November 2, 2018

Italy proposes controversial plan to help boost birth rate

iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Italy wants to revive its shrinking birth rate by helping families put down roots. The country’s populist far-right government has presented a controversial plan to give free farmland for 20 years to married parents who have a third child. The gift would also come with a zero interest loan of up to $230,000 to buy or build a house in the same area. The proposal excludes common law couples and foreigners who have been in the country for less than 10 years. Critics say t..
November 2, 2018

France launches nationwide investigation after dozens born with malformed arms

iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- France has launched a national inquiry into why babies in some regions over the last 15 years have been born with missing or malformed arms. Public Health France announced in a statement on Monday that 11 additional cases of hand-related defects from 2000 to 2014 were discovered in a region in eastern France. Seven cases of babies born with malformed arms in this same area between 2009 and 2014 were made public earlier this month. The French public agency also revea..
November 2, 2018

Meghan Markle fan on meeting the duchess: ‘I’m still so blown away’

Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) -- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 16-day, four-country tour is over, but one fan is still recovering from the encounter she had with Meghan. The fan, Hannah Sergel, is a 20-year-old from Christchurch, New Zealand. She created one of the most touching and viral moments of Harry and Meghan’s tour when she made the around 600-mile trip from her home to Auckland, where the royals visited Tuesday. Sergel stood for hours at the Viaduct Harbour in A..
November 2, 2018

Pilot arrested for being 10 times over alcohol limit less than an hour before takeoff

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Just 50 minutes before a flight from London to Japan was scheduled to depart, the pilot was arrested for having almost 10 times the legal amount of alcohol allowed in his system. First officer Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, was supposed to pilot a Sunday evening flight to Tokyo on a Boeing 777 aircraft, which holds up to 244 passengers. A driver of a crew bus alerted police after smelling alcohol on Jitsukawa’s breath, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. Jitsukawa was arre..