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A quarter of young men self-harm to cope with depression, says survey

UK poll of 16- to 24-year-olds reveals many over-exercise, punch walls, drink heavily and abuse drugs due to anxiety and stress<p>One in four young men are turning to self-harm as a result of depression, anxiety and stress, according to a YouGov poll.<p>Of the 500 men aged 16 to 24 surveyed, 24% said …

Mental Health
Philip Hammond

Railways could use eye scans to charge passengers, say industry plans

Biometric technology, including fingerprint and iris scans, could enable fares to be automatically processed<p>Rail passengers could be charged for journeys by fingerprint or iris scans, according to the industry’s plan for coping with growing demand.<p>Biometric technology would enable fares to be …


Designer babies: an ethical horror waiting to happen?

Nearly 40 years since the first ‘test-tube baby’, how close are we to editing out all of our genetic imperfections – and should we even try to do so?<p>Comfortably seated in the fertility clinic with Vivaldi playing softly in the background, you and your partner are brought coffee and a folder. Inside …


Smog refugees flee Chinese cities as 'airpocalypse' blights half a billion

Thousands head to pollution-free regions as haze descends on the country’s northern industrial heartland<p>Tens of thousands of “smog refugees” have reportedly fled China’s pollution-stricken north after the country was hit by its latest “airpocalyse” forcing almost half a billion people to live under …


Hundreds of thousands of fish wash up on Cornish beach

Mass beaching at Marazion at St Michael’s Mount is second such incident this month<p>The shingle of one of the most picturesque beaches in Cornwall, Marazion at St Michael’s Mount, was covered in hundreds of thousands of dead fish at the weekend, the second time this month there has been a mass …


California's next global warming target: dairy cows

<b>GALT, Calif. —</b> California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm. The nation’s leading agricultural state is now targeting greenhouse …

Bird Flu

Pope Francis cements priests' power to forgive abortion

Pontiff indefinitely extends priests’ right to grant forgiveness for what church considers ‘grave sin’<p>Pope Francis has given all priests the power to forgive women who have had an abortion, saying the procedure was a “grave sin” but one that God’s mercy could wipe away for those with a repentant …

Pope Francis

In charred church near Mosul, Iraqi Christians pray once more | Reuters

QARAQOSH, Iraq (Reuters) - Surrounded by charred walls and in front of a ruined altar, dozens of Iraqi Christians celebrated mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Qaraqosh on Sunday for the first time since it was recaptured from Islamic State.<p>An Iraqi Christian prepares for the first …

Islamic State (ISIS)
Natural Disasters
Natural Disasters

UK deploys hundreds of troops and aircraft to eastern Europe

UK joins biggest post-cold war buildup of Nato forces as Russian military engages in series of high-profile manoeuvres<p>The UK is deploying hundreds of troops, as well as aircraft and armour to eastern Europe as part of the biggest build-up of Nato forces in the region since the cold war. The …


World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020, major report warns

Living Planet Index shows vertebrate populations are set to decline by 67% on 1970 levels unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity’s impact<p>The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying …


Piltdown breakdown - new details about a famed scientific hoax

By Will Dunham<p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Researchers applying modern forensic techniques to a century-old puzzle have laid bare intriguing new details …


China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years

The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America<p>It is said to be China's biggest church and on Easter Sunday thousands of worshippers will flock to this Asian mega-temple to pledge their allegiance – not to the Communist …


From Twister’s ‘sex in a box’ to Pokémon Go’s new reality – how games define the times

When real life seems so dark, it’s no wonder people welcome the chance to add a little magic. But games have been with us for thousands of years – and the crazes of different eras tell us more than you would expect<p>It’s Saturday night and I’m standing in a crowded bar talking to a man dressed as a …


Europe floods: Seine could peak at 6.5 metres as Louvre closes doors

At least 12 people killed across northern Europe in week of storms that have flooded villages and wrecked roads<p>Europe flooding: have you been affected?<p>Flood waters flowing through Paris have swelled the river Seine to 6 metres above its normal level, with a peak level of up to 6.5 metres expected …


Lightning strikes kill man in Poland and injure dozens across Europe

Man dies in Poland, several hurt at children’s party in Paris and 35 in German village as freak thunderstorms hit Europe<p>One man has died and scores of people been injured, including children, as lightning strikes hit several parts of Europe, including a park in Paris and a football pitch in Germany.<p>…


People of no religion outnumber Christians in England and Wales – study

Proportion of population who describe themselves as Anglican has halved since 1983<p>The number of people who say they have no religion is escalating and significantly outweighs the Christian population in England and Wales, according to new analysis.<p>The proportion of the population who identify in …


West and Russia on course for war, says ex-Nato deputy commander

Former British general predicts Russia will seize territory in eastern Ukraine and invade Baltic states, sparking war<p>A startling claim that the west is on course for war with Russia has been delivered by the former deputy commander of Nato, the former British general Sir Alexander Richard …


Pope Francis castigates Europe in speech on solidarity

In Charlemagne prize acceptance speech, pontiff criticises union’s position on refugees, economy and youth employment<p>Europe is struggling to live up to the vision of its founders, Pope Francis has said in a powerful speech that asked: “What has happened to you, the Europe of humanism, the champion …


Alberta declares state of emergency as wildfire forces Fort McMurray evacuation

More than 80,000 residents ordered to leave city and at least 1,600 buildings destroyed as ‘nasty, ugly’ inferno rages in hub of Canadian oil sands industry<p>Worst of blazes ‘still to come’ after Fort McMurray evacuated Have you been affected?<p>The Canadian province of Alberta has declared a state of …

Fort McMurray

Dozens killed as 7.8-magnitude earthquake hits Ecuador

Fearful residents stream into streets of the capital Quito while major city of Guayaquil is among places worst hit<p>Ecuador earthquake live coverage<p>Ecuador’s Pacific coast has been struck by the country’s strongest earthquake in decades, a 7.8-magnitude tremor killing at least 77 people, flattening …

Natural Disasters

Japan hit by second powerful earthquake

At least 34 believed dead and about 1,500 injured with thousands more evacuated as rescuers search through rubble<p>A second major earthquake in less than two days has shaken Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, with at least 34 people thought to have been killed, about 1,500 injured and more feared …

Natural Disasters