• China's single women seek sperm donors overseas
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    China's single women seek sperm donors overseas

    Looking at page after page of childhood photos, Xiaogunzhu was drawn to an image of a French-Irish boy with smiling dark blue eyes. Unmarried women in China are largely barred from accessing sperm banks and in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment, forcing them to seek options abroad. "There are

  • 4 dead after US jewelry heist leads to carjacking, chase, shootout
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    4 dead after US jewelry heist leads to carjacking, chase, shootout

    Two armed jewelry thieves trying to escape the scene of their heist on Thursday hijacked a delivery truck, took its driver hostage, then led police on a high-speed chase that ended in a deadly shootout, authorities in the US state of Florida said. Four people were killed in the gunbattle on a busy street

  • China drafts new rules to control rural plastic pollution
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    China drafts new rules to control rural plastic pollution

    China will tighten regulations on the use of plastic film by farmers to boost crop yields, which has become a major source of soil contamination throughout northern and western regions, according to a draft policy document published on Friday. The new rules, which have been opened to the public for

  • Mainland Chinese give their views on six months of protest in HK
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    Mainland Chinese give their views on six months of protest in HK

    Beijing residents give their take on Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrations six months on.The unprecedented movement was born on June 9, when an estimated million people took to the streets to protest a proposed bill allowing extradition to mainland China.

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    Tennessee executes man convicted of 1991 murder of ex-girlfriend

    Lee Hall, 54, was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. CST at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution, Tylee Tracer of the Tennessee Department of Correction said in a written statement. Hall was sentenced to death in 1992 for the murder of 22-year-old Traci Crozier. On Wednesday, Tennessee Governor Bill

  • Pyongyang raises 'dotard' spectre as deadline looms
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    Pyongyang raises 'dotard' spectre as deadline looms

    North Korea has threatened to resume referring to US president Donald Trump as a "dotard", raising the prospect of a return to a war of words with a negotiating deadline approaching. Pyongyang has set Washington an end-of-year time limit to offer it new concessions in deadlocked nuclear negotiations

  • Paris ballet's foreign legion reaches for the stars
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    Paris ballet's foreign legion reaches for the stars

    Watching YouTube as a child in Australia, the idea of one day joining the ranks of the hallowed Paris Opera Ballet seemed nothing short of an impossible dream. Unlike the Royal Ballet in London or the New York City-based American Ballet Theatre, the Paris Opera Ballet has very few foreign dancers --

  • Antarctica tourism: the quest for Earth's vulnerable extremes
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    Antarctica tourism: the quest for Earth's vulnerable extremes

    Antarctica, a vast territory belonging to no one nation, is a continent of extremes: the coldest place on Earth, the windiest, the driest, the most desolate and the most inhospitable. On this strip of land, that juts out of the Antarctic Polar and towards South America, visitors can see wildlife normally

  • Babies born on floor as Zimbabwe's health system totters
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    Babies born on floor as Zimbabwe's health system totters

    The floor is dusty, the walls filthy and the furniture decrepit, but for two weeks last month a tiny flat in a Harare township was transformed into a maternity clinic where scores of babies were born. Its owner, 69-year-old Esther Gwena, says she helped to deliver 250 infants as Zimbabwe's health

  • New York's 'island of the dead' to welcome more of the living
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    New York's 'island of the dead' to welcome more of the living

    A once off-limits, eroding island in New York where more than a million people are buried in unmarked mass graves dug by prisoners is about to become more accessible. For 150 years, unclaimed bodies, the poor, still-born children and AIDS victims have been laid to rest on the mile-long Hart Island,

  • 24 hours in the shadow of Mexico's violence
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    24 hours in the shadow of Mexico's violence

    As Mexico struggles to stop the bloodshed unleashed by its "drug wars," the violence casts a long shadow over ordinary life for many Mexicans. - 'Constant contact with death' - Everything in Ciudad Juarez is extreme: the arid climate of the Chihuahuan desert, the stark contrasts of

  • UAE mines history to assert legitimacy in major documentary
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    UAE mines history to assert legitimacy in major documentary

    The United Arab Emirates is renowned for skyscrapers and mega-projects, but as the emerging regional power seeks to build legitimacy, it is campaigning to glorify its past as well. The programme traces "the ancient foundations of a modern country" in a story it says dates back 125,000 years

  • Major US, global cities slowing amid worldwide slump: report
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    Major US, global cities slowing amid worldwide slump: report

    The blockbuster growth in the world's major cities in recent years will slow sharply in 2020 and 2021 as the global trade slowdown takes its toll, according to new research. Nine of the top 10 biggest global cities will slow next year, with the stars of the US Silicon Valley showing the most dramatic

  • Auschwitz survivor fears rise of anti-Semitism
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    Auschwitz survivor fears rise of anti-Semitism

    As German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Auschwitz for the first time on Friday, 96-year-old survivor Frederick Terna will be at home in New York worrying about a resurgence of anti-Semitism. Terna, in America since 1952, isn't trying to be "the conscience of the world," but said he is

  • Immigrant Rights Groups Demand Buttigieg Return Donations From Firm Linked To ICE
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    Immigrant Rights Groups Demand Buttigieg Return Donations From Firm Linked To ICE

    The letter comes after a report detailed McKinsey's recommendations to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, including cutting medical and food costs for detainees.

  • Qatar's rivals reach Gulf Cup final despite absent fans
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    Qatar's rivals reach Gulf Cup final despite absent fans

    A tiny handful of Saudi fans were present in Qatar Thursday to see their side's hard-won 1-0 Gulf Cup semi-final victory over the hosts whose supporters dominated the cavernous Al-Janoub stadium. Of the 42,025 fans who turned out in the mild winter conditions to see the visitors book their place

  • Amid impeachment turmoil, HBO OKs Watergate series
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    Amid impeachment turmoil, HBO OKs Watergate series

    US cable channel HBO on Thursday green-lit the production of a new limited series based on the Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon, starring Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux. The two actors -- HBO veterans -- will also executive produce "The White House Plumbers,"

  • Nearly 6,000 US sexual assaults reported to Uber in 2017 and 2018
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    Nearly 6,000 US sexual assaults reported to Uber in 2017 and 2018

    Nearly 6,000 instances of sexual assault, including more than 450 cases of rape, were reported to Uber in the United States in 2017 and 2018, the ride-sharing company said in a report on safety released Thursday. It is the first time that Uber has released the figures -- which also revealed 19 fatal

  • Trump, Senate To Receive 2018 Yearbook Memorializing School Shooting Victims
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    Trump, Senate To Receive 2018 Yearbook Memorializing School Shooting Victims

    The yearbook features 37 victims of school gun violence from last year, with each victim's name alongside an empty "yearbook photo" of them.

  • Joe Biden Snaps At Voter During Fiery Exchange: 'You're A Damn Liar!'
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    Joe Biden Snaps At Voter During Fiery Exchange: 'You're A Damn Liar!'

    After an Iowa man challenged the former vice president about his age and claimed he sent his son to work in Ukraine, Biden snapped.

  • In rare legal test, Myanmar faces genocide hearings at The Hague
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    In rare legal test, Myanmar faces genocide hearings at The Hague

    In a wood-panelled hall of the ornate Peace Palace at The Hague, lawyers pressing a case against Myanmar for alleged genocide against its Muslim Rohingya minority will next week ask judges to order immediate action to protect them from further violence. Gambia, a tiny, mainly Muslim West African country

  • The Lady and The Hague: Myanmar leader Suu Kyi courts home audience
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    The Lady and The Hague: Myanmar leader Suu Kyi courts home audience

    The last time Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi travelled to western Europe, she was feted as the freshly elected civilian ruler of a fledgling democracy who had brought an end to half a century of military dictatorship. When the Nobel peace prize laureate returns next week, her first trip to the region

  • R. Kelly Charged With Bribery To Get Fake ID To Wed 15-Year-Old Aaliyah In 1994
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    R. Kelly Charged With Bribery To Get Fake ID To Wed 15-Year-Old Aaliyah In 1994

    The singer faces other federal charges, including accusations of sexually abusing women and girls.

  • US attorney general meets Mexican president on crime
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    US attorney general meets Mexican president on crime

    Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Thursday he had a "good meeting" with US Attorney General William Barr to discuss strategies to fight a surge of violent crime in Mexico. The meeting came after US President Donald Trump last week vowed to designate Mexican drug cartels as

  • Texas Judge Says Christian Beliefs Prevent Her From Conducting Same-Sex Weddings
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    Texas Judge Says Christian Beliefs Prevent Her From Conducting Same-Sex Weddings

    A state judicial commission has reprimanded McLennan County's Dianne Hensley for her stance.