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Deal reached for Syrian army to enter Afrin, claims Kurdish official

A deal between Damascus and Syrian Kurds fighting off an ongoing Turkish offensive on Afrin is reportedly on the cards again. An adviser to the Kurdish administration told Reuters Syrian troops might be at the border in two days. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Deal reached for Syrian army to enter Afrin, claims Kurdish official

A deal between Damascus and Syrian Kurds fighting off an ongoing Turkish offensive on Afrin is reportedly on the cards again. An adviser to the Kurdish administration told Reuters Syrian troops might be at the border in two days. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘Wicked practice’: EU pushes Balkans to choose either West or Russia, says Lavrov

EU’s demands for the Balkan states to choose between the West or Russia are counterproductive and only increase tensions on the European continent, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Serbia’s Beta news agency. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘Wicked practice’: EU pushes Balkans to choose either West or Russia, says Lavrov

EU’s demands for the Balkan states to choose between the West or Russia are counterproductive and only increase tensions on the European continent, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Serbia’s Beta news agency. Read Full Article at RT.com

5.9 magnitude quake shakes Oaxaca, Mexico — USGS

A powerful 5.9 magnitude earthquake has struck the Mexican state of Oaxaca, with shockwaves hitting the country's capital Mexico City. Read Full Article at RT.com
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5.9 magnitude quake shakes Oaxaca, Mexico — USGS

A powerful 5.9 magnitude earthquake has struck the Mexican state of Oaxaca, with shockwaves hitting the country's capital Mexico City. Read Full Article at RT.com

US must leave the area it controls in Southern Syria — Lavrov (WATCH LIVE)

US troops must immediately shut down their zone of control in Southern Syria in the area of Al-Tanf, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, speaking at Valdai Club conference on Middle East in Moscow. Read Full Article at RT.com
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US must leave the area it controls in Southern Syria — Lavrov (WATCH LIVE)

US troops must immediately shut down their zone of control in Southern Syria in the area of Al-Tanf, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, speaking at Valdai Club conference on Middle East in Moscow. Read Full Article at RT.com

Indian woman posing as man marries two other women for dowry

Krishna Sen, a woman from India’s Uttar Pradesh state who posed as a man for over 4 years, was recently arrested for marrying two women and harassing them for dowry.
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Indian woman posing as man marries two other women for dowry

Krishna Sen, a woman from India’s Uttar Pradesh state who posed as a man for over 4 years, was recently arrested for marrying two women and harassing them for dowry.

Students threaten court action over law school admissions LI

A group calling itself the Concerned Law Students has threatened to seek redress at the Supreme Court if Parliament fails to withdraw the controversial Legal Profession Regulation.
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Students threaten court action over law school admissions LI

A group calling itself the Concerned Law Students has threatened to seek redress at the Supreme Court if Parliament fails to withdraw the controversial Legal Profession Regulation.

Journalists holding on to state cars to be shamed, prosecuted

The Director in charge of Transport and Logistics at the Flagstaff House has said journalists keeping and using state cars would soon be named, shamed and prosecuted.
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Journalists holding on to state cars to be shamed, prosecuted

The Director in charge of Transport and Logistics at the Flagstaff House has said journalists keeping and using state cars would soon be named, shamed and prosecuted.

Liverpool's Ings inspired by tireless Firmino

Liverpool forward Danny Ings has praised hard-working strike partner Roberto Firmino, with the 25-year-old saying he had improved after studying the Brazilian's relentless style of play.
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Liverpool's Ings inspired by tireless Firmino

Liverpool forward Danny Ings has praised hard-working strike partner Roberto Firmino, with the 25-year-old saying he had improved after studying the Brazilian's relentless style of play.

Kim Dotcom: «Let Me Assure You, The DNC Hack Wasn’t Even A Hack»

Kim Dotcom has once again chimed in on the DNC hack, following a Sunday morning tweet from President Trump clarifying his previous comments on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
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Kim Dotcom: «Let Me Assure You, The DNC Hack Wasn’t Even A Hack»

Kim Dotcom has once again chimed in on the DNC hack, following a Sunday morning tweet from President Trump clarifying his previous comments on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Today's front pages - February 19, 2018

The following are the top stories in national newspapers on Monday. Times of Malta says the blaze that killed 35-year-old Gordon Spiteri on Sunday was probably caused by an electric heater. In another story, it says the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s “ass
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Today's front pages - February 19, 2018

The following are the top stories in national newspapers on Monday. Times of Malta says the blaze that killed 35-year-old Gordon Spiteri on Sunday was probably caused by an electric heater. In another story, it says the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s “assurance” that he still had a lot of work to do has been read as a hint to possible successors to hold their horses. The Malta Independent says Malta Industrial Parks has assured the Żejtun mayor that only 48,000 square meters were planned for the extension of Bulebel’s industrial development. In-Nazzjon says Opposition leader Adrian Delia will on Monday request the Courts to declare the agreement with Vitals null. Read: Delia to file court case to “get hospitals back” L-Orizzont says Air Malta will start operating flights from Sicily and Sardinia to London.

French jobs market turns corner, but skills mismatch a concern

France’s unemployment rate dropped below nine per cent for the first time since 2009, adding weight to efforts by President Emmanuel Macron to liberalise a rigid labour market that remains hamstrung by a skills mismatch. The rate fell to 8.9 per cent in th
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French jobs market turns corner, but skills mismatch a concern

France’s unemployment rate dropped below nine per cent for the first time since 2009, adding weight to efforts by President Emmanuel Macron to liberalise a rigid labour market that remains hamstrung by a skills mismatch. The rate fell to 8.9 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year from 9.6 per cent in the previous three months, national statistics office INSEE said last week. That drop was the steepest since the 2008 financial crisis, suggesting a clear break below the levels of around 10 per cent of the last few years as an economic recovery in the eurozone gathers pace. Around four months after, as his first major policy initiative as president, Macron changed labour rules to gave firms increased flexibility to hire and fire staff, the French economy is creating jobs at its fastest rate since 2007, INSEE said last week. Whether unemployment can fall much further without additional reforms is far from certain, however. “I think it’s too soon to say that Macron’s reforms are having a positive impact, but it’s clear that stronger activity and a more positive business environment are boosting employment,” Economist Diego Iscaro of IHS Markit said. Surveys have showed business...

'Hold your horses' - Muscat's message to possible successors

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s “assurance” on Sunday that he still had a lot of work to do has been read as a hint to possible successors to hold their horses. Speaking during a political activity in Qormi, Dr Muscat insisted that although he would stic
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'Hold your horses' - Muscat's message to possible successors

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s “assurance” on Sunday that he still had a lot of work to do has been read as a hint to possible successors to hold their horses. Speaking during a political activity in Qormi, Dr Muscat insisted that although he would stick to his plan to only serve two terms in office, he was not going anywhere anytime soon. Party sources said this was being interpreted internally as a message to hold off to those who thought it was time to start the race to replace him. “The message is ‘I am not going anywhere yet’ so hold off,” one party source said. Dr Muscat’s remarks came a week after a radio interview in which he insisted he would stick to his decision to leave the helm of the party after winning two general elections. Sources said that shortly after the interview was published, the PL was buzzing with rumours that Dr Muscat had unofficially blown the whistle for the start of a leadership succession race. “The feeling within the party over the past few days has been that those who fancy they have chances at the leadership can start actively campaigning, rather than doing so in back rooms and in hushed voices,” the sources said.

Iranian rescue teams 'find site of plane crash'

Search and rescue teams have reached the site of the Iran plane crash that authorities say killed all 65 people on board, the country's Press TV has reported. The Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went do
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Iranian rescue teams 'find site of plane crash'

Search and rescue teams have reached the site of the Iran plane crash that authorities say killed all 65 people on board, the country's Press TV has reported. The Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down on Sunday in foggy weather, crashing into Mount Dena in southern Iran. The TV says search teams reached the crash site before dawn on Monday. The station said the weather had improved, and broadcast footage of a helicopter joining the search. Aseman Airlines said all on board Flight EP3704 were killed, including six crew members. The crash was yet another fatal aviation disaster for Iran, which for years was barred from buying necessary aeroplane parts due to Western sanctions over its contested nuclear programme.

Film company shines light on taboo subjects

Mike Tabone, a young doctor who set up a maverick film company five years ago, talks to Simonne Pace about the creativity behind this exciting venture and its latest production, Cancer Warriors. Five years ago, a bunch of creative minds got together with a co
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Film company shines light on taboo subjects

Mike Tabone, a young doctor who set up a maverick film company five years ago, talks to Simonne Pace about the creativity behind this exciting venture and its latest production, Cancer Warriors. Five years ago, a bunch of creative minds got together with a common dream – to turn their love of film into something tangible. Determined to make this happen, these free spirits combined their talents and stepped into their own world of film-making, creating Three Generations Down (TGD). The team’s stand-out production right now is Cancer Warriors. “We are investigating the power of natural and physical therapies over traditional chemotherapy in a breakthrough programme set up and designed by our very own Donatello Pisani, who is a pharmacist, master coach and author working with local cancer patients. The results have been mind-blowing. There actually is a way to help combat cancer and we’re capturing every moment. It’s going to be spell-binding,” says founder Mike Tabone, also a medical doctor. The TGD team never stops. It currently has two short films in post-production: Colour, which won the 2017 ICA Festival award, and Get Out, a short that delves into supernatural...

Saudi youth urged to consider franchising as serious option

Author: Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.Mon, 2018-02-19 03:00ID: 1518985619190959100RIYADH: Young entrepreneurs intending to set up small and medium enterprises (SMEs) should go into franchising, the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) advised recen
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Saudi youth urged to consider franchising as serious option

Author: Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.Mon, 2018-02-19 03:00ID: 1518985619190959100RIYADH: Young entrepreneurs intending to set up small and medium enterprises (SMEs) should go into franchising, the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) advised recently. Franchising is a form of business by which the owner (franchisor) of a product, service or method obtains distribution through affiliated dealers (franchisees). Mohamed Almajaal, a member of RCCI’s board of trustees, said that SMEs contribute about 21 percent to the Kingdom’s gross domestic product and constitute about 53 percent of the manpower in the labor market. However, he said that studies indicate that the survival rate among SMEs is 67 percent for the first three years and 94 percent among those who went into franchising. Talking to Arab News, Almajaal said: “If they have a good or special idea which they believe in, they could compete. But they must go into franchising, which is a practical tool to expand.” However, he added that the franchisee should know the franchising system and should not embark on business without knowing about it 90-100 percent. “He should know the core of the franchising business. He should know the problems to be encountered and how to solve these,” he said. Almajaal said young entrepreneurs may face initial challenges in marketing and accounting but the franchisor provides the system. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi businessSMEssmall and medium enterprises (SMEs)related_nodes: Saudi Arabia’s parallel market to help boost SMEs’ growth: ReportNew Saudi ‘fund of funds’ aims to help SMEsSMEs underrepresented around the globe: Report

OIC to attend event on media’s role in combating terrorism

Author: Arab NewsMon, 2018-02-19 03:00ID: 1518985619190959400RIYADH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is participating in the international conference on the role of media in combating terrorism in Cotonou, the capital city of Benin, We
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OIC to attend event on media’s role in combating terrorism

Author: Arab NewsMon, 2018-02-19 03:00ID: 1518985619190959400RIYADH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is participating in the international conference on the role of media in combating terrorism in Cotonou, the capital city of Benin, West Africa, on Monday and Tuesday. The OIC will highlight its efforts in addressing terrorism and Islamophobia, including campaigns on social media, creating a journalists’ guide for covering terrorism and holding seminars on countering Islamophobia in Western media. The theme of the conference is “Media for World Harmony: Role of Media in Combating Terrorism and Islamophobia.” “This is an annual meeting and conference by one of OIC’s affiliate institutions,” Maha Akeel, OIC director of Information Department, told Arab News on Sunday. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaOrganization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)related_nodes: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation to hold forum in London to counter IslamophobiaOrganization of Islamic Cooperation panel condemns Israeli violence in JerusalemOrganization of Islamic Cooperation welcomes choice of new crown prince

Oil and gas sector is key to increasing number of women in workforce: Report

Author: Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.Mon, 2018-02-19 03:00ID: 1518985619070957900RIYADH: Oil and gas is the sector that could lead the change to increasing female participation in the workforce, said the author of a new report launched on Saturday night. Th
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Oil and gas sector is key to increasing number of women in workforce: Report

Author: Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.Mon, 2018-02-19 03:00ID: 1518985619070957900RIYADH: Oil and gas is the sector that could lead the change to increasing female participation in the workforce, said the author of a new report launched on Saturday night. The Canadian Embassy hosted the launch of the report, “Energy: Driving force behind increasing female participation in the Gulf?” The report is the result of collaboration between the Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets and the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. The author, Bina Hussein, was at the launch to discuss the report. “The embassy is proud to launch the report in the Kingdom since promoting women’s economic empowerment and participation is one of Canada’s top priorities,” Aliya Mawani, head of the political and economic section, told Arab News. The report was launched earlier in Abu Dhabi. The report also covers Qatar, the UAE, and Kuwait. Asked why Oman and Bahrain are not included, Hussein said countries were chosen on the basis of proven oil reserves, being major exporters, and stated intentions to implement reforms that could lead to major societal change. Khlood A. Aldukheil, a well-known figure in the financial community, served as the moderator. She is the managing director of the Aldukheil Financial Group and the first Saudi woman to attain a CFA designation. Talking about her report, Hussein said: “Energy is such an integral part of these Gulf economies that it has become part of the diversification process — and if there is one sector that could lead the change to increase female participation in the workforce, the oil and gas sector is it,” she said. She said with reforms plans, the governments of the selected GCC countries are attempting to bring about similar changes in their economies, without necessarily decreasing the government’s influence or stake in the economies, and keeping the culture and traditions intact. The report notes the progress in the Kingdom in expanding women’s rights in recent years and that statistically, women tend to be better educated than men. During the question-and-answer session, everyone agreed the focus should not be just on getting more women into the energy sector, but into positions of leadership and influence in that sector. Ata Subaity, a Shoura Council member, asked Hussein why she chose the subject when it is known that not many women, if any, are involved in the energy sector. Hussein, also the associate director with the Global Energy Center, said it was because it is the backbone of the Saudi economy. Princess Madawi bint Fahad Alfarhan Al-Saud, honorary president of Nafeh Charitable Society, said: “We have to bear in mind that many Saudi women have worked in the engineering sector for several years and some of them worked in jobs not available to men, such as in trams at the Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University.” She added the “Vision 2030 plan has made the legal systems safer for Saudi women to work in the energy sector.” Nujood K. Almulla, a 24-year-old mechanical engineer, said: “The report on the role of women in the energy sector is both critical and timely, given the present circumstances in the Kingdom, including the projects that it has embarked upon.” She said she feels self-fulfillment in working as energy systems analyst at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, “given the fact that the energy sector is the backbone of the economy.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi oilgulf oilGCCrelated_nodes: Saudi oil minister talks of need to strengthen links on Iraq visitSaudi oil minister calls for more work to cut global oil inventoryGCC oil ministers plan Qatar talks

Saudi Arabia, India renew pledge to boost economic ties

Author: GHAZANFAR ALI KHANMon, 2018-02-19 03:00ID: 1518985619160958800RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and India have renewed pledges to boost bilateral economic, investment and trade cooperation following talks between King Salman and Indian Finance Minister A
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Saudi Arabia, India renew pledge to boost economic ties

Author: GHAZANFAR ALI KHANMon, 2018-02-19 03:00ID: 1518985619160958800RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and India have renewed pledges to boost bilateral economic, investment and trade cooperation following talks between King Salman and Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at Al-Yamamah Palace on Sunday. “King Salman and the Indian minister discussed bilateral relations and ways of developing and enhancing them in various fields,” said an SPA report. Jaitley also attended a meeting with a large number of top-notch Saudi businessmen at the Council of Saudi Chamber (CSC), where he was received by Ahmed Sulaiman Al-Rajhi, CSC chairman. “The progressively growing cooperation between the Kingdom and India in the fields of trade and commerce; and how to strengthen trade ties; figured prominently in the meeting,” said a CSC statement. Saudi Arabia is India’s fourth-largest trading partner besides being a major energy supplier to India. The volume of two-way trade between the two countries exceeded $25 billion in 2016-17. Dr. Saud M. Al-Sati, the Saudi ambassador to India, told Arab News: “The Saudi-India Joint Ministerial Commission’s (JMC) meeting will be held here on Monday.” The JMC, in which many top Saudi and Indian officials will participate, will chalk out a plan to cooperate with each other for economic development, he added. This 12th JMC will be co-chaired by Dr. Majed Al-Qasabi from the Saudi side and Jaitley for India. The meeting will focus on enhancing bilateral cooperation, knowledge exchange and economic ties between the two countries. Saudi Arabia and India enjoy cordial and friendly relations and have forged closer strategic ties. The visit of King Salman to India, as crown prince in 2014, further deepened the relations between the two countries. Moreover, the recent visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2016 is seen as a turning point in the growing engagement between the Kingdom and India. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaIndiaSaudi economyIndia economySaudi-Indiarelated_nodes: India is ‘guest of honor’ at Saudi Arabia’s Janadriyah festivalSaudi-Indian heritage captivates imaginationKing’s intervention indicates warmth in Saudi-India tiesPremier’s visit will add new dimension to Saudi-India links

How to support Saudi designers — wear their art on your sleeve

Author: NADA HAMEEDMon, 2018-02-19 04:00ID: 1518990025471289500JEDDAH: Some art hangs on your wall. Some art sits on a plinth. Saudi entrepreneur Baha’a Gazzaz had a better idea — art you can wear.The result of his brainwave is Spark, a design p
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How to support Saudi designers — wear their art on your sleeve

Author: NADA HAMEEDMon, 2018-02-19 04:00ID: 1518990025471289500JEDDAH: Some art hangs on your wall. Some art sits on a plinth. Saudi entrepreneur Baha’a Gazzaz had a better idea — art you can wear.The result of his brainwave is Spark, a design platform and online marketplace that allows artists to have their creations printed on everything from T-shirts and hoodies to bags and cushions, and then sold to fashion-conscious customers who value something just a little bit different.“I was inspired in 2012 when I was at a life and style exhibition, I walked in and all I found was products made straight from designers,” Gazzaz, 34, told Arab News.“I went to Hong Kong and did some research on design-related exhibitions and selling creative products, then I came home to Saudi Arabia and started to contact companies to market the products.“But then I thought, I need to be more professional, so I built my own website. What I wanted was to bring these creative arts to Saudi Arabia by building a store with a diversity of products.”Spark now has 24,000 items on sale — not to mention 50,000 followers on Instagram. “The majority of our artists are Saudi, including the calligrapher Shaker Kashgari, but we have artists from other GCC countries, Turkey, Sweden, Mexico and the US,” Gazzaz said.All the products are made in Jeddah, and the Spark delivery team can then send them anywhere in the world.The benefit to the artists is not only that they’re paid for each item sold, but their work reaches a worldwide audience.The Spark website contains a biography of each artist, and web links to more of their work. “Artists have their own URL that enables them to share their art with others,” Gazzaz explained. “When we scan an item through our bar-code system and a customer pays for it, the artist is notified immediately.“Whenever anyone buys a product, 15 percent goes to the artist who designed it. This is how we give credit to designers and bring them value.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaArt & Culture

'Do not test Israel's resolve', Netanyahu warns Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tehran on Sunday over aggressions by Iran and its «proxies» in Syria, saying he would not allow them to «put a noose of terror around our neck». Calling it «a message to the tyran
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'Do not test Israel's resolve', Netanyahu warns Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tehran on Sunday over aggressions by Iran and its «proxies» in Syria, saying he would not allow them to «put a noose of terror around our neck». Calling it «a message to the tyrants of Tehran», he warned in a speech at the Munich Security Conference: «Do not test Israel's resolve.» His fiery comments came as tensions between the arch enemies have mounted after clashes involving Syrian forces this month, sparked by Israel's downing of what it called an Iranian drone sent from Syria. With a theatrical flourish, Netanyahu brandished a rectangular piece of dark green metal at the podium. ...

New campaign in Seychelles markets neighbouring Reunion Island as a holiday destination

A first campaign has been launched in Seychelles to entice locals to visit the neighbouring island of Reunion – a French department in the Indian Ocean. The campaign - Discover Reunion Island - is being done through the local media, brochures, banners as w
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New campaign in Seychelles markets neighbouring Reunion Island as a holiday destination

A first campaign has been launched in Seychelles to entice locals to visit the neighbouring island of Reunion – a French department in the Indian Ocean. The campaign - Discover Reunion Island - is being done through the local media, brochures, banners as well with big posters on public buses. Marketing executive for Reunion in Seychelles, Daphnee Zahary, said that the promotion is being led by the Indian Ocean market office of the Reunion Tourism Board. “We know that Seychellois love travelling. The Reunion Island is really close to Seychelles but unfortunately, it is not really popular yet,” said Zahary, who is based at the Seychelles Tourism Board. ...

Children’s crusade: Teen survivors of Florida shooting plan anti-gun march on DC

Students who survived the shooting rampage at Stoneman Douglas High School are urging children and parents to join them in a massive new protest. They will march on Washington, DC, to call for more gun control. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Children’s crusade: Teen survivors of Florida shooting plan anti-gun march on DC

Students who survived the shooting rampage at Stoneman Douglas High School are urging children and parents to join them in a massive new protest. They will march on Washington, DC, to call for more gun control. Read Full Article at RT.com

Kvitova takes Qatar title to clinch top 10 return

Petra Kvitova fought back from a set down against Garbine Muguruza on Sunday to win the Qatar Open, a victory which will take her back into the world's top 10.
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Kvitova takes Qatar title to clinch top 10 return

Petra Kvitova fought back from a set down against Garbine Muguruza on Sunday to win the Qatar Open, a victory which will take her back into the world's top 10.

'Love is love': Televised gay kiss lights up Olympics

Gay freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy said it was a moment that he «never dreamed» possible as a child after he was filmed kissing his partner on live television at the Olympics.
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'Love is love': Televised gay kiss lights up Olympics

Gay freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy said it was a moment that he «never dreamed» possible as a child after he was filmed kissing his partner on live television at the Olympics.

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