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Source: BBC

Climate activists block stock exchange

Today 04:15 GMT

The 13 activists who blockaded the stock exchange wore LED signs reading "Climate emergency", "Tell the truth" and "You can't eat money". One protester, Adam Woodall, said they had targeted the building because "people are making millions, even billions of pounds out of trading ecological destruction".

The group has said it would hold a "closing ceremony" at Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park at 17:00 BST, but warned that the public should expect more action "very soon".

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Source: BBC

Macron unveils reforms after yellow-vest protests

Today 05:10 GMT

French President Emmanuel Macron has given a long-awaited response to the yellow vest protest movement with promises of tax cuts, higher pensions and a reform of the civil service.

Protests, sometimes violent, started in November over rises in fuel costs but widened to cover a range of grievances over economic inequality. His speech was originally scheduled for 15 April but was postponed after the devastating fire at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.

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Source: BBC

US Uber drivers plan shutdown over pay

Today 05:09 GMT

However, as Uber driver Jay Cradeur pointed out in a blog, anyone who invested the cash that rival Lyft handed out to its drivers in a similar scheme could have ended up losing some of their bonus if they bought the firm's shares, because their value had dropped sharply.

Uber drivers in seven US cities are planning protests to highlight what they claim are poor working conditions and low wages at the ride-hailing firm.

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Source: The Guradian

Extinction Rebellion holds Hyde Park rally to mark 'pause' in protests

Today 05:09 GMT

Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion activists have gathered at Hyde Park Corner in London to mark a pause in the protests that have gripped London for more than a week and are preparing to take the fight back to local communities.

The environmental group said it was the last day of action before it would stop this stage of its campaign of peaceful mass civil disobedience, following protests in which hundreds of people were arrested and thousands of police officers deployed to sites occupied by the group.

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Source: The Guradian

Macron outlines plan for 'significant' tax cut after months of unrest

Today 05:09 GMT

Emmanuel Macron has promised tax cuts, pension rises and a continuation of his reform programme while responding to five months of demonstrations by gilets jaunes (yellow vests) anti-government demonstrators.

Macron said he wanted a “significant” cut in income tax, which would be financed by closing loopholes and squeezing government spending, but the French would also have to work more. After five months of protests during which there was sporadic rioting and arson in Paris, Macron has been under pressure to kickstart a programme for structural change that would define the second part of his presidency.

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Source: BBC

JT LeRoy: The US's greatest literary scam

Today 05:09 GMT

Indeed, part of the reason Albert got Knoop to dress up as LeRoy in public, rather than just keep her persona invisible, was that she realised that the appeal of JT Leroy rested upon the authenticity of her character’s ‘outsider’ identity.

That same year, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things was finally reissued with Albert’s photo on the author page and the bio reading: “JT LeRoy is a literary persona created by Laura Albert.”

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Source: The Guradian

The forgotten story of ... Carlos Kaiser, football's greatest conman

Today 00:34 GMT

Alexandre Torres recalls Kaiser asking his father – Carlos Alberto, the captain of the greatest football team in history – whether he would like to stay in the stunning resort town of Búzios, Brazil’s answer to St Tropez, over Christmas and New Year.

It includes interviews with legends of Brazilian football such as Carlos Alberto, Zico, Júnior, Bebeto and Renato Gaúcho – not to mention multiple audiences with Kaiser.

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Source: DW

Can a dog sniff out malaria from socks?

Today 00:34 GMT

In order to differentiate between malaria-positive and malaria-negative socks, the children's blood samples were examined and assigned to the corresponding socks.

"We went to the Gambia and we went to four schools at the end of the rainy season when Malaria is most common, and we collected samples of blood from 600 school children. Around 600 Gambian children aged five to ten took part in a study conducted by the University of Durham, England.

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Source: BBC

Why I posed for a photo with anti-Islam protesters

Thursday 21:50 GMT

A Muslim woman who posed for a picture with anti-Islam protesters says she wanted to "combat their hatred with love and a smile". Shaymaa Ismaa'eel told Newsbeat: "The reaction to all this has been crazy, it's overwhelming.

"The event was a big turnout, nice environment but when we got their we noticed there were protesters standing on the sidewalk. "The first day we saw them we just kept our distance, they were shouting and holding signs so we filmed them from afar."

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Source: DW

Language tests keep 1 in 3 foreign spouses from joining loved ones in Germany

Today 01:30 GMT

Nearly a third of foreigners seeking to join their spouses in Germany fail to pass a German language test in their homeland, preventing them from joining their partner.

Especially in Turkey, Russia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Thailand, Vietnam and Iraq, spouses took the language test to travel to Germany. And finally, the "Schweinegrippe," swine flu, turned out to be less dangerous than thought, but continued to stir public hysteria.

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Source: Fox News

FBI partnership puts dent in sexual assault evidence backlogs

Thursday 19:06 GMT

Growing stockpiles of untested sexual assault evidence kits have been plaguing U.S. law enforcement for decades, and the FBI and the National Institute of Justice just wrapped up a massive, years-long partnership to hopefully make this problem a thing of the past.

Five years ago, the two government agencies teamed up with local law enforcement to tackle the issue, and chip away at the massive backlogs of untested Sexual Assault Kits (SAKs) that have been creating headaches for crime-solvers nationwide.

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Source: The Guradian

Sajid Javid urged to act in immigration scandal 'bigger than Windrush'

Wednesday 03:20 GMT

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, is under mounting pressure to head off an immigration scandal that MPs have warned could be “bigger than Windrush”.

The Guardian understands that students who took the test of English for international communication (Toeic) five or more years ago are still being targeted by immigration enforcement officers and being taken to immigration detention centres ahead of enforced removal from the UK.

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Source: The Guradian

Brazil: indigenous people rally in capital to protest against Bolsonaro onslaught

Thursday 05:10 GMT

Thousands of indigenous people have descended on Brazil’s capital Brasília to protest against a widespread assault on indigenous rights and territories by the government of the far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro.

Up to 4,000 indigenous people from all over the country are expected to join the annual demonstration, which organizers say has taken on new significance after Bolsonaro – who has repeatedly called into question the existence of indigenous reserves – took power in January.

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Source: Global News

Muslim woman smiles, poses in front of anti-Islam protesters: ‘I smiled in the face of bigotry’

Thursday 15:25 GMT

A young Muslim woman said she “smiled in the face of bigotry” after posing for a photo in front of a group of anti-Muslim protesters in Washington, D.C. on Sunday.

“On April 21st I smiled in the face of bigotry and walked away feeling the greatest form of accomplishment,” she tweeted along with a series of photos. That’s when Ismaa’eel asked her friend to snap a photo of her posing in front of the group.

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Source: The Guradian

Samsung Galaxy Fold delayed after folding feature breaks screens

Tuesday 12:40 GMT

Samsung is pushing back this week’s planned public launch of its highly anticipated, $2,000 folding phone after reports that reviewers’ phones were breaking.

The company had been planning to release the Galaxy Fold on Friday, with a 3 May release date in the UK, but instead it will now run more tests and announce a new launch date in the “coming weeks”. The delay is a setback for Samsung and for the smartphone market generally, which had been pinning some hopes on the folding phone to catalyze innovation in the industry.


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