophile priests because truth and justice are more important than protecting the Church, the Vatican’s former sex crimes prosecutor said on Saturday.<p>Newly-ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Malta Monsignor Charles Scicluna (C) is …

Turkey purges regulators, state TV in graft probe backlash | Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has extended a purge of official bodies to the banking and telecoms regulators and state TV, firing dozens of executives in moves that appear to broaden Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s backlash against a corruption investigation.<p>Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan …

Syrian militias try to agree peace talks stance in Turkey | Reuters

SILIVRI, Turkey (Reuters) - Representatives of major Syrian rebel militias met in Ankara on Saturday to try to agree a common stance on internationally sponsored peace talks beginning in Switzerland next week, opposition sources said.<p>People search for survivors amid damage caused by what activists …

Syria offers Aleppo truce as rebels argue over talks | Reuters

MOSCOW/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Syrian government, preparing for peace talks with rebels next week, handed the Russian co-sponsors of the conference a proposal on Friday for a ceasefire in Aleppo and an exchange of prisoners.<p>The offer was dismissed by some of President Bashar al-Assad’s disparate …

Nine charged in 2000 murder of Haitian journalist Jean Dominique | Reuters

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - A judge concluded the investigation into one of Haiti’s most notorious political assassinations on Friday, accusing nine people - including several close associates of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide - of having a hand in the killing of radio journalist Jean …

Turkish police fire tear gas on Istanbul protesters | Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas on Saturday to disperse hundreds of protesters in Istanbul’s central Taksim Square demonstrating mainly against a government bill that would increase controls over the Internet.<p>A Reuters reporter saw protesters escaping into side streets after police used …

South Sudan says regains key town from rebels, Uganda claims credit | Reuters

JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudanese government forces said they seized the flashpoint town of Bor back from rebels on Saturday and Uganda’s army claimed credit for the operation, highlighting the depth of its involvement in the conflict.<p>South Sudanese people wait for their mobile phones to be charged …

Libyan planes attack unruly militias in south, army on alert | Reuters

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan war planes attacked targets in the restive south on Saturday after gunmen stormed an air force base and the government ordered in ground troops following days of skirmishes between rival tribesmen and militias.<p>Western powers fear the OPEC producer could slide into further …

Iran's supreme leader commutes almost 900 sentences | Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei agreed on Saturday to pardon or reduce the sentences of 878 people in honour of the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday on Sunday, the state news agency IRNA reported.<p>EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian …

Obama tells Merkel, Germans he will not wiretap | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama told Germans and their leader on Saturday he would not let intelligence work damage relations, and differences of opinion between the two countries was no reason to wiretap.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Agency from the …

Turkey purges regulators, state TV in graft probe backlash | Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has extended a purge of official bodies to the banking and telecoms regulators and state TV, firing dozens of executives in moves that appear to broaden Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s backlash against a corruption investigation.<p>Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan …

Syrian opposition says to attend talks, backed by rebel fighters | Reuters

SILIVRI, Turkey (Reuters) - Syria’s main political opposition group in exile agreed on Saturday to attend internationally sponsored peace talks, and said for the first time three rebel fighting forces also wanted to take part.<p>The agreement by the Syrian National Coalition - and the chance of …

Egyptians overwhelmingly back constitution - official results | Reuters

CAIRO (Reuters) - More than 98 percent of voters backed a new Egyptian constitution in a referendum this week, authorities said on Saturday, though the turnout was lower than some officials had indicated, with under 40 percent of the electorate taking part.<p>The vote advances a transition plan that …

A story told in pictures: Migrants fleeing Syria and Africa and desperate to reach sanctuary in Europe take great risks to reach the Spanish enclave of Melilla via Guardian global development http://gu.com/p/3yzd8/fb

Peru blocks plans for new indigenous reserve as oil production starts

Two key Peruvian state institutions are blocking plans to establish a reserve for indigenous people living in "voluntary isolation" (IPVI) between the Napo and Tigre rivers in the Amazon rainforest.<p>Opposition to the proposal was condemned by national indigenous organisation AIDESEP after a meeting, …

Why the sudden Tory U-turn on the minimum wage? Fear of Miliband

George Osborne has that gift bestowed on the fortunate politician; he looks in control when he is all at sea. A certain arrogance gets him through; that swagger born of an elite education and a life of affluence. Even delivering the 2012 "omnishambles" budget, which gave us the ill-fated pasty tax …

How Van Gogh's Sunflowers came into bloom

At first nobody wanted them. Van Gogh painted four images of sunflowers in a pot, and then three copies that depart in many details from the originals. Together, they amount to an iconic body of work, representative of his creative powers at their height. Yet the first time one was exhibited in his …

One Direction's Liam Payne's tops misplaced tabloid outrage chart with balcony balancing act

The singer's self-tweeted photo whipped up a storm of righteous indignation, but don't blame Jodie Marsh for US gun violence<p>Exciting moves in the outrage markets this week, as a photo of a One Direction singer on a high ledge knocks Man United's Chris Smalling off the top spot for Own Goal of the …

Obama to overhaul NSA's bulk storage of Americans' telephone data

• President to announce that private entity will store call data • Move does not end US bulk collection program • Speech will outline changes taken from NSA review panel<p>Follow Obama's speech on NSA surveillance on our live blog<p>US president Barack Obama will announce that the National Security …

Jewish parents in US begin to question the need for circumcision

When his pregnant wife first challenged circumcising their son, Mike Wallach had a gut reaction: "That's what we do, we're Jews!" But doubts about whether the surgery was medically necessary and concern over his wife's opposition forced Wallach to confront some questions.<p>Can you be Jewish without …

Rio's favela dwellers fight to stave off evictions in runup to Brazil World Cup

A steep climb leads to the top of the Santa Marta favela in Rio de Janeiro, where the statue of Christ the Redeemer is visible to the right and the ocean can be seen over the roofs of hundreds of homes below. The residents of the cluster of houses on the summit, O Pico, surely have one of the best …

Vladimir Putin: gay people at Winter Olympics must 'leave children alone'

Vladimir Putin has said that gay people will be not be subjected to harassment at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, as long as they stay away from children.<p>Putin is currently in Sochi reviewing preparations for the Games, which begin in three weeks. During a meeting with some of the thousands of …

The hidden messages in kids' TV

Thomas And Friends<p><b>Engine empire fetishism:</b> Despite its admirably integrated travel system, Sodor is an island still in thrall to outmoded and discredited ideas of empire. The inhabitants are literally railroaded with faux-paternal ruthlessness by Sir Topham Hatt, an obese Orwellian "controller" who …

Freedom of speech debate sparked by draft law to ban use of 'Nazi' in Israel

Bill would impose fine and jail sentence on anyone using the word other than in certain educational or artistic contexts<p>An Israeli draft law that would criminalise the use of the word Nazi in most cases has sparked a debate on freedom of speech.<p>Seven decades after the formation of the state of …

Yes, you can have a Chinese girlfriend and still be racist

As far as the great Tory modernisation project goes – and Dave's actions (for example on bedroom tax) speak louder than his words to many – a niggling obstacle is the continued reluctance of black and minority ethnic (BME) communities to vote Tory. In fact, research conducted by their very own Lord …