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Licences of all 9mm firearms suspended

Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando today said licences of all 9mm firearms had been suspended and new licences would be issued from January 23. Mr. Fernando expressed these views at a ceremony held in Nalanda College, Colombo today.
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Licences of all 9mm firearms suspended

Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando today said licences of all 9mm firearms had been suspended and new licences would be issued from January 23. Mr. Fernando expressed these views at a ceremony held in Nalanda College, Colombo today.

Mas Domnik 2019 opening hailed a success

The country’s tourism minister, Senator Robert Tonge, has hailed the official opening of Carnival 2019 as a major success. On Saturday the keys to the City of Roseau were handed over to the Chairman of the Carnival Committee, Gerard Cools-Lartigue,...
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Mas Domnik 2019 opening hailed a success

The country’s tourism minister, Senator Robert Tonge, has hailed the official opening of Carnival 2019 as a major success. On Saturday the keys to the City of Roseau were handed over to the Chairman of the Carnival Committee, Gerard Cools-Lartigue,...

BUSINESS BYTE: JN Money ‘Christmas Link up’ winners

The National Co‐operative Credit Union Ltd (NCCU) recently held Prize Giving Ceremonies where prizes were presented to four lucky customers of the JN Money Transfer Service. In the month of December 2018, JN Money held a promotion dubbed “JN Mone
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BUSINESS BYTE: JN Money ‘Christmas Link up’ winners

The National Co‐operative Credit Union Ltd (NCCU) recently held Prize Giving Ceremonies where prizes were presented to four lucky customers of the JN Money Transfer Service. In the month of December 2018, JN Money held a promotion dubbed “JN Money Christmas Link Up” where...

Two coach accidents in last nights storm

Two coaches skidded off the road in Kjalarnes last night in the snowstorm. Nobody was seriously injured but many were shocked and received minor injuries. An emergency centre was set up in Varmárskóli in Mosfellsbær. The heavy snowfall has caused traffic p
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Two coach accidents in last nights storm

Two coaches skidded off the road in Kjalarnes last night in the snowstorm. Nobody was seriously injured but many were shocked and received minor injuries. An emergency centre was set up in Varmárskóli in Mosfellsbær. The heavy snowfall has caused traffic problems in many parts of Iceland.

Meeting of heads of SCO defense institutions held in Bishkek

Bishkek, Jan. 21, 2019. /Kabar/. A meeting of the heads of the defense departments of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states responsible for international military cooperation is held in Bishkek, the press service of the General Staff of th
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Meeting of heads of SCO defense institutions held in Bishkek

Bishkek, Jan. 21, 2019. /Kabar/. A meeting of the heads of the defense departments of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states responsible for international military cooperation is held in Bishkek, the press service of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic reported. During the meeting, the military delegations of Kazakhstan, India, Russia, Tajikistan, China, Pakistan and Uzbekistan discussed the Plan of Cooperation for 2020-2021, reviewed the agendas and draft protocols of the upcoming meeting of defense ministers of the SCO member states, outlined the timing of the Expert Group meeting of the SCO countries. Wthin the framework of the approved Plan of Chairmanship of the Kyrgyz Republic in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in 2019, the General Staff and the State Committee on Defense Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic have begun preparations for holding a meeting of defense ministers of the SCO member states in April this year.

Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan begin negotiations on duty-free deliveries of oil and oil products

Bishkek, Jan. 21, 2019. /Kabar/. Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan began negotiations on duty-free deliveries of oil and petroleum products, the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use reported. The first stage of negotiations is underway to discuss a d
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Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan begin negotiations on duty-free deliveries of oil and oil products

Bishkek, Jan. 21, 2019. /Kabar/. Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan began negotiations on duty-free deliveries of oil and petroleum products, the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use reported. The first stage of negotiations is underway to discuss a draft agreement between the governments of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan on trade and economic cooperation in the field of oil and oil products supply. According to the project under discussion, the Kazakh side is obliged to export products to Kyrgyzstan without duty in accordance with the approved indicative balance and protocol. The indicative balance will be approved at the second stage of negotiations, which will take place in the next 5-6 days in Kazakhstan. Control over the implementtion of the project is assigned from Kyrgyzstan to the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use, from Kazakhstan to the Ministry of Energy. Deputy Chairman of the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use Jyrgalbek Sagynbayev represents the Kyrgyz side in the working group.

Athletes from Kyrgyzstan win top awards at international tournament

Bishkek, Jan. 21, 2019. /Kabar/. Athletes from Kyrgyzstan won two medals at the international athletics tournament for the prizes of the Olympic champion Olga Rypakova, the Federation of the sport reported. The competitions were held in the city of Ust-Kamen
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Athletes from Kyrgyzstan win top awards at international tournament

Bishkek, Jan. 21, 2019. /Kabar/. Athletes from Kyrgyzstan won two medals at the international athletics tournament for the prizes of the Olympic champion Olga Rypakova, the Federation of the sport reported. The competitions were held in the city of Ust-Kamenogorsk (Kazakhstan) on January 19, where more than 300 athletes from Ukraine, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Turkey, Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan gathered. Athletes from Kyrgyzstan – Anna Bulanova took the silver at a distance of 60 meters, and Daniyar Artykbekov won bronze in the run for 3 thousand meters.

China’s birth rate falls to its lowest rate since 1961

New births in China fell to 15.23 million last year, the lowest since China relaxed its one-child policy in 2014, Trend reports referring to South China Morning Post. The dwindling birth rate is adding pressure to a shrinking labour pool and ageing populatio
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China’s birth rate falls to its lowest rate since 1961

New births in China fell to 15.23 million last year, the lowest since China relaxed its one-child policy in 2014, Trend reports referring to South China Morning Post. The dwindling birth rate is adding pressure to a shrinking labour pool and ageing population, casting a shadow over the country’s future economic outlook. It also marks the lowest official birth rate in China since 1961 (11.87 million), the last year of China’s great famine, during which millions of people starved to death and the birth rate plummeted. However there are widely held concerns about the historical data collection, experts said. China officially allowed every couple to have two children three years ago, however the figure for 2018 undercuts the reading of 17.86 million in 2016 and 17.23 million in 2017, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). By that gauge, China’s birth rate dropped from 12.95 every 1,000 people in 2016 to 10.94 last year. The drop in new births in China is set to continue. The female population in China aged between 15 and 49, which the NBS defines as “child-bearing age”, fell 4 million in 2017. The fact that people aged over 60 now account for 17.9 per cent of China’s 1.39 billion population adds to the huge demographic challenges facing the country. This figure fuels concerns that China is moving towards a Japan-style economic stagnation. In China’s case the problem could run deeper, as the country is “getting old before getting rich”, a phrase widely used in Chinese state media. The low fertility rate, partly a result of over three decades of ruthless birth control by Beijing, showed that the Chinese leadership was too optimistic about the incentive provided by its relaxed birth policy. In 2016, Beijing expected a baby boom in 2018 that would produce 21.88 million babies. However, the latest figures will not come as a surprise to many economists and analysts which have been flagging low birth rates in cities that were traditionally among the most fertile in China, for a number of years. Wenzhou, which has a thriving private economy, had a history of breaking the notorious “one-child” policy in the past. Many households would risk paying hefty fines to have more than one child. The city has the highest birth rate in Zhejiang province, in eastern China. But last year, the number of newborn babies dropped to 96,903, down 15.7 per cent from 2017, according to figures from Wenzhou government. This is the first time since 2008 that the city’s annual newborns fell below 100,000. In Ningbo, a port city also in Zhejiang, newborns fell by 16.98 per cent last year, compared to 2017. The easterly province of Shandong produced 10 per cent of China’s total new population in 2017 (1.75 million) but in 2018, but preliminary data shows the birth rate is slowing. The government of Qingdao, an economic powerhouse in Shandong, said in December that the number of babies born there had fallen by 21 per cent to about 81,000 over the first 11 months in 2018, with the number of second babies falling even faster than first borns. The Qingdao government estimated that births for the full year would reach slightly over 90,000. It also lowered estimates for the next few years, from the range of 100,000 to 150,000 to 80,000 to 100,000. In rural China, families have traditionally tended to have more children to support. But in the populous and mountainous Huili County, in the southwesterly Sichuan province, the number of new babies reached only 4,093 last year, down 11 per cent from 2017. “For China’s population, the biggest event in the first half of 21st century is the arrival of negative growth,” a January report from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), said. In 2016, the World Bank said that the average Chinese woman would have 1.624 children. At that rate, the population will begin declining in 2027 and by 2065 it will fall to 1.17 billion, around the same size it was in 1990, according to CASS research. The falling population is removing one of China’s biggest drivers of growth and experts have warned that the government must make it more affordable to have children, if it wants to redress this balance. “The number of newborns will continue plunging even after the country completely revoked its birth policy, unless the Chinese leadership made great efforts to boost births such as lowering the cost of education significantly,” said Huang Wenzheng, co-founder of Cnpop.org, a non-profit organisation analysing China’s population and birth policies.

Women in space: Roscosmos sets sights on creating female crew of cosmonauts, says source

Russia’s state-run space corporation, Roscosmos, is putting together a team of female cosmonauts to conduct flights into outer space, and a search for candidates will be launched among space experts, a source in the rocket and space industry told on Monday
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Women in space: Roscosmos sets sights on creating female crew of cosmonauts, says source

Russia’s state-run space corporation, Roscosmos, is putting together a team of female cosmonauts to conduct flights into outer space, and a search for candidates will be launched among space experts, a source in the rocket and space industry told on Monday, Trend reports referring to TASS. «A full-fledged cosmonaut team consisting of young women who are specialists in the rocket and space field will be formed,» the source said. The state corporation will take on the initiative to search for candidates itself rather than wait for them to sign up. The Orlan spacesuit used for spacewalks will be upgraded for women, he added. «Elements of an exoskeleton will be installed on the space suit to strengthen the operator’s hands when performing physically demanding work outside the spaceship, especially outside the International Space Station,» the source said. An effort to create electric motors for Orlan’s hands is underway. The female crew will be also trained for future missions to the Moon, he noted. Roscosmos was planning to announce the creation of a female crew on Monday at the Cosmonaut Training Center on the outskirts of Moscow. On January 21, the center will host a ceremony to meet the crew of ISS Expedition 55/56: Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos, and NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel, who returned to the Earth on October 4, 2018 aboard the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft. Women did not join the new space crew, which was formed in summer 2018. Some specialists later attributed this to a specific national mindset and far less women aspiring to become cosmonauts. Any Russian citizen not older than 35 years with a higher education in engineering, or in the scientific and flight sectors and with work experience was able to toss their hat into the ring, but only male candidates were selected. Only four women have traveled into orbit in the history of Soviet and Russian space exploration: Valentina Tereshnkova, Svetlana Savitskaya, Yelena Kondakova and Yelena Serova. Meanwhile, NASA has sent 47 women into space.

Second woman carrying gene-edited baby in China: State media

A researcher who claimed to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies will face a Chinese police investigation, state media said Monday, as authorities confirmed that a second woman fell pregnant during the experiment.
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Second woman carrying gene-edited baby in China: State media

A researcher who claimed to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies will face a Chinese police investigation, state media said Monday, as authorities confirmed that a second woman fell pregnant during the experiment.

Saws and sarongs: French drugs suspect escapes Indonesian jail

An accused French drug trafficker has broken out of an Indonesian jail by sawing through bars on a second floor window and rappelling to freedom with a sarong, police said Monday, as they launched a manhunt to find the fugitive.
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Saws and sarongs: French drugs suspect escapes Indonesian jail

An accused French drug trafficker has broken out of an Indonesian jail by sawing through bars on a second floor window and rappelling to freedom with a sarong, police said Monday, as they launched a manhunt to find the fugitive.

Major and corporal killed, four others injured in accident

A major and a corporal were killed while four others were injured in an accident at Oddusuddan in Mullaitivu this afternoon, the Army said.
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Major and corporal killed, four others injured in accident

A major and a corporal were killed while four others were injured in an accident at Oddusuddan in Mullaitivu this afternoon, the Army said.

SL has highest real interest rate in the region: Bloomberg

Sri Lanka has the highest real interest rate in South Asia at 6.2 percent, Bloomberg said today. It said real interest rates in South Asia are among the highest in the world, raising the
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SL has highest real interest rate in the region: Bloomberg

Sri Lanka has the highest real interest rate in South Asia at 6.2 percent, Bloomberg said today. It said real interest rates in South Asia are among the highest in the world, raising the

Cricket corruption: ICC says satisfied with progress of amnesty conduct

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has stated that the anti-corruption amnesty conduct in Sri Lanka is progressing satisfactorily, the NDTV said today.
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Cricket corruption: ICC says satisfied with progress of amnesty conduct

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has stated that the anti-corruption amnesty conduct in Sri Lanka is progressing satisfactorily, the NDTV said today.

WhatsApp limits text forwards to curb rumors

WhatsApp messenger service would globally limit the number of times a user can forward a message to five, in a bid to fight “misinformation and rumors”, Reuters said on Monday.
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WhatsApp limits text forwards to curb rumors

WhatsApp messenger service would globally limit the number of times a user can forward a message to five, in a bid to fight “misinformation and rumors”, Reuters said on Monday.

Osaka under cover: Wig and shades keep Naomi anonymous

Naomi Osaka says she needs to wear a wig and sunglasses to stay anonymous in Japan since her profile soared into the stratosphere after her stunning victory at the US Open.
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Osaka under cover: Wig and shades keep Naomi anonymous

Naomi Osaka says she needs to wear a wig and sunglasses to stay anonymous in Japan since her profile soared into the stratosphere after her stunning victory at the US Open.

Cool Raonic ignores Zverev tantrum to reach last eight

Composed Milos Raonic said Alexander Zverev's racquet-smashing tantrum didn't «have too much of an effect» as the Canadian 16th seed marched into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open Monday.
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Cool Raonic ignores Zverev tantrum to reach last eight

Composed Milos Raonic said Alexander Zverev's racquet-smashing tantrum didn't «have too much of an effect» as the Canadian 16th seed marched into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open Monday.

Serena outslugs top seed Halep as Zverev implodes at Open

A fired-up Serena Williams slugged past world number one Simona Halep Monday as she inches ever closer to a 24th Grand Slam title on a day that saw Alexander Zverev implode at the Australian Open
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Serena outslugs top seed Halep as Zverev implodes at Open

A fired-up Serena Williams slugged past world number one Simona Halep Monday as she inches ever closer to a 24th Grand Slam title on a day that saw Alexander Zverev implode at the Australian Open

Kids suffer headaches at tournament after CO builds up in Saskatchewan arena

A kids' hockey tournament in Saskatchewan has been cancelled after some players developed headaches and officials suspected they may have been suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.
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Kids suffer headaches at tournament after CO builds up in Saskatchewan arena

A kids' hockey tournament in Saskatchewan has been cancelled after some players developed headaches and officials suspected they may have been suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Olympian Adam van Koeverden wins federal Liberal nomination in Ont. riding

Former Olympic flag-bearer Adam van Koeverden will be carrying the Liberal banner into the coming federal election, after securing the nomination in the southern Ontario riding of Milton on Sunday.
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Olympian Adam van Koeverden wins federal Liberal nomination in Ont. riding

Former Olympic flag-bearer Adam van Koeverden will be carrying the Liberal banner into the coming federal election, after securing the nomination in the southern Ontario riding of Milton on Sunday.

Call for tighter bail rules in Canada after Saudi sex-crime suspect vanishes

Pressure is emerging on Ottawa to officially investigate what role the Saudi embassy played in the disappearance of Mohammed Alzoabi in the midst of his sexual assault trial.
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Call for tighter bail rules in Canada after Saudi sex-crime suspect vanishes

Pressure is emerging on Ottawa to officially investigate what role the Saudi embassy played in the disappearance of Mohammed Alzoabi in the midst of his sexual assault trial.

Ailing inmate sues federal government over 'sardine-can-style' van trip

A federal inmate who says he was shackled in a cramped transport van for almost eight hours -- despite a heart condition and other ailments -- is suing the government for compensation.
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Ailing inmate sues federal government over 'sardine-can-style' van trip

A federal inmate who says he was shackled in a cramped transport van for almost eight hours -- despite a heart condition and other ailments -- is suing the government for compensation.

Judge blasts 'utterly self-centred' rich kid of Instagram heiress

Stephanie Scolaro, 26, who lives in a luxury flat in Marylebone, London, sold snakeskin baseball caps and bags via her website 'SS Python' as well as her Instagram account, which has 85,000 followers.
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Judge blasts 'utterly self-centred' rich kid of Instagram heiress

Stephanie Scolaro, 26, who lives in a luxury flat in Marylebone, London, sold snakeskin baseball caps and bags via her website 'SS Python' as well as her Instagram account, which has 85,000 followers.

Pictured: Mother who is 'lucky to be alive' along with her nine-month-old after Prince Philip crash

Mother Ellie Townsend, 28, and her nine-month-old baby are 'lucky to be alive' after their collision with Prince Philip near Sandringham estate on Thursday, according to their family.  
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Pictured: Mother who is 'lucky to be alive' along with her nine-month-old after Prince Philip crash

Mother Ellie Townsend, 28, and her nine-month-old baby are 'lucky to be alive' after their collision with Prince Philip near Sandringham estate on Thursday, according to their family.  

UK weather: Britain faces further snow and sub-zero temperatures

Daytime temperatures will struggle to get above 3C (37F) to 6C (43F) for many areas this week, triggering a 'severe' cold weather alert from Public Health England and a Met Office snow warning.
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UK weather: Britain faces further snow and sub-zero temperatures

Daytime temperatures will struggle to get above 3C (37F) to 6C (43F) for many areas this week, triggering a 'severe' cold weather alert from Public Health England and a Met Office snow warning.

Fury as 'senseless' vandals splash white paint over memorial to heroes of the RAF's Bomber Command 

The Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, central London, has been covered with white paint overnight (pictured) and CCTV of the incident has already been handed to Scotland Yard.
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Fury as 'senseless' vandals splash white paint over memorial to heroes of the RAF's Bomber Command 

The Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, central London, has been covered with white paint overnight (pictured) and CCTV of the incident has already been handed to Scotland Yard.

Aloysius Pang suffered chest and abdominal injuries in NZ military exercise, in stable condition after two operations

SINGAPORE - Actor Aloysius Pang, who was seriously injured during an overseas military exercise in New Zealand last Saturday (Jan 19), has successfully undergone abdominal surgery and a follow-up relook operation. The follow-up operation was completed at 11a
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Aloysius Pang suffered chest and abdominal injuries in NZ military exercise, in stable condition after two operations

SINGAPORE - Actor Aloysius Pang, who was seriously injured during an overseas military exercise in New Zealand last Saturday (Jan 19), has successfully undergone abdominal surgery and a follow-up relook operation. The follow-up operation was completed at 11am Singapore time on Monday, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said in a statement.

In-Depth Analysis - Economic Dialogue with Spain - ECON on 22 January 2019 - 21-01-2019

This note presents selected information on the current status of the EU economic governance procedures and related relevant information in view of an Economic Dialogue with Nadia Calviño, Minister of Economía y Empresa in Spain, in the ECON committee of th
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In-Depth Analysis - Economic Dialogue with Spain - ECON on 22 January 2019 - 21-01-2019

This note presents selected information on the current status of the EU economic governance procedures and related relevant information in view of an Economic Dialogue with Nadia Calviño, Minister of Economía y Empresa in Spain, in the ECON committee of the European Parliament. The invitation for a dialogue is in accordance with the EU economic governance framework. The last Economic Dialogue with the Spanish authorities took place in January 2014 and an exchange of views took place in November 2016. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

Briefing - European Maritime and Fisheries Fund 2021-2027 - 21-01-2019

The 2021-2027 European Maritime and Fisheries Fund is the major financial tool supporting the EU common fisheries policy (CFP). The new EMFF is focused “on evolution rather than radical changes” - and is supposed to be simpler and more flexible for the st
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Briefing - European Maritime and Fisheries Fund 2021-2027 - 21-01-2019

The 2021-2027 European Maritime and Fisheries Fund is the major financial tool supporting the EU common fisheries policy (CFP). The new EMFF is focused “on evolution rather than radical changes” - and is supposed to be simpler and more flexible for the stakeholders involved. The notes on quality, research and analysis of the impact assessment concluded that the range of options, the scope and analysis of impacts, and the stakeholder consultation seem to be not always in line with the Better Regulation Guidelines for financial programmes. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

At a Glance - Jewish communities in the European Union - 21-01-2019

Europe's Jewish population has been diminishing in recent decades, and a growing number of anti-Semitic acts and anti-Jewish violence have been occurring in recent years in the EU. In defence of its values, including respect for minorities, the EU undertakes
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At a Glance - Jewish communities in the European Union - 21-01-2019

Europe's Jewish population has been diminishing in recent decades, and a growing number of anti-Semitic acts and anti-Jewish violence have been occurring in recent years in the EU. In defence of its values, including respect for minorities, the EU undertakes and funds actions to counter anti-Semitism. This is a further updated version of an 'at a glance' note published in January 2018. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

Doctor behind gene-edited babies acted alone, will be punished say Chinese authorities

After rocking the scientific community by helping to create ‘AIDS-resistant’ children using banned gene-editing techniques, Chinese investigators have confirmed that Dr He Jiankui will be punished for his experiment. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Doctor behind gene-edited babies acted alone, will be punished say Chinese authorities

After rocking the scientific community by helping to create ‘AIDS-resistant’ children using banned gene-editing techniques, Chinese investigators have confirmed that Dr He Jiankui will be punished for his experiment. Read Full Article at RT.com

'That’s like twilight zone stuff': Legend McEnroe blasts 'crazy' Zverev meltdown at Aus Open (VIDEO)

Tennis legend and infamous 'SuperBrat' John McEnroe has laid into rising court star Alexander Zverev's racket-smashing meltdown Down Under during his Australian Open defeat to Milos Raonic as 'like twilight zone stuff'. Read Full Article at RT.com
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'That’s like twilight zone stuff': Legend McEnroe blasts 'crazy' Zverev meltdown at Aus Open (VIDEO)

Tennis legend and infamous 'SuperBrat' John McEnroe has laid into rising court star Alexander Zverev's racket-smashing meltdown Down Under during his Australian Open defeat to Milos Raonic as 'like twilight zone stuff'. Read Full Article at RT.com

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