Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)An advert challenging the norms of a traditional family in India has gone viral, with more than 9 million views on YouTube. The ad’s storyline pushes the issue of transgender rights within the country and reveals the human side of the issue in just three and a half minutes. Released online on March 31, the commercial by medicine company Vicks tells the true story of Gayatri, a young Indian orphan who was adopted by Gauri Sawant, a 37-year-old Mumbai-based transgender woman …

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Syria’s Assad Is Still Attracting Support From Some Leftists And ‘Alt-Right’ Nationalists

April 8, 2017

… candidate who has met with Assad twice, frequently the removal of the regime to the end of any hope for Syrias religious minorities. That view echoes the dictators own rhetoric and ignores the fact that Assad is one of many Middle East authoritarians who created dynamics that make minority communities terrified of their countries majorities. Theres significant evidence that Assad is not secular, particularly in his regimes dependence on Syrian and foreign forces that say they are driven by …

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The drink Brits go to bed with and Indians wake up with – BBC News

April 5, 2017

… scale, firms such as fast-food chain McDonald’s may appear the same in whichever country you go to, but actually works hard to localise its branches, he says. He notes the firm differentiates some menu items to fit in with the local cuisine and tends to source ingredients from the host country. But the number of potential countries a firm can now reach has made it harder. In the 1990s, going global simply meant expanding into western Europe and north America, now countries such as India, …

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US cuts women’s health funding to UN

April 5, 2017

Washington (CNN)The US cut funding for a UN program for women and girls, a move that critics said was based on faulty information, could lead to greater instability in the Middle East and hurt women around the world. The United States, as promised, has drastically cut funding to the United Nations’ most significant population agency, which helps women in 155 countries around the world. The Trump administration announced the move late Monday, sending notice that it would pull $32.5 …

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There’s no need for April Fools’ Day because we’re living in a fake news nightmare

April 2, 2017

… “fake news” has become ubiquitous and POTUS Donald Trump has appropriated the term to criticise media outlets: Swedish and Norwegian newspapers ditch April Fools’ due to fake news https://t.co/gvMJ7rtpia pic.twitter.com/vrtT8Vw0UF The Local Sweden (@TheLocalSweden) March 31, 2017 Some countries are taking a stand against April Fools’ Day because of fake news. Swedish and Norwegian newspapers announced Friday they wouldn’t be publishing April Fools’ …

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Activists go undercover to expose India’s illegal sex-selective abortions

March 29, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)A pregnant woman sat in a hospital consultation room in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. She wanted to know the sex of her baby, she told the doctor. In many countries this would be a routine process, all part of becoming a new parent. But in India — where thousands of female fetuses are aborted every year — revealing the sex of an unborn child has been illegal since 1994. Women go undercover to catch sex trafficker Legal efforts …

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Brexit vote: Single market benefit ‘largely imaginary’ – BBC News

March 23, 2017

… joining, export growth from those countries to the EU has now overtaken that of the UK’s – a development he said was counterintuitive. What is the single market? This usually refers to the European Union’s single market and is perhaps the most ambitious type of trade co-operation. That’s because as well as eliminating tariffs, quotas or taxes on trade, it also includes the free movement of goods, services, capital and people. A single market strives to remove so-called …

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