Where the Mexico City Policy matters the most

April 30, 2017

(CNN) She has five children and works as a farmer in Budadiri, Uganda, east Africa. “I want to look after my children,” Mudua says. “But I am a woman alone, and any time a man could force me into sex and I could get pregnant.” Now organizations that offer abortions as part of their family planning services — or even refer patients to other clinics that can perform abortions — will be prevented from receiving any …

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President Trump, protecting South Korea is not a real estate deal

April 30, 2017

(CNN)In President Donald Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal,” he writes about how important it is to know one’s market, to study hard. He wrote that he likes to gather as many disparate opinions and views about a potential real estate deal as he can before making any final decisions about how it will affect a given area or neighborhood. So it was a bit surprising to hear him say in an interview Thursday night that he expects South Korea to reimburse the United States …

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How the LAPD has changed 25 years after the riots

April 29, 2017

Los Angeles (CNN)The video was silent, but it spoke volumes: three white Los Angeles police officers, supervised by a sergeant, threw Rodney King to the ground, tased, kicked and stomped him, and battered him with batons 56 times. More than 20 officers responded when the black motorist led police on a high-speed chase after he didn’t pull over for allegedly speeding; 10 of them just stood around and watched as King was beaten. That moment, caught on video and broadcast on television …

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Barclays profits more than double – BBC News

April 29, 2017

“On Africa, we await approval for the separation arrangements already agreed with local management, following which we will be able to make further progress towards regulatory deconsolidation,” Mr Staley said. In early trading, Barclays’ shares were down 3.5%. ‘Legacy issues’ Mr Staley said Barclays planned to hire about 2,000 new staff in the UK in the next three years, focused on technology. He told Bloomberg the bank wanted to bring technology development …

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UK drawing up post-Brexit sanctions plan – BBC News

April 29, 2017

The EU has imposed trade restrictions on Russia’s financial, energy and defence sectors in response to its annexation of Crimea and military intervention in Ukraine. Rushed through The official consultation over the new laws began last Friday only hours before the pre-election ban on announcing new legislation – known as purdah – came into force. It will be rushed through in just nine weeks so a new bill can be put to Parliament as soon as possible after the general …

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Future of cash: Can a ‘bank in a box’ replace a branch? – BBC News

April 28, 2017

Other experts are more sceptical. They say all that can be done is to manage the decline of ATMs, and cash in general, until they are replaced entirely by a digital wallet found on our phones. Early days This debate is a far cry from the hurried signing of contracts, over a pink gin, between Barclays and John Shepherd-Barron in the UK some 50 years ago. The deal, between bank and inventor, led to the first ever cash machine being installed in London in 1967. All did not go entirely to plan. …

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Trump says he would consult with China’s Xi before speaking to Taiwan

April 28, 2017

(CNN)US President Donald Trump has said that he would want to consult with Chinese President Xi Jinping before speaking to Taiwan’s leader. In an interview with Reuters news agency, Trump said he wouldn’t want to “cause difficulty” for the Chinese leader by again breaking with the “one China” policy. “He’s a friend of mine. He’s actually a — I think he’s doing an amazing job as a leader, and I wouldn’t want to do anything …

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Arkansas executes Kenneth Williams, 4th inmate in a week

April 28, 2017

(CNN)Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in a week, ending a frantic schedule caused by the looming expiration of the state’s supply of lethal injection drugs. Kenneth Williams, 38, was initially sentenced to life in prison for the 1998 killing of a university cheerleader. He was later convicted of capital murder after he escaped from prison and killed a man. “I was more than wrong. The crime I perpetrated against you all was senseless,” Williams said in his last words …

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How much would fictional houses cost in real life?

April 28, 2017

(CNN)From Great Gatsby’s luxury estate to Count Dracula’s Transylvanian lair and Amelie Poulain’s tiny Parisian pad, the houses in which our favorite fictional characters reside are often inspired by real-life properties. CNN tracked down some of literary and cinematographic history’s most famous post codes and calculated their value in today’s property markets. Use the slider tool to reveal their prices. The Great Gatsby (1925), F. Scott Fitzgerald …

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Lloyds Bank’s profits rise despite ‘challenging’ times – BBC News

April 27, 2017

Analysts have said that low interest rates make it harder for banks to increase profits. The bank, which was bailed out by the taxpayer at the height of the financial crisis, is expected to be fully returned to private ownership later this year. ‘Sins of the past’ Lloyds’ profits were boosted by the absence of last year’s 800m charge from its controversial move to buy back expensive bonds from investors. Philip Augar, an author and banking expert, told the BBC: …

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Venezuela says it will split from OAS as unrest continues

April 27, 2017

Caracas, Venezuela (CNN)Venezuela will withdraw from the Organization of American States (OAS), according to its foreign minister, who announced the decision on national television. Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez told VTV state television Wednesday that the beleaguered country, which is facing huge civil unrest, would take the unprecedented step of leaving the pan-American organization over what it sees as attempts by foreign governments to interfere in its affairs by sidelining with the …

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China launches its first homegrown aircraft carrier

April 26, 2017

(CNN)The first aircraft carrier designed and built in China was launched Wednesday amid streamers and champagne. The as-yet unnamed vessel isChina’s second aircraft carrier. Early on Wednesday morning it was towed from Dalian Shipyard, Liaoning, to a nearby wharf, China’s Ministry of National Defense said. China first announced the construction of its new carrier in late December 2015. State media said it would be “independently designed in China.” Replay …

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Bride of ISIS: From ‘happily ever after’ to hell

April 26, 2017

(CNN)Islam and Ahmed met online, looking for their “happily ever after” through a Muslim dating site. Fast forward four years — and three husbands – and she and her two small children are caught in limbo in northern Syria. Islam Mitat is from Morocco; Ahmed Khalil was originally from Kabul in Afghanistan, but had moved to the UK and become a British citizen by the time they met on Muslima.com. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More …

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Is a US-North Korea war imminent?

April 26, 2017

(CNN)US warships and submarines are on the move. North Korea has carried out its largest ever live-fire drill. Washington and Pyongyang are trading inflammatory rhetoric on a weekly basis. Daily reports of the fragile situation fuel worries that war is imminent. But, has it really reached a point of no return? Just one spark Pence: I don’t see talks with N. Korea now Trump’s other public comments don’t help either. He often takes to Twitter to …

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Rebuilding a Nepali village, one block at a time

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Two years after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people and causing extensive damages to property, residents are still reeling from the tragedy especially in remote villages, where aid has been slow to arrive. Many villages have turned to international nongovernmental organizations for help. Though it’s not always possible for these NGOs to meet all the communities’ needs, they do bring hope and some relief to beleaguered residents. One such …

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Anti-Semitism Soared Last Year: ADL Study

April 25, 2017

A spate of bomb threats against Jewish community centers and schools, and vandalism at Jewish cemeteries in the U.S. this year have contributed to the surge, according to the Anti-Defamation Leagues report. What the data tells us is incontrovertible and why the Jewish community describes such heightened anxiety, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt told The Huffington Post. Theres no doubt that theres a high degree of anxiety. Vandalized tombstones are seen at the Jewish Mount Carmel Cemetery, …

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Happy Earth Day! Here Are All The Terrible Things Donald Trump Has Done So Far.

April 24, 2017

Almost 100 days into Trumps tenure, the fears of environmentalists, scientists, public health advocates have been confirmed and then some. On the day Trump took office, a page devoted to climate change action on the White House website disappeared. Four days later, Trump signed executive orders reviving the controversialKeystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, a move that set the tone for a series of swift and sweeping changes to the nations climate and environmental policies that were soon …

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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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Head to head: How Le Pen and Macron compare

April 24, 2017

(CNN)The French electorate gave the country’s political establishment a wake-up call Sunday as it voted for two outsider presidential candidates: one who has never held elected office and the other the leader of France’s far-right party. Fed up of the parties that have dominated French politics for decades, voters opted for the two politicians that promised the biggest shakeup — Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, early results indicated. They will face each other in a runoff …

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Win or lose, Marine Le Pen is a nightmare for the EU

April 24, 2017

(CNN)France goes to the polls Sunday to vote in the first round of its presidential elections. The campaign has been dogged throughout by scandals, gaffes and surprises. Le Pen’s National Front Party has a long history of euroskepticism and promotes a number of policies that are anathema to the high-minded principles behind the European project. In recent years, Le Pen has attempted to soften both her image and the position of her party on the matter of France’s future in the …

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The seats that could decide the election – BBC News

April 23, 2017

There are 650 constituencies in the United Kingdom. But the election campaign over the coming weeks will be concentrated in the marginal battleground seats – the ones with small majorities that are most likely to change hands. There’s no official definition of a marginal seat but people often look at constituencies where the majority – the gap between the first and second placed parties – is under 10%. Most marginal seats in the UK – based on 2015 results …

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Bill Nye Slams CNN For Putting Climate Change Skeptic On Earth Day Panel

April 23, 2017

The celebrity scientist slammedCNNs New Dayon Saturday for including William Happera physicist who thinks carbon pollution is a mythand once compared carbon dioxide to the suffering of Jewish people during the Holocaustin anEarth Daypanel on the March for Science protests. I will say, as much as I love the CNN, youre doing a disservice by having one climate change skeptic, and not 97 or 98 scientists or engineers concerned about climate change, Nye said, referring to the widespread consensus …

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Why Staffordshire oatcakes are being eaten in Arizona – BBC News

April 22, 2017

The local “superfans” Image copyright PA Image caption Oatcakes were produced in the “traditional way” at Hanley’s Hole in the Wall Michael even got his neighbours hooked, such is his love of them. Another superfan, Jan Lacey, from Kidsgrove, says she takes oatcakes on holidays to Cornwall – including for family members living in the South West. She passed on her love of the “Tunstall tortilla” by weaning her now 28-year-old son on …

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Was ITV’s The Nightly Show a success? – BBC News

April 22, 2017

“We’re in a strong position to try some new things and experiment, it is imperative we try new things, which have the potential to enhance our entertainment offering.” The hosts Image copyright ITV Image caption Dermot O’Leary was one of the most popular presenters with viewers Walliams put the viewing figures and poor reviews down to people being annoyed about the News at Ten being moved back by half an hour in the schedules. After his stint, John Bishop, …

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How US, Indonesia can both win from strengthening ties

April 22, 2017

(CNN)The penultimate stop on US Vice President Mike Pence’s tour to Asia was to Indonesia, a strategic move that should send positive signs about the Trump administration’s engagement to trade in the region. The largest country in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is important to the US as it is a vibrant democracy with a young and productive population and strong growth potential. It also has the world’s largest Muslim population and is known to practice religious tolerance. The US …

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Sarah Palin Reacts To Bill O’Reilly’s Exit By Victim Blaming

April 22, 2017

During an interview with Jake Tapper on CNNs The Lead, Palin hinted that she wasnt happy during her time as a Fox News contributor but would not divulge details even when asked about Fox News corporate culture in the age of Bill OReilly. Then Palin turned her focus on the women who made accusations of sexual harassment, telling them that its their responsibility to quit their jobs and change the workplace culture. As a strong woman, she added, I say we should feel more empowered than that …

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