Chinese Scientist He Jiankui Defends ‘Forld’s First Gene-Edited Babies’

Chinese Scientist He Jiankui Defends ‘Forld’s First Gene-Edited Babies’

A Chinese scientist who claims to have created the world’s first genetically edited babies has defended his work. Speaking at a genome summit in Hong Kong, He Jiankui, an associate professor at a Shenzhen university, said he was “proud” of his work. He said “another potential pregnancy” of a gene-edited embryo was in its early […]

Trump ‘May Cancel Putin Talks Over Ukraine’

Trump ‘May Cancel Putin Talks Over Ukraine’

US President Donald Trump says he may cancel a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin following a maritime clash between Russia and Ukraine. Mr Trump told the Washington Post he was waiting for a “full report” after Russian ships fired on and seized three Ukrainian boats on Sunday. The two leaders are due to meet […]

Taiwan Votes In Same Sex-Marriage

Taiwan Votes In Same Sex-Marriage

Taiwan is voting in a referendum on whether to become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage. The top court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage, giving parliament two years to amend laws or pass new ones. But surveys last week suggest the country will vote against the change. The issue is one […]

Facebook vs Soros: ‘Congress Must Probe’

Facebook vs Soros: ‘Congress Must Probe’

One of George Soros’s lieutenants has called on US politicians to probe Facebook, after the social network confirmed that it had hired a PR firm to make claims about the financier. The head of Mr Soros’s grant-making network claimed Facebook had smeared the philanthropist, adding “this needs independent, congressional oversight”. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s deputy chief, […]

Russia Loses Interpol Presidency Vote

Russia Loses Interpol Presidency Vote

Interpol has elected South Korean Kim Jong-yang as its president, rejecting the controversial Russian frontrunner. Mr Kim was chosen by Interpol’s 194 member states at a meeting of its annual congress in Dubai. He beat Russia’s Alexander Prokopchuk, who has been accused of using Interpol’s arrest warrant system to target critics of the Kremlin. Russia […]

Macron: Europe Must Prevent ‘Global Chaos’

Macron: Europe Must Prevent ‘Global Chaos’

France’s President Emmanuel Macron has called for closer ties between his country and Germany, saying Europe “has the obligation not to let the world slip into chaos”. Mr Macron is in Berlin for the country’s annual day of mourning for victims of war. In a speech to Germany’s parliament, he said Europe must not “become […]

Brexit Agreement: Theresa May Faces MPs’ Questions

Brexit Agreement: Theresa May Faces MPs’ Questions

Theresa May faces a grilling from MPs later over the draft Brexit agreement the UK has reached with the EU. The PM secured her cabinet’s backing for the deal after a five-hour meeting, although several ministers are understood to have spoken against it. She has also faced a backlash from Tory Brexiteers and her Democratic […]

California Wildfires: At Least 42 Are Killed In Deadliest Blaze

California Wildfires: At Least 42 Are Killed In Deadliest Blaze

Thirteen more bodies have been recovered in California, bringing the death toll in the US state’s deadliest wildfires to 42, officials say. The remains were found in and around the largely incinerated town of Paradise, in the north of the state. At least 228 people are missing, as the Camp Fire continues to rage. Nearly […]

Mid-Term Elections 2018: US Democrats Win House In Blow to Trump

Mid-Term Elections 2018: US Democrats Win House In Blow to Trump

The US Democrats have taken control of the House of Representatives in the mid-term elections, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump. Taking control of the lower chamber of Congress for the first time in eight years will enable Democrats to thwart the president’s agenda. But Mr Trump’s Republicans are set to strengthen their grip […]

Bill Gates brandishes Poo to Showcase Reinvented Toilet Tech

Bill Gates brandishes Poo to Showcase Reinvented Toilet Tech

Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates had his hands full on-stage in Beijing on Tuesday, showing a jar of human faeces. The stunt was part of his speech at the Reinvented Toilet Expo event – a showcase for new toilet technologies. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent more than $200m on researching […]