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Tense France picks new president in landmark vote

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France went to the polls on May 7 to choose between centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen for president, in a watershed election both for the divided country and… PARIS – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The election follows a rollercoaster campaign marked by mudslinging, scandals and a… The run-off vote pits the… Tense France picks… Read More »

Anti-Vaxxers Brought Their War to Minnesota—Then Came Measles

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MINNEAPOLIS — ON the first Saturday this May, residents of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood socialized in the shadows of their towering public housing complexes. wired Chattering men sat for haircuts while head-scarved women shopped the stalls lining the blue-bricked Riverside Mall. At nearby Currie… Anti-Vaxxers Brought… Read More »

After Seeing These +15 Maps You’ll Never Look At The World The Same

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The reason why certain countries looks bigger or smaller than others is because of something called the Mercator Projection. Bored Panda  Putting a 3D planet on a two-dimensional map was something of a challenge for early cartographers and so a Flemish geographer and cartographer named Gerardus Mercator came up with a solution. In 1569 he designed a… After Seeing These… Read More »

Syria’s Kurds march on to Raqqa and the sea

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Kurdish expansion plans putting the group on a collision course with neighbouring Turkey Mark Townsend The Guardian Syria’s Kurds have revealed plans to redraw the northern part of the country by linking the Kurdish region of Rojava with the Mediterranean Sea, in a move that will infuriate neighbouring Turkey. In a further sign of growing Kurdish confidence in Syria’s north, officials say that… Syria’s Kurds march… Read More »

Decent, trusted journalism is worth fighting for. We have to find a way

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The job cuts at Fairfax are just a symptom of the threats to all of us who care about serious reporting and the health of our public conversation Lenore Taylor The Guardian Another hundred journalists lose their jobs. More headlines record a crisis that jeopardises our continued ability to record, or write headlines, about… The Fairfax Media journalists striking to try to salvage their profession are respected colleagues, former… Decent, trusted journalism… Read More »

Saudi king orders that women no longer need a man’s permission to travel, study or make police complaints

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Saudi Arabia to give women more control over their life choices by relaxing male guardian system is welcomed as another small step for women in the kingdom. GulfInsider Saudi Arabia is well known to be one of the world’s most gender-segregated nations, where women live under the supervision of a male guardian, cannot drive, and must wear head-to… Women need approval from a… Saudi king orders… Read More »

Housing and homelessness: a blight on society

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Unacceptable that children are condemned to twilight existence in hotel bedrooms Editorial The Irish Times View The shortage of housing and the homelessness crisis to which it contributes are among the State’s biggest challenges. Despite the Government’s focus on the dual problems since it took office a year ago, there is little evidence of real progress. The crisis is a hangover from the financial crash and… Housing and homelessness… Read More »

Carpio book on sea row challenges China

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Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has launched a book that says China’s claims to virtually the entire South China Sea are baseless and… Jeannette I. Andrade Inquirer Carpio said public opinion, including in China, could pressure Beijing to comply with last year’s arbitral ruling that invalidated China’s historic… With Carpio’s help, Manila filed a case challenging Beijing’s nine-dash-line… * Carpio book on… Read More »

Data is giving rise to a new economy

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Fuel of the future How is it shaping up? AN OIL refinery is an industrial cathedral, a place of power, drama and dark recesses: ornate cracking towers its gothic pinnacles, flaring gas its stained glass, the stench of hydrocarbons its heady incense. The Economist Data centres, in contrast, offer a less obvious spectacle: windowless grey buildings that boast no height or ornament, they seem to stretch to infinity. Yet the two have much in… Data is giving… Read More »

Holocaust denial flyers distributed around University of Queensland widely condemned

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The University of Queensland, their student union and the chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission have all condemned Holocaust denial flyers that have been distributed on… Rachel Clun Brisbane Times It is understood the flyers, which have also shown up at universities in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney, have been pinned to noticeboards and put on… Dr Melanie O’Brien, an… Holocaust denial flyers… Read More »

America’ is in desperate need of, well, a miracle

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For more than a half century, the United States has operated what might be called a “Miracle Machine.” Eric S. Lander and Eric E. Schmidt The Washington Post Powered by federal investment in science and technology, the machine regularly churns out breathtaking advances. The Miracle Machine has transformed the way we live and work, strengthened national defense and revolutionized… America’s ‘Miracle Machine… Read More »

Wikipedia Is Latest Victim of Turkey’s Frenzy Over ISIS Reporting

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Any report or hint that links Turkey to jihadi operatives in Syria is certainly bound to draw ire of Ankara. And the world’s biggest online encyclopedia Wikipedia is no exception. Abdullah Ayasun The Global Post It has become the latest victim of Turkey’s frenzy over the matter. When Turkey blocked access to interactive online encyclopedia Wikipedia last week, it… Wikipedia Is Latest… Read More »

Sudan seeks to take Egypt to “binding arbitration” over Halayeb: expert

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May 5, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – An international maritime border arbitrator has revealed that Sudan is planning to take Egypt to a binding arbitration before the… Sudan Tribune The Halayeb triangle, which is a 20,580 km area on the Red Sea, has been a contentious issue between Egypt and Sudan since 1958, shortly after Sudan gained its… The area has been under Cairo’s full… Sudan seeks to… (ST) Read More »

Is Pay Transparency Right For Your Company? We Asked A Few That Tried It

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Pay transparency isn’t that common, but with the fight for equal pay still raging, should it be? PAVITHRA MOHAN FastCompany When Berlin-based education startup CareerFoundry flattened its hierarchy last year, all the company’s managers lost their titles. At that point, cofounders Raffaela Rein and Martin Ramsin thought it only fair to create a peer-based performance review and promotion… Is Pay Transparency… Read More »

What happens when scientists stand up for science

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The 2017 March for Science was a powerful political statement by scientists. Brian Martin  The Conversation The marchers opposed political interference, budget cuts and lack of support for science at a government level. More commonly, though, scientists stay in their labs and avoid the public political spotlight. CSIRO scientist John Church – who initially acted as an individual (not a… What happens when… Read More »

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Boris Johnson, UK’s Foreign Secretary had a mission at the recent G7 Foreign Ministers Summit at Lucca, Italy (10-11 April 2017). Dr. Yiorghos Leventis ISF He was hell bound to bring home another raft of sanctions against Russia in the aftermath of the gas attack in Syria. Turning a deaf ear to Moscow’s call for an internationally sanctioned investigation on the Syrian gas incident Boris Johnson sought, once more, to trample down on the principles of consultation, engagement and multilateralism ... Read More »