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

The surgeon, who treated thousands of patients during his career, exaggerated or invented cancer risks and claimed payments for more expensive procedures in some cases, the court was told. Paterson ‘psychopathic like Shipman’ The seven-week trial heard the accounts of 10 victims – representing a sample of those Paterson treated – operated on between 1997 and 2011 at the privately-run Little Aston and Parkway hospitals in the West Midlands. Jurors were not told …

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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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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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The LA riots were a rude awakening for Korean-Americans

April 28, 2017

Los Angeles (CNN)Chang Lee gripped his fingers tighter around the gun and screamed at potential looters from the rooftop of the small strip mall where he stood. The 35-year-old had never held a firearm before the LA riots. Lighting up the blocks around him, Lee could smell the fires burning in Los Angeles’ Koreatown. “Where are the police? Where are the police?” Lee whispered over and over from his rooftop perch. Lee would not see law enforcement for three days — only …

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Would visiting Parliament inspire you to vote? – BBC News

April 27, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCan you convince people to vote in one day? With a general election weeks away, figures suggest voter apathy remains unchanged. Two women who don’t like politics paid a visit to Parliament, but did it convince them to vote? “I feel like politicians make decisions for people they don’t know anything about,” says LaTifah Atkinson, a 26-year-old woman from north London. She is a university graduate who runs her …

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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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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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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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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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To Ray Davies, America is a ‘beautiful but dangerous’ place – BBC News

April 23, 2017

“Then it turned out to be a pop hit.” Somewhat disingenuously, he tells the BBC You Really Got Me was supposed to be The Kinks’ only song (even though it was their third single). “I wanted that to be a hit and then I was going to get out of town,” he says. “Unfortunately they asked me to write another one, and another one.” Image caption The Kinks’ hits included Sunny Afternoon, All Day and All of the Night and Set Me Free When the band …

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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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Around the world in seven years… on a bike – BBC News

April 23, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLeigh Timmis ran out of money. But he didn’t go home. He kept cycling. Leigh Timmis has been cycling around the world since 2010 – and on Saturday he’s coming home. His seven years in the saddle have seen him confront a mountain lion and sing to a bear, all on a globetrotting budget of 5 (6.40) a day. As he reaches the final leg of his journey home to Derby, Leigh, 35, thinks back over the previous 43,000 miles …

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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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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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Accuser in Seattle mayor sex abuse lawsuit reveals identity

April 20, 2017

(CNN)A man accusing Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of sexually abusing him about 30 years ago has revealed his identity. Delvonn Heckard, 46, filed a lawsuit against Murray this month under the pseudonym “D.H.” In the lawsuit, he said the mayor “repeatedly raped” him when he was a 15-year-old boy and the mayor was 32 at the time. Heckard said Murray also paid him for sexual acts. …

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

April 20, 2017

(CNN)In its first 100 days, the Trump Administration has found itself in confrontation with two dictators: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Though they rule vastly different countries on opposite sides of the world, their regimes share some striking similarities. Family business The leaders of Syria and North Korea bothinherited their positions from their fathers: Hafez al-Assad and Kim Jong Il. Their family dynasties have ruled countries of roughly …

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‘Randamoozham’: India to produce its most expensive film ever

April 19, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)With a budget of $155 million, India is set to make the longest poem ever written into its most expensive film ever. The figure may seem paltry by Hollywood standards, but it is new territory in India, where costs for its highest-budget movies barely skim $25 million. Based on the Sanskrit epic the “Mahabharata,” “Randamoozham” has surpassed previous record-breaking budgets like that of the upcoming Tamil-language sci-fi thriller “2.0,” which …

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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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How Trump could make US a climate pariah over Paris pact

April 18, 2017

(CNN)Reports have it that President Donald Trump will assemble his advisers on Tuesday to decide on whether to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Naturally, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a career-long, oil-industry shill from Oklahoma, is arguing to pull out. Yet even Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, is arguing to stay. If Trump goes with Pruitt instead of Tillerson, he will immediately create a worldwide consensus on climate action: to fight the …

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Theatre director Michael Bogdanov has died aged 78 – BBC News

April 18, 2017

He was an associate director of the Royal National Theatre for eight years, directed eight productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company and co-founded the English Shakespeare Company in 1986 with actor Michael Pennington. He was chief executive of the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, Germany’s largest national theatre, from 1989 to 1992. In 1982, he went on trial at the Old Bailey for staging an act of simulated male sex in the play The Romans in Britain. Media playback is …

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Trump may have to be patient about North Korea

April 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)The United States has lost its strategic patience with North Korea. So what’s a had-it-up-to-here superpower to do to stop a pariah nation bent on putting its nuclear weapons on top of a missile that could reach America? Tough talk, for sure. Lean on China to turn off its life support to its neighbor, for another. But for all the warnings that Trump will fix the showdown with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, it’s so far unclear whether at its foundation, his …

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Prince Harry sought counseling to cope with Diana’s death

April 17, 2017

(CNN)Britain’s Prince Harry has revealed that he sought counseling four years ago to deal with the grief of losing his mother, Princess Diana. In a candid interview with British newspaper The Telegraph, the fifth in line to the throne said the loss of his mother at such a young age had led to a period of “total chaos.” “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12 and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had a quite serious effect …

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UK funding increased to fight neglected tropical diseases – BBC News

April 16, 2017

Over the next four years, the UK will spend a total of 360m on programmes to tackle diseases such as: Visceral leishmaniasis – a parasitic disease, caused by infected sand flies, which destroys the internal organs Guinea-worm disease – an infection transmitted through dirty drinking water containing water fleas Trachoma – infection from poor hygiene practices which can cause blindness Lymphatic filariasis – infection transmitted by mosquitoes which can cause …

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Trump Administration Won’t Release Logs Of Visitors To The White House

April 15, 2017

The decision is a departure from the Obama administration, which did release the logs.Michael Dubke, the White House communications director, told Time that the White Houses decision was made out of concern for national security and privacy, and to protect President Donald Trumps ability to discreetly seek counsel. The White House says it will honor public information requests to parts of the White House legally classified as agencies, such as the Office of Management and Budget, according …

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