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Source: The Guradian

Dream job: the writer paid to send millions to sleep

Today 10:51 GMT

Smith was a travel writer and journalist when she was approached last year by Michael Acton Smith, co-founder of the sleep app Calm.

With recent research by the Sleep Council finding that 27% of Britons sleep poorly on a regular basis, and a 2016 YouGov survey showing that 46% of British women and 36% of men report trouble sleeping, it seems we need all the help we can get. A bedtime story requires just enough focus to distract from emails and other workaday stresses to help quiet the mind – but it can’t be too exciting, either.

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Source: DW

Germany's 16 States: Lower Saxony

Today 10:50 GMT

This northern German state numbers among the top holiday destinations in Germany – not least because of its mountain regions and the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Among the sights in this once fortified city and royal seat is Hanover's Adventure Zoo, which is considered one of Germany's most beautiful zoos.

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Source: Fox News

SNL sends Pete Davidson to get help after troubling Instagram post: report

Today 01:30 GMT

"Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels is reportedly sending Pete Davidson to "get help" after the comedian posted a nearly suicidal message online hours before the show aired on NBC last weekend. A source told the New York Post's Page Six that at some point Saturday night, Michaels made a decision to cut the 25-year-old from the show "to give Pete a break."

Michaels, who is an executive producer for the sketch comedy show, "pledged to help all he can, including sending Pete to get help. Everyone on the cast is hugely protective of him and were obviously upset — particularly Colin Jost and Michael Che on 'Weekend Update.'"

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Source: The Guradian

Statue of Liberty climber says she 'wanted to send a statement' about child detention

Tuesday 09:55 GMT

Activist Therese Okoumou grew teary on Monday as she told a judge in New York about how the treatment of children at the US-Mexico border prompted her to scale the Statue of Liberty in a high-profile protest on 4 July this year.

“I wanted to send a strong statement that children do not belong in cages,” said Okoumou, on Monday morning at the start of her trial at the Manhattan federal court , over her death-defying ascent. “I went as high as I could,” she told the court, echoing a reflection she made shortly after her episode of civil disobedience in the summer as she explained how she had wanted to climb all the way up the statue, but feared for her life.

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Source: The Guradian

Croatia violating EU law by sending asylum seekers back to Bosnia

Tuesday 07:09 GMT

Croatian police are returning groups of asylum seekers across the EU’s external border with Bosnia, a video obtained by the Guardian suggests, in an apparent breach of EU law.

The videos, filmed on hidden cameras between 29 September and 10 October, capture 54 incidents of people being pushed back in groups from Croatia into Bosnia with 368 people in total returned, according to the footage. Bosnia-Herzegovina’s security minister, Dragan Mekti?, told the news channel N1 the behaviour of the Croatian police was “a disgrace for an EU country”.

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Source: DW

Hungary: 15,000 take to streets in 4th day of protests

Monday 23:39 GMT

More than 15,000 people filled the streets of Budapest on Sunday night in the fourth and largest protest in a week against the right-wing nationalist government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

The protests, the first since Orban came to power in 2010 to bring together all opposition parties, from greens to the far right, have been the most violent in Hungary in more than 10 years.

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