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Privilege and peril for North Korea's first family

Seoul - Membership of North Korea's ruling dynasty brings enormous privilege, but for anyone who falls foul of the power games there is a potentially fatal price to pay.

Hammer murder surgeon jailed for life in Australia

Sydney - A former surgeon who bludgeoned to death five relatives with a "hammer-like object" was jailed for life on Monday for one of Australia's most ferocious killings.

Russians protest softer penalties for domestic abuse

Moscow - Dozens of Russian activists braved snow Sunday to protest against a law signed by President Vladimir Putin that has softened penalties for those who commit domestic violence.

Putin signs law easing punishment for domestic abuse

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday signed into law a controversial bill easing punishment for domestic violence, which critics say will make holding abusers accountable even more difficult.

Victims angry over Russia cutting domestic abuse penalties

Moscow - Alexandra Glebova knows only too well the trauma of domestic violence in Russia after suffering years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her father. "He would always hit me on the head," Glebova, 26, told AFP.

Russian MPs back reducing punishment for domestic violence

Moscow - Russian MPs on Wednesday backed a controversial bill reducing the punishment for some forms of domestic violence in a crucial second reading, despite protests from rights activists.

Russian MPs back reducing punishment for domestic violence

Moscow - Russian MPs on Wednesday backed a controversial bill reducing the punishment for some forms of domestic violence in a crucial second reading, despite protests from rights activists.

Russian MPs back reducing punishment for domestic violence

Moscow - Russian MPs on Wednesday backed a controversial bill reducing the punishment for some forms of domestic violence in a crucial second reading, despite protests from rights activists.

'Three-parent' baby born in Ukraine using new technique

Kiev - A baby boy has been born in Ukraine to an infertile couple after the first ever use of a new technique using the DNA of three parents, the head of a Kiev fertility clinic said Wednesday.

Obama tears up during tribute to Michelle, daughters

Chicago - President Barack Obama wiped away tears as he paid tribute to his teenage daughters and to Michelle Obama, his "best friend," at the emotional close of a farewell address in his adoptive city of Chicago Tuesday.

Netanyahu questioned for second time in graft probe: reports

Jerusalem - Police questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday for a second time as part of a probe into whether he illegally accepted gifts from wealthy supporters, media reports said.

'Patricide' spices up Indian political soap opera

New Delhi - After being tongue-lashed and expelled from his own party, the leader of India's largest state had two options: bow to the will of his father or commit political patricide weeks before an election.

Head of Indian state bids to wrest party from father

New Delhi - The chief minister of India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh tried Sunday to seize control of its ruling party from his father in another twist to a family feud that has made headlines for weeks.

16 killed throughout Mexico during holiday celebrations

Acapulco - Sixteen people were killed during Christmas holiday celebrations in Mexico's main drug-trafficking states and six human heads were found in one location, officials said.

Berlin attack suspect's family in shock

El Omrane - In shock after he was named the prime suspect in the Berlin market attack, Anis Amri's brother said Thursday he fled Tunisia seeking a better life, but should hand himself in.

Family planning for 'healthier, wealthier' Africa: Melinda Gates

Abidjan - Family planning helps people in Africa to be healthier and wealthier, as women without contraceptives become locked in "a cycle of poverty," Melinda Gates told AFP as a conference on the topic was held in Ivory Coast.

Trump makes transition to power a family affair

New York - Ten days after his election, Donald Trump's transition to power has every appearance of a family affair, fuelling concerns about conflicts of interest and a lack of experience in the future Republican president's inner circle.

Pope Francis 'not losing sleep' over conservative challengers

Vatican City - Pope Francis has said he is not losing any sleep over a challenge from a group of conservative cardinals who have accused the Argentine of contradicting Church teaching.

Italian mums win court battle on children's surnames

Rome - Italian rules which mean children of married couples are automatically given only their father's surname are unlawful, the country's constitutional court ruled Tuesday.

UK banker murder victim 'felt haunted' days before death

Cilacap - An Indonesian woman brutally murdered by a British banker in his upmarket Hong Kong apartment told her family days before her death she felt haunted and threatened, her father said Tuesday.

No more homework! Spanish parents go on strike

Madrid - Children have long complained about homework but parents in Spain are now joining in and have decided to go on strike against their offspring's school load for the whole month of November.

French trio jailed for Serbia toddler kidnap

Belgrade - Serbia jailed three French nationals Thursday for kidnapping a toddler from a Belgrade street in a bizarre bid to use her DNA in a family dispute.

Thailand's royal family at a glance

Bangkok - Until his death on Thursday Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the world's longest-reigning monarch. Officially known as King Rama IX, he descended from the Chakri dynasty which came to power in Thailand in the late eighteenth century.

Pope says teaching gender theory is 'indoctrination'

Pope Francis has said teaching children gender theory in schools was an "insidious indoctrination", even as he insisted he had always treated homosexuals and transsexuals with respect.

Licence to split: China's mistress hunters on a mission

Bejing - Don't get mad, get your opponent to surrender voluntarily: when Mrs Wang discovered her husband had been cheating on her for several years, she called in an elite team of Chinese "mistress hunters".

Germany to require mothers to reveal kids' real fathers

Berlin - Germany's government has adopted a law requiring mothers to inform their partners if their children were fathered by another man in disputes over support payments. The measure, dubbed the "milkmen's kids law" in the media, must still pass parliament.

Berlin to require mums to come clean on 'milkmen's kids'

Berlin - Germany has drafted a law requiring mothers to inform their partners if their children were fathered by another man, Justice Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday.

Indian IVF doctors slam move to ban commercial surrogacy

Ahmedabad - Leading Indian fertility doctors and surrogate mothers Thursday criticised a move to ban commercial surrogacy, saying it will severely limit options for childless couples and women who carry others' babies as a way out of poverty.

Breaking code of honor, gangs kill families in Mexico

- A series of murders targeting families, including children, has rocked Mexico in recent weeks, signaling that drug gangs are willing to break an unspoken code of honor within the criminal underworld.

Ian Ziering talks 'Sharknado 4,' Celebrity Hideaways, fatherhood Special

Acclaimed actor Ian Ziering chatted with Digital Journal about "Sharknado 4" on the SyFy channel, as well as his family, and blog "At Home With The Zierings."
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