Oct 15, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion restrictions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked certain restrictions on abortion contained in a Texas state law. The high court granted a request filed by abortion rights groups that puts on hold parts of a federal appeals court decision that had allowed the law ...

Oct 5, 2014

Pope launches review of Catholic Church's teaching on family, marriage

Pope Francis on Sunday launched a major review of Catholic teaching on the family that could have far-reaching implications for the church’s attitude to marriage, cohabitation and divorce. An extraordinary synod, or meeting, of nearly 200 bishops and a sprinkling of lay Catholics will, ...

Sep 19, 2014

World population may hit 11 billion by 2100: U.N. study

The world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reaching 11 billion people by century’s end, according to a U.N.-led analysis published Thursday. That would mean 2 billion more people on Earth than expected by 2100, largely due to high birthrates in Africa, said ...

Aug 24, 2014

Niger minister arrested in 'baby-trafficking' investigation

Niger’s agriculture minister has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a baby-trafficking network, a spokesman for his political party and legal sources said on Saturday. The arrest of Abdou Labo, a senior figure in President Mahamadou Issoufou’s ruling coalition, comes after 17 people, ...

Jul 3, 2014

Frozen testicle tissue yields healthy baby mice

Sperm grown from the frozen testicle tissue of newborn mice has been used to produce healthy offspring, in a hopeful development for men left infertile by childhood cancer treatment, researchers say. In a process called spermatogenesis, the sperm was grown in a lab from ...