Scientists have claimed an initial breakthrough in their efforts to make human egg and sperm cells using skin from two adults of the same sex. The process would also help couples affected by infertility.
"We have succeeded in the first and most important step of this process, which is to show we can make these very early human stem cells in a dish," Azim Surani, lead researcher and professor of physiology and reproduction at the U.K.'s Cambridge University, told The Sunday Times.
The experiment is part of a joint project by Cambridge and Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science. more >>
British Prime Minister David vowed Friday to do "everything we can" to bring to justice terrorists such as Islamic State executioner "Jihadi John," who has been identified as a Kuwaiti-born computer-programming graduate from London. Cameron also defended Britain's security services.
"When there are people anywhere in the world who commit appalling and heinous crimes against British citizens, we will do everything we can with the police, with the security services, with all that we have at our disposal to find these people and put them out of action," Cameron said at an event in Cardiff, according to Reuters.
"I think while we are in the middle of this vast effort to make sure British citizens are safe, the most important thing is to get behind them," he added. more >>
Norwegian police raided the offices of Bishop Bernt Eidsvig, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Oslo, after a prosecutor accused the church of defrauding the state of $6.57 million by falsely registering people as Catholics. Eidsvig has formally denied the accusation and said he's "extremely unhappy" with the charges, though he admitted that mistakes were made.
"The fraud happened when they enrolled people in a register without the members actually knowing they were being enrolled in the church," Oslo's police prosecutor, Kristin Rusdal, told Reuters.
"Using this register they applied for funding from the state and municipalities, which is distributed on the basis of how many members the church have," Rusdal said. more >>
Patrick Sookhdeo, the founder and international director of Christian aid group Barnabas Aid International, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a female staff member in an incident that occurred in February 2014.
BBC News reported that 67-year-old Sookhdeo was also found guilty by the Swindon Crown Court's jury in the U.K. of intimidating two employees that were expected to give evidence against him.
He has been ordered to serve a three-month community order for all three charges; has been placed on a three-month curfew, and ordered to pay close to $5,400 in prosecution costs. more >>
Samsung has released information it will be unveiling its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones in Barcelona, Spain next month, and in other markets soon after.
South Korean electronics multinational, Samsung has disclosed news it will be revealing its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S6, which will be introduced with its curved variant, the Galaxy S6 Edge at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on March 1.
Users will be able to pre-order the phones two weeks before they are officially launched in stores by the middle of March, and sources are saying Samsung's latest offerings will be available in India by April 13. more >>
Harry Styles rumored girlfriend, Nadine Leopold, is planning to join him for some stops of One Direction's world tour, reports have emerged.
Austrian model, Nadine Leopold, whom tabloids have reported to be romantically involved with the One Direction performer, is said to be planning to meet up with him during several stops of One Direction's "On The Road Again" world tour which kicked off Feb. 7 in Sydney, Australia.
Leopold, 21, Victoria's Secret first Austrian model, is currently in Mexico on a shoot. According to Heat Magazine, she will be joining the 21-year-old English pop singer when she is able to free up time from her schedule. more >>