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Cellular biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi wins Nobel Prize in medicine

Nobel in Chemistry 2016Cellular biology researcher Yoshinori Ohsumi won the 2016 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his work on cell renewal, the organization announced Monday.

Ohsumi, 71, discovered and explained the natural effects of autophagy, a process by which a cell could destroy its own contents by enclosing it in a membrane, then essentially recycle it for degradation. Little was known of the mechanism until Ohsuni's experiments with yeast cells in the 1990s in which he demonstrated the phenomenon. He went on to elucidate similarities in the workings in human cellular structure.


98 more homes for Jewish settlers in West Bank approved

98 more homes for west Bank settlers approvedIsrael approved plans for 98 new homes for Jewish settlers in the West Bank, drawing criticism from those promoting a two-state solution.

The Higher Planning Council for Judea and Samaria advanced the plan for the homes, as well as one for an industrial park, near the West Bank capital of Ramallah. The practice of permitting settlers to occupy land destined, if a two-state solution becomes a reality, to become Palestinian territory is regarded as a stumbling block to the resumption of the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

It is also viewed as illegal under international law, and has been criticized by the United States, the United Nations and the European Union.


Women in Poland strike to protest proposal for abortion ban

Polish women strikePolish women donned black, waved black flags and took to Poland's streets on Monday, boycotting jobs and classes as part of a nationwide strike to protest a legislative proposal for a total ban on abortion.

Many men — public figures among them — also joined the thousands of women on the streets of Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw and elsewhere across the largely Catholic nation, on what has been dubbed "Black Monday." The country already has one of Europe's most restrictive abortion laws and opinion surveys show very little support for an even stricter law, despite the nation's deep Catholicism and conservative political direction.


Suicide bombers target Shia processions in Baghdad

Iraq suicide bombingSuicide bombers attacked two Shia processions in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing at least 10 people and wounding more than 40, police and medical sources said.

A bomber targeted a market in the Amil neighbourhood of southern Baghdad on Monday, killing at least six people and wounding 16.

A similar attack hit a procession in the eastern Mashtal district, killing five and wounding 18, the sources added.


Colombia referendum rejects peace deal with Farc guerrillas

Farc deal voted down in ColombiaColombians have rejected a peace deal to end 52 years of war with Farc guerrillas, throwing the country into confusion about its future.

With counting completed from 98% of polling stations, the no vote led with 50.23% to 49.76%, a difference of 61,000 votes.

The verdict on the deal between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and the Farc reached after four years of intense negotiations means it cannot now be implemented.


USA sweep to victory in Ryder Cup as Rory McIlroy and Europe taste defeat

Ryder Cup win by USHad the United States not been harshly subjected to an earlier, harrowing run which led to public denouncement of captains and the formation of a task force, they might ponder how straightforward this all was. The Ryder Cup that had everything produced a result of wider benefit with Hazeltine the venue for the reinvigoration of the US in context of this event.

For once screaming triumphalism had basis in an emphatic victory, by 17 points to 11. There was to be no fourth success in a row for Europe, a handy scene for those who were growing weary both of one-sided contests and self-aggrandising statements.



When Donald Trump Tried to Crash Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding

Donald Trump tried to crash Chelsea's weddingTo friends, Bill Clinton jokingly complained about the cost of his daugh­ter’s wedding, sounding rather like a sitcom dad all year. But the pro­jected expense of the lavish event, estimated at well over $2 million, wasn’t a joke.

As the location Chelsea had chosen Astor Courts, a 1904 Beaux-Arts mansion with a 50-acre estate on the Hudson River in Rhinebeck. That rental alone was over $200,000 for the weekend. The catering for over 400 guests was probably more than three times as much.


Hospitals in Aleppo 'all but obliterated'; civilians in 'living hell,' U.N. warns

Aleppo hospitals destroyedCivilians in the rebel-held portions of Aleppo are enduring a "living hell" and the hospitals there have been all but obliterated, the United Nations warned Sunday as bomb attacks continued to hit the city.

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien said in a statement that civilians in Aleppo are being subjected to "a level of savagery that no human should have to endure," NBC News reported.


Lawyer says 3 Egyptian Journalists arrested were tortured

Egyptian lawyersThe lawyer for three Egyptian journalists who were arrested while conducting street interviews says they were beaten and tazered by security officers during questioning at a central Cairo station.

Fatma Serag told The Associated Press Sunday the three — Hamdy Mokhtar, 38, Mohammed Hassan 18, and Osama al-Bishbishi, 35 — were accused of supplying television networks linked to the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood group with "negative" videos of life under the rule of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.


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