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Emma Watsons willingness to face the truth about race is refreshing | Lola Okolosie

I hope that the actors acknowledgment that she has benefited from being white will lead others to ask themselves hard questions too, says Lola Okolosie, an English teacher and freelance writer Feminism, to quote Sojourner Truth asked the Womens Convention in Akron, Ohio, Aint I a Woman?. There she was demanding that white feminists include black womens struggles in the fight for womens rights. It was there, too, in acknowledged this week. To have a Black Feminist, wrote: The feminist story belongs to all women everywhere but that is not…

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Iran bans the teaching of English in primary schools, official says

Move comes after warnings by Islamic leaders that early learning of language opened way to western cultural invasion Iran has banned the teaching of English in primary schools, a senior education official has said, after Islamic leaders warned that early learning of the language opened the way to a western cultural invasion. Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations, Mehdi Navid-Adham, head of the state-run high education council, told state television. The assumption is that in primary education the groundwork…

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Trump mounts extraordinary defence of his ‘mental stability’

President boasts of being a very stable genius and calls Michael Wolff a fraud but author says his explosive book will finally end this presidency In an extraordinary public defence of his own mental stability, Donald Trump issued a volley of tweets that seemed guaranteed to add fuel to a raging political fire. Suggestions in a new tell-all book that he was mentally unfit to be president were out of the old Ronald Reagan playbook, Trump added, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being,…

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US drug firm offers cure for blindness at $425,000 an eye

Spark Therapeutics says responsible price for Luxturna gene therapy ensures access for patients with retinal defect A drug whose inventors claim it can cure a rare form of blindness is to be one of the most expensive medicines ever sold at $850,000 (630,000). Luxturna is injected directly into the eye to address the root cause of visual impairment by replacing a defective gene in the retina. It is the first gene therapy to be approved for use in the US, and was given the go-ahead by the Federal Drug Administration…

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‘Nothing but lies and deceit’: Trump launches Twitter attack on Pakistan

US president tweets saying Pakistan is providing safe haven to terrorists and America was foolish to give $33bn in aid Donald Trump has accused Pakistan of lies and deceit, saying America was foolish to have given Islamabad more than $33bn in aid. Trump began the new year by launching an attack on Islamabad in his first tweet of 2018, saying Pakistan was providing safe haven to the terrorists we hunt. The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and…

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Palestinian girl filmed slapping Israeli soldier is charged with assault

Ahed Tamimi, 16, hailed as a hero by Palestinians after arrest over viral video showing her physically confronting soldier A 16-year-old Palestinian girl who was arrested after being filmed slapping an Israeli soldier has been charged with assaulting security forces, incitement and throwing stones. The video of Ahed Tamimi which went viral on social media two weeks ago prompted competing reactions from Israelis and Palestinians, including a campaign for her release. Her father, Bassem Tamimi, called it a political trial, saying Israel had dug up old incidents to justify her…

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Pope calls for two-state solution in Israel and Palestine

Pope Francis uses traditional Christmas Day message to address damage done by controversial Trump speech two weeks ago The pope has reinforced calls for a two-state solution to the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in his traditional Christmas Day message delivered just over two weeks after the US president, Donald Trump, inflamed tensions in the region. Speaking before the faithful in St Peters Square in Rome, Francis said the children of the Middle East continued to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. This month, Trump…

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FBI investigates Russian-linked Cyprus bank accused of money laundering

Request for financial information may be connected to inquiries into possible conspiracy between Trump and Kremlin The FBI has asked officials in Cyprus for financial information about a defunct bank that was used by wealthy Russians with political connections and has been accused by the US government of money laundering, two sources have told the Guardian. The request for information about FBME Bank comes as Cyprus has emerged as a key area of interest for Robert Mueller, the US special counsel who is investigating a possible conspiracy between Donald Trumps…

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Matt Damon, stop #damonsplaining. You don’t understand sexual harassment | Hannah Jane Parkinson

If youre from a group that has never been oppressed for reasons of identity you dont know what it feels like. The actor should know when to shut up, writes Guardian contributor Hannah Jane Parkinson Oh, Matt Damon. Where did it all go wrong? Well, almost everywhere. Damon is currently the focus of a mixture of derision, anger and disbelief after he made, in the space of three days, multiple boneheaded comments on sexual harassment. At some point between these tone-deaf interventions his Good Will Hunting co-star (and a former…

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Brexit will cause loss of influence on scale of 1970s, says ex-MI6 chief

Sir John Sawers tells MPs national assessment is needed of how Britains future standing can be recovered Brexit is set to cause a loss of UK influence on a par with the 1970s, requiring a national assessment of how the UKs future standing can be recovered once Brexit is complete, Sir John Sawers, the former head of MI6, has warned. Speaking to the foreign affairs select committee, Sawers said: We can see the trend of the coming years and we do not want to go through a repeat of the…

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US outnumbered 14 to 1 as it vetoes UN vote on status of Jerusalem

Nikki Haley furious over resolution, describing it as an insult and saying the US wont be told where it can put its embassy A UN security council resolution calling for the withdrawal of Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital has been backed by every council member except the US, which used its veto. The unanimity of the rest of the council was a stark rebuke to the Trump administration over Israeland the Palestinians, none is as sensitive as the status of Jerusalem. The holy city has been at…

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US regulator scraps net neutrality rules that protect open internet

Decision, which critics warn will hand control of the web to big cable companies, a major victory for FCC chair and Trump appointee Ajit Pai The USs top media regulator voted to end rules protecting an open internet on Thursday, a move critics warn will hand control of the future of the web to cable and telecoms companies. At a packed meeting of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, the watchdogs commissioners voted three to two to dismantle the net neutrality rules that prevent internet service providers (ISPs) from…

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World’s richest 0.1% have boosted their wealth by as much as poorest half

Inequality report also shows UKs 50,000 richest people have seen their share of the countrys wealth double since 1984 The richest 0.1% of the worlds population have increased their combined wealth by as much as the poorest 50% or 3.8 billion people since 1980, according to a report detailing the widening gap between the very rich and poor. The Share of global wealth by income groups The report, which drew on the work of more than 100 researchers around the world, found that the richest 1% of the global population…

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Macron awards US scientists grants to move to France in defiance of Trump

Frances president awards millions of euros to 18 American scientists to relocate in effort to counter Donald Trump on the climate change front Eighteen climate scientists from the US and elsewhere have hit the jackpot as Frances president, Trump declared he would withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord. More than 5,000 people from about 100 countries expressed interest in the grants. Most of the applicants and 13 of the 18 winners were US-based researchers. Macrons appeal gave me such a psychological boost, to have that kind of support,…

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Manhattan subway explosion ‘was attempted terrorist attack’, says mayor

Four total injuries reported following blast on subway near Port Authority at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan A 27-year-old man was in custody on Monday after detonating an explosive device on the New York City subway during the morning commute. The suspect, Akayed Ullah, was one of four people injured in the explosion, which occurred at about 7.20am in a passageway near 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, in midtown Manhattan near Times Square, New York City police said. None of the injuries were life-threatening. At a midtown press…

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