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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Breast surgeon Ian Paterson case: ‘Hundreds’ of other victims – BBC News

April 29, 2017

… acted upon, and he continued to operate until mid-2011, the Kennedy report said. He was eventually excluded by the trust and 642 patients were recalled. In 2012 he was suspended by the regulator the General Medical Council. Sir Ian said: “They (the boards of NHS Trusts) need to look at their culture to see whether it’s… putting at the forefront the care of patients, rather than the care of the staff, looking after the buildings, managing the money – they’re all …

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

April 28, 2017

… has just started marketing its latest “self-service” machine. It claims users will never look at an ATM in the same way again – mainly owing to the fact that they think they are looking at a tablet computer. Image copyright NCR Image caption The first newly-designed ATM by NCR has just been installed in Switzerland As of 2014, Russia had the highest number of cash machines per one million inhabitants than any European country In Western Europe, Portugal had 1,516 ATMs …

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Would visiting Parliament inspire you to vote? – BBC News

April 27, 2017

… infighting, the hustle and bustle, and even the way MPs addressed each other left them confused and alienated. ‘Twitter feed’ “You don’t really have much faith in them when they are in the House of Commons having a debate and they look bored,” she added. “How am I supposed to be interested if you look obviously bored and you’re scrolling through your Twitter feed in the debate?” “I think it is in Parliament’s interests to get more …

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

April 24, 2017

… released in the last days of Obamas tenure, this new standard would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 6 billion metric tons over the lifetime of the new vehicles. Pruitt said his agency would be taking a fresh look at the 2022-2025 standards. These rules are costly for automakers and the American people, he said. March 16, 2017: Proposed budget would slash EPA funds The budget would also slashEnergy Star, the voluntary initiative that boosts energy efficiency in appliances, …

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Seven ways it helps to have rich parents – BBC News

April 23, 2017

… figure has grown steadily over the decades and has doubled since the 1930s, when just 38% of people expected an inheritance. Our data doesn’t allow us to look at those born in the 1980s or 90s, but there is no reason to think this trend has not continued. 7. But those with higher income are most likely to inherit Within each generation, most inherited wealth goes to those who are already comparatively well-off. Among the 1970s generation, nine out of 10 people whose income is in the top …

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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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Why Staffordshire oatcakes are being eaten in Arizona – BBC News

April 22, 2017

… urban beekeeping ‘Merry Christmas’ Victorian style Expats’ look of bliss Think this oatcake is only found in Staffordshire? Think again. Image caption Pancake-like oatcakes, such as these, are distinctive to Staffordshire A type of savoury pancake made from oatmeal, flour and yeast Staffordshire oatcakes are not to be confused with Scottish oatcakes, which are more biscuit-like The oatcakes, which look similar to pancakes, can be eaten with savoury or sweet toppings …

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

April 22, 2017

… praised ITV for being willing to try something new in the first place: “As much as I love the News at Ten, it wasn’t performing very well for ITV, so commercially it was a good decision to look at that 10 o’clock slot.” ITV’s director of TV Kevin Lygo told Broadcast magazine: “In terms of The Nightly Show, this eight-week run is about extending the 10pm hour, extending the primetime feel of ITV, and seeing how that looks and feels during this period and how …

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How US, Indonesia can both win from strengthening ties

April 22, 2017

… between the US and Indonesia to realize opportunities to grow trade, investment, business to business and people-to-people links. The elements of such a strategy would include the following: First, the analysis of the trade deficit should go beyond the short-term ups and downs due to effect of business cycles and look at the opportunities to grow trade between the two countries, as both countries are on track for robust recovery. Indonesia’s recovery as commodity prices improve and …

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How the Paris police shooting could shape the French election

April 21, 2017

… ensure the safety of our citizens,” he said in a statement. Fiches S The suggestion that the suspect, a French national, was already under surveillance by security services is expected to provide grist for politicians who look to criticize the government’s commitment to protecting its citizens. A source close to the investigation told CNN the suspect was “Fiches S,” or “S card,” indicating that he was regarded as a potential threat to national security. In …

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The beginner’s guide to the French elections

April 20, 2017

… temporarily ban even legal immigration. If you’re into the markets: The two leading candidates have two very different economic visions. One wants France to dump the euro and protect French jobs. The other is a champion of closer European integration. Markets hate, hate, hate volatility. look at how it reacted after the Greek elections in 2012. With the UK leaving the EU, France is the no. 2 economic powerhouse. And a change there will affect the market. When’s the …

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In Ankara, celebrations for Erdogan mask a Turkish schism

April 17, 2017

… our money away from us,” he said. Yusuf Basaran, a 20-year-old student, was celebrating on the street in front of the party headquarters with his friends. “Europe’s spine has cracked. This referendum will be the most effective thing in the rebirth of the Ottoman Empire. Europe has to look at itself. We do not have to yield to torture.” For almost half of Turkey’s 80 million citizens, the growing pains of the referendum outcome could be severe. Dr. Ahmet Kasm …

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Green groups warn of ‘race to the bottom’ – BBC News

April 16, 2017

… pays’ principle are all established in EU treaties. The sense is that those might not come across [into UK law],” he explained. Spokespeople for Number 10 and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said officials would look at the detail of the letter before issuing a response. But sources said the government’s commitment to green issues remained as strong as ever. Nevertheless, some observers within the environmental community have expressed concerns …

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Atlanta Braves begin new ballpark chapter at SunTrust Park

April 15, 2017

Atlanta (CNN)As Chipper Jones hung out in the Atlanta Braves dugout Friday afternoon, a few hours ahead of the Braves’ first regular-season home game at their new stadium, SunTrust Park, the future Hall of Famer fielded a question about what fans might be saying as they entered the ballpark for the first time. “I would venture a guess the word mumbled the most — maybe not even mumbled — would be ‘Wow,’” the Braves’ icon said. “I mean, look at that …

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Trump carves out tough commander-in-chief posture

April 14, 2017

… the pace of operations against ISIS in Syria and Iraq and elsewhere. “What I do is authorize my military,” Trump said at the White House, before comparing the proactive use of force by his own White House with the way the military was handled under Obama. “Frankly, that is why they have been so successful lately, if you look at what has happened over the last eight weeks and compare that really to what has happened over the last eight years, you will see there has been a …

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US intelligence intercepted communications between Syrian military and chemical experts

April 13, 2017

… doubt” that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the attack. The US did not know prior to the attack it was going to happen, the official emphasized. The US scoops up such a large volume of communications intercepts in areas like Syria and Iraq, the material often is not processed unless there is a particular event that requires analysts to go back and look for supporting intelligence material. …

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New traditions: Japan’s 700-year-old ‘oke’ craft gets a modern makeover

April 11, 2017

(CNN)It’s hard to imagine the humble bucket being a work of art, but those made by Shuji Nakagawa in his Kyoto studio go for thousands of dollars and have a loyal following. Smooth, tactile and fragrant with the heady smell of hinoki — the Japanese cypress they are constructed from — “ki-oke” are used for a variety of purposes from storing rice and miso paste to holding water for bathing. The level of craftsmanship, honed over a century of teaching and built on …

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

April 8, 2017

… headscarves and impose Islamic law. Given his enemy, then, Assad is justified in whatever he does. He is, after all, a secular man, with no beard and no wife in hijab. Radu Sigheti / Reuters The second favored talking point is related to the first. For those who like the idea of Assad as a secular option, the alternative must look irredeemably religious violently so, and driven to that violence by religious dogma. Gabbard for years has argued that the armed opposition to Assad is dominated …

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Congress Loves The Syria Strike. But Senators Can’t Say Why Trump Thinks It’s Legal.

April 8, 2017

… interest, or to defend the interest of the United States, or whether theres more, Cornyn told reporters after a briefing from Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Ill let the international lawyers look at the details of how they view it, said Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska). It can be argued on both sides, Tester told reporters. I think we need an [Authorization for the Use of Military Force] that actually addresses this issue. We dont have one right now. Tom Williams …

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House Republicans Were Handed A Historic Opportunity. They’re Blowing It.

April 7, 2017

… clamoring for leadership changes, he said, Were not at that point. The odds of them actually repealing and replacing Obamacare look worse every day. When they return from their Easter break, theyll have four legislative days to debate and pass an omnibus spending bill that no one has seen with obvious pitfalls all over the legislation. (Will the omnibus fund Planned Parenthood? Will it fund a border wall? How much money above previously set spending caps can Congress accept?) While there are …

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CNN 10 – April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017

… robirds are basically robotic birds of prey. They look like and fly like real falcons and we use them to chase away other birds from areas like airports. Birds and aircrafts go badly together. Birds can cause problems in many areas, like the agriculture industry, the oil and gas industry. They’re basically a drone, but not your everyday drone. The robirds mimic the flight envelop of a natural bird. We had to create a flight (ph) computer that was capable of thinking like a bird. The …

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Social airline concepts make flying more fun

April 7, 2017

(CNN)Flying is about to get a lot more fun. The latest design concepts feature customizable group-seating pods, sleek lounge bars and, soon enough, co-working spaces — all at 35,000 feet. These changes come with a trend toward experiential travel, in which “authenticity and personalized experiences” are key components of a fulfilling journey, according to a 2016 US Experiential Traveler Survey by travel industry intelligence platform Skift. …

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