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In the context of human society, a family (from Latin: familia) is a group of people related either by consanguinity (by recognized birth), affinity (by marriage or other relationship), or co-residence (as implied by the etymology of the English word "family") or some combination of these. Members of the immediate family may include spouses, parents, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters. Members of the extended family may include grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and siblings-in-law. Sometimes these are also considered members of the immediate family, depending on an individual's specific relationship with them.

In most societies, the family is the principal institution for the socialization of children. As the basic unit for raising children, anthropologists generally classify most family organizations as matrifocal (a mother and her children); conjugal (a wife, her husband, and children, also called the nuclear family); avuncular (for example, a grandparent, a brother, his sister, and her children); or extended (parents and children co-reside with other members of one parent's family). Sexual relations among the members are regulated by rules concerning incest such as the incest taboo.

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27 February 2019 –
The family of Pat Finucane, murdered during The Troubles in Northern Ireland, win a declaration from the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom that the investigation into his killing was sufficiently ineffective to amount to a failure of the state's obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights. The Supreme Court stops short of mandating a public inquiry as requested by the family. Members of the security services are accepted to have colluded with Finucane's murderers, but the scale and nature of collusion is unclear. (Sky News)
26 February 2019 – Trump administration family separation policy
An oversight committee is expected to vote on whether to subpoena Trump administration officials over family separations at the southern border. (AP News)
9 February 2019 – 2019 Piper PA-46 Malibu crash
The family of pilot David Ibbotson launch a GoFundMe campaign to locate and recover his body, raising thousands of pounds within hours. Footballer Emiliano Sala's body was recently found in the wreckage and recovered two weeks after the plane first went missing. (BBC)



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