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Iran election: Voters go to the polls to pick president

Iranians are voting an a presidential election, in which Hassan Rouhani is seeking a second term. Mr Rouhani, 68, a moderate cleric who negotiated a landmark nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, is standing against three other candidates. His main challenger is seen as Ebrahim Raisi, 56, a hardline cleric and former prosecutor who is close to Supreme Leader ...

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Syria condemns US-led attack on pro-Assad forces

Syria has condemned air strikes by the US-led coalition on pro-Syrian government forces near the Jordan border. Syria said the strikes killed “a number” of people, destroyed some “material” and were a “blatant attack on forces fighting terrorism”. The convoy was hit on Thursday as it neared a group of US-backed rebels and a Western special forces unit in Tanf. ...

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Netflix film Okja booed at Cannes Film Festival

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A screening at the Cannes Film Festival had to be stopped after the film was booed in its first few minutes. Okja, starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, has been controversial because producer Netflix has refused to screen it in French cinemas. The audience booed the Netflix logo, which appeared before the film started, and it then became clear the ...

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Basquiat painting breaks records at $110.5m in New York

A painting by the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat has sold at auction in New York for $110.5m (£85.4m). That is nearly double the price of his previous most expensive work, bought by the same person a year ago. It has broken several other records including becoming the most expensive work by any US artist. It is also the highest price ...

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Times Square car crash driver Richard Rojas ‘heard voices’

A man who drove a car along three blocks of pavement in New York’s Times Square, killing a teenager and injuring 22 people, said he had “heard voices”, according to law enforcement sources. Richard Rojas, 26, a US Navy veteran who was arrested twice previously for drink-driving, is now in custody. He also said he expected to die, the sources ...

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Why are millions of Indian women dropping out of work?

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Why are millions of women dropping out of work in India? The numbers are stark – for the first time in India’s recent history, not only there was a decline in the female labour participation rate, but also a shrinking of the total number of women in the workforce. 1.Nearly 20 million Indian women quit work between 2004-05 to 2011-12 ...

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I Was Part Of Indian IT’s Dream Run. It Changed.

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The Indian IT industry has been a poster child of aspirational India for a while. It has also been instrumental in helping many Indian youth transcend social barriers and join a young, affluent modern India. It was a dream run and I was fortunate to be part of it. We were part of the young industry that allowed us to ...

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Actor Reema Lagoo passes away at 58 in Mumbai

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Actor Reema Lagoo passed away at the age of 58 today morning around 3 am in Mumbai. Reason for her death is cardiac arrest. The veteran actress was admitted to Kokilaben Ambani Hospital after she complained of chest pain. Lagoo’s son-in-law Vinay Waikul told PTI, “She was complaining of chest pain so we took her to hospital around 1 am. ...

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From Impeach to Wait And See, Dems Dance Around the ‘I-Word’

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Mentions of the “I-word” picked up in the halls of Congress on Wednesday as Democrats’ reactions to President Donald Trump’s reported interference in the FBI’s Russia investigation ranged from impeach now to wait until more facts come out. Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, continued to be the most vocal advocate for Trump’s impeachment, taking to the House floor to make his ...

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The Right Builds an Alternative Narrative About the Crises Around Trump

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WASHINGTON — Enemies from within have launched a “deep-state” smear campaign, news organizations are acting with ulterior motives, and the worst attacks are yet to come. Pushing back against the biggest threat so far to Donald Trump’s young presidency, his most fervent supporters are building alternative narratives to run alongside the “establishment” media account — from relatively benign diversions to ...

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