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5,000 migrant children reported missing in Germany

Immigrant children missing in GermanyNearly 5,000 unaccompanied migrant children and teens in Germany have been reported missing, German officials said.

The German Federal Criminal Police Office said migrant children 4,749 have been reported missing as of Jan. 1. Six months ago the reported number in Germany was 1,637. The agency said children are sometimes reported missing in several cities, distorting the figures, but it acknowledged some of those unaccounted for are likely crime victims.


Bomb likely caused Somalia plane blast, say U.S. government sources

Bomb caused blast on AirbusInvestigators believe a bomb probably caused the onboard explosion that forced an Airbus A321 to return to the Somali capital of Mogadishu for an emergency landing this week, U.S. government sources said on Wednesday.

One man was killed by the blast on Tuesday on the Daallo Airlines plane, officials said. Local authorities north of Mogadishu said the body of a man, believed to have been sucked out through the hole in the fuselage made by the blast, was found in their area.


Egypt court overturns death sentences for 149

Egypt overturns death sentencesAn Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday overturned death sentences for 149 people accused of killing policemen in a mob attack on their station, a judicial source said.

The court ordered a retrial for the defendants over the attack, which killed 13 policemen near Cairo on Aug. 14, 2013, the day police shot dead hundreds of demonstrators in the capital.

The initial ruling in February 2015 came amid a series of death sentences in mass trials that were criticized internationally, as the government cracked down on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.


German teen admits she lied about migrant gang rape

German teen admits she lied about migrant rapeA 13-year-old German girl has admitted she lied about being gang raped by migrants, an allegation that ignited a diplomatic war of words between Germany and Russia and further stirred anti-immigrant feelings in Europe.

The teen, who was identified only as Lisa under German privacy laws, said she made up the allegation she was abducted and raped by three men of Arabic and Turkish descent to cover the 30 hours she spent with a 19-year-old man and his mother.


UK Approves Embryo 'Gene Editing'

UK Gene EditingUK scientists have been given the go-ahead by the fertility regulator to genetically modify human embryos.

It is the first time a country has considered the DNA-altering technique in embryos and approved it.

The research will take place at the Francis Crick Institute in London and aims to provide a deeper understanding of the earliest moments of human life.


At Least 65 Dead In Suspected Boko Haram Attack In Nigeria

Nigeria massacreAt least 65 people were killed during an attack by Islamist militant group Boko Haram near Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, a Reuters reporter said after counting bodies at a hospital morgue.

The remains of a dozen victims were burnt beyond recognition in Saturday's attack when militants opened fire on residents, set fire to houses and targeted a crowd with suicide bombers, security and medical officials said.


Israeli Cabinet approves liberal Jewish prayer at the Western Wall

Women pray at Western Wall in JerusalemIsrael's Cabinet voted Sunday to allow non-Orthodox Jewish prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a move advocates said marked a historic show of government support for liberal streams of Judaism.

The issue is of particular importance to the Jewish community in the United States, where the more liberal Reform and Conservative streams of Judaism are dominant. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pushed the plan in an attempt to please American Jews, a key source of support for Israel, despite stiff opposition by ultra-Orthodox and religious nationalist elements in Israel who are key members of his own government.


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