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UN: Suspension of Nigeria’s top judge breaches human rights

The suspension of Nigeria's most senior judge by President Muhammadu Buhari broke international human rights standards on the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers, a United Nations expert has said. "International human rights standards provide that judges may be dismissed only on serious grounds of misconduct or incompetence," said Diego Garcia-Sayan, the…

Dementia symptoms reversed in mice, human trials next

By Brittney Kleyn Updated December 18, 2018 10:31:13 Dementia patients could soon have their memory restored and symptoms of the disease reversed thanks to a study in Queensland. Key pointsResearchers found a way to fully restore function in mice brainsResearchers found they can blast away "toxic plaque" using "micro-bubbles and ultrasound$10 million in federal funding…

Plane turns around mid-flight after crew forget to unload human heart

Posted December 14, 2018 15:48:35 It is not uncommon for people to accidentally leave some of their belongings behind on a plane — but rarely a vital organ. Key points:The heart was being sent to a tissue processor to recover a valve for use in a future transplantIt was discovered as the plane flew over…

The Saudi women detained for demanding basic human rights

Saudi Arabia continues to hold more than a dozen women rights activists in jail, months after a crackdown on dissent intensified in May. Most of them campaigned for the right to drive and an end to the kingdom's male guardianship system, which requires women to obtain the consent of a male relative for major decisions.…

Liana Finck creates a gorgeous new kind of memoir with Passing...

The day after Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about an alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh, Liana Finck posted a pen drawing on Instagram depicting a woman’s harrowing encounter with a strange man. The woman tries defending herself against a creepy comment, only for him to follow and physically threaten her.…

Why do we keep studying the same 10 per cent of...

Your body contains thousands of genes, but 90 per cent of biomedical research focuses on just 10 per cent of them. Many of these neglected genes play a role in serious disease including breast cancer, so why aren't they being studied? The reasons are often logistical and mundane, according to a new research paper aiming…

Ukraine’s ‘baby factories’: The human cost of surrogacy

Kiev, Ukraine - Throughout Ukraine, advertisements about becoming a surrogate mother are plastered on buses and throughout the metro. They ask: "Аre you aged between 18 and 35? Do you have healthy children? Are you physically and psychologically fit? Are you law-abiding?" Alina decided to become a surrogate mother in 2016 because she was struggling…

Facebook just banned Myanmar’s top army official for ‘serious human rights...

Myanmar's most senior military official, Min Aung Hlaing, is banned from Facebook Reuters Facebook is banning 20 Burmese individuals and organisations from its services, including a top military official, the company said on Monday.The social networking firm said the organisations and people had either enabled or were directly responsible for human rights abuses.Facebook has faced…

Saudi Arabia crucified a man in Mecca while aggressively calling out...

A pilgrim prays at Mount Al-Noor, a holy site near Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia executed a man by crucifixion in the holy city of Mecca on Wednesday, while it was trying to attack Canada on its human rights record. Saudi Arabia frequently uses capital punishment, which can be issued…
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