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Pakistan has worst newborn mortality rate: UNICEF report

WASHINGTON: Babies born in the world's poorest countries, most of them in Africa, still face "alarming" risks of death that can be 50 times as high as those in the richest countries. A baby born in Pakistan -- the country with the worst newborn mortality rate -- faced a one in 22 chance of death, according to a UNICEF report released Tuesday. While the last quarter-century has seen broad improvements in older children's health, "we have not made similar progress in ending deaths among children less than one month old,"…

Warmer temperatures at Great Barrier Reef causing sea turtles to be born female

SYDNEY: Rising temperatures at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef are causing more green turtles to be born female, which could lead to the species dying out, a new scientific study has found. As the gender of green turtles is determined by temperature, the hotter weather caused by climate change induces warmer incubations of eggs, and that has led to a greater number of female hatchlings. The study published last week revealed that more than 99 percent of the juvenile and sub adult population on the northern part of the…

‘Jannat’ born mid-air on Multan-bound PIA flight

KARACHI: A beautiful baby girl was born during a Pakistan International Airline PIA flight (PK 716) enroute Madina to Multan. "Miracles happen everyday and we had our little miracle today onboard our flight PK 716 from Madina to Multan," said PIA in a statement while celebrating the new life. Watch Video: Baby girl born mid-air on PIA flight The baby girl was named 'Jannat' by the parents on request of the cabin crew. "The parents were over joyed and expressed their gratitude to the cabin crew members who…

VIDEO: Russian man claims he lived on Mars before being re-born on earth

MOSCOW: A Russian man has made a bizarre claim, saying he was born on Mars in a previous life before being re-born on earth. And his parents believe him completely. Boriska Kipriyanovich, 21, claims he lived on Mars in a previous life until there was a war, wiping out all life on the planet in the distant past. His parents claim that he has spoken about alien civilisations since he was a young boy despite them never teaching him about the matter. He claimed that he had visited Earth while working as a pilot on…

In the chaos of Bangladesh’s refugee camps, a Rohingya baby is born

KUTUPALONG: Mohammed Jubayed came into the world shortly after midday in a baking hot military tent in the chaos of a vast refugee camp in Bangladesh, now home to nearly a million Rohingya. Just an hour earlier, a cycle rickshaw had pulled up carrying his young mother Hasina Aktar clutching her stomach and moaning in pain in the throes of labour with her second child. The United Nations says pregnant or breastfeeding women account for one in 10 of the estimated 520,000 Rohingya who have arrived in Bangladesh over the…

Baby born during the Solar Eclipse gets a special name

NEW YORK: A couple in the United States named their baby girl Eclipse to commemorate the celestial event that captivated North America on August 21. Freedom and Michael Eubanks welcomed their daughter, Eclipse Alizabeth Eubanks, just hours before the eclipse was set to begin. While their baby wasn’t due until September 3, Freedom went into labor just around midnight, and the couple rushed to Greenville Memorial Hospital near their home in Spartanburg, South Carolina. “I kind of felt like it was meant to…

Born different: The boy who dies if he falls asleep

A 17-year-old boy from Gosport, South Hampshire suffers a rare condition called Central Hypoventilation Syndrome. And his illness means that if he falls asleep unaided, he could die. Liam, who is from South Hampshire has to be connected to a life-support machine and observed every time he settles into bed. The conditions also goes by the name Ondine's Curse; it's known to effect only 1,500 people around the world and causes the patients lungs to stop functioning while asleep. It can also cause damage to heart rate,…

Murdered NY cop’s baby born 2.5 years after his death

NEW YORK: New York police detective WenJian Liu was ambushed and killed two and a half years ago in a murder that shocked the city. This week, his widow gave birth to his baby daughter. Angelina was born Tuesday at Weill Cornell Hospital. Her mother, Sanny Liu, asked doctors to freeze her husband's sperm the night he died so that she could one day fulfil their dream of having children. Liu, 32, and partner Rafael Ramos, 40, were shot dead as they sat in a patrol car in Brooklyn on December 20, 2014. The night after…