First Editing of Human Embryos Carried Out in U.S.

July 26 – Technology that allows alteration of genes in a human embryo has been used for the first time in the United States, according to Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, which carried out the research. The OHSU research is believed to have broken new ground both in the number of embryos

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S&P Global Ratings: Gulf Sovereigns Will Find It Hard To Diversify

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Abu Dhabi (a member of the United Arab Emirates–UAE) currently benefit from sizable hydrocarbon resources, at close to 30% of global oil reserves and 20% of global gas reserves (source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2017) relative to their population

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Turkey’s Erdogan Ends Tour With No SIgn of Qatar Progress

DOHA, July 25 – Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan left Qatar on Monday after two days in the Gulf trying to mediate in the worst row among Arab states for years but there was no sign he had made any progress. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and travel ties with

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Gulf Arab States Blacklist 9 Individuals, 9 Organizations: SPA

DUBAI, July 25 – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have added nine entities and nine individuals to their individual ban lists because of alleged links to Qatar over terrorism, Saudi’s state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. The four Arab states, who isolated Qatar by cutting all diplomatic and transport links

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U.S. Judge Halts Deportation of More than 1,400 Iraqi Nationals

By Steve Friess DETROIT, July 24 – A federal judge in Michigan halted on Monday the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from the United States, the latest legal victory for the Iraqi nationals facing deportation in a closely watched case. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith granted a preliminary injunction requested by American Civil

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Migrant Deal with Turkey Working Well, Says EU Official

VIENNA, July 25 – An EU deal with Turkey to stem the westward flow of migrants is working well, and day-to-day bilateral ties are better than rhetoric might suggest, the bloc’s top official for relations with neighbouring states said. Austrian Johannes Hahn made the comments to ORF radio on Tuesday, days after Germany raised the

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Israel to Replace Metal Detectors in Jerusalem with Smart Surveillance

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, July 25 – Israel decided on Tuesday to remove metal detectors it had placed at the entrance to a holy site in Jerusalem’s Old City and replace them with smart, less obtrusive surveillance means, a Cabinet statement said. Israel installed metal detectors at entry points to Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem

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Ban Genital Surgery on Intersex Children, U.S. Rights Group Says

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK, July 25 – Genital surgery should be banned on children whose sex characteristics are ambiguous because the procedures can scar young patients for life and be considered human rights violations, a leading rights group said on Tuesday. Several hundred so-called intersex children in the United States have undergone sex reassignment

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Erdogan Gambling With Centuries-Old Ties to Germany

By Paul Carrel BERLIN, July 24 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is putting at risk vital and long-established relations with Germany, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in an interview published on Monday. Relations, already strained over Erdogan’s security crackdown since a coup attempt against him a year ago, have deteriorated further over the arrest in

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