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UN: Gene editing for human reproduction is 'irresponsible'

Mar. 19, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A panel convened by the World Health Organization said it would be "irresponsible" for scientists to use gene editing for reproductive purposes, but stopped short of calling for a ban. The experts also called for the U.N. health agency to create a database of scientists working on gene...

UN hosts powers to discuss preventing an arms race in space

Mar. 18, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Government experts from 25 countries have opened a meeting to look at ways of preventing an arms race in space, amid uncertainty whether some of the world's biggest powers will actually find it in their national interests. The informal, closed-door talks over two weeks starting Monday at the...

Students globally protest warming, pleading for their future

Mar. 15, 2019 11:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students across a warming globe pleaded for their lives, future and planet Friday, demanding tough action on climate change. From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, angry students in more than 100 countries walked out of classes to protest what they see as the failures by...

Chinese envoy calls Muslim detention centers 'campuses'

Mar. 15, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A top Chinese diplomat claimed Friday that detention centers for Muslims in China's western province of Xinjiang are "campuses, not camps" and said they are eventually going to be closed as a "training program" for ethnic Uighurs is downsized. At the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva,...

Attacks could reverse gains in Congo's Ebola fight, says WHO

Mar. 14, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Attacks on Ebola treatment centers in eastern Congo threaten to reverse the gains being made against the current outbreak of the deadly virus, the director-general of the World Health Organization said Thursday as a fourth assault on a health center was reported. Nearly 600 people have died...

Saudis held 3 court sessions on 'heinous' Khashoggi killing

Mar. 14, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The head of Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Commission said Thursday that judicial authorities in the oil-rich kingdom have held three court sessions over the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, describing it as an "unfortunate accident" and a "heinous crime." Bandar bin...

Israel opens criminal probe of 11 deaths in Gaza violence

Mar. 13, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Israeli authorities have opened criminal investigations of the deaths of 11 Palestinians who were killed by Israeli fire during protests along the Gaza border in the past year, a senior Israeli official said Wednesday. Israeli officials briefed journalists in Geneva to rebut allegations...

At age 30, World Wide Web is 'not the web we wanted'

Mar. 12, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — At the ripe old age of 30 and with half the globe using it, the World Wide Web is facing growing pains with issues like hate speech, privacy concerns and state-sponsored hacking, its creator says, trumpeting a call to make it better for humanity. Tim Berners-Lee on Tuesday joined a...

Swiss end commercial flights by vintage plane crash airline

Mar. 12, 2019 5:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Switzerland's aviation agency is revoking the commercial flight license of a local airline that operated vintage propeller planes after one of its aircraft crashed in the Alps last year, killing all 20 people on board. The Federal Office of Civil Aviation said Tuesday that it reviewed the...

WWWorries? Inventor of Web laments coming-of-age woes

Mar. 11, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The inventor of the World Wide Web knows his revolutionary innovation is coming of age, and doesn't always like what he sees: state-sponsored hacking, online harassment, hate speech and misinformation among the ills of its "digital adolescence." Tim Berners-Lee issued a cri-de-coeur letter...