Bernie Sanders takes Oregon primary while Clinton claims Kentucky

Sanders overcomes state’s closed primary, which allows only registered Democrats – not independents – to vote, while Clinton declares victory in Kentucky

Magazine about Muslim women aims to highlight diversity

A woman is excluded from her father’s funeral. A feminist removes her headscarf for a day. A Uganda-born singer and social worker from Norway questions her identity. An internationally-renowned Egyptian author makes a strong case for harnessing creativity in the face of patriachy. These are just some of the articles that launched a new digital magazine,…

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World Bank Adopts New Climate Change Action Plan

 In the run-up to the historic COP21 climate agreement at Paris in December 2015, more than 180 countries submitted pledges on climate action – the Nationally Determined Contributions, or NDCs. Countries are now ready to move with increasing urgency to develop more sustainable energy and transport systems, strengthen the resilience of their cities, and prepare people,…

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Wrong-Headed Economics Stops Us Replacing Lead Pipes

In the second half of the 19th century, water engineers experimented with drinking-water pipes made from a number of different materials. The challenge was to find something with three essential characteristics: durability, malleability and resistance to corrosion. After years of study, engineers found something that outperformed iron, steel and cement-lined iron pipes. The material in question?…

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World powers meet to save Syria peace hopes

VIENNA (AFP) – Senior envoys from world and regional powers are to meet once again in Vienna on Tuesday in an effort to salvage stumbling efforts to halt Syria’s bloody civil war. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov — diplomacy’s odd couple, at loggerheads over much else in the world…

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FRANCE – ISRAEL – PALESTINE – US – Paris Middle East conference postponed

France’s planned conference on Middle East peace has been postponed, President François Hollande said on Tuesday. It is vital for France to take “a strong initiative” in the dispute, Hollande said. “If not … what will happen? Settlement building, attacks,” he said. The original proposed date falls on the US Memorial Day holiday honouring members of…

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