Palestinians highlight prisoners’ strike with ‘Salt Water Challenge’

April 28, 2017

(CNN)Palestinians across the world are posting videos of themselves on social media drinking salt water, as part of a new online challenge intended to draw attention to Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons. The challenge involves saltwater because that’s what the hunger strikers are drinking to stabilize their health while abstaining from food. More than 1,000 Palestinians in eight Israeli prisons launched a “Hunger Strike for Freedom and Dignity” on …

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Plain tobacco packaging ‘may cut smokers by 300,000 in UK’ – BBC News

April 28, 2017

… colour All other trademarks, logos, colour schemes and graphics are banned The only colour permitted on the external pack is olive green with a matt finish Cigarette packets must be cuboid in shape and contain a minimum of 20 cigarettes Misleading information on tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide emissions must be removed Any promotional descriptors such as references to flavours must be removed What is happening in other countries? Australia was the first country in the world to require …

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Why hasn’t North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test?

April 26, 2017

(CNN)The world is anxiously waiting for North Korea’s sixth nuclear test. With every nuclear or missile test, North Korea gets closer to its stated goal of developing a nuclear weapon that can be mounted on a missile capable of reaching the United States. So what’s with the delay? USS Carl Vinson Navy strike group: What to know The pattern Domestic affairs and geopolitics are carefully considered when the secretive communist state conducts these tests. …

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Farewell Kate O’Beirne of CNN’s ‘Capital Gang’

April 24, 2017

(CNN)The political world lost a legend this weekend. Kate O’Beirne, longtime Washington editor of National Review and longtime panelist on CNN’s “Capital Gang” passed away Sunday of cancer. Kate O’Beirne wasn’t just a conservative, she was conservative with a pronounced New York accent, something even more rare. And she could make an argument better, faster and with more wit than almost anyone else in Washington. Every Saturday on “Capital Gang,” …

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‘Digital wellness lady’ wants students to unplug or at least look up

April 23, 2017

… fireplace lit, or at the so-called “kitchen table,” ready for a chat and face-to-face interaction. “Look up,” she advises students and faculty and staff often walking with their heads down in their phones. “Experience the world around you.” It’s no wonder she’s known as the “digital wellness lady.” SEE ALSO: Apparently the average person takes 25,000 selfies in a lifetime. Seems about right. Most recently, Frejd challenged students to …

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Bill Nye: Science made America great

April 23, 2017

(CNN)I was proud to join thousands of concerned citizens, scientists and engineers in Saturday’s March for Science. With more than 600 marches taking place around the world, we conveyed that science is political, not partisan, and science should shape our policies. Although it is the means by which humankind discovers objective truths in nature, science is and has always been political. Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution refers to promoting “the progress of science and …

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Samsung and Google team up to bring music to a ton of smartphones

April 23, 2017

Image: google Google has partnered with Samsung, the world’s largest Android smartphone maker, with a special version of Google Play Music, the two companies announced on Friday. Samsung previously launched its own streaming service, Milk which was subsequently shut down. The special partnership will also include integrations with Samsung’s AI assistant Bixby when it launches, which will work like the Assistant integration on Google Home. SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S8 is now …

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6 reasons you need to watch this British dating show immediately

April 21, 2017

… stories and it will probably make you cry First Dates is a show about dating at all stages of life. Some daters have tragically lost their previous partners, and many share their stories and their reasons for re-entering the world of dating. These stories are profoundly touching, and a reminder that dating is far from easy at any stage in life. Octogenarians Patricia and Alan shared the many troubles they had faced during their lifetimes, adding that they want to live life to the full. Widower …

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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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How ‘Fixer Upper’ star Joanna Gaines is keeping up with Kim Kardashian

April 17, 2017

Image: mashable composite. hgtv. kimkardashian/instagram. When Joanna Gaines wore a choker on Fixer Upper, I knew the transformation was complete. You can buy a mug on Etsy for $15 imploring you, “In a world full of Kardashians, be a Joanna Gaines.” But Kim and Jo’s lives in Calabasas and Waco, respectively, have plenty of parallels. They’ve built empires. And if you’re so inclined, you can buy a similar wrap-around necklace from Magnolia Market to help you steal …

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Nina Simone and me: An artist and activist revisited

April 17, 2017

(CNN)I was surfing online when I stumbled upon a mural in Baltimore painted by artist Ernest Shaw. It’s a three-headed portrait of civil rights icons: James Baldwin, Malcolm X and, of course, Nina Simone. Even within the boundaries of my computer screen, the painting on the side of a building at 401 Lafayette Street was powerful. Curious that the artist had chosen Simone as part of the trifecta, I dialed Shaw, a 41-year-old teacher at the Maryland Academy of Technology & Health …

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Swimwear options for beachgoers sick of the gender binary

April 16, 2017

… nipples can show their nipples, people with female nipple cannot,” Oram said. “In the ideal world, we wouldn’t have to ascribe to these laws.” Brands are slowly catching up to culture but to find them, you have to look outside the mainstream. A handful of brands are stepping up to the plate Clover Crisis for Rebirth Garments Image: Grace duval When Sky Cubacub founded Rebirth Garments, they had a depressingly uphill mission: to provide affordable swimwear, daywear, …

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This is how a Russian social network spread the #SyriaHoax conspiracy

April 16, 2017

A video grabbed still image shows Syrian people receiving treatment after a chemical attack at a field hospital in Saraqib, Idlib province, northern Syria.Image: STRINGER/EPA/REX/Shutterstock A conspiracy theory about whether a chemical weapons attack was actually perpetrated by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad started making the rounds shortly after that tragic incident shocked the world. Surprise, surprise, now we know Russian social media posts fueled that conspiracy, according to ABC. SEE …

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UK funding increased to fight neglected tropical diseases – BBC News

April 16, 2017

… swelling of lower limbs This is double what has been spent annually in the previous four years, the Department for International Development said. International Development Secretary Priti Patel said the UK’s support would protect more than 200 million people “from a future blighted by tropical disease”. “These diseases belong to the last century. They cause unimaginable suffering and pain to some of the world’s poorest people, forcing them into a deeper cycle of …

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Never say never again: When celebrities eat their words – BBC News

April 14, 2017

… 1952 Charlie Chaplin In the early 1950s, Charlie Chaplin reportedly said he had “no further use for America” and “wouldn’t go back there if Jesus Christ was President”. After a series of political controversies, personal scandals and falling audiences, he decided to hold the world premiere of Limelight in London, where the film was set, rather than the US, where he had settled. Boarding the RMS Queen Elizabeth in New York in 1952, he received word that his …

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That Time Michael Lewis Complained About Dating A Hot Woman

April 14, 2017

Michael Lewis is best known for milling complicated subject matter like mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations into compulsively readable bestsellers, including Liars Poker, The Big Short and Moneyball. His books get churned into movies that star Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling and Sandra Bullock. In the world of financial journalism actually, just in journalism the 56-year-old New Orleans native is a king. A rock-star millionaire writer at the top of his craft, far above …

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Trump: Flip, flop or flexibility?

April 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)One of Donald Trump’s many memorable lines on the campaign trail was about ISIS. “I would bomb the s**t out of ’em. I would just bomb those suckers,” he said. Given that, launching the so-called “mother of all bombs” against an ISIS target makes a lot of sense. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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Nurses consider whether to strike over low pay – BBC News

April 14, 2017

… world-class patient care that’s why the NHS offers flexible working, training and development opportunities, competitive pay and an excellent pension scheme. “As is usual practice, the government accepted independent recommendations about this year’s pay uplift. “Ensuring pay is affordable helps protect jobs – there are an extra 12,100 nurses on our wards since 2010 – which means frontline NHS services are protected at a time of rising demand.” The poll …

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United finally issued an actual apology

April 12, 2017

… the customer forcibly removed and to all the customers aboard,” he said in a new statement on Tuesday afternoon. “No one should ever be mistreated this way.” Here is the apology in full: United CEO response to United Express Flight 3411. pic.twitter.com/rF5gNIvVd0 United (@united) April 10, 2017 Perhaps Munoz finally decided that a stronger apology was in order. Or perhaps you are someone who believes the world is a soulless place guided only by the scent of freshly …

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Author-turned-politician debunks myths about Britain’s past…again

April 12, 2017

Shashi Tharoor is at it again. The popular author-turned-politician has been blowing the lid off Britain’s colonial past, which he claims, has been brushed under the carpet. “Not a line of colonial history” is being taught in the best schools of London, he says. His recent speeches, essays and book, An Era Of Darkness, is all about that. SEE ALSO: This politician doesn’t like that there’s no ‘enduring reminder’ of Britain’s colonial atrocities …

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To fight Amazon in India, Flipkart buying Ebay’s business in the country

April 11, 2017

… world,” Devin Wenig, President and CEO of eBay, said in a press statement. Analysts praised the move. Sandy Shen, Research Director, Gartner said the latest round of investment will help Flipkart keep “competition especially Amazon at bay.” He added Microsoft, Tencent, and Ebay will provide India’s ecommerce giant the “technology and market expertise” that it earnestly needs. “Flipkart has been and will continue to make acquisitions to increase scale, …

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Roslin Institute awarded 29m for infectious diseases work – BBC News

April 11, 2017

He added: “The Roslin Institute is a great example of Scotland’s world-class bioscience sector and exactly the sort of project our industrial strategy will support.” Prof Sir Timothy O’Shea, principal and vice-chancellor of the university, said: “The institute plays a pivotal role in the university’s mission to tackle the many pressing issues in animal health and welfare, including those which have implications for human health and sustainability of …

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When Heroin Almost Took My Life, My Phone Saved It

April 10, 2017

… raise up the voices of others. The pages began to grow. People from all over the world found me. 5,000 followers turned into 50,000. Now, that number is over 200,000 people, combined across all three platforms. But its never been about the numbers. Each one of those followers has a face, a heartbeat. They are real to me. Theyre people. Theyre a mom in Connecticut who lost her child; an incarcerated recovering heroin addict in Richmond whos a peer leader in his cell, helping others find recovery; …

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From Syria to Black Lives Matter: 3 ways WWI still shapes America

April 10, 2017

… about it,” Johnson would say later when praised for his gallantry. “Just fought for my life. A rabbit would have done that.” Johnson’s story is featured in PBS’ “The Great War,” a stirring account of America’s entry into world War I. The three-part “American Experience” film, which begins airing Monday, devotes six hours over three nights to explaining why the nation decided to enter “the war that would end all wars” …

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His name was Henry Summers – but who was he? – BBC News

April 9, 2017

Image caption Henry lived in a top-floor flat in Leith They went to the door of his top-floor flat on Easter Road and knocked but got no answer. Image caption Police beat down the door to gain entry to Henry’s flat A few years before that a woman had been found dead in Edinburgh, undiscovered for five years. The media were full of recrimination and finger pointing. I used to work with old people and had seen this before. It’s easy to de-personalise older people. We …

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