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Thousands join in Jerusalem funerals, flout pandemic rules

Thousands join in Jerusalem funerals, flout pandemic rules

Health
Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Israelis have participated in a pair of funerals for two prominent rabbis in Jerusalem, flouting the country’s ban on large public gatherings amid the pandemicBy ILAN BEN ZION Associated PressJanuary 31, 2021, 9:59 PM• 5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleJERUSALEM -- Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Israelis thronged a pair of funerals for two prominent rabbis in Jerusalem on Sunday, flouting the country's ban on large public gatherings during the pandemic.The initial funeral procession, for Rabbi Meshulam Soloveitchik, who died at age 99, wended its way through the streets of Jerusalem in the latest display of ultra-Orthodox Israelis' refusal to honor coronavirus restrictions.The phenomenon has undermined the country's aggressive vaccination...
Funerals held for two girls, 4 and 7, hit by ‘stray bullets’ in Rio de Janeiro

Funerals held for two girls, 4 and 7, hit by ‘stray bullets’ in Rio de Janeiro

World
Funerals have been held for two girls hit by stray bullets in Brazil - whose families fear they were killed by military police.Emily dos Santos, four, and her cousin Rebeca dos Santos, seven, were shot on Friday evening as they played outside their homes in Duque De Caxias in the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area. Emily was hit in the head, while Rebeca was struck in the abdomen. Image: The girls had been playing outside their homes Image: There were cries of 'justice' at the funerals They are the seventh and eighth children under 12 to die after being hit by stray bullets in the area this year, according to non-governmental organisation Fogo Cruzado, or Crossfire.Emily's father...
Human compost funerals ‘better for environment’

Human compost funerals ‘better for environment’

Science
A US firm has given scientific details of its "human composting" process for environmentally friendly funerals.A pilot study on deceased volunteers showed that soft tissue broke down safely and completely within 30 days.The firm, Recompose, claims that its process saves more than a tonne of carbon, compared to cremation or traditional burial.It says that it will offer the world's first human composting service in Washington state from next February.Speaking exclusively to BBC News, Recompose's chief executive and founder, Katrina Spade, said that concerns about climate change had been a big factor in so many people expressing interest in the service."So far 15,000 people have signed up to our newsletter. And the legislation to al...