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Anita Hill to chair new Hollywood commission on sexual misconduct and industry inequality

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:38:06 EST

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The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry in the wake of the huge wave of revelations spurred by allegations against Harvey Weinstein.




New coalition government shifts Austria to the right

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:29:12 EST

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Austria's centre-right People's Party, led by Sebastian Kurz, and the anti-immigration Freedom Party, led by Heinz-Christian Strache, have agreed to form a coalition government after two months of talks.




Myanmar journalists to protest over arrest of Reuters reporters

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:43:33 EST

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A group of Myanmar journalists said they would begin wearing black T-shirts on Saturday in protest at the detention of two Reuters reporters accused of violating the country's Official Secrets Act, as pressure builds on Myanmar to release the pair.




Stolen ancient sculptures found in New York, returned to Lebanon

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:01:29 EST

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The Manhattan district attorney announced Friday that three ancient sculptures are being returned to their rightful owners in Lebanon as he forms a new antiquities trafficking unit that will track stolen artifacts from around the world.




Nigerian troops arrest 400-plus Boko Haram fighters, families

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:04:43 EST

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Military authorities say Nigerian soldiers have arrested more than 400 people associated with the Boko Haram extremist group hiding on the islands of Lake Chad, including fighters, wives and children.




Peru launches impeachment process against president

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:44:07 EST

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Lawmakers in Peru initiated proceedings Friday to oust President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who refuses to resign after being accused of failing to disclose decade-old payments from a Brazilian company embroiled in Latin America's biggest corruption scandal.




Roy Moore tells supporters 'battle is not over' in Alabama Senate race

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 06:00:07 EST

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Alabama Republican Roy Moore has told his supporters the "battle is not over" in Alabama's Senate race even though U.S. President Donald Trump and others have called on him to concede.




Army of firefighters takes on still-growing California fire

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:42:59 EST

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The third-largest wildfire in California history continues to grow and threaten thousands of homes despite armies of fire crews and fleets of bulldozers and aircraft.




EU sees new, 'dramatically difficult' phase in Brexit talks

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:45:16 EST

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The European Union has agreed to move Brexit talks onto trade and a transition pact, but some leaders warn the final year of negotiations before Britain's exit could be fraught with difficulties.




SpaceX launches 1st recycled rocket to space station

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:09:49 EST

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SpaceX has racked up another first, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a NASA grocery run.




Earthquake hits Indonesia's Java island, 2 deaths reported

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:54:39 EST

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A strong earthquake shook Indonesia's most populous island of Java on Friday night, killing two people and severely damaging dozens of homes near the epicentre.




Scientists mobilize for a fight over powerful gene-editing technology

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:00:00 EST

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A volatile scientific debate is quietly simmering, with echoes of the controversy over genetically modified organisms. The Gates Foundation and the U.S. military are among the groups funding gene drives, a powerful new genetic technology.




Judge temporarily blocks new Trump rules on birth control

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:52:57 EST

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A federal judge in Philadelphia has ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women's access to free birth control.




Trump promises to rebuild FBI after 'really disgraceful' handling of Clinton email investigation

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:37:37 EST

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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses an FBI National Academy graduation class today in Virginia as he continues to impugn the agency's leadership for what the White House calls "extreme bias" against him.




Prince Harry, Meghan Markle wedding date set for May 19

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:54:12 EST

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on Saturday, May 19, at St George's Chapel in London, Kensington Palace announces.




Tillerson says U.S. needs 'sustained' North Korea lull to threats before talks can happen

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:37:06 EST

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says there must be a "sustained cessation of North Korea's threatening behaviour" before talks can occur between Washington and Pyongyang.




ABC fires celebrity chef Mario Batali from The Chew

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:45:33 EST

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Celebrity chef Mario Batali has been fired from the ABC's daytime show The Chew, amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault.




Australian child abuse inquiry recommends end to mandatory celibacy for clergy

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:05:24 EST

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An Australian inquiry into child abuse recommends that the Roman Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in a confessional.




Firefighter dies, thousands more take on California blaze

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:10:31 EST

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One of the thousands of firefighters battling a series of wildfires across Southern California has died, but authorities gave no hint of how.




Congo child soldiers awarded $10M compensation in landmark ruling

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:07:01 EST

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International war crimes judges have awarded $10 million US in compensation to child soldiers recruited by convicted Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga — the largest reparation of it kind.