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Transgender artists make history at the Oscars

(AFP) – Transgender representation in entertainment has made baby steps forward in recent years, but 2018 has seen a history-making giant leap, with two movies involving trans artists in the Oscars race. Chilean actress Daniela Vega has won acclaim for her turn as Marina, a young waitress and aspiring singer ...

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US making billions in arms sales to Europeans

The United States is making billions of dollars in American arms sales to European nations by raising the specter of Russian aggression, according to a report.   The weapons deliveries are part of the Donald Trump administration’s wider plans to confront Russia in the region, CNN reported on Saturday. The ...

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France’s #MeToo: 1 in 8 women raped

An opinion poll shows that one in every eight French women has been raped at least once in her lifetime, as French women increasingly break their silence in the their own version of the #MeToo campaign. #MeToo started on Twitter in the wake of unnerving revelations over the recent months of sexual ...

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Study links weaker brain function to kidney disease in children

(Web Desk) – Chronic kidney disease may affect brain function in children and teens, especially those on dialysis, researchers said. Results of their study review suggest academic assistance may be needed in specific areas, including math and reading, UPI reported. Study author Dr. Kerry Chen, from the University of Sydney’s ...

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India evicting 30 people an hour as cities modernise – activists

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – At least six homes are destroyed and 30 people forcibly evicted each hour in India as authorities modernise cities and build highways, activists said on Friday, highlighting the urgent need for greater investment in social rental housing. ‘Smart Cities’ projects and other upgrades were responsible for ...

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Rotating night shifts a path to diabetes

Working the night shift may play havoc with your blood sugar levels, a new study found. For the study, researchers looked at data on more than 270,000 people in the United Kingdom and found that those who worked irregular or rotating shifts that included night shifts were 44 percent more ...

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