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Maternal deaths worldwide drop by half, yet shocking disparities remain

Study in Lancet shows a womans lifetime chance of dying from childbirth is one in 36 in sub-Saharan Africa, compared to one in 4,900 in richer countries The number of women dying from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth has almost halved since 1990, a global report has revealed. Worldwide the annual number of maternal […]

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‘Bad people messed it up’: misuse forces changes to New York’s Wi-Fi kiosks

Free Wi-Fi will still be available around the city but web browsing on tablets is temporarily removed after growing concerns over inappropriate behavior Few people lingered near the LinkNYC Wi-Fi kiosks along 8th Avenue on Thursday morning. One made a phone call near Times Square, others charged their phones. Two men stood in front of […]

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Tim Tebow says high concussion rate in football influenced turn to baseball

Former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner says footballs concussion rate played role in decision to pursue pro baseball career Tim Tebow, the former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner who last week interview with the Washington Post. Especially for all the opportunities that I had to play different positions which I was honored to […]

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Stadium plan to lure Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas passes major vote

Nevada oversight committee votes unanimously to recommend $750m in public funding for 65,000-seat domed venue in Las Vegas A plan to build an NFL stadium in LasVegasand lure the Raiders from Oakland crossed a major hurdle Thursday when a Nevada oversight committee voted unanimously to recommend $750m in public funding for the project. The Southern […]

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Canadian gin company’s campaign accused of cultural appropriation

Ungava apologises to the Inuit people for offensive video showing cartoon characters paddling a canoe past igloos and a mans voice chanting A Canadian gin company has apologised after its advertising campaigns and branding involving cartoon Inuit characters and young women wearing parka costumes sparked complaints about cultural appropriation Ungava, founded in Quebec in 2010, […]

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Skepta’s Konnichiwa a Mercury prize winner few can argue with | Alexis Petridis

This years shortlist managed to showcase the best of UK music. But despite the open field, the right album won It has been a strange year for the Mercury prize: no one could find much to complain about in the shortlist. In previous years, the shortlist has variously been upbraided for being too mainstream, not […]

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Pansy Division: a quarter-century of queercore

In the early 90s, the punk bands unabashed sexuality encouraged other gay artists to come out. These days, they say, theyre living in the world we wanted As a band, our mission was to not live in a world where there was not an out, queer rock band, says Chris Freeman, founding member of Quite […]

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Pink review subtle drama that grapples with India’s rape culture

This story of a shaming campaign against three young Delhi women makes a powerful and progressive statement Another notable stride forwards for Hindi cinema: a naturalistic drama that forms a serious attempt to grapple with Bollywoods beloved battle-of-the-sexes trope via the slow ratcheting up of a shaming campaign against three young Delhi women, after one […]

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Phaedra(s) review Isabelle Huppert flays audience in punishing triple bill

Stretching to well over three hours, three interpretations of the myth of Phaedra turn into a rugby ruck of postmodernism Its tough to feel too much pity for Phaedra bored housewife, bad stepmother and the minor goddess of false rape claims. And it is tougher still while weathering Phaedra(s), Wajdi Mouawad, JM Coetzee. In each […]

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Leicester City ease to victory over Club Brugge on Champions League debut

Riyad Mahrez scored with a superb free-kick and a penalty as Leicester City beat Club Brugge 3-0 away on their Champions League debut As first experiences of the Champions League go, Leicester City are probably entitled to wonder whether it is always this straightforward. It is not, as they will no doubt discover later in […]

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