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US woman faces up to 20 years for boyfriend's suicide

New York - A US woman risks being sent to prison for up to 20 years by a Massachusetts judge on Thursday for encouraging her teenage boyfriend to follow on plans to kill himself while she was still a juvenile.

Japan aims to reduce suicides by 30% in 10 years

Toukyo - Japan aims to cut suicides by 30 percent over 10 years, with the government Tuesday approving a plan which seeks to curb extreme work hours seen as contributing to one of the world's highest suicide rates.

US woman on trial accused of pushing boyfriend to suicide

New York - A 20-year-old woman went on trial in the US state of Massachusetts on Tuesday, accused of persuading her teenage boyfriend to kill himself, in a case that could break new legal ground.

Man helped girl kill herself and filmed it, faces murder charge

Spanish Fork - An 18-year-old Utah man faces a murder charge after it was alleged he helped a 16-year-old girl commit suicide. He allegedly filmed the girl’s suicide-by-hanging and told police he always wanted to see someone die.

Boy, 11, hanged himself after 'horrific social media prank'

Marquette - The mother of Tysen Benz is speaking out after her 11-year-old son was taken off life support and passed away. She says her son hanged himself after a social media prank wherein his 13-year-old girlfriend pretended to kill herself.

Kuwaiti woman held for filming maid attempting suicide

Kuwait City - Kuwaiti police have detained a woman for filming her Ethiopian maid falling from the seventh floor in an apparent suicide attempt without trying to rescue her, media and a rights group said Friday.

Dutch doctors against 'life complete' assisted suicide

Den Haag - Dutch doctors have come out against a controversial proposed law that would allow assisted suicide for those who feel their lives are complete, and not just for people in unbearable suffering.

Teen's Zoloft doubled before suicide streamed on Facebook Live

Miami - The month before Naika Venant, 14, hanged herself while filming on Facebook Live, a doctor doubled her anti-depressant medication. The medication, Zoloft, comes with a strong warning about the risks of suicide in children.

Artificial intelligence helps predict suicide risks

New research suggests that machine learning can predict, with 80-90 percent accuracy, if a person is likely to attempt suicide. The prediction can extend up to two years into the future.

Facebook's new AI helps spot suicidal users

Facebook has announced a new machine learning tool which it's using to offer advanced suicide prevention tools on its social network. The company noted that somebody commits suicide every 40 seconds, many of whom could be saved if helped early.

Suicides among Afghan teens in Sweden after tougher asylum rules

Stockholm - A wave of suicides among teenage Afghan migrants in Sweden after it introduced stricter asylum rules has sparked concern among refugee workers and volunteers, they said Wednesday.

Suicides among Afghan teens in Sweden after tougher asylum rules

Stockholm - A wave of suicides among teenage Afghan migrants in Sweden after it introduced stricter asylum rules has sparked concern among refugee workers and volunteers, they said Wednesday.

Suicides among Afghan teens in Sweden after tougher asylum rules

Stockholm - A wave of suicides among teenage Afghan migrants in Sweden after it introduced stricter asylum rules has sparked concern among refugee workers and volunteers, they said Wednesday.

The Danube fisherman hauling suicide jumpers to safety

Belgrade - Putting her backpack down, she climbed over the fence and jumped into the rushing waters of the Danube below: the 16 year-old girl was the 29th attempted suicide to be saved by Renato Grbic, a Belgrade fisherman and restaurant owner.

Review: George F. Walker completes Bobby and Tina cycle on mixed note Special

Toronto - The third entry in a trilogy is often the weakest one. Think of “The Godfather Part III”, “Return of the Jedi”, “The Return of the King” – and now, if this rule counts for indie theatre too, add George F. Walker’s “The Damage Done”.

Rising suicide toll rings alarm bells in Tunisia

Tunis - Six years since a young Tunisian stallholder set himself on fire, triggering revolutions across the Arab world, his country's suicide rate is surging over economic and social woes, experts say.

German authorities under fire over bomb plot suspect suicide

Dresden - A Syrian bomb plot suspect found hanged in his cell had not been deemed an "acute" suicide risk, German officials said Thursday as outrage grew over the judicial "fiasco".

Syrian suspect in Germany bomb plot found dead in cell

Berlin - A Syrian man arrested on suspicion of plotting a jihadist bomb attack on a Berlin airport was found dead in his cell Wednesday after an apparent suicide, sparking outrage over a "judicial scandal".

Debate on China poverty after mother kills her 4 children

Bejing - The killing of four children by their poverty-stricken mother -- who then committed suicide, followed by her husband -- sparked online outrage and debate in China Tuesday over the gap between rich and poor.

Transgender youth show higher rates of suicide and self-harm

Young people who are defined or self-defined as transgender have greater rates of self-harm and a greater risk of suicide according to a new study.

Golden Gate Bridge officials commit to buy netting despite cost

San Francisco - Public officials in charge of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge plan to press ahead with installation of steel netting beneath the roadway to stymie the dozens of people who attempt suicide by jumping from the structure each year.

Van Gogh 'suicide gun' on display in Amsterdam

Den Haag - Amsterdam's renowned Van Gogh Museum unveiled a new exhibition Tuesday focusing on Vincent's final 18 months of mental anguish before he shot himself in 1890, including the suspected gun he used in his suicide.

Tajikistan in shock as mothers kill themselves, their babies

- Pointing to the leaden waters of the river, Manzura Borbieva recalls the horror of seeing her 21-year-old colleague commit suicide with her baby."That's where she jumped in," she said.

Dutch court grants Canada extradition in cyberbully case

Den Haag - An Amsterdam court on Tuesday ruled in favour of extraditing a Dutchman to Canada where he is wanted on charges linked to the cyberbullying of a teenager who committed suicide in 2012.

China party journal editor hangs himself: Report

Bejing - The deputy editor of the Chinese Communist party's top theoretical journal has committed suicide, reports said, sending speculation swirling over political infighting, freedom of thought and corruption.

Suicide risk lifted from Pfizer's smoking-cessation pill

Brussels - Europe's drug regulator has lifted a longstanding warning in relation to a anti-smoking medication made by the company Pfizer.

Dying with Dignity urges MPs to vote against assisted dying bill

Ottawa - Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) is asking its supporters to contact their MPs and ask them to vote against Bill C-14 in the House of Commons this week.

French 19-year-old commits suicide live on Periscope

Paris - French prosecutors launched an investigation Wednesday after a 19-year-old woman committed suicide by throwing herself in front of a suburban train near Paris and streamed the act live on Periscope.

Canada drafts law to allow assisted suicide

Montreal - Canada seems set to allow people with certain illnesses to end their lives, with support from a registered medic. The draft law contains several excluded categories.

Brussels airport attack probably suicide bombing: Prosecutor

Brussels - The twin blasts at Brussels airport were probably caused by at least one suicide bomber, a Belgian prosecutor said on Tuesday.
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Aaron Swartz, Internet activist and programmer played a key role in stopping a controversial online piracy bill in Congress, has died at age 26, an apparent suicide, New York authorities said January 13, 2013
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