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A dying business: family graves in Japan
A dying business: family graves in Japan

Every once in a while, Kumiko Kano meets a group of people with whom she has decided to spend eternity, one of a growing number in Japan who are shunning the expense and commitment of a traditional family grave.

A dying business: family graves in Japan
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Mother, three children jump to death: Japan police

Police in Japan are probing a possible family suicide after a mother and her three small children plunged to their deaths from an apartment complex, they said.

Mother, three children jump to death: Japan police
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Flight MH370 families get $50,000 in first payouts

Malaysia Airlines' insurer has begun paying the families of passengers onboard Flight MH370 $50,000 each in initial compensation three months after the jet disappeared, a government official said

Flight MH370 families get $50,000 in first payouts
Juana Chox Yac with her family. Photo courtesy of prensalibre.com
World's most ancient woman could be 120-year-old Guatemalan

A Guatemalan woman who used to pick coffee and tend sheep -- and who will turn 121 in November -- could be the world's oldest by far, a national newspaper reported.

World's most ancient woman could be 120-year-old Guatemalan
Race to recover bodies from Korea ferry as storms loom
Race to recover bodies from Korea ferry as storms loom

Dive teams raced Friday to pull more than 100 bodies from a sunken South Korean ferry as storm clouds loomed and the victims' families angrily pressed officials to wrap up the recovery effort.

Race to recover bodies from Korea ferry as storms loom
Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez . ©Reuters/Edgard Garrido
Garcia Marquez in 'very fragile' condition: family

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez is in "very fragile" condition and at risk of complications while recovering at his Mexico City home from a recent hospitalization, his family said.

Garcia Marquez in 'very fragile' condition: family
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Family of four found dead in Pavlodar suburbs

A family of four has been found dead in a suburb of Pavlodar.

Family of four found dead in Pavlodar suburbs
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Late Motown icon Marvin Gaye remembered on 75th birthday

Family, friends and fans of Marvin Gaye came together Wednesday to pay joyful hommage the late Motown legend and native Washingtonian on what would have been his 75th birthday.

Late Motown icon Marvin Gaye remembered on 75th birthday
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Quadruplets born in southern Kazakhstan

Quadruplets have been born in South Kazakhstan Oblast for the first time in a decade.

Quadruplets born in southern Kazakhstan
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres. ©Reuters/Luc Gnago
Continuing Syria refugee crisis 'unconscionable': UN

Syria's civil war has forced more than nine million people from their homes, creating the world's largest displaced population, the UN said on Friday, describing the continuing conflict as "unconscionable".

Continuing Syria refugee crisis 'unconscionable': UN
Kazakhstan alpinist Maksut Zhumaev. Photo  © Yaroslav Radlovsky
Popularizing picnics in mountains: alpinist Maksut Zhumaev

A famous Kazakhstan alpinist Maksut Zhumayev suggests popularizing picnics in the mountains through building the necessary facilities.

Popularizing picnics in mountains: alpinist Maksut Zhumaev
Afghan president welcomes third child at age of 56
Afghan president welcomes third child at age of 56

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has become a father again at the age of 56 after his wife gave birth to their third child in India.

Afghan president welcomes third child at age of 56
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Sri Lanka family finds mass grave in garden

A Sri Lankan family has stumbled upon the remains of at least nine bodies buried in the garden of their home, police said Saturday, the latest mass grave to be discovered in the country's former war zone.

Sri Lanka family finds mass grave in garden
Reunited Korean families hold tearful final farewell
Reunited Korean families hold tearful final farewell

The joy of being reunited for the first time in decades turned to grief for North and South Korean families Saturday as a rare cross-border visit ended, with participants unlikely to ever see their relatives again.

Reunited Korean families hold tearful final farewell
S. Koreans head for bittersweet family reunion in North
S. Koreans head for bittersweet family reunion in North

A group of 82 elderly, frail South Koreans, two of them in ambulances, left for the North Korean border Thursday to attend the first reunion in more than three years for families divided by the Korean War.

S. Koreans head for bittersweet family reunion in North
Married for 50 years? Poland says you deserve a medal
Married for 50 years? Poland says you deserve a medal

Grey-haired and grinning, two dozen couples hold champagne flutes at a Warsaw ceremony in their honour. They survived 50 years of marriage and in Poland, that is reason enough for a presidential medal.

Married for 50 years? Poland says you deserve a medal
Beckham family front row for Victoria's New York show
Beckham family front row for Victoria's New York show

David Beckham and his brood turned out in force to support wife Victoria's runway show at New York Fashion Week on Sunday.

Beckham family front row for Victoria's New York show
North, South Korea meet for talks on family reunions
North, South Korea meet for talks on family reunions

North and South Korea were set to hold talks Wednesday on resuming reunions for families separated by the Korean War -- an emotive issue that Pyongyang has been accused of exploiting as a bargaining chip.

North, South Korea meet for talks on family reunions
Pacific castaway's story a 'miracle' for his parents
Pacific castaway's story a 'miracle' for his parents

For Salvadoran couple Ricardo and Maria Julia Alvarenga, the reappearance of their son after his incredible story of survival adrift in the Pacific for 13 months is nothing short of a miracle.

Pacific castaway's story a 'miracle' for his parents
Gigi Chao. Photo courtesy of jurnalul.ro
H.K. tycoon rescinds $130 mn 'marriage bounty' for gay daughter

A Hong Kong tycoon has withdrawn his $130 million "marriage bounty" to find his lesbian daughter a male suitor after she defended her sexuality in a heartfelt open letter, but emphatically refused to accept her partner into the family.

H.K. tycoon rescinds $130 mn 'marriage bounty' for gay daughter