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A village dreams of Barack Obama's Kenyan homecoming

Siaya - "It's a business," said Hosea Owuor, a 30-year-old market trader on Kisumu's Achieng Oneko Road. "Obama is a brand.

President Obama's Kenyan roots and relatives

Nairobi - President Barack Obama's family tree reaches from his father's tiny Kenyan village to the White House in a single generation.

Greek PM 'doesn't eat or sleep' from overwork, says mother

Atenas - Embattled Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras eats and sleeps poorly and rarely manages to see his family, his mother told a tabloid on Saturday.

Cashing in on the Pope's visit to Philadelphia

New York - For enterprising dwellers in Philadelphia, the pope's maiden visit to the US means one thing: mega bucks and listing their apartments on Airbnb for thousands of dollars a night.

Palestinian family mourns third son killed by Israel army

Palestinian - For more than a decade, the Kasba family has displayed a banner depicting brothers Samer and Yasser, shot dead by Israeli troops during the second Palestinian intifada aged 15 and 11.

Siblings sent to JDC for refusing relationship with their father

Detroit - A trio of Detroit, Mich. siblings have been ordered to a juvenile detention facility for reportedly refusing to dine with their Dad.

China firm to punish 'unscheduled' pregnancies: Report

Bejing - A Chinese company plans to demand its employees seek approval to get pregnant and fine those who conceive a child without permission, reports said, provoking a media firestorm Friday.

Chinese who buy abducted children to be prosecuted: Report

Bejing - Buyers of abducted children in China will face criminal punishment under proposed laws that would remove an exemption from prosecution, reports said Thursday, as authorities clamp down on the flourishing child trafficking industry.

Pope says family separation can be 'morally necessary'

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Wednesday that it may be "morally necessary" for some families to split up, marking a change of tone in the Catholic Church's attitude to troubled marriages.

Turkish mother, 36, 'shoots dead pregnant daughter'

Istanbul - A Turkish mother, 36, shot dead her daughter, 17, after finding out that she was three months pregnant, media reports said on Saturday.The mother, named as Emine A., found out that her daughter Meryem A.

Tearful mother returns to China 'suicide children': Xinhua

Bejing - The mother of four children who apparently committed suicide in China after they were left unattended by their parents for months spoke of her regret as she returned home, state media reported Saturday.

China in shock after 'unattended' siblings commit suicide

Bejing - Four siblings, aged between five and 14 and left unattended by their parents for months, apparently committed suicide by drinking pesticide in southwest China, the government and state media said Friday.

Swedish dads to get third month of paternity leave

Stockholm - The Swedish government plans to introduce a third month of paid parental leave reserved for fathers as of next year in a bid to further increase gender equality, it said on Thursday.

65-year-old German mum's quadruplets face big health risks: Doctors

Berlin - Doctors at a Berlin clinic said on Wednesday quadruplets, whose very premature births to a 65-year-old German mother have captured headlines and stirred debate, face big health risks.

German woman, 65 and mother of 13, has quadruplets

Berlin - A 65-year-old German woman, who already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure in Ukraine, RTL television reported early on Saturday.

Families torn asunder by Asian migrant boat crisis

Langsa - A teenage son fleeing poverty on a perilous sea voyage, his relatives in a squalid refugee camp, and the cousin who made it to a marginally better life in Malaysia -- the story of one Rohingya family illustrates the torment and dreams driving Asia's mi...

U.S.-Mexico custody saga ends as girl, mom head to Texas

Los Reyes - A topsy-turvy international child custody saga ended when a Mexican judge allowed a teenager to travel to Texas with her mother, a month after sending the wrong girl to the United States.

Mexico gripped by custody case after identity mixup

- In a custody case gripping Mexico, a Texas woman had an emotional reunion with a teenager believed to be her daughter after authorities forcibly sent the wrong girl to the United States.

Mexico opens probe after girl wrongly sent to U.S.

- Mexican prosecutors opened an investigation Friday into the case of a 14-year-old girl who was wrongly sent to the United States to be with a woman who thought she was her daughter.

Mexican girl returns home after mistakenly sent to U.S.

Silao - A 14-year-old Mexican girl grabbed by police at school and sent to the United States in a case of mistaken identity was reunited with her parents Wednesday, a happy ending to a saga that captivated the country.

Nicaragua rejects gay marriage, adoption

Managua - A new legal definition of what constitutes a family took effect in Nicaragua on Wednesday, drawing ire from gay groups who say it massively impacts their rights.

Frenchwoman, Mexico ex-governor end child custody fight

- A Frenchwoman and her ex-husband, a former Mexican governor close to his country's president, have resolved a high-profile, three-year-old child custody battle that made headlines in both nations.

Op-Ed: Faith, family keep Pacquiao motivated for Mayweather fight

Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao is all fired up in his training camp in preparation for his upcoming fight against Floyd Mayweather on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Elton John urges Dolce and Gabbana boycott over 'synthetic' babies

London - British pop legend Elton John called for a boycott of Dolce and Gabbana after one of the designers behind the Italian fashion label condemned IVF babies as "synthetic".

Rights body acts in Franco-Mexican child custody fight

Washington - A human rights body urged Mexico to help a French woman see her children in a bitter custody battle with her ex-husband, an influential former Mexican governor.

S. Africa family reunited with child snatched in 1997

Cape Town - A baby stolen from her sleeping mother's arms shortly after birth has been found by the family through an astonishing coincidence 17 years later, her biological family and South African police said Friday.

Family home destroyed by fire started by jar of Nutella

A warning has been issued after a family's home was devastated by a raging fire started by a Nutella jar that had been left by a window. It magnified the sun's rays and started the huge fire.

Some special editions of Monopoly contain real bank notes

It has been revealed that some special anniversary editions of the popular capitalistic board game Monopoly contain real money in place of the fictitious fake paper notes normally used. One set contains over 20,000 euros.

NYC will pay $3.9 million to family of unarmed teen killed by cop

Bronx - The family of Ramarley Graham, an unarmed teenager who was shot and killed in his grandmother's bathroom by a NYPD officer in Feb. 2012, will receive $3.9 million in their wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

Pope rows back from 'rabbits' comments, praises large families

- Pope Francis on Wednesday described large families as a "gift from God", just days after he said Catholics did not need to "breed like rabbits".
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