The secret Instagram ‘pods’ fighting the new algorithm one like at a time

April 21, 2017

… complaining that it’s becoming harder to gain followers organically. Faced with this new challenge, they’re fighting back. In pod-form. “A pod isfamily of dolphins who live together in harmony and support one another.” says photographer Natalie Franke. “The members of your pod become your Instagram family and work to support you as you grow your platform. Think of pods like a group of cheerleaderswho help one another on Instagram through likes and meaningful …

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Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)An advert challenging the norms of a traditional family in India has gone viral, with more than 9 million views on YouTube. The ad’s storyline pushes the issue of transgender rights within the country and reveals the human side of the issue in just three and a half minutes. Released online on March 31, the commercial by medicine company Vicks tells the true story of Gayatri, a young Indian orphan who was adopted by Gauri Sawant, a 37-year-old Mumbai-based transgender woman …

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Trump’s Erdogan call reflects terrorism focus, White House says

April 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration issued one mightily mixed message Monday. President Donald Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a contested referendum that granted him broad new powers and deepened concern about the NATO ally’s growing authoritarianways. Trump’s outreach to Erdogan put him on a very short list of those who praised the results, including Hamas, the Palestinian militant group labeled a terrorist organization by the United States. …

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This Uber-like taxi service is saving pregnant women’s lives in Tanzania

April 16, 2017

… just unbelievable. It just shouldn’t happen.” So, as a corporate foundation, they wanted to move away from simply writing checks and use the company’s expertise in mobile technology to prevent the problem, rather than cure it. With the support of partners such as USAID, Pathfinder International, and the Touch Foundation, Vodafone launched its $5 million “Mobilising Maternal Health Program.” One of its main features is a customized mobile app to educate 250 community …

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Pupils as young as four having panic attacks, say teachers – BBC News

April 14, 2017

… young people who are exhibiting the signs of serious mental distress. “Teachers and school leaders take very seriously their duty of care to their students and it is clear there is a great deal of concern in the profession about the gulf in the availability of expert physiological support and counselling for pupils with mental health needs.” A Department for Education spokesperson said no child should suffer from mental health issues and that it was investing a record 1.4bn to ensure …

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Trump: Flip, flop or flexibility?

April 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)One of Donald Trump’s many memorable lines on the campaign trail was about ISIS. “I would bomb the s**t out of ’em. I would just bomb those suckers,” he said. Given that, launching the so-called “mother of all bombs” against an ISIS target makes a lot of sense. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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Americans back the Syria bombing. They’re much more divided on what comes next

April 11, 2017

(CNN)Nearly six in 10 Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s decision to strike at a Syrian air base from which chemical attacks were launched last week, according to a new CBS News national poll. But that’s where consensus — or even the appearance of consensus — ends. When prompted with four competing options about what the United States should do next, none of the quartet get more than 30 percent support from the public. Three in 10 say that they want …

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Lawmakers praise Syria strike, want more consultation from White House

April 8, 2017

… commander-in-chief, they have sent an important message the United States will no longer stand idly by as Assad, aided and abetted by Putin’s Russia, slaughters innocent Syrians with chemical weapons and barrel bombs,” McCain and Graham said in a joint statement. “Unlike the previous administration, President Trump confronted a pivotal moment in Syria and took action. For that, he deserves the support of the American people.” …

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US attacks Syria: Live updates

April 7, 2017

(CNN)The United States launched a military strike Friday on a Syrian government target, in retaliation for the chemical weapons attack on civilians earlier in the week. Here’s the latest: – US lawmakers voiced support for Trump’s decision but also cautioned the President to consult Congress before starting a war. – Former Democratic presidential candidate and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during a speech in New York on Thursday, advocated taking out Syrian …

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Bernie Sanders, Tom Perez plan multi-state Democratic unity tour

April 7, 2017

… Sanders’ support carries major weight for Perez: the Vermont senator publicly backed Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison over Perez in February’s vote for a new DNC chair. That contest was viewed as a proxy battle between the liberal and centrist wings of the party representing Sanders and Hillary Clinton, respectively. DNC voting members told CNN they received personal calls from Sanders on Ellison’s behalf in the lead-up to the vote. …

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Melania Trump, Queen Rania visit DC public charter school

April 6, 2017

… and provide them with support for improving the physical and educational learning environments of Jordan’s most neglected public schools.” Their husbands, President Donald Trump and King Abdullah II held meetings at the White House. Trump and Queen Rania appeared to already be friendly and comfortable together: As they settled in around a table for the conversation with students, parents and faculty, Queen Rania’s chair was noticeably elevated. “You got very tall,” …

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How Trump is squandering his power with China and Egypt

April 5, 2017

(CNN)Leaders of repressive governments, like Egypt’s and China’s, have long braced themselves for bilateral visits with American presidents and Cabinet officials, because they know they will be hearing about human rights and freedom of speech. They have to worry about protests, about the response from civil society and the uncensored press. This fear has long given American leaders of both parties the leverage to send a strong message to foreign leaders in support of our values. …

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Trump calls Putin following St. Petersburg attack

April 4, 2017

Washington (CNN)US President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone Monday, according to a statement from the White House. The statement said Trump made the call to express his condolences and offer support to the Russian people in the wake of an attack in St. Petersburg that left at least 10 people dead, according to three state-run Russian news agencies. St. Petersburg metro explosion: At least 10 dead in Russia blast …

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US takes turn atop UN Security Council

April 4, 2017

… that should would always be “a transparency gal.” The role won’t enable Haley to snap her fingers and get whatever she wants on the discussion agenda. While Haley is pressing for a human rights discussion April 18, two other permanent members, Russia and China, are not interested, meaning the idea might have to come to a vote to see if the required nine countries support it. …

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Trump’s Secretary of Everything: Jared Kushner

April 4, 2017

… meeting was likely to include a discussion of Middle East peace, another area Trump has charged Kushner with overseeing. Kushner, an observant Jew, has known Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for decades, and Trump has expressed rampant optimism at his son-in-law’s ability to broker an agreement. So, too, has Trump lent his support to Kushner’s attempts at managing friendlier ties with Mexico, even as the President continues his controversial plan to construct a border wall. …

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It’s plausible Trump incited violence, federal judge rules in OK’ing lawsuit

April 4, 2017

… early presidential candidate, expressing concern that someone could be killed at one of his rival’s rallies. During one presidential debate, Trump said he did not support the violence happening at his rallies and explained its roots. “When they see what’s going on in this country, they have anger that’s unbelievable. They have anger. They love this country. They don’t like seeing bad trade deals. They don’t like seeing higher taxes. They don’t like …

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McCain: No comparison between Trump and Reagan

April 2, 2017

… one thing to have a conversation. It’s another thing to plot together,” he said. “But I think it would be something that that individual would have to be held accountable.” During this conversation, which also aired on CNN Saturday night, McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, expressed concerns about the philosophical gulf between Trump’s national security team and key members of his White House staff. Registering his strong support for …

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Investigation of Mosul civil casualties expanded

March 31, 2017

Washington (CNN)An investigation into a US airstrike that coincided with civilian deaths in Mosul, Iraq, on March 17 has now expanded into a more formal review of all airstrikes in the area over a period of several days, the US military said Thursday. Col. Mohammad Shumari, head of civil forces working in the area, told CNN that 141 bodies had been removed from the location of the March 17 strike in the al-Resala district of Mosul’s al-Jadidah neighborhood. The military investigation was …

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Hoyer: Nunes should resign from intelligence committee

March 30, 2017

… interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, with some Democrats saying the GOP representative’s support for President Donald Trump is tainting the investigation. “Mr. Nunes has simply disqualified himself, and many of his Republican colleagues think that as well,” Hoyer told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront.” Nunes “has acted as an advocate of the President’s position rather than as a dispassionate person who could oversee a fair inquiry.” …

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PM says Brexit plan to ‘strengthen Union’ ahead of Sturgeon meeting – BBC News

March 27, 2017

… a two-year negotiation process to attempt to reach a deal before Britain officially leaves the EU in March 2019. The government is also due to publish its Great Repeal Bill, giving powers to amend some EU laws, on Thursday. But Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer has said Labour will not support any Brexit deal unless it meets the party’s “six tests”. Any deal must include a strong relationship with the EU and the exact same benefits the UK has from the single market, he said. …

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Tillerson plan to skip NATO, visit Russia puts allies on edge

March 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)The State Department scrambled Tuesday to suggest new dates for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers after his plan to skip the annual gathering — but travel to Russia — came to light. Tillerson’s decision to miss his first NATO meeting but visit Russia a week later plunged his department into damage control, frustrated allies and left analysts scratching their heads at an administration that once again is rubbing …

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YouTube is filtering some LGBTQ+ videos in ‘restricted mode’ and no one knows why

March 20, 2017

… which features nothing images, lyrics, themes that are objectionable for a family audience. Vloggers are vocalizing their objections and calling on YouTube to offer an explanation that actually lays out specifics as to why the filtering is happening. until we hear back from @youtube, please actively check on all LGBTQ+ creators you’re subscribed to & continue to support their content. Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) March 19, 2017 In a (yes, restricted) video titled “This …

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Trump’s wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing

March 20, 2017

… chase because what the President said was just patently false.” Allegations makes waves among allies at home and abroad Trump’s tweets are not just causing a political kerfuffle; they’ve sparked international diplomatic fallout. Trump, Merkel meet at White House White House efforts to support the claims ended up embroiling two key European allies: Britain and Germany. Officials in London were livid that White House spokesman Sean Spicer cited an …

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