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Canada to end bombing missions in Iraq and Syria

Canada to end bombingScientists in England created a 3D-printed bone scaffold that allows blood flow and cell growth to help the regeneration of natural bone tissue.

The scaffold may allow doctors to construct better materials for bone replacement that break down over time, unlike the metal implants often used by doctors.

Doctors have already used 3D-printing to custom design replacement body parts for patients, such as a patient in Spain who received custom-printed ribs or 14-year-old from the Marshall Islands given a 3D-printed nose.


Rescuers in Taiwan search through rubble from earthquake for more survivors

Taiwan earthquakeThe death toll from the magnitude-6.4 earthquake that struck Taiwan climbed to at least 26 people Sunday, and more than 100 remained in the rubble of a 17-story residential building that collapsed, officials said.

In the southeast coastal city of Tainan, one or two survivors at a time were pulled from the ruins of the high-rise building that fell like an accordion in Saturday's earthquake and has become the focal point of the disaster.


Turkey: Reaching limits but will keep taking in refugees

Turkey: Reaching limits but will keep taking in refugeesTurkey has reached the end of its "capacity to absorb" refugees but will continue to take them in, the deputy premier said Sunday, as his country faced mounting pressure to open its border to tens of thousands of Syrians who have fled a government onslaught.

The United Arab Emirates meanwhile joined Saudi Arabia in saying that it was open to the idea of sending ground troops to Syria to battle the Islamic State group, raising the possibility of even greater foreign involvement in the five-year-old civil war.


North Korea fires long-range rocket despite warnings

N. korea fires rocketNorth Korea has fired a long-range rocket, which critics say is a test of banned missile technology.

The country had notified UN agencies in advance that it intended to put an earth observation satellite into orbit.
Both South Korea's military and a US defence official speaking to Reuters news agency confirmed the launch.

It appears that the rocket was fired from a missile base in the north-west of the country and passed over Japan's southern Okinawa islands.


Critic of Vatican leaves its sexual abuse commission

Vatican critic leaves commission on sexA prominent British member of a papal advisory commission on sexual abuse by the clergy who has been outspokenly critical of the Vatican has left the group, the Vatican said on Saturday.

A statement said that at a commission meeting "it was decided" that Peter Saunders would take a leave of absence. Saunders, head of Britain's National Association for People Abused in Childhood, would now "consider how he might best support the commission's work".


Deadly earthquake topples buildings in Taiwan city of Tainan

Taiwain earthquakeAn earthquake has toppled buildings in the south Taiwanese city of Tainan, killing at least 11 people.

The magnitude 6.4 quake struck just before 04:00 (20:00 GMT Friday) when most people were at home asleep.

A baby was among at least four people killed when a high-rise building, containing 100 homes, collapsed.

At least 30 people remain missing. Tainan's mayor said people were alive but trapped under the rubble and all means would be used to rescue them.


France is first country to ban supermarkets from throwing away unsold food

France bans food wastage by super markets

France has decided to crack down on food wastage by becoming the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away unsold food.

Supermarkets will now have to donate any leftover items to needy charities and food banks.

The new law was passed unanimously by the French senate and comes after a lengthy campaign from anti-poverty activists, calling for the government to put in measures to reduce food waste.


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