We Were Kicked Off Chicagos Dyke March for Not Being the Right Kind of Jew

July 4, 2017

On June 24, some 1,500 people joined the Chicago Dyke March, in what seemed like a utopia of acceptance and respect for people of all orientations, races, nationalities and backgrounds or it almost was. According to the Windy City Times, it seemed as if the entire gender, racial and sexual spectrum was represented, walking hand-in-hand and demonstrating a powerful unity as they chanted "We are Dyke March" in English and…

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Grenfell Tower fire: No prosecutions for subletting of flats, government promises – BBC News

July 4, 2017

All of the material checked so far in the wake of the tragedy on 14 June has failed the tests. However, the Department for Communities and Local Government said it was testing the buildings it was most worried about first. Where have cladding fire tests failed? What we know so far Who were the victims? Earlier this week, police warned it would not know the final death toll until at…

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Over 20,000 people came together to celebrate pride, despite hurdles thrown in their way

July 2, 2017

Image: Ng Yi Shu/Mashable More than 20,000 Singaporeans came to Pink Dot, the city’s annual LGBTQ festival this year, according to organisers. There were so many people who tried to join the event which sported a rainbow theme this year that the park where it was held had to be closed at 7 p.m. for capacity. That’s no small feat considering the number of roadblocks the nine-year-old festival has encountered…

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From to Sting to Ed Sheeran: The celebrities who saved the day – BBC News

July 1, 2017

Image copyright Getty / D Dipasupil / Stringer Image caption Sting at a benefit concert for global equality in New York In charity terms, the pop superstar is perhaps best known as a guardian of Brazil’s threatened rainforests – or, in one memorable episode of The Simpsons, as the leading light of the charity record We’re Sending Our Love Down the Well – but there are more strings to Sting’s…

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Facebook scores biggest sports livestream deal yet

June 28, 2017

Marcelo of Real Madrid under pressure from Andrea Barzagli of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Juventus and Real Madrid.Image: CameraSport via Getty Images Facebook’s live sports offer is taking a giant step-over. SEE ALSO: Facebook to stream MLB games, continues grabbing live sports rights Facebook will livestream more than a dozen matches from the Champions League, European soccer’s top tournament, as part of a new deal…

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The Grenfell survivor rebuilding his life, two weeks on – BBC News

June 28, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOlu feared he and his family would be killed in the fire Two weeks ago, Olu was preparing to climb down from the 14th floor of Grenfell Tower on a makeshift rope of tied-together bed sheets, with his daughter on his back. Thankfully, he survived, after firefighters told him to run to safety – but what does his life hold now? “My…

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Celebrate Pride by following these incredible queer artists on Instagram

June 26, 2017

It’s Pride Month, and millions are celebrating the LGBTQ community by participating in Pride Marches, donning the colors of the rainbow, or continuing to fight for rights through protests and different forms of resistance. Another way to showing some love during Pride is through art, and it only takes a second to lift up and double-tap queer artists this June and beyond. SEE ALSO: Laverne Cox boldly addresses the one…

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At Pride celebrations, protesters chant ‘No Justice, No Pride’

June 26, 2017

(CNN)At Pride celebrations across the United States on Sunday, a protest movement that aims to draw attention to the struggles of marginalized people within the LGBTQ community made itself heard. The protests disrupted pride events earlier this month in Columbus, Ohio and Washington, DC. Their causes varied — police shootings, violence against transgender women of color, mass deportations, corporate sponsorship of Pride — but organizer Angela Peoples said members of…

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Extra security for ‘Europe’s largest Eid party’ in Birmingham – BBC News

June 25, 2017

“Every year the event gets bigger… of course security will be a high priority, but we want people – also the wider communities – to enjoy the activities,” a spokesman for Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre said. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Security has been stepped up at Birmingham Central Mosque, the chairman said Mr Afzal said West Midlands Police and local authorities were doing “their best” to…

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Facebook is releasing a new app for YouTube-like creators

June 25, 2017

Image: facebook Facebook wants more video, so it’s releasing a new app just for creators, the company announced at the annual online video conference VidCon Friday. SEE ALSO: Facebook is embracing YouTube-like stars as it pushes for more video It’s in part an update to Facebook Mentions, an app currently available to verified accounts on the social network, which includes celebrities, online influencers, and journalists. Mentions is where Facebook first…

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Great Get Together events honour Jo Cox – BBC News

June 17, 2017

“I think we’re getting through, maybe it will take a while but the message will get through. We need to be united. Hate doesn’t do anything, it’s hope that counts. “And hopefully we’re doing Jo proud by doing the things that she would have been doing.” Image caption The weekend’s events reinforce Jo Cox’s message that “we have more in common than that which divides us” She said the response…

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Muslims keep alive Kolkata’s Jewish schools, stores and traditions

June 16, 2017

Kolkata, India (CNN)When Mitana Alexander bid goodbye to Kolkata’s Jewish Girls School in 1975, she was its last Jewish student. The bulk of the others were Muslims. They were worried because she was last remaining occupant of a Jews-only dormitory, as most Jewish girls they had known had migrated to Israkel, America or Europe “with their folks.” A new age for India’s Anglo-Indians

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Congressional baseball players: We must unite

June 15, 2017

(CNN)After the shooting at the Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, we asked members of the Democratic and Republican baseball teams to weigh in on the attack. The opinions expressed in these commentaries are solely those of the authors. The vicious and horrific attack we saw Wednesday in Alexandria at the Republican team’s practice was nothing short of a direct assault on the institution we all serve and a deranged…

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LGBT community prepares for a march — and a fight

June 10, 2017

(CNN)Two years after the White House was adorned in rainbow colors to commemorate the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, gay rights activists and lawmakers are preparing to march on Washington again, saying the current President threatens to erase those gains. The march Sunday, which will commemorate the upcoming anniversary of the shooting deaths of 49 people and wounding of more than 50 others at gay nightclub in Orlando,…

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Weibo blocks users from posting photos and videos on Tiananmen anniversary

June 7, 2017

Image: Bradshaw/Epa/REX/Shutterstock Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, blocked millions of its overseas users from posting pictures or video yesterday, the 28th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing in 1989. The ban over the weekend was simply announced as a “systems update,” but people noticed that local users were also not able to change their profile information, nor post photos or videos in comments. SEE ALSO: Remembering the Tiananmen…

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The Secret Sorority at Penn States Deadly Hazing Party

June 5, 2017

Following 19-year-old Tim Piazzas death in February after a night of hazing at Penn State Universitys Beta Theta Pi house, a grand jury criminally charged 18 young men in connection with their pledges death. Administrators permanently banned the fraternity, and scrambled to announce safeguards intended to protect future students. Recruitment and rush at Penn State was postponed for a semester, hard liquor and kegs banned, and the school will more…

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Election 2017: What do leaders do in their spare time? – BBC News

June 4, 2017

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May often heads to the hills with her husband Philip Prime Minister Theresa May likes to stretch her legs up and down hills and mountains, saying she decided to call the current election while walking in the Welsh mountains. Mrs May has also said she and her husband Philip enjoy “quite strenuous walking up mountains in Switzerland”. It may be worth remembering that the…

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Manchester Attack: Family’s tribute to ‘just lovely’ Nell – BBC News

Fourteen searches are being carried out and 11 men remain in custody on suspicion of terror offences. The UK’s threat level has been reduced from critical to severe and police are guarding events across the country throughout the bank holiday weekend. ‘Loved life’ In the statement, the Jones family said: “Our Nell was just lovely. She was top class, she was clever and she was fun. She would have a…

May 28, 2017
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Here’s a sneak peak into Southeast Asia’s first ever Apple store

Image: yvette tan/mashable Apple’s first destination in Southeast Asia? Singapore. The doors of the two-storey high store, which features a stunning glass facade spanning 120 feet, opened briefly on Thursday for a media preview into the store. SEE ALSO: Apple shares photos and video of its fancy new store in Dubai Inside, the store embodies the sleek designs Apple is well-known for. Image: YVETTE TAN/MASHABLE Image: YVETTE TAN/MASHABLE The stairs,…

May 27, 2017
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Stephen Colbert Slams Trump for Comparing His TV Ratings to 9/11

Its a huge week for Donald Trump because this Saturday he will reach 100 days in office, and boy, it sure seems longer.Thats how Stephen Colbert, the king of late night, opened his latest Late Show monologuea lengthy affair that broke down President Trumps first 100 days in office.The first 100 days are traditionally a time to reflect on accomplishments for a president, and Trump hasnt got a lot of…

May 22, 2017
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Climate change is pushing U.S. trees north and west

This way, please.Image: alan copson/Travel Libra/REX/Shutterstock Climate change is uprooting trees across the eastern United States. Dozens of species are shifting west and north of their usual locations as average temperatures and rainfall patterns change, researchers found. Oak, maple, and other deciduous trees are primarily heading westward as they follow changes in moisture availability, according to a new study in the journal Science Advances. Evergreens like firs and pines are…

May 20, 2017
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