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UN targets zero hunger in a generation as numbers fall

Rome - The number of hungry people around the world has dropped below 800 million for the first time since the UN started counting, the Food and Agriculture Organisation said in an annual report on Wednesday.

Britain's poo-powered bus sets a land-speed record

The land-speed record for the world's fastest service bus was broken last week by a vehicle powered not by polluting diesel but rather clean and green poo. The feat, set by the "Bus Hound," was achieved in Britain and has since been verified as accurate.

Gay marriage around the world

Paris - Ireland has voted to legalise same-sex marriage, official results showed on Saturday, joining 18 countries which have made, or are in the process of making the change, 13 of them in Europe.

Thousands worldwide march against Monsanto and GM crops

Paris - Thousands of people hit the streets in cities across the world Saturday to protest against the American biotechnology giant Monsanto and its genetically modified crops and pesticides.

Over 38 million people 'internally displaced by conflicts'

Ginebra - Conflicts and violence in places like Syria and Ukraine have displaced a record 38 million people inside their own countries, equivalent to the total populations of New York, London and Beijing, a watchdog group said Wednesday.

USA: The worst place in the developed world to be a mother

The U.S. is the most dangerous place in the developed world to become a mother, says a Save the Children report. In the world's richest country, the chance of dying in childbirth and levels of child mortality are not far removed from the third world.

Italy PM says riots will not ruin Milan Expo

Milan - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi warned Saturday that stone-throwing protesters who clashed with police in Milan during the Expo 2015 opening would not ruin the world fair.

Violent clashes overshadow start of Milan Expo

Milan - The opening of Expo 2015 was marred Friday by violent clashes between police and dozens of militants opposed to Milan's hosting of the world fair.

Italian police fear trouble at opening of Milan Expo

Milan - Italian police are bracing for potential trouble at the opening of Expo 2015 after carrying out pre-emptive raids Wednesday on radical groups suspected of planning to disrupt its launch.

China, Russia and eastern Europe boost defence spending

Stockholm - Military spending increased sharply in 2014 in China and Russia and the Ukraine conflict prompted eastern European countries to boost their defence programmes, according to a study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) release...

Muslim population could catch up with Christians globally

Washington - The Muslim and Christian populations could be nearly equal by 2050, with Islam expected to be the fastest-growing faith on the planet, according to projections released Thursday.

Minecraft to be given free to every school in Northern Ireland

Every secondary school in Northern Ireland is to receive free copies of the massively popular computer game Minecraft after the title was recognised for its unique educational potential and ability to teach children about the world.

Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to donate his wealth to charity

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that he plans to give much of his vast fortune away to charity in the near future, joining a list of tech executives including Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg who enjoy sharing their wealth with others.

World powers hail resumption of Libya political dialogue

Washington - European powers and the United States welcomed renewed dialogue between Libya's rival political factions, amid UN-mediated talks aimed at reaching an agreement to form a unity government in the strife-torn country.

Prosecution of Japanese journalist shocks the world

On April 16 of last year, the Sewol ferry capsized while on a routine trip from Incheon, South Korea, to her Jeju island.

Samsung receives over 20 million pre-orders for new flagships

Tech giant Samsung has received pre-order requests numbering in excess of 20 million for its new flagship Android smartphones unveiled just a week ago in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress.

Recent jihadist attacks around the world

Paris - Police in the Danish capital Copenhagen shot dead a man Sunday they believe carried out fatal shootings at a cultural centre hosting a debate on Islam and free speech and at the city's main synagogue.

'Drastic decline' in media freedom worldwide

Paris - Media freedom suffered a "drastic decline" worldwide last year in part because of extremist groups such as Islamic State and Boko Haram, the watchdog group Reporters Without Borders said in its annual evaluation released Thursday.

Dramatic fall in phone theft as kill switches installed

Smartphone thefts have fallen dramatically in three major cities across the world after manufacturers began adding remote "kill switches" so users can disable stolen devices, according to reports.

Fishing boats finds WW2 mustard gas bomb in catch

Danish fishermen fishing around the island of Bornholm, south of Sweden, found a dangerous mustard gas bomb among their catch after trawling the hazardous region of the Baltic Sea.

Rights abuses fuelled rise of Islamic militants: HRW

Birut - Governments increasingly view human rights as "a luxury" they can ill afford, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, warning that abuses fuel crises in world trouble spots like Syria and Ukraine.

Worldwide marches in solidarity with France

Washington - About a hundred thousand people rallied worldwide in solidarity with France on Sunday, with marchers across Europe and the Middle East chanting "Je suis Charlie" and holding pens in the air.

European leaders to show solidarity at Paris attacks rally

Brussels - European leaders will make an extraordinary show of support for France by joining a mass rally in Paris this weekend, amid a wave of solidarity following after the bloody end to the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

Global condemnation, solidarity after 'barbaric' Paris attack

Paris - The UN Security Council led global condemnation of the "terrorist" shooting at French magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday which left 12 people dead, in a shocking attack on freedom of speech in Europe.

Revellers welcome 2015 but celebrations turn deadly in China

Shanghai - Millions of revellers took to the streets around the world from Sydney to New York to usher in 2015 on Thursday, but in China celebrations turned to tragedy when 35 people were killed in a stampede in central Shanghai.

Pope condemns religious persecution in Christmas address

- Pope Francis on Thursday roundly condemned jihadist violence and the "brutal persecution" of religious minorities in a Christmas message to the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and millions of others.

Pope likely to address year of conflicts in Christmas message

- Pope Francis will celebrate Christmas on Thursday by sending the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and millions of others his traditional "urbi et orbi" message at the close of a year plagued by war and religious fundamntalism.

Pope urges 'tenderness' as millions celebrate Christmas

- Pope Francis led Christmas Eve mass in the Vatican calling for "tenderness" and "warmth" after a violence-plagued year as millions of Christians began marking the holiday.

Christmas pilgrims gather in Bethlehem after hard year

Bethlehem - Millions of Christians around the world began Christmas celebrations Wednesday, with worshippers in the Middle East marking the occasion after a violence-plagued year that brought suffering to many.

What would a world without microbes be like?

A leading microbiologist argues that eradicating of microbial disease would be likely to be accompanied by poor quality of life for remaining species.
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