Canadian officer is first woman to lead Changing of the Guard

June 27, 2017

(CNN)A Canadian soldier, Megan Couto, has become the first woman to lead the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. “I know certainly for myself, it’s a great pleasure to be considered an equal of my peers, and any one of my peers would be absolutely delighted to be the captain of the guard here,” Couto said. “So I feel equally honored to be given the opportunity regardless of my gender.” The ceremony takes place at 11:00 a.m. sharp on any …

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Hong Kong handover: The protest symbols China’s scared of

June 26, 2017

… occupying the site at the heart of Beijing for weeks. Hundreds were killed in the crackdown, and thousands more arrested. Hong Kong is the only place on Chinese soil which holds a major public commemoration of the event. “The June 4 incident” remains one of the most censored topics in China, with all references to the massacre, no matter how oblique, banned or deleted. That means no social media posts around the anniversary using the words “Tiananmen,” …

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Archbishop tells PM to ‘draw the poison from Brexit’ – BBC News

June 25, 2017

… by a senior politician, but without the authority to bind Parliament. “We need the politicians to find a way of neutralising the temptation to take minor advantage domestically from these great events,” the archbishop wrote. He added that Britain’s decision to leave the EU was the third time in two centuries that the UK had to “redefine the place of our country in the world”. …

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Record-Breaking Heat Wave In Southwest Reportedly Claims 4 Lives

June 22, 2017

The first two fatalities recorded in the three-day heatwave took place on Monday in Santa Clara County, California, south of San Francisco, and included a homeless person found in a car, the San Jose Mercury News reported. It is tragic when someone dies of hyperthermia since in most every case it could have been prevented, Dr. Michelle Jorden of the Santa Clara County Coroners Office told the newspaper. A Phoenix area cement truck operator uses a water hose to cool down. Temperatures …

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Teens are still having sex, most use contraception

June 22, 2017

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Psaki: Democrats, don’t lose your cool over Georgia vote

June 21, 2017

… the GOP’s Obamacare repeal bill by 37 points (25% favorable to 62% unfavorable) including 66% unfavorable among independents. Democrats were surprised by the massive influx of donations for their unknown candidate. It will require some work to maintain that enthusiasm and commitment to giving, but it is a good place to start from. This district could be a model for the kind of demographic district Democrats should aggressively target — with a suburban, educated population. And with …

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Hospital designs that are changing the way you’re cared for

June 19, 2017

… there’s something about the architecture that you can see people’s body language,” says Laura Lee, the chief executive of Maggie’s Centres. “They quickly change from being tense and anxious. Their shoulders relax. There’s something about the materiality of the building that says it’s a nice place to be.” On June 9, Maggie’s opened its latest center in Oldham, a town northeast of Manchester. Designed by London-based firm dRMM, the simple …

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London fire: Queen reflects on ‘sombre national mood’ – BBC News

June 17, 2017

… told BBC Newsnight the government was doing all it could to help. The PM said: “I’ve heard stories yesterday from the emergency services about the issues around the fire. “That’s why I came straight back to Downing Street and I ordered a public inquiry. “And we’ll make sure that takes place as soon as possible to get to the bottom of this.” Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May says 5m will be available for …

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19 Epic, Endangered Places You Should Visit Before It’s Too Late

June 16, 2017

This week,UNESCO released its annual state of conservation reports, which outline which of its famous designatedWorld Heritage Sitesare in danger of losing the historic, cultural or natural characteristics that made them World Heritage Sites in the first place. Tourism can harm the worlds wonders, but it can also help them when done responsibly. Below, find 19 places from UNESCOs conservation reportsthat warrant a responsible visit. To compile this list, we pulled spots that appear on the …

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Election blind dates: Peter Stringfellow and Mary Beard – BBC News

June 2, 2017

… social exclusion in this country is so unfair that if higher taxation could solve that, surely that’s a good thing? Did you convince him on anything?: I thought the place I made the best hit actually was on taxation because I didn’t think that Peter had a very good answer to the absolute blatant unfairness of social division. I think I did rather better on taxation than I did on the feminist issues. I think he’s rather more practised at dealing with that actually. What about …

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Why the UK election isn’t exciting Americans – BBC News

May 31, 2017

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May at a campaign event in Wales It’s not even accurate to call it a forgettable election. Most Americans, I feel confident in saying, aren’t aware it’s even taking place. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeremy Corbyn arrives for a campaign speech Many of the American revolutionaries, foremost amongst them the voguish Alexander Hamilton, were arch-monarchists. Their gripe with King George was that he …

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Meet the women and girls who rocked Comic Con – BBC News

May 30, 2017

… artist and illustrator Jess Bradley “My costume is inspired by The Purge – there’s something dystopian about it and I’m really inspired by it. I bought my mask from the masquerade in Venice. “I love Comic Con because everybody comes together and we all have something in common, no matter where we’re from. “It’s a place where you feel very accepted and you get to be whoever you want for a day – it’s really special.” Katie …

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Could Labour’s love be lost in Mansfield after 94 years? – BBC News

May 30, 2017

… safe seat, a place where callow Conservative candidates feared to tread. Current Father of the House and Rushcliffe MP Ken Clarke failed twice in his bid to represent Mansfield, losing to Labour’s Bernard Taylor and Don Concannon by nearly 20,000 in 1964 and 1966. He recalled being “practically chased from a garden” by an anti-Tory voter who made reference to Winston Churchill’s role in sending boy soldiers to the Turkish coast during World War One. Image caption …

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Election 2017: What if I can’t afford to pay the rent? – BBC News

… the finances. Since landlords sometimes want their property back, she has been forced to move repeatedly. In his lifetime, her seven-year-old son has had six different homes, each more cramped than the last. “Every time we move, we have to downgrade, because the rent goes up, and we have to move down,” she says. “So we started off in a perfectly acceptable sized house, and we’ve gone slowly, slowly down into this tiny little place.” She wants the next government to …

May 29, 2017
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Report: Trump Tells ‘Confidants’ U.S. Will leave Paris Climate Deal

On Saturday, Trump said in a Twitter post he would make a decision on whether to support theParis climate deal next week. A source who has been in contact with people involved in the decision told Reuters a couple of meetings were planned with chief executives of energy companies and big corporations and others about the climate agreement ahead of Trumps expected announcement later in the week. It was unclear whether those meetings would still take place. The summit of G7 wealthy nations …

May 28, 2017
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Tom Hardy’s Fundraiser For Manchester Victims Has Already Surpassed Its Goal

What happened last night at the [Ariana Grande] concert in Manchester was a tragedy; families and children attacked and murdered; in a place where they should be safe and enjoying a concert, the actor wrote on his Just Giving page. It is an inconceivable atrocity. There is no bringing back those who have been lost, pointlessly, in such a cowardly and brutal fashion. I am truly saddened by what I have witnessed and there is no doubt that Terrorism is an evil thing. Hardy, who is from London, …

May 26, 2017
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The Best Boyfriends Know Little Gestures Mean More Than Anything Else

… couldn’t care less about changing their lives if it means getting to have you around. The best boyfriends are the ones who will talk about commitment. Even if it’s something that freaks them out, even if they’re not clear about thetimeline, being afraid to talk about something that is so important is such a poor reflection on someone’s character. So they do they talk about it. These people aren’t anomalies. They At this point, so little is required of men to place …

May 25, 2017
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You Are Not Perfect, But You Are All Of These Things

… then he is not the one. You are quite good at loving others, better than you know, in fact. You may think the way you see the world and the way you love, with your lack of saying the actual four-letter word, may be dark. It may be fragmented, imperfect, all over the place, or even completely over the top. Maybe you are the friend who buys the gold number balloons for your friends birthdays. Conversely, maybe you are the friend who doesnt say much but never lets those who are important down. I …

May 25, 2017
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Can Donald Trump solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

(CNN)Jerusalem: US President Donald Trump arrives in Israel Monday in search of what he has called “the ultimate deal”. But like so many US presidents who have believed it their duty to bring peace to the region, Trump will face a series of challenges, which have grown increasingly insurmountable. Seven years on since Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last held talks, the same issues remain — disagreements over borders, security, Jerusalem, a right of return …

May 23, 2017
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Partisans bend to label Trump’s ‘bow’

(CNN)The action lasted mere seconds, but it has split social media and left people pondering: When is a bend a bow? During the first stop on his inaugural trip abroad, President Donald Trump, like presidents before him, was honored with Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Abdulaziz al-Saud. But no sooner had the 6-foot-2-inch President leaned in so that the much shorter Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud could place the medal around his neck than the politically …

May 21, 2017
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Who gets hurt by GOP’s ‘pro-life’ hypocrisy

… that don’t provide abortions at all but simply tell women their legal rights. Under previous Republican presidents, the Gag Rule applied only to family planning funds (about $600 million under George W. Bush). Now it applies to $8.8 billion in US global health funding, including programs for HIV and malaria. Because American dollars have been barred from funding abortions since the 1970s, none of the funding subject to this rule was paying for abortions in the first place. Studies of …

May 20, 2017
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Mom donates womb to daughter in India’s first uterus transplant

(CNN)In the first surgery of its kind in India, a mother has donated her uterus to her 21-year-old daughter. The 43-year-old offered to undergo the procedure so that her daughter, who was born without a uterus, can experience childbirth. The uterus, or womb, transplant took place in the city of Pune in southwest India, Thursday. First uterus transplant recipient speaks out First uterus transplants planned in the U.S. …

May 19, 2017
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Nelson Mandela Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Nelson Mandela, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of South Africa. Death date: December 5, 2013 Birth place: Mvezo, Transkei, South Africa. Birth name: Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela …

May 16, 2017
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