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Italian lesbian author gets papal blessing

Vatican City - Pope Francis has sent his blessing to a lesbian author of children's books dealing with same-sex families, wishing her and her wife well in their work, it emerged on Friday.

Malaysian family decimated by Bangkok bomb

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian tourist Neoh Hock Guan was just about to pray at Bangkok's Erawan shrine on Monday when he dropped the candle he wanted to light."When I bent to pick it up, I heard the explosion," he told the Malay Mail.

Quadruplets born to German mum, 65, to leave hospital soon

Berlin - Highly premature quadruplets born to a 65-year-old German woman three months ago are doing well and will leave hospital in a few days, media reported Monday.

Families' fury over China blast missing

Tianjin - Furious, frustrated and fearful, relatives of the missing in giant explosions in Tianjin besieged officials Saturday demanding answers on their loved ones’ fates – only for security to intervene instead.

MH370 families reject Malaysia's conclusion on plane debris

Kuala Lumpur - An MH370 families organisation said Wednesday it would not accept the Malaysian government's declaration that wreckage found on an Indian Ocean island came from the ill-fated flight until more analysis is completed, and called for an impartial investig...

Italian mother reunited with WWII baby after 71 years

Rome - A 92-year-old Italian has been reunited with her daughter after she was taken from her at birth 71 years ago, Italian media reported Monday.

Police officer buys plane ticket for woman to reunite with family

Victoria - A police officer in Victoria, Canada, purchased a plane ticket for a disoriented senior so she could reunite with her family.

The agony goes on for MH370 relatives

Kuala Lumpur - Emotional relatives of those aboard doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Thursday said they hoped the first proof that it crashed would help finally solve the agonising mystery, but many also expressed anger and disbelief.

Chinese relatives have 'serious doubts' over MH370 announcement

Bejing - Chinese relatives of the passengers on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 said Thursday they had "serious doubts" over Kuala Lumpur's announcement that a wing part found on an Indian Ocean island was from the aircraft.

The agony goes on for MH370 relatives

Kuala Lumpur - Emotional relatives of those aboard doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Thursday said they hoped the first proof that it crashed will help finally solve the agonising mystery, but many also expressed anger and disbelief.

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.
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