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World’s oldest family tree created using DNA

World’s oldest family tree created using DNA

Science
Corinium Museum © Cotswold District CouncilScientists have compiled the world's oldest family tree from human bones interred at a 5,700-year-old tomb in the Cotswolds, UK.Analysis of DNA from the tomb's occupants revealed the people buried there were from five continuous generations of one extended family.Most of those found in the tomb were descended from four women who all had children with the same man.The right to use the site was based on descent from one man. But people were buried in different parts of the tomb based on the first-generation matriarch they were descended from.This suggests that the first-generation women held a socially significant place in the memories of this community. The Neolithic tomb, or "cairn", at Hazleton North in Gloucestershire has two L-shaped chambers, ...
PSG soccer star Angel di Maria’s family held hostage, burglarized during game

PSG soccer star Angel di Maria’s family held hostage, burglarized during game

Sports
March 15 (UPI) -- Soccer stars Angel di Maria and Marquinhos each had family homes burglarized during Paris Saint-Germain's 2-1 loss to Nantes. Sources told the BBC, ESPN and RMC Sport that intruders held di Maria's family hostage during the incident Sunday near Paris. Marquino's parents also were present when their home was burglarized Sunday near Paris. Advertisement Marquinhos posted a statement about the incident Sunday on social media. He said no one was hurt during the burglary. Di Maria has not provided an update on the health of his family. "The home of the player's parents was the target of the action of the bandits," Marquinhos' statement said. "Family members of the Brazilian were in the residence, but they suffered nothing and are all well, recovering from the scare. "The Fre...
‘There isn’t a family that didn’t face disaster’: Counting the cost of a decade of war in Syria

‘There isn’t a family that didn’t face disaster’: Counting the cost of a decade of war in Syria

World
After a decade of war, you might expect every city in Syria to be in ruins, and many are.Aleppo, Idlib, Homs, Raqqa, the places which have become synonymous with the horror of this past 10 years, are all in pieces. But while the disintegration of a country at war begins with the deaths and the destruction, beyond that are the legacies. A week in northern Syria has given me a glimpse of the enduring cost of this war.It's a story of unimaginable human suffering, a population haunted by a conflict which brought the world new levels of barbarism.It's now a nation fractured into factions, with superpowers vying for control and a war from which unintended consequences remain: the Islamic State is defeated, but not gone. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible vide...
Princess Latifa ‘being cared for at home’ – Dubai royal family

Princess Latifa ‘being cared for at home’ – Dubai royal family

World
Dubai's royal family says Princess Latifa is "being cared for at home" after the BBC obtained videos in which she accused them of holding her hostage since she tried to flee in 2018. "She continues to improve and we are hopeful she will return to public life at the appropriate time," said a statement from the royal family. In the secretly recorded videos, the princess said she feared for her life. The footage prompted global calls for a UN investigation.The UN human rights agency has asked the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to provide proof that the princess is still alive. But there was no video or photo released with the family's statement which could serve as proof of life, nor did it give any details about her condition. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the BBC he would look into ...
Roald Dahl’s family apologises for author’s antisemitic remark

Roald Dahl’s family apologises for author’s antisemitic remark

Entertainment
The family of Roald Dahl has apologised for an antisemitic comment by the late author made 37 years ago, saying his previous remarks were "incomprehensible".His relatives issued a joint statement on his website after concerns the comment could damage his legacy - which continues to live on while his estate signs deals with broadcasters to adapt his books. Dahl's words, they wrote, "stand in contrast" to the man they knew. Image: Many of Dahl's works have been adapted to West End plays and big-budget films The statement said: "The Dahl family and the Roald Dahl Story Company deeply apologise for the lasting and understandable hurt caused by some of Roald Dahl's statements."Those prejudiced remarks are incomprehensible to us and stand i...