Scientists in California have turned skin cells in mice into insulin producing beta cells, effectively curing the animals of diabetes. They hope to achieve similar results in human cells, paving the way to an eventual cure for the disease.
Luxury boat builders have flocked to Dubai, which is where they see the money being. The annual boat show, featuring almost 450 vessels, expects to attract more than 25,000 people from 70 countries – bringing huge numbers of potential buyers to the emirate’s waterfront.
Ukraine’s former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who was released from prison after the ousting of former president Viktor Yanukovich, has said that Russia has declared war not just on the Ukraine, but on the whole world. She added that diplomacy is not working with the Kremlin, and that continued dialogue is a waste of time.
The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have withdrawn their ambassadors from Qatar because Doha has not implemented an agreement among Gulf Arab countries not to interfere with each others’ internal affairs. But Qatar has called the move ‘a big mistake’.
Singapore has become the world’s most expensive city for expatriates, replacing Tokyo which had been number one for years. Singapore’s rise is due to its strong currency, high price of utilities, and cost of car ownership.
The EU and US are considering financial punishments for Russia, following the latter’s incursion into the Ukraine. But Russian president Vladimir Putin has warned that any sanctions imposed upon his country will backfire.
A year after Hugo Chavez died, supporters in Venezuela are preparing to mark the life, and influence of the country’s former leader. The anniversary comes at a time of political upheaval for Venezuela, with current leader Nicolas Maduro straining under sustained anti-government rallies.
Kosovo is to create its first national army, with 5,000 soldiers and 3,000 reservists. The army will be built on the current lightly-armed civic response force, and the Kosovo Security Force that replaced the armed rebels who fought against the Serbs at the end of the 1990s.
The recipient of the world’s first artificial heart has died 75 after having the procedure. The cause of death is as yet unknown, though the 76-year-old man was suffering from terminal heart failure and only given a few weeks to live.
The Peugeot 308 has been voted as Car of the Year ahead of the Geneva International Motor Show. European automotive editors voted it number one ahead of six competitors, including a premium Mercedes S-class.
At least eleven people – including a judge – have been killed after a suicide attack on a court in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad. The Pakistani Taliban has officially denied any involvement, fuelling fears of a splintering inside the group.
The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius is set to begin today, Monday. It has been more than a year since he shot and killed his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, with his defence team arguing he accidentally killed her after mistaking her for an intruder.