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The changing face of business – and the part artificial intelligence has to play

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) may be the single most disruptive technology the world has seen since the Industrial… Paul Daugherty World Economic Forum Granted, there is a lot of hype out there on AI, along with doomsday headlines and scary… But the reality is that it will positively and materially change how we engage with the world around… The changing face… Read More »

Could America Convince China and Russia to Keep North Korea in Check?

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The time is right to double down on cooperation with China. The National Interest Lyle J. Goldstein Pundits around the whole Asia-Pacific have been scribbling furiously about the supposed import of a brief and… Could America Convince… Read More »

Life on Earth is Dying. Thousands of Species Cease to Exist

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On the day that you read this article, 200 species of life on Earth (plants, birds, animals, fish, amphibians, insects, reptiles) will cease to exist. Global Research By Robert J. Burrowes Tomorrow, another 200 species will vanish forever. The human onslaught to destroy life on Earth is unprecedented in… Life on Earth is… Read More »

250,000 turn out in Taipei for same-sex marriage

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Concert near Presidential Office came after a rally opposing proposals for marriage equality attracted just 70,000 the week before Asia Times Liu Hsiu Wen Around 250,000 people gathered in front of Taiwan’s Presidential Office on Saturday, urging the government to legalize same-sex marriage. Singers, public figures, concern groups and… 250,000 turn out in Taipei for same… Read More »

Social Democrats easily win Romania parliamentary elections

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Romania’s left-leaning Social Democrats easily won parliamentary elections a year after a major anti-corruption drive forced the last Socialist prime minister from power, near-final results released showed Dec. 12. BUCHAREST – The Associated Press Hurriyet Election authorities said that with 99 percent of the votes from the… Social Democrats easily… Read More »

China ‘seriously concerned’ after Trump questions Taiwan policy

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President-elect says he sees no reason why the US should continuing abiding by One China policy unless a bargain is reached with Beijing involving trade The Guardian Tom Phillips The Chinese government has warned Donald Trump it is “seriously concerned” after the US president-elect indicated he might jettison a four-decade understanding with Beijing unless its leaders were prepared to strike a… China ‘seriously concerned’ after… Read More »

Historic papers found in a skip to be donated to the State

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Royal seals of four monarchs among the ‘extraordinary’ discovery in Dublin The Irish Times Tim O’Brien A chance discovery in a Dublin skip and a curious coincidence 40 years later have resulted in a significant historical find including grants of land bearing the royal seals of Elizabeth I, kings George I, James I and Charles I . The collection of maps, grants, seals and royal letters of… Historic papers found in a skip to be donated to… Read More »

Meet the millennials driving up China’s growing debt load

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Ma Yiqing, 24, is typical of China’s younger generation — he uses his credit card frequently and borrows from online platforms to fund shopping habits. Asia Times By REUTERS Ma  Yiqing, 24, is typical of China’s younger generation — he… Meet the millennials… Read More »

Colombia: Botched plastic surgeries and misogyny

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Colombian women, victims of unsafe plastic surgeries, struggle to find justice and understanding in a sexist society. Al Jazeera News Catalina Ruiz-Navarro In Colombia, more than 350,000 plastic surgeries are performed each year; that is, 978 procedures a day, 40 an hour and three procedures every five minutes. Plastic surgery is one of the most profitable branches of… Colombia: Botched plastic surgeries and… Read More »

Not every antisemite is a Nazi

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Each time we use words like “Nazi” or call someone a Hitler, we reduce the enormity of Hitler’s destruction and of Nazi evil. TheJPost By MICAH HALPERN There are plenty of antisemites out there, real antisemites – and the worst of them fall into… Not every antisemite… Read More »

Battle for Aleppo: ‘The sound of bullets doesn’t stop’

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As the Syrian government army makes advances in east Aleppo, civilians say the situation is getting worse. Al Jazeera News Zouhir Al Shimale and Adam Lucente Residents in rebel-controlled east Aleppo – now down to a handful of neighbourhoods – say they fear retribution if they flee to government-held areas. Aisha, a mother of three children, is one of… Battle for Aleppo: ‘The sound of… Read More »

Lebanese activists succeed in first step to repealing controversial ‘rape law’

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The Lebanese parliament’s Administration and Justice Committee agreed Dec. 7 to abolish Article 522 of the penal code, which allows rapists to avoid prosecution if they marry their victims. Al Monitor Florence Massena The committee is currently discussing a draft law that will be presented later on to parliament, and it is considering amending articles 503-522 about misdemeanors and honor violations, by adding penalties and forcing stricter punishments. Civil society and feminist organizations have… Lebanese activists succeed in first step ... Read More »

Ice loss spreads up Antarctic glaciers

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The scale and pace of change now taking place in West Antarctica is captured in a new, long-term satellite record. BBC News Jonathan Amos Scientists have combined nearly a quarter of a century of observations to show how the region’s great glaciers are losing height by up to 7m per year. The satellite data also traces the way this… Ice loss spreads up… Read More »

How Michelle Obama became a singular American voice

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The heart of the first lady’s efforts was a message about the country’s persistent inequities of race, class and gender. The Washington Post Peter Slevin Three weeks after Inauguration Day in 2009 and still a long way from crafting an agenda, Michelle Obama climbed into her motorcade and paid a visit to Mary’s Center, a Latino community services agency a few miles north of the White House. She read “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do… How Michelle Obama became a… Read More »