Girl, 8, dies after being ‘raped by 16 men’

An eight-year-old girl allegedly raped by 16 men including some of her relatives has died in India. The child’s parents reportedly broke down the bathroom door in a house in Tamil Nadu after she passed out following complaints of stomach pain. She was rushed to hospital but tragically pronounced dead on arrival, according to local […]

Norway’s Casper Ruud wins 1st title at Argentina Open

Norwegian Casper Ruud clinched his first title by beating lucky loser Pedro Sousa 6-1, 6-4 in the Argentina Open final on Sunday. The 21-year-old Ruud didn’t face a break point in his nine service games and broke his Portuguese opponent three times. Eighth-seeded Ruud reached the final in Buenos Aires after beating Argentine Juan Ignacio […]

Study reveals how too much fluoride causes defects in tooth enamel

Exposing teeth to excessive fluoride alters calcium signaling, mitochondrial function, and gene expression in the cells forming tooth enamel—a novel explanation for how dental fluorosis, a condition caused by overexposure to fluoride during childhood, arises. The study, led by researchers at NYU College of Dentistry, is published in Science Signaling. Fluoride is a naturally occurring […]

Germany faces sluggish growth in 2020: DIHK

Germany’s DIHK Chambers of Industry and Commerce said on Wednesday it expected Europe’s largest economy to grow by 0.7% this year, up slightly from 0.6% in 2019, with export growth stagnant in the face of trade conflicts and Brexit. A large part of the expected growth is due to four additional working days this year, […]

Mysterious repeating deep space signals ‘may have been produced by aliens’

Earlier this month astronomers found strange repeating signals emanating from deep space. Now a top astronomer has said there’s a possibility they were produced by an alien civilisation. The transmissions are called fast radio bursts and are similar to other signals which have been spotted before. But the recent burst is believed to be the […]

Thief stole bike used in cyclist’s funeral procession from outside the church

A heartless thief stole a bike that was being used during a cyclist’s funeral procession from a church as mourners paid their respects inside. Daniel Burgess’ coffin was flanked by eight of his closest friends as he made his final poignant journey around Bournemouth, Dorset, last Friday. After the procession ended, they left their bikes […]

Barcelona ends contract with company accused of fake posts

Barcelona has ended its contract with a company that made negative comments on social media about people within the club. Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said Tuesday the decision was made after the club found out that one of its service providers used an account to make “inadequate” comments about people in the club. He did […]

Study: Late fall may be best time of year to try to conceive

First-of-its-kind study accounts for when couples are most likely to start trying to conceive, finding couples conceive quicker in late fall and early winter, especially in southern states. In the US, birthdays peak in early September, but in Northern states—and Scandinavia—the peak comes earlier, in the summer or even spring. Although many factors likely go […]

CLSA counters Jefferies’ bold forum move with revamped conference

Hong Kong-based broker CLSA has countered an audacious bid by rival Jefferies Group to commandeer its famous annual forum space with a revamped conference of its own that promises access to China’s movers and shakers. Earlier this month Jefferies [JGLL.UL], part of Jefferies Financial Group (JEF.N), announced plans to host a new, week-long investor “forum” […]

Scottish researchers working on drugs which could reverse the effects of MS

Scottish researchers have launched a bid to develop drugs which could reverse the damage caused by multiple sclerosis. Pheno Therapeutics has secured more than £5 million of funding to search for new drugs to repair damage to the nervous system and improve symptoms that include problems with balance, speech, vision and movement. University of Edinburgh […]