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Taiwan’s president calls on Beijing to not be a ‘source of conflict’ worldwide

(CNN)Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on China to be a “responsible” country on the world stage rather than provoking unnecessary conflict, amid worsening relations between Beijing and the island it considers a renegade province. Tsai said she would work to strengthen the island’s national security in response to the increasing threats from Beijing, which she said had been exerting growing pressure on the island. In September, the US approved a $330 million arms sale to Taiwan, primarily spare parts for the island’s air force. Tsai’s speech echoes strong comments made…

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Firms may have to reveal ethnicity pay gap

The government’s Race Disparity Audit last year showed widely varying outcomes in areas including education, employment, health and criminal justice between Britain’s white and ethnic minority populations. It found that Asian, black and other ethnic groups were disproportionately likely to be on a low income, with just 1% of non-white police officers in senior roles. Within NHS England, it found that 18% of white job applicants shortlisted got the job, compared with 11% of ethnic minorities. Ethnic minority consultants ‘paid less’ Cambridge ‘needs help’ enrolling black students Should workers be…

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Lady Gaga shares the devastating personal story behind the final song in ‘A Star is Born’

Warning: Contains *huge* spoilers for the ending of A Star is Born. Anyone’s who seen A Star is Born will know that the final song in the movie is by far the most gut-wrenching and emotional moment.  Lady Gaga sings “I’ll Never Love Again” — a song written about her by her late husband Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) — in tribute to him. It’s a powerfully moving moment that reduces you — and everyone else in the cinema — to a sobbing wreck.  Lady Gaga has shared a personal story about the…

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Ive Tried to Get Scared, But I Just Cant

ShareTweet Something very strange happened to me after my third child and as I entered my forties. My worry and anxiety skyrocketed! I mean, I’ve always been an over-thinker, and I’ve also always had a propensity to angle for control of a situation. I like ducks in a row, I like knowing beginning to end, and I like smooth sailing seas. That’s always been my personality. But it has gotten worse over the past couple of years. If I had a conflict with another person I found myself agonizing over…

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Quake hits Papua New Guinea, no damage or injuries reported

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – An earthquake rattled part of Papua New Guinea on Thursday, but no major damage or injuries have been reported. The magnitude 7.0 quake was deep enough that it likely did not generate a tsunami, said Chris McKee, the government’s acting director of geohazards management. McKee said disaster officials had been reaching out to people in the Pomio District, near where the quake struck. He said that communication systems in the region were notoriously poor. Trending in World Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/world/quake-hits-papua-new-guinea-no-damage-or-injuries-reported

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These Are Some Of The Strangest Medical Cases Of All Time

The human body is incredible. But it is also pretty damn weird, and the more we look, the stranger it becomes. No one is more aware of the weirdness of the walking bags of bacteria we call humans than doctors, who usually have to deal day in day out with fairly standard conditions. Every now and then, though, a patient will baffle even them. Here we have rounded up a handful of some of the strangest medical cases we could find.   Hairy Eyeball The tumors can contain a wide variety of…

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This viral airport ‘mansplaining’ story shows what male allyship can look like.

If you’ve ever wondered what people mean when they refer to “mansplaining,” this exchange illustrates it perfectly. Hilary Jerome Scarsella took to Facebook recently to describe an encounter she had with two men in an airport. Scarsella, who holds two Master’s degrees and is completing her PhD in Theological Studies at Vanderbilt University, researches the intersections of religion, trauma, and gender-based violence. She was on her way home after speaking at a conference. As Scarsella waited for her flight, sitting near a male colleague who had also spoken at the…

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