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Artificial insemination – a chance for the survival of mankind

Almost all highly developed countries faced a decline of the birth rate. Depopulation has seriously affected countries that occupy a leading position in the world economy. According to demographers, such a disappointing trend will lead to the fact that in 50 y... More »


Ukraine has overtaken Greece with ‘three-person baby’!

“The inseparable right of a woman to become a mother with her own genetic material has become a reality,” the president of the Institute of Life in Athens said. He added: “We are very proud to announce international innovation in the field of assisted reproduc... More »


Top 3 Affordable Fertility Clinics with High Success Rate

I would like to make it quite clear that this review is not for you unless you have extra $250,000 -$300,000. Then perhaps you better refer to the Forbes lists. I will not describe pros and cons of leading fertility clinics because much has been said about. Th... More »

ART medicine – high European service or child with guarantee?

French medicine is considered to be one of the best ones in the world. For many years it takes the 3rd – 4th position after the U.S.A, Germany and Switzerland. Nevertheless France cannot to boast of high level of reproductive medicine. In France, success rate ... More »

Can Singapore’s labor crunch spark a robot revolution?

By Aradhana Aravindan and Marius Zaharia | SINGAPORE SINGAPORE Sherine Toh says her best days at work are when none of the 600-or-so staff at Singapore’s Tung Lok Restaurants (TGLK.SI) quits, though such days are rare. The Chinese restaurant group is one of th... More »

Japanese boy band SMAP disappoints fans by announcing break-up

TOKYO Japanese boy band SMAP will break up at the end of the year, its promoter said on Sunday, disappointing legions of fans in Japan and Asia just seven months after its members pledged to stay together. The five-man group, which formed in 1988 when its memb... More »

California burglars caught passed out in their car at crime scene

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Note to burglars — don’t fall asleep outside the place you just burglarized with your vehicle full of the loot. A pair of 17-year-olds in the Central California community of Winton were arrested and released to the custody of their parents o... More »

Another Zika case reported outside Miami’s transmission zone

CHICAGO Three more people in Florida have tested positive for Zika caused by local mosquitoes, including another person who does not live in the one-square-mile (2.6-square-km) area believed to be the hub of local transmission, state officials said on Friday. ... More »

Seth Rogen fools shoppers with talking food

NEW YORK – New York shoppers got a surprise when food in a grocery store suddenly came to life and started talking to them. The animatronic  melon, loaf of bread and a sausage, placed around the store in Long Island City, New York and controlled remotely by ac... More »

Want a drive with De Niro? Hail a Sarajevo taxi

SARAJEVO Hundreds of Sarajevo taxi drivers have stuck posters of Robert De Niro on their cabs in tribute to the actor who will open the city’s film festival on Friday with a screening of “Taxi Driver”. In the movie, which has been digitally restored for its 40... More »

Australia announces $154-million upgrade for Sydney Opera House

SYDNEY Australia on Thursday unveiled plans for the largest renovations to the Sydney Opera House since its opening in 1973, with more than A$200 million ($154 million) earmarked to update the UNESCO world heritage-listed site. It draws more than 8 million vis... More »

‘Life worth more than Pokemon,’ Venezuela gamers told

CARACAS A Pokemon Go player hides his cellphone in the carved out pages of a 19th-century French novel, hoping to avoid criminals on Venezuela’s notoriously dangerous streets. “I’m afraid of insecurity, but I want to be a Pokemon trainer!” said Carlos Reina, a... More »

Piltdown breakdown: new details about a famed scientific hoax

WASHINGTON Researchers applying modern forensic techniques to a century-old puzzle have laid bare intriguing new details about one of the most notorious scientific hoaxes on record, the so-called Piltdown Man, and are confident in the culprit’s identity. The p... More »

Your Money: What to do with leftover college savings plan cash

DETROIT Melissa Byers and Rich Rauh began stashing away money in 529 college savings accounts for their sons not long after they were born. When their older son graduated from the University of California, San Diego, a public university, he still had money ava... More »

A Minute With: Robert Redford on magical childhood stories

LOS ANGELES Hollywood veteran Robert Redford returns to his childhood love of fantasy stories in “Pete’s Dragon,” a new Disney film about an orphaned boy living in a forest and his friendship with one such creature. The fantasy adventure is a remake of the 197... More »

Venezuelan art exhibition honors legacy of Frida Kahlo

An art gallery in the Venezuelan capital is honoring the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with an exposition featuring the works of 50 female Venezuelan artist. The exhibit – entitled “Always Frida” – is being displayed at the Florida Art Gallery in Caracas mar... More »

‘Scary’ Lucille Ball statue replaced in her New York hometown

NEW YORK Lucille Ball fans can rest easy. A new statue honoring the “I Love Lucy” star was set to be unveiled on Saturday in Celoron, New York, on what would have been Ball’s 105th birthday, after residents of her hometown made it clear they did not “love” an ... More »

A purrfect rescue: Italian coast guard saves drowning kitten

ROME A tiny kitten that went for an ill-advised swim in the Sicilian sea has hung on to eight of its nine lives, thanks to a rescue mission by Italy’s coast guard. When a group of children at the port town of Marsala spotted the one-month-old cat floating in t... More »

Famed flamingo Pinky dead in Florida after man attacks it

TAMPA, Fla. A Chilean flamingo named Pinky which was known for its dancing was euthanized at a Florida theme park after being badly injured by a man who reached into its pen and threw it to the ground, Tampa police said on Wednesday. Orlando resident Joseph An... More »

Pottermania awakens as new play, book, film revive magical world

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK It’s been five years since fans of “Harry Potter” tearfully said goodbye to the boy wizard they had grown up with, but a new play, book release and spin-off film are casting his spell all over again. Fans around the world went into mournin... More »

Ai Weiwei puts himself back in a jail cell in new Spanish show

CUENCA, Spain Artist Ai Weiwei has reproduced scenes of his incarceration for a new art installation, a series of almost life-size dioramas – encased in steel boxes – showing his life in jail. Visitors to the exhibition, in a cathedral in central Spain, have t... More »

Q&A: Jim McCann uses flower power to benefit society

NEW YORK In a conservative suit and tie, Jim McCann does not look like a hippie. But the founder of 1-800-Flowers is using flower power to push a powerful social agenda. In June, McCann transitioned to the role of chairman of the company he founded 40 years ag... More »

Many in Hong Kong look for the exit door amid China tension

HONG KONG When activists began setting fire to trash bins and hurling bricks at police during a February riot in Hong Kong, Chris Lee became more convinced his decision to leave his siblings and mother behind and move to Taiwan was the right one. Hong Kong, lo... More »


Fresh donor eggs guarantee IVF success

Embryo freezing is a unique opportunity for women to postpone pregnancy indefinitely and to give birth to a biological child at any age. Freezing own oocytes woman has no need to worry about medical or social difficulties in future. That is to say, freezing ow... More »

Mexican taxi driver seeks to ride Pokemon Go craze

MEXICO CITY A Mexican taxi driver has jumped on the Pokemon GO craze sweeping the world by driving smartphone-armed customers around in search of the augmented reality game’s target creatures. The mobile phone game has become an instant hit with more users in ... More »

Surprise: Social Security benefits are for children too

CHICAGOYou have heard of greedy geezers: that mythical army of militant seniors out to defend their Social Security benefits at any cost, even if it robs their own children and grandchildren of their futures. The greedy geezer trope, invented by now-retired Se... More »

Pokemon GO fans told not to play in U.S. Holocaust Museum

WASHINGTON The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has told Pokemon GO fans not to play the popular new mobile game in its premises, describing it as “extremely inappropriate” in a memorial dedicated to the victims of Nazism. The game involves using a mobile device... More »

British family treated to a night in Eiffel Tower apartment

The Eiffel Tower is a must-see for many tourists visiting Paris but for one British family this week it also became their home for the night. Michelle Stevenson won an overnight stay at the famed landmark in a contest organized by vacation rental website HomeA... More »

Egg freezing does not guarantee pregnancy success

Oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing) is a popular medical technique in Europe which is used as an assisted reproductive method. Women, who do not have own frozen eggs but need IVF can use donor cells, which are also can be frozen and transferred. European co... More »

U.S. committed to bringing American hostages home -Obama

WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday said the United States remains committed to bringing home Americans held captive overseas and helping their families, a year after the administration promised to overhaul its handling of hostage situations. “We ... More »

Illinois deputies learn how to deal with mentally ill

RIVER GROVE, Ill. As law enforcement officers across the United States feel the heat about excessive use of force, dealing with the mentally ill was the training focus for Cook County sheriff’s deputies this week. Participants grappled with intense scenarios, ... More »

Girl finds Olympic gold medal stolen from Atlanta parking lot

ATLANTA A 1992 Olympic gold medal stolen from champion canoeist Joe Jacobi’s car earlier this month in Atlanta was found by a 6-year-old girl and returned to him, he said on Monday. The girl spotted the medal in a wooded area while on a walk with her family on... More »

How dogs became man’s best friend – twice over

LONDON Ancient humans made dogs their best friend not once but twice, by domesticating two separate populations of wolves thousands of miles apart in Europe and Asia. That is the conclusion of scientists who said on Thursday they had used modern genetics to un... More »

Genes of slain Cincinnati gorilla to live on

After shooting dead a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo to save a 3-year-old boy, zoo officials said they had collected a sample of his sperm, raising hopes among distraught fans that Harambe could sire offspring even in death. But officials at the main U.S. body ... More »

Ex-Barclays director accused by U.S. of illegal tips to plumber

NEW YORK A former director at Barclays Plc (BARC.L) was arrested on Tuesday on U.S. charges that he provided inside information about impending mergers he learned about at the bank to a plumber, who used the tips to make $76,000 illegally. Steven McClatchey, 5... More »

Facebook, Twitter, Youtube face hate speech complaints in France

PARIS Three French anti-racism associations said on Sunday they would file legal complaints against social networks Facebook (FB.O), Twitter (TWTR.N) and Google’s Youtube (GOOGL.O) for failing to remove “hateful” content posted on their platforms. French law r... More »

Dating site matches Americans fleeing Trump with Canadians

TORONTO A dating website is pledging to match Americans who can’t live with a Donald Trump presidency to Canadians looking for love, facilitating the pledge often made by U.S. voters to move to Canada if the real estate billionaire is elected. “Maple Match mak... More »

Saudi Aramco says in final stages of preparing IPO options

DHAHRAN Saudi Aramco is in the final stages of preparing options for its initial public offer of shares before presenting the options soon to its Supreme Council for consideration, chief executive Amin Nasser said on Tuesday. Aramco has a huge team working on ... More »

E-cigarette poisonings on rise in young kids

(Reuters Health) – Electronic cigarettes are sickening a growing number of young kids, usually because children drink the liquid nicotine that’s used in the devices, a U.S. study of poison center calls suggests. Often, children aren’t seriously harmed, but sev... More »

Your Money: Money-smart gifts for college grads

NEW YORK For college graduates entering a challenging job market, some of whom are carrying tremendous student loan debt, any gift to help them better manage their money is both practical and welcome. The following are three ways to help recent graduates find ... More »

Youth orchestra plucks oasis out of gangland El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The sweet sounds of classical music float across a sunny courtyard as a group of teenagers pluck the strings of violins and cellos. But beyond the high gates enclosing the courtyard of the Don Bosco Industrial Polygo... More »

Teens most drawn to e-cigarettes by online ads

(Reuters Health) – While many forms of e-cigarette advertising increase the odds that teens will try the devices, a new U.S. study suggests that this generation of digital natives is most enticed by promotions they see online. Big U.S. tobacco companies are al... More »

U.S. Medicare end-of-life counseling off to slow start

CHICAGO, April 21 Older patients want to talk with their doctors about how they will die, but are doctors ready to have the conversation? Medicare began reimbursing physicians in January for time spent discussing their patients’ end-of-life wishes. While 95 pe... More »

South Africa boosts crop forecast accuracy with satellite imagery

PRETORIA South Africa’s estimates for key crops such as maize have become increasingly accurate thanks to satellite imagery and as farmers’ often biased input has been cut out of the picture, a conference was told on Thursday. South Africa’s maize crop has bee... More »

Mali bids final farewell to renowned photographer Malick Sidibe

BAMAKO Mali bid a final farewell on Saturday to Malick Sidibe, an award-winning photographer considered a national treasure for his unique studio portraits and candid black-and-white depictions of popular culture in his West African homeland. From humble begin... More »

Five ways to make your expat taxes easier

NEW YORK Out of sight, out of mind? Not for Americans at tax time. Unlike most other countries, Uncle Sam requires its estimated 7 million expatriates, whether citizens or resident aliens, to file an income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service. Those l... More »

UK airport sniffer dogs good at finding sausages, but not drugs

LONDON A team of sniffer dogs set up at a British airport at a cost of 1.25 million pounds ($1.7 million) have proved adept at discovering small amounts of cheese and sausages but not so good at finding smuggled drugs, a report said on Thursday. An inspection ... More »

Arizona man challenges primary results, alleging misconduct

PHOENIX An Arizona man filed a lawsuit on Friday challenging the results of the state’s March presidential primary election, alleging misconduct by officials during a nominating contest that is already mired in controversy. The lawsuit filed by Tucson resident... More »

Prosecutors say ex-House Speaker Hastert sexually abused boys

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, convicted last year of a financial crime in a hush-money case, had agreed to pay $3.5 million to buy the silence of an individual who he sexually abused when the victim was a teenager, federal prosecutors said on Frida... More »

Millennials face debt – and denial

NEW YORK Debt may be a drag for millennials, but apparently not as much as cooking their own dinner. A survey from Citizens Bank found that fewer than half (47 percent) of millennials, those in the 18-35 age group, who are college graduates, would be willing t... More »

Migrants sent back from Greece arrive in Turkey under EU deal

DIKILI, Turkey/LESBOS, Greece Migrants sent back from the Greek island of Lesbos began arriving in Turkey on Monday under a disputed European Union scheme aimed at closing the main route by which a million people poured across the Aegean Sea to Greece in the l... More »

Ohio home of serial killer for rent during Republican convention

CLEVELAND The Ohio childhood home of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, available for rent in time for the Republican National Convention this summer, could have been had for $8,000 a month until Friday afternoon, when the price went up and references to the infamo... More »

Saudi-owned newspaper Beirut office attacked after cartoon

BEIRUT Protesters attacked the Beirut office of Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq al-Awsat on Friday in response to a cartoon published by the paper criticizing the Lebanese state. The cartoon depicted the Lebanese flag with the words “an April fool…” written above... More »

Microsoft apologizes for offensive tirade by its ‘chatbot’

LOS ANGELES Microsoft is “deeply sorry” for the racist and sexist Twitter messages generated by the so-called chatbot it launched this week, a company official wrote on Friday, after the artificial intelligence program went on an embarrassing tirade. The bot, ... More »

Belgium hunts ‘third man’ after Islamic State bombings

BRUSSELS Belgian police were hunting on Thursday for a “third man” filmed with two Islamic State suicide bombers at Brussels Airport as investigators accumulated evidence that the same jihadist network was involved in the deadly Paris attacks last November. As... More »

Trump, Cruz trade barbs over wives in presidential race

NEW YORK Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz turned to Twitter to defend their wives’ honor after a Super PAC put out an ad featuring Trump’s wife nude and Trump threatened to “spill the beans” on Cruz’s wife. Trump’s threat came on Tu... More »

Lawyers for Cosby, accusers open to settling defamation claim

WORCESTER, Mass. Lawyers representing Bill Cosby and seven women who have accused the comedian of sexual assault are open to settling a defamation lawsuit, they told a federal judge in Massachusetts on Wednesday. Cosby, 78, had previously rejected an offer to ... More »

Judge dismisses ex-LA Clippers owner Sterling’s lawsuit vs NBA

A federal judge has dismissed former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s lawsuit accusing the National Basketball Association of antitrust violations for forcing him to sell the franchise in 2014. In a decision dated Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Ferna... More »

U.S. investor group urges halt to dual-class structures in IPOs

BOSTON An influential group representing top U.S. pension funds on Wednesday urged companies that go public to stop using a maneuver that gives insiders extra control and makes other investors second-class corporate citizens. Members of the Council of Institut... More »

U.S. retirement confidence improves, but preparation lags

CHICAGO Denial is not just a river in Africa. It also is a powerful driver of how Americans think about their prospects for a secure retirement. A new survey of retirement confidence published on Tuesday confirms that many workers lack realistic plans for maki... More »

U.S., Russian crew arrives at space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying a NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts arrived at the International Space Station on Friday, ending a nearly six-hour flight, a NASA TV broadcast showed. U.S. astronaut Jeff Williams and cosmonauts Ole... More »

India’s Micromax, once a rising star, struggles

MUMBAI A year ago, Micromax vaulted past Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to become India’s leading smartphone brand. Today, its market share has nearly halved, several top executives have resigned, and the company is looking for growth outside India. In Micromax’s ... More »

Online harassment must be met head-on: tech summit panel

AUSTIN, Texas Online harassment and sexism is demeaning women and can no longer be brushed aside as an ugly side of social media and the gaming industry if they are to thrive, panelists on Saturday said at the South By Southwest (SXSW) tech meeting in Austin. ... More »

Having a younger sibling may be good for your health

(Reuters Health) – That pesky kid brother or sister who broke your stuff and got you in trouble all the time may have actually done you a favor. A U.S. study suggests that younger siblings might be really good for your health. That’s because by first grade, ki... More »