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G7 leaders to back tech revolution for African women
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Leaders to back Gates Foundation call to help rural poor and women access mobile bankingWorld leaders are to pledge to shape the technological revolution sweeping through Africa by acting to lift the threat of 400 million predominantly rural women being excluded from digital financial services.G7 finance ministers meeting in France are to endorse a paper from the Gates Foundation saying there is a serious risk that digital technology and mobile banking will bypass millions of women in Africa, leaving them disempowered for a generation. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Kevin Spacey: prosecutors drop case accusing actor of groping teen
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The actor was accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man at a Massachusetts resort island bar in 2016Prosecutors have dropped a case accusing Kevin Spacey of groping an 18-year-old man at Massachusetts resort island bar in 2016.The Cape and Islands district attorney said on Wednesday that they dropped the indecent assault and battery case brought against the actor last year. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Puerto Rico: new protests loom against governor's sexist and homophobic texts
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Ricardo Rosselló resisting calls to resign over leaked messagesTens of thousands to take to streets of San JuanPuerto Rico is bracing for large demonstrations in the capital city of San Juan on Wednesday evening as the scandal engulfing the US territory’s local administration continues to deepen and the embattled governor, Ricardo Rosselló, vows to hold on to power despite waning support.Tens of thousands are expected to take to the streets later today following protests earlier in the week that were dispersed with teargas and rubber bullets. In anticipation of potential unrest the cruise line company Royal Caribbean suspended a daily stop at the island “to ensure the safety and security of our guests and crew”. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
DRC Ebola epidemic is international emergency, says WHO
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Organisation calls for more funds as 2,512 cases are confirmed in the regionThe Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization has declared, calling for more funds and international support to close it down.The second biggest Ebola outbreak ever, after the 2014-16 epidemic in west Africa, has reached a critical point with the diagnosis of a case in Goma, a city of 2 million people, which is a transport hub on the border with Rwanda. That follows the case last week of a women who crossed into Uganda to buy fish – and the arrival of a family harbouring the virus, three of whom died, in Uganda last month. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Rashida Tlaib calls Trump 'the biggest bully' she's ever dealt with – live
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Democratic congresswomen sat down for interview with Gayle King, where Ocasio-Cortez condemned Republicans for not standing up to TrumpSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 7.46pm BST A zinger from the former vice president, in response to Trump’s claim Tuesday he “doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.”Biden blasts Trump tweets: "If Trump doesn't have a racist bone 'that means he has no bones'" 7.40pm BST Donald Trump took yet another jab, albeit a much lighter one at “the squad” via Twitter Wednesday with a 1:15 long patriotic video clip.Set to the tune of God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood, the clip is almost exclusively footage of Trump greeting armed service and law enforcement members, but the end caption reads: “One squad under god”.GOD BLESS THE USA Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Theresa May makes coded attack on Boris Johnson in final speech
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Outgoing PM takes aim at absolutism and bemoans ‘tribal bitterness’ in last major actIn a defensive final speech of her premiership, Theresa May has taken a coded swipe at the “absolutism” of politicians like Boris Johnson as the Commons prepared for another tense showdown over efforts to halt a no-deal Brexit.May took aim at the folly of those in her party who pursued ideological purity at any price, though repeatedly declined the opportunity for self-reflection when asked if she too had been willing to compromise only after being defeated. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Energy prices: large users could be paid to reduce demand at peak times
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Australian Energy Market Commission rule would allow users to sell forsaken demand directly into wholesale marketLarge energy users would be paid to reduce their power demand at peak times under a proposed new rule for the sector aimed at boosting competition and reducing wholesale prices.The Australian Energy Market Commission will release its draft rule for a demand-response mechanism on Thursday, which will allow large commercial and industrial users to sell forsaken demand directly into the wholesale market for the first time. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Manmade Antarctic snowstorm 'could save coastal cities from rising seas'
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Blowing trillions of tonnes of snow on to ice sheet could halt its collapse, researchers saySpraying trillions of tons of snow over west Antarctica could halt the ice sheet’s collapse and save coastal cities across the world from sea level rise, according to a new study.The colossal geoengineering project would need energy from at least 12,000 wind turbines to power giant seawater pumps and snow cannons, and would destroy a unique natural reserve. The scientists are not advocating for such a project, but said its apparent “absurdity” reflects the extraordinary scale of threat from rising sea level. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
House of Lords passes amendment to help prevent no-deal Brexit
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Bill could make it illegal for a Boris Johnson administration to prorogue parliamentA no-deal showdown is expected in the House of Commons on Thursday after peers passed stronger protections against the prospect of a Boris Johnson administration attempting to prorogue parliament to force an exit from the EU in October.The House of Lords passed an amendment by a majority of 103 on Wednesday that would ensure parliament would sit in the weeks leading up to the 31 October deadline. Fears have been growing that Johnson could prorogue or dissolve parliament in order to allow the deadline to pass without MPs interfering. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Louvre removes Sackler name from museum wing amid protests
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Some members of multibillionaire family are accused of profiting from opioid crisis The Louvre museum in Paris has removed the name of the art philanthropist family Sackler from a major wing devoted to eastern antiquities.The Sackler name came down this month after a protest by the US art photographer and activist Nan Goldin, who said it should be removed from gallery walls because some members of the multibillionaire family had benefited from the business of addictive painkillers. Continue reading... (The Guardian)