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Indonesia castration law 'will wipe out paedophilia'
Indonesia could "wipe out" paedophilia with its new policy of chemical castration, President Joko Widodo has told the BBC. He said Indonesia respected human rights but there would be "no compromise" when it came to punishing such sexual crimes. Indonesia passed controversial laws earlier this month authorising chemical castration for paedophiles. The laws were subject to fierce debate in parliament. The Indonesian Doctors Association say...
Moment of truth awaits Europe's Schiaparelli Mars probe
The European Space Agency (Esa) is getting ready to put a probe on Mars. Its Schiaparelli robot will attempt the risky descent to the surface in the coming hours, after a 500 million km journey from Earth. The touchdown is regarded as a dress rehearsal for a much more important venture in four years' time when Esa will bid to place a very expensive rover on the planet. This six-wheeled vehicle will drill beneath the surface to search for life....
Ecuador curbs Assange's internet to halt US election 'interference'
Ecuador has acknowledged it partly restricted internet access for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is taking refuge at its London embassy. It said Mr Assange had in recent weeks released material that could have an impact on the US presidential election. Ecuador also said its move was not the result of pressure from Washington. The US denied WikiLeaks accusations that it had asked Ecuador to stop the site publishing documents about presid...
Mosul battle: 900 civilians flee city ahead of fighting
Some 900 people have fled the Iraqi city of Mosul and crossed the border into Syria, the UN refugee agency says. This is the first large group of civilians confirmed to have escaped since the Iraqi government began its offensive to liberate Mosul from the so-called Islamic State (IS) on Monday. As many as 1.5 million are thought to be in Mosul, with up to 5,000 fighters. There are fears the militants will use the civilians as human shields as ...
IBM AI system Watson to diagnose rare diseases in Germany
IBM's artificial intelligence platform Watson will work with doctors in Germany attempting to solve some complex medical cases. It will be based at the Undiagnosed and Rare Diseases Centre at the University Hospital in Marburg. So far, Watson has looked at half a dozen cases, but it is unclear how many it has correctly diagnosed. AI systems are increasingly being used in healthcare, with Google's DeepMind partnering several UK hospitals. The ...
Peru investigates death of 10,000 Titicaca water frogs
Peru's environmental agency is investigating the deaths of some 10,000 frogs whose bodies have been found in a river in the south of the country. A campaign group says pollution in the River Coata is to blame for the deaths. It says the government has ignored pleas for the construction of a sewage treatment plant in the area. The Titicaca water frog is an endangered species that is found only in the huge freshwater lake shared by Peru and Boli...
Trump's Twitter debate lead was 'swelled by bots'
More than four times as many tweets were made by automated accounts in favour of Donald Trump around the first US presidential debate as by those backing Hillary Clinton, a study found. The research indicates the Republican candidate would have enjoyed more support on Twitter even if the accounts - known as bots - had not been active. But it highlights that the software has the capacity to "manipulate public opinion" and "muddy political issues...
India Bhubaneswar hospital fire kills at least 20
At least 20 people have died after a fire broke out in a hospital in eastern India, local police say. They say the fire started in an intensive care unit (ICU) of the SUM hospital, a private facility in the city of Bhubaneswar in Orissa state. Dozens of patients were taken to other medical facilities in the city. About 120 firefighters were mobilised to tackle the blaze, which was later brought under control. PM Narendra Modi said he was "angu...
Mosul battle: Iraqi troops 'ahead of schedule' in bid to retake city
Iraqi forces are "ahead of schedule", the Pentagon says, as they begin the second day of the battle to retake Mosul from so-called IS fighters. But Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook warned it "could take some time" as it remained to be seen whether Islamic State (IS) would "stand and fight". Fighting continued overnight, with IS militants attacking Iraqi army tanks. A BBC correspondent with government forces says the current front line is 20km (12...
Melania Trump: Donald's women accusers are lying
Melania Trump has insisted that her husband is a "gentleman" and that the women who allege that he sexually assaulted them are lying. She also said that lewd comments Donald Trump made about women that were caught on videotape were unacceptable but did not represent the man she knows. The Republican presidential nominee was guilty of "boy talk" but was "egged on" by TV host Billy Bush, she added. The tape prompted dozens of Republicans to drop...
Armenia needs good advertisement of its military production – expert
 Nyut.am conducted interview with IA REGNUM military observer, chief editor of New defense order. Strategies magazine Leonid Nersisyan. - Recently Armenia’s Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan stated that the army must become locomotive of economy. Does Armenia has necessary potential to make the defense industry leading branch of economy? - During the USSR many factories implementing defense orders were concentrated in Armenia. They wer...
Atom Janjughazyan appointed first deputy finance minister
Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan appointed Atom Janjughazyan first deputy finance minister.    
Kigeli V Ndahindurwa: Last king of Rwanda dies
The last king of Rwanda has died in the US aged 80 years old. Born Jean-Baptiste Ndahindurwa, King Kigeli V came to power in 1959 but was only king of Rwanda until 1961, when the monarchy was abolished and he was forced into exile. He eventually settled in the US where he set up a charity helping Rwandan refugees and orphans. A 2013 profile in Washingtonian magazine found him living off food stamps in subsidised housing. King Kigeli...
How hackers handle stolen login data
We've all had them. Those emails you read with a growing sense of dread which tell you to change the password you use on this account, that social network or one of the many other online services you use. Those emails are common given that almost one billion login credentials have been stolen and shared online in the last year. Yahoo, MySpace, LinkedIn, Dropbox and Tumblr, have all been hit and the list goes on and on. The worst part is the unc...
Walking Dead is renewed for another series ahead of the season seven premiere
The Walking Dead has been renewed for another series, before the start of the seventh season next week. The zombie drama, made by US TV network AMC, will be followed by The Talking Dead - a show which discusses storylines after the final credits. The final scene of the sixth series showed new baddie Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, killing one of the main cast with his barbwire-covered baseball bat which he calls Lucille. The show is broa...
The Accountant topples The Girl On The Train at US box office
Ben Affleck's latest film, The Accountant, has topped the US box office on its opening weekend. The crime drama, which also stars Anna Kendrick and Oscar winner JK Simmons, took $24.7m (£20.3m), holding off competition from Kevin Hart: What Now?. The US comedian's concert film took $11.98m (£9.8m). The two new entries knocked last week's number one, The Girl On The Train, based on the novel of the same name by Paula Hawkins, down t...
UK economy 'faces prolonged weakness', Item Club report says
Britain's economy faces a "prolonged period" of weaker growth as consumer spending slows and business curbs investment, according to a report. Although the EY Item Club think tank predicts the economy will grow 1.9% this year, it expects that performance to fizzle out as inflation rises. The economy's stability since June's Brexit vote was "deceptive", EY said. Meanwhile, a senior Bank of England official told the BBC that inflation may surpas...
Brazil prison clashes 'kill 25 inmates'
At least 25 inmates have been killed in clashes between two rival factions in an overcrowded prison in northern Brazil, local media report. Seven of the dead were beheaded and six others burned to death, a police official reportedly said. The incident in Boa Vista, the capital of Roraima state, happened during visiting hours. Some 100 visitors who were taken as hostages have been freed and the riot has ended, the reports added. The state gove...
Battle for Mosul: Operation to retake Iraqi city from IS begins
An Iraqi operation to recapture the city of Mosul, the last stronghold of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the country, has started. Artillery began firing on the city early on Monday, in a long-awaited assault from Kurdish Peshmerga, Iraqi government and allied forces. Tanks are now moving towards the city, which has been held by IS since 2014. The UN has expressed "extreme concern" for the safety of up to 1.5 million people in the area. ...
China poised for space station mission
China is to launch two men into orbit on Monday morning as it continues to develop its ability to explore space. The astronauts will take off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northern China, Chinese officials said. The plan is for them to dock with and then spend 30 days on board the Tiangong 2 space station testing its ability to support life. This and previous launches are seen as pointers to possible manned missions to the Moon o...
US Election 2016: Trump challenges Clinton to drug test before debate
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has accused rival Hillary Clinton of being "pumped up" during their last debate, saying they should both be tested for drugs before the next one. He also suggested the presidential race was looking like a "rigged election". The comments came in the wake of the publication of a recording in which he made obscene remarks, which sparked a string of sexual assault claims. Polls suggest Mr Trum...
Thai king death: Crown prince coronation 'delayed for a year'
Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn wants his coronation held off for at least a year, government officials say. King Bhumibol Adulyadej died on Thursday and the crown prince wants more time to mourn his father. Former Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda is standing in as regent. Current Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha sought to reassure Thais about the succession in a TV address on Saturday, saying they should not worry. This issue was...
Yemen conflict: Saudis blame funeral hall bombing on mistake
The Saudi-led coalition bombing Houthi rebels in Yemen has said it attacked a funeral hall in the capital, Sanaa, based on "bad information". At least 140 people were killed, most of them civilians, in the attack on 8 October - one of the single worst death tolls in the two-year conflict. An inquiry blames "non-compliance with coalition rules of engagement" and "the issuing of incorrect information". The attack was heavily criticised internati...
Brazil opens Latin America's first elephant sanctuary
The first elephant sanctuary in Latin America has opened in Brazil to provide a home for an estimated 50 circus animals from across the region. Guida and Maia, both over 40 years old, are the first residents. They will be provided with veterinary care and live out their lives in forested areas with pastures. A US-based group bought the land to give the elephants a refuge as zoos in the region close and more laws prohibit the use of animals in ...
US election 2016: Trump says sex assault claims aimed to hurt him
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has rejected fresh claims of sexual assault, saying they are part of a plot to damage his campaign. "It's not hard to find a small handful of people willing to make false smears," he told a rally on Friday. Two new accusations came from an ex-Apprentice contestant who cited a 2007 incident and a woman who described a case from the early 1990s. Polls suggest Mr Trump is losing ground in some of the...
Climate change: 'Monumental' deal to cut HFCs, fastest growing greenhouse gases
More than 150 countries have reached a deal described as "monumental" to phase out gases that are making global warming worse. Hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) are widely used in fridges, air conditioning and aerosol sprays. Delegates meeting in Rwanda accepted a complex amendment to the Montreal Protocol that will see richer countries cut back their HFC use from 2019. But some critics say the compromise may have less impact than expected. US Secreta...
French Senate criminalizes Armenian Genocide denial
The French Senate adopted in a secret vote on Friday a bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial, Tert.am reports. The measure was backed by 156 lawmakers attending the debate in the parliament’s upper house. Some 146 senators voted “against”, according to Murad Papazyan, President of the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France (CCAF). The bill, proposed as an amendment to the law on “Equality an...
CSTO leaders meet in Yerevan
The Presidential Palace is hosting the session of the CSTO Collective Security Council, bringing together top leaders of the organization’s member states. President Serzh Sargsyan is chairing the meeting attended by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambaev, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahm...
Comet impact 'linked' to rise of mammals
A comet impact 55 million years ago may have helped mammals dominate the Earth. It could have triggered a rapid phase of global warming linked to the expansion of mammal groups during the Eocene time period. Writing in the journal Science, a team of American researchers outlines new evidence for the theory. They found spherical fragments of glass thought to form when molten debris flung out by an impact solidifies in mid-air. But the team's i...
JK Rowling plans five Fantastic Beasts films
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has said she has planned scripts for a total of five Fantastic Beasts films. The first movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - which marks Rowling's debut as a screenwriter - is released on 17 November. A sequel had already been confirmed by Warner Bros, but Rowling made her new announcement at a promotional event in London's Leicester Square. She said that she was "pretty sure" the story would unfold ov...
5 dead, 27 injured as Moscow-Yerevan bus crashes in North Ossetia
A passenger bus heading from Moscow to Yerevan crashed in North Ossetia in the early hours of Friday, leaving five people killed and another 27 injured. Four of the survivors are reported to be children who were immediately hospitalized, the Ministry of Emergency Situations reports. The Mercedes bus, carrying 52 passengers, collided with a truck on the Transcaucasian Highway (8th km) at  04:30 am Moscow time, according to the Russian media...
Israel freezes ties with Unesco for 'denying Jewish holy sites'
Israel has frozen co-operation with the UN's cultural agency, accusing it of denying Judaism's connections to the religion's holiest sites. Its education minister said a Unesco draft decision concerning Jerusalem "denies history and encourages terror". It comes after the body approved a text which repeatedly used only the Islamic name for a hilltop complex which is also the holiest site in Judaism. The site is known to Jews as the Temple Mount...
Colombia extends Farc ceasefire amid talks to save peace deal
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has extended a ceasefire with Farc rebels until the end of the year to give more time to save a peace deal. The accord, signed with the left-wing rebel group last month, was narrowly rejected in a national referendum. Mr Santos has spent the past few days meeting those who campaigned for a "No" vote. He will take new proposals to a meeting with Farc leaders in the Cuban capital, Havana. The original ceas...
Samsung takes £4.4bn hit to profits from Note 7 fallout
The total cost of pulling Galaxy Note 7 smartphones off the market will be at least £4.4bn ($5.4bn), Samsung said. The South Korean tech giant had already lowered its third-quarter profit guidance by £1.9bn ($2.3bn). On Friday, it said it expected an additional hit of about 3.5 trillion won ($3bn, £2.5bn). The Note 7 was recalled last month after battery fires, but when replacement phones experienced the same proble...
US election 2016: Trump says groping claims 'absolutely false'
Donald Trump has rejected a slew of accusations of sexual misconduct, telling supporters in Florida they are "totally and absolutely false". The Republican presidential nominee said the women making the allegations were "horrible liars" and the media was colluding with rival Hillary Clinton. Several women say he groped them or forcibly kissed them. First Lady Michelle Obama earlier said Mr Trump's boasts about groping women were "shocking and ...
Thai king death: Nation mourns loss of revered royal
The people of Thailand are mourning the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, who died on Thursday aged 88. Thousands clad in black are lining the streets of Bangkok for the king's funeral procession, as his body is moved to a temple in the Grand Palace. The government has declared a year-long official mourning period. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is expected be the new monarch, but has asked for a delay i...
Russia creates weapon which has no analogue in the world
Russia has created a weapon which has no analogue in the world. It has already passed the testing phase. This was stated at the ArmHiTech-2016 exhibition by the official representative of the corporation which created the weapon. For the first time the samples of the new weapon have been shown at the Army 2016 exhibition which took place within the framework of the military-technical conference. "The real samples of the weapon have proved their...
CSTO Secretary General to be appointed either Yuri Khachaturov or Vagharshak Har...
CSTO session will start its work tomorrow in Yerevan. During the event the incumbent Secretary General Nikolay Bordyuzha will be replaced by representative from Armenia. According to Nyut.am source the president will forward candidacies of either Yuri Khachaturov or former defense minister Vagharshak Harutyunyan.  
Sweet potato Vitamin A research wins World Food Prize
Four scientists have been awarded the 2016 World Food Prize for enriching sweet potatoes, which resulted in health benefits for millions of people. They won the prize for "the single most example of biofortification", resulting in Vitamin A-boosted crops. Since 1986, the World Food Prize aims to recognise efforts to increase the quality and quantity of available food. The researchers will receive their US $250,000 (£203,000) prize at a c...
Three-person baby 'race' dangerous
The race to make babies from three people is a major worry, duping couples and a dangerous experiment on mums and babies, warn scientists and ethicists. The UK, which pioneered the advanced form of IVF, was the first country to introduce laws to allow the creation of babies from three people. Yet the first baby was born in Mexico. And despite the technique being designed to eliminate disease, it has been used as an unproven fertility...
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