(Sputnik) – The number of new births in China increased by 1.3 million to reach 17.86 million last year due to the government’s newly adopted two-child policy. But this is not enough to cover for a shrinking workforce as the country’s Read More
(Sputnik) – President of Sinn Fein Gerry Adams says pulling Northern Ireland out of the EU along with the rest of the UK will “destroy” the 1998 Good Friday Accords that were instrumental in ending violence in Ireland. At a Read More
Turkey (Sputnik) – Darwin’s theory of evolution will be removed from Turkish biology textbooks in high schools starting next year, Turkish Haberturk news website wrote, referring to a statement made by Turkish Minister Ismet Yilmaz. Commenting on the issue, Yilmaz said that Read More
Washington DC, United States (Sputnik) – After years of being detained for exposing war crimes committed by US forces that got completely swept under the rug, President Barack Obama will use his final days in office to cut Chelsea Manning’s sentence. Read More
Australia (Sputnik) – The activist ocean conservation group Sea Shepherd said Sunday that it found a slaughtered minke whale on a Japanese ship that had been illegally whaling in Australian waters. It is the first incident to be documented since Japan lost against Australia Read More
Turkey (Sputnik) – Turkey has agreed to send fuel to alleviate the ongoing electricity crisis in Gaza, a Hamas leader announced January 14. According to the Energy Authority in Gaza, Turkey will send around 15 million liters of diesel fuel. The announcement came days after a Read More
World (Sputnik) – Over 5,000 migrants bound for Europe died while crossing the Mediterranean Sea in 2016, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Friday. The previous 2016 figure, released by the IOM in early December, put the number of those dead at 4,733, which Read More
Syria (Sputnik) – A Mezzah military air facility was struck by several explosions near the Syrian capital of Damascus. Israeli missiles directed fire at an ammunitions hub, producing an enormous explosion, according to Syrian state TV. “Rockets strike at Mezzeh Military airport Read More
Morocco (Sputnik) – The production, import and sale of burqas in Morocco has been banned. Shopkeepers have just 48 hours to get rid of their stock as the north African country cracks down on the traditional Islamic dress. No official announcement was Read More
Sweden (Sputnik) – Seventy-two suspected Swedish pedophiles have been identified in a database containing millions of downloads. One of the men is a church youth leader, whereas another is a head of listed company. Three of the suspects were previously convicted Read More
Poland (Sputnik) – Poland’s President Andrzej Duda signed into law a bill on national education reform on Monday that previously caused protests in the country. “After a lot of discussions, I decided to sign the bill on education,” Duda said at a press conference, broadcast by Polish television. The implementation Read More
China (Sputnik) – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called on African countries to take part in the “One belt, One road” initiative, stressing that Africa had historically been a part of the Silk road economic belt, as well as of Read More
A team of scientists in Dublin has found that a particular region of the brain reacts differently to stimuli in those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The team believe that their findings could be useful in devising new therapies for those afflicted with ASD.
The research team, led by Dr. Joshua Henk Balsters, a neurologist with ETH Zürich, sought to discover more effective treatments for autism, according to Independent.ie, as, “whenever we have spoken with parents of children with autism, interaction is something that parents find very sad or very difficult.”
Balsters’ team, composed of scientists from Ireland, Switzerland, and the UK, performed MRI scans on the brains of people with ASD, and on control subjects with no neural disorders. Balsters found a difference in activity between the two groups in a specific part of the brain.
At least 132 inmates have fled the prison in the city of Kidapawan, Philippines following a gunman attack on Wednesday, local media reported.
At least one North Cotabato District Jail guard has been killed in the attack which took place at 1:16 a.m. (17:16 GMT Tuesday), CNN Philippines reported.
Prison authorities believe that a breakaway group of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was behind the attack.