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Opposition parties beat 'war wing' in Kosovo elections

Oct 07, 2019 - 8:29 AM

Voters deliver a heavy rebuke to the outgoing government led by former independence fighters from Kosovo's 1990s war with Serbia

KOSOVO ELECTIONS. The Leader of the Vetevendosje Party and parliamentary elections candidate for Prime Minister Albin Kurti (C) addresses his supporters as they celebrate their victory in Pristina on October 6, 2019. Photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

It'll be all white: Scientists create albino lizards

Aug 28, 2019 - 12:31 PM

In a paper describing the breakthrough in the journal Cell Press, researchers say it could help us better understand vision problems in humans with albinism

This undated handout photo obtained August 27, 2019 courtesy of Doug Menke and the University of Georgia shows an albino lizard. A powerful gene-editing technology known as CRISPR has led to a number of breakthroughs in recent years in mice, plants and humans, but getting the technology to work on reptiles had proved impossible because of key differences in how they reproduce. A team of scientists at the University of Georgia have now overcome these challenges to successfully make index finger sized albino anole lizards, and say it could help us better understand vision problems in humans with albinism."For quite some time we've been wrestling with how to modify reptile genomes and manipulate genes in reptiles, but we've been stuck in the mode of how gene editing is being done in the major model systems" said Doug Menke, co-author of a paper that described the work in Cell Press on August 27, 2019. Doug MENKE / The University of Georgia / AFP

Rare albino panda caught on camera in China

May 26, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The spotless, red-eyed animal is photographed while trekking through the forest in Sichuan province

This handout photograph taken on April 20, 2019 and released by the Wolong National Nature Reserve on May 26, 2019 shows a rare all-white giant panda in the Wolong National Nature Reserve in Wenchuan County, southwest China's Sichuan province. - A rare all-white panda was caught on camera at a nature reserve in southwestern Sichuan province, showing that albinism exists among wild pandas in the region, reported state media. (Photo by HANDOUT / Wolong National Nature Reserve / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Wolong National Nature Reserve" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS == NO ARCHIVE

[OPINION] What it's like to live with albinism

Jun 13, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Being an albino is not something one chooses, but to succeed is a goal for everyone – no matter the color of their skin

Zimbabwe holds Miss Albinism beauty pageant to fight stigma

Mar 18, 2018 - 12:08 AM

Zimbabwe is the second African country after Kenya to host such an event

END STIGMA. Zimbabwe's first Miss Albino Sithembiso Mutukura (R) receives a bouquet of flowers after receiving her crown during the inaugural Miss Albinism beauty contest, early on March 17, 2018, in Harare. Photo by Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP

Malawi albinos targeted in 'unprecedented' killing wave – watchdog

Jun 07, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Amnesty International says albinos in Malawi are being hunted down for their body parts which some believe bring wealth and good luck

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 27, 2015 shows Malawian Albino chidren playing toghether during the International Albinism Awareness Event in Mulanje district.  Albinos in Malawi are being targeted in an "unprecedented wave of brutal attacks", Amnesty International said on June 7, 2016 in a report that blames police for failing to tackle a scourge fuelled by ritual practices. At least 18 people with albinism -- a hereditary condition that causes an absence of pigmentation in the skin -- have been killed across Malawi since November 2014.   / AFP PHOTO / erico waga

Attackers hack hand off Tanzania albino boy for witchcraft

Feb 17, 2013 - 6:21 PM

The victim Mwigulu Magessa is now recovering in the hospital

DISCRIMINATION. Albinos are discriminated against and persecuted in many African countries. Photo by AFP