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Anguish for families of missing China lawyers

Tianjin - Every day Li Wenzu's son asks her why his daddy has not come home, she says. Her husband went missing six months ago in a sweeping crackdown on Chinese human rights lawyers, but she tells the three-year-old he is on a "business trip".

Italian court upholds landmark same-sex adoption decision

Rome - An Italian appeals court has upheld the right of a woman to adopt her wife's biological child, a rights group said Wednesday, in a landmark case for the Catholic country as it weighs civil unions for same-sex couples.

StoryCorps lets Americans share snippets from their lives

- "How have I impacted your life?" asks Niya, an American high schooler. "I loved you from day one," answers the warm voice of her grandmother.

Japan court upholds common surnames for married couples

Toukyo - Japan's top court on Wednesday upheld a law that requires married couples to have a common surname, sparking criticism from activists who complain the rule is sexist and outdated.

California mass shooters discreet, devout Muslims: Attorneys

Los Angeles - Attorneys representing the family of the California mass shooters described the couple as devout Muslims but said there was no sign they had become radicalized.

Dying network for reuniting Korea's divided families

Seoul - Shim Goo-Seob has been organising private, high-risk reunions for divided North and South Korean families for more than two decades, but now he's close to calling time on his secretive work.

Qatar mulls family-only mall days, banning bachelor labourers

Qatar’s municipal council is planning to introduce family-only days at major shopping malls prohibiting blue-collar migrant workers from entering malls on the weekends.

Should parents talk to children about the Paris attacks?

Paris - With saturation media coverage of the Paris attacks, parents are asking themselves if they should talk to their children about the killings -- and how they should go about it.

Should parents talk to children about the Paris attacks?

Paris - With saturation media coverage of the Paris attacks, parents are asking themselves if they should talk to their children about the killings -- and how they should go about it.

Academics win prize for showing how to avoid raising a criminal

Stockholm - Three researchers were awarded the 2016 Stockholm Prize in Criminology for showing how parents, even criminals, can prevent a child from becoming delinquent, Stockholm University announced on Tuesday.

'I do, I do, I do:' Brazilian female trio get hitched

Rio De Janeiro - Three's a crowd? Not in Brazil, where three women have defied deeply conservative trends in Congress and wider traditional mores by celebrating a polyamorous civil union.

Two Koreas wrap up emotional family reunion

Seoul - North and South Korean families divided since the Korean War said a tearful final farewell on Monday, wrapping up a rare reunion that was clouded at the last by a maritime border spat.

Second round of reunions for separated Korean families

Seoul - A second round of highly-charged family reunions brought together relatives split for six decades by the Korean War on Saturday, with around 250 mostly elderly South Koreans crossing into the North.

6-month-old among five family members found dead in France

Lille - Three children and their parents have been found dead at their home near the northern French city of Lille, a local prosecutor said late Wednesday.

Reunited Koreans given privacy to bridge 60-year divide

Seoul - Around 400 elderly South Koreans met privately Wednesday with North Korean relatives they haven't seen for more than 60 years, on the second day of a highly charged reunion for families torn apart by the Korean War.

Shock, hugs and tears as war-divided Koreans reunite

Goseong - Nearly 400 mostly elderly and frail South Koreans held a tearful, emotionally fraught reunion Tuesday with family members in North Korea, more than 60 years after they were separated by the Korean War.

Korean families gather for rare North-South reunion

Sokcho - Almost 400 South Koreans -- many of them elderly, some in wheelchairs, all in a state of nervous anticipation -- gathered Monday before crossing into North Korea for a rare and emotional reunion with separated family members.

Family divided by Korea's turbulent past seeks comfort in reunion

Seoul - The members of families split and then permanently separated by the 1950-53 Korean War carry many sad memories and stories, but few that are as unique and dramatic as Park Yun-Dong's.

California teen accused of killing own family appears in court

Placerville - A 16-year-old Benicia, Calif., teen accused of killing three family members made a brief court appearance Monday before being returned to jail for another month to await further proceedings in his case.

Authorities charge teen in arson, slaying of family in California

Greenwood - A Bay Area teenager was arrested Thursday and charged with killing three members of his own family, whose bodies were found in the burned-out remains of their vacation home in the Sierra foothills.

Ahead of synod on family, pope rules out divorce

Divorce will not be on the agenda at an upcoming synod on the family, Pope Francis said Monday three weeks after he streamlined the process for Catholic couples to obtain annulments.

In chaos of Croatia station, desperate searches for loved ones

Tovarnik - Among the thousands trapped in the blistering heat of a tiny rural train station on the Croatian border, urgent hunts are under way for loved ones.

Korean reunions running out of time

Seoul - There is a lot of sympathetic shouting going on at the call centre, with volunteers bellowing down phone lines at elderly people, checking their contact details ... checking they are still alive.

Pope Francis prepares for most political trip yet

Vatican City - Pope Francis is gearing up for potentially his most politically charged trip yet, an eight-day whirlwind visit which will take him from Havana's Revolution Square in Cuba to the headquarters of the United Nations.

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.
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