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Source: DW

Carefree friendship meets tragic end in 'Bulbul Can Sing'

Today 09:54 GMT

Bulbul Can Sing, which screened at Berlin's International Film Festival, is a tale of friendship, finding one's own identity and first love.

Memories of Das' own life color the film, such as when Bulbul's mother admonishes the girl to be modest and not to hitch up her dress, or when she has to meet her father's demands that she become a professional singer, even though she is afraid to sing in front of an audience. In 2003 Das, an aspiring actress, moved to Mumbai, but she never gained a foothold.

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Source: BBC

Meet the tech entrepreneurs tackling sexual harassment

Today 08:04 GMT

More than a decade later, the #MeToo movement came along, kicked off by rape and sexual harassment accusations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

"While apps can make the recording process more efficient and accurate, it remains to be seen whether these technologies empower individuals to actually report sexual harassment," she says. "The most effective ways to challenge sexual harassment I have witnessed is if senior leaders call out this behaviour as inappropriate and sanction it.

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Source: Reuters

Indonesia defends palm oil after EU targets 2030 phase-out in road...

Friday 03:19 GMT

A European Union draft due to come into effect after four weeks of public consultation, concluded that palm oil cultivation results in deforestation and its usage in transportation fuel should be phased out by 2030.

Indonesia, the world’s biggest producer of palm oil, will not accept an EU plan to curb the use of crops that cause deforestation, and argued that its higher production yield made it better placed to meet global demand, a senior Indonesian official said.

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Source: The Guradian

‘I have a carpet Take That stood on’: meet the ultimate superfans

Thursday 08:05 GMT

After the signing, some staff came out with bits of carpet, and they said it was the carpet Take That had been standing on.

Every time people saw if, they would ask why I had a piece of carpet in the boot, and I’d tell them someone from Take That might have stood on it. It lived in the boot of my car for a while because I wasn’t sure what to do with it.

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Source: DW

Acting US Defense Secretary meets wary NATO allies

Friday 01:30 GMT

The new acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan (above left) met with his NATO counterparts for the first time on Wednesday.

Patrick Shanahan may have been well received by NATO, but it remains to be seen if Trump will let him stay Pentagon chief. Shanahan is filling in after his former boss Jim Mattis quit over disputes with the US president.

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte