From Gandhi to guns: An Indian woman explores the NRA convention

April 29, 2017

Atlanta (CNN)Guns are not a part of the culture of my homeland, except perhaps for the occasional Bollywood movie in which the bad guy meets his demise staring down the wrong end of a barrel. The Indians may have succeeded in ousting the British, but we won with Gandhian-style civil disobedience, not a revolutionary war. Trump: Eight-year assault has come to end I grew up not knowing a single gun owner, and even today India has one of the strictest gun laws on the planet. Few …

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How the LAPD has changed 25 years after the riots

April 29, 2017

… over 30% white. The department publishes use of force and officer-involved-shooting details online, and 7,000 of its officers will be wearing body cameras by the end of next year. Arrest totals are no longer considered a measure of an officer’s success, and engaging the community is the department’s stated mandate. “Their reputation has changed dramatically,” said Christine Cole, executive director of the nonprofit Crime and Justice Institute, who co-authored a 2009 …

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Will Trump follow his heart or his head on French election?

April 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sunday’s French election result sets up a battle between the heart and the head of the Trump White House. In the latest blow to establishment party politics in the Western world, two outsider candidates — centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen — advanced from a crowded field to a run-off for the Elysee Palace on May 7. Le Pen has risen on the same populist politics, rooted in anger over immigration policies, globalization and middle class …

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FGM: The mother trying to protect her daughters – BBC News

April 23, 2017

… She had a big lady with her, she forced my sister onto the ground and sat on her chest to hold her still. My sister could hardly breathe and couldn’t move her arms or legs. The cutter was behind the lady and got to work. My sister was fighting, she was screaming, but there was nothing she could do. I was screaming “stop this”. Even my mum couldn’t watch. By the end there was blood everywhere and my sister was unconscious. She had cried so much she didn’t have …

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How US, Indonesia can both win from strengthening ties

April 22, 2017

… include local content to be able to sell products in the Indonesian market. Furthermore, he said while he appreciated the reforms Indonesia has done to date, more needs to be done. None of these points are surprising. At the end of March, on a list of 16 countries with trade deficits with the US, India ranked 13, with $13.2 billion or 1.8% of the total deficit (compared with China which contributes 47%). The National Trade Estimate Report on foreign trade barriers released around the same …

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How the Paris police shooting could shape the French election

April 21, 2017

… president? French election: Le Pen, Macron… or Mlenchon? Opinion: The frightening similarities between the US and French elections “Not everything has been done to protect our citizens. What we need is the resources to make sure we can combat the Islamist terrorism. I don’t want our youth to get used to living with this danger. Naivety is over,” she said. Candidates have just one day before French law brings an end to campaigning ahead of the first round of voting …

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This baby killer whale is the last one to be born at SeaWorld

April 21, 2017

(CNN)A killer whale calf was born Wednesday at SeaWorld San Antonio in Texas, marking the last one birthed in captivity at the company’s marine parks. SeaWorld announced last year that it would end its killer whale breeding program. Takara, the mother of the newborn calf, already had been pregnant through natural breeding when SeaWorld made that announcement in March 2016, the company said. The gestation period for killer whales is between 17 and 18 months. …

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The beginner’s guide to the French elections

April 20, 2017

(CNN)France is about to pick a new President. That’s nice, you say, but you’re still recovering from the tectonic shifts of 2016. (Brexit! Trump!) You really should pay attention, though. One of Europe’s most important countries could end up being run by a far-right leader or someone who’s never held elected office. Either way, the result will ripple across the globe. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming vote. Why should you care? If …

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Bashar al-Assad and Kim Jong Un: A tale of two dictators

April 20, 2017

… needs weapons,” he said. US pressure The two pariah nations quickly became a target of US President Donald Trump. His administration is trying to end Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons and North Korea’s active nuclear weapons program by trying to persuade Moscow and Beijing to abandon Syria and North Korea, leading international efforts to isolate these regimes through sanctions, and threatening the use of military action. US Vice President Mike Pence, visiting Seoul …

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British and Irish Lions tour 2017: All you need to know

April 19, 2017

(CNN)Four nations, one rugby team. One goal — to win a Test series against the mighty All Blacks of New Zealand. The 2017 British and Irish Lions tour is approaching, one of the most anticipated events in world rugby. It happens every four years, and the privileged players to be selected for this summer’s party are set to be announced Wednesday. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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Melissa Etheridge smokes weed with her adult kids

April 19, 2017

(CNN)Melissa Etheridge has gotten high with a little help from her family. The singer has revealed she has smoked marijuana with her 20-year-old daughter, Bailey Jean, and 18-year-old son, Beckett. “It was funny at first, and then they realized it’s very natural [at the] end of the day,” Etheridge recently told Yahoo. “It brings you closer. I’d much rather have a smoke with my grown kids than a drink.” …

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Eating Korea: 10 of South Korea’s most delicious dishes

April 18, 2017

… Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea; +82 54 853 6953 Kkomjangeo There is a row of simple sheds at one end of the Jagalchi fish market in the southeastern city of Busan. Almost every stall sells kkomjangeo, or grilled hagfish. Cooked alive, unsurprisingly, the hagfish convulse violently as they sizzle on the grill. This kind of fish wasn’t always eaten in Korea. It was the Japanese who harvested it when they colonized Korea in 1910. They used the skin to make shoes and discarded …

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