China

Another gene-edited baby may be on the way

A Chinese researcher who claims to have helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies said a second pregnancy may be underway. The researcher, He Jiankui, claims to have altered the DNA of twin girls born earlier this month to try to make them resistant to infection with the AIDS virus. Mainstream scientists have condemned the experiment, and universities and government groups are investigating. The second pregnancy is in a very early stage and needs more time to be monitored to see if it will last, He said.

Afghanistan

Taliban kills at least 10 in security firm attack

Taliban insurgents staged a coordinated attack targeting a security firm in the eastern part of the capital, killing at least 10 people and wounding 19 others when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives and fighters engaged security forces in a gun battle, Afghan officials said. The attack came hours after provincial officials said at least 30 civilians were killed along with 16 Taliban fighters during an overnight battle between Afghan government forces and insurgents in southern Helmand Province.

Brazil

Nation won’t host next year’s climate summit

Brazil this week pulled out of hosting next year’s United Nations summit on climate change, the latest signal that Latin America’s largest nation no longer aspires to be an influential player in efforts to mitigate the effects of a warming planet. The decision comes about a month before the inauguration of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, who has vowed to empower commercial ventures in the Amazon and other Brazilian biomes while weakening enforcement of environmental laws.

Texas

Mom whose child died after detention sues

Mariee Juárez seemed to be in perfect health when she and her mother were detained after they illegally crossed the U.S. border in March. But when they were released from custody three weeks later, the child had a severe infection that would lead to her death less than two months later. She was 20 months old. Her mother, Yazmin Juárez, 21, has filed a legal claim against the U.S. government, seeking $60 million for the child’s death. Juárez alleges neglect at the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which she said provided “inadequate, substandard medical care” to her daughter at the “unsafe and unsanitary” South Texas Family Residential Center.

Hawaii

Hospital battles scabies outbreak

A hospital in Hawaii is battling a scabies outbreak after “a number of people” reported symptoms of the highly contagious skin condition, a spokeswoman said. A spokeswoman for Kona Community Hospital said the outbreak was confirmed Nov. 19, though she declined to say how many people had been infected, citing employee and patient privacy. Those who may have been exposed at the hospital, which is in Kealakekua, were contacted and treated for infection, and staff members were given instruction on scabies, according to a statement from the hospital.

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