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Completely Mute Girl Surprises Everyone When She Tells Her Therapy Donkey These Magical Words

At that time the girl wasn’t able to make a single sound. When Amber and her sister were born prematurely, she had to have a surgery that saved her life but cut off airflow from her vocal chords and made her mute. On top of that, the girl has cerebral palsy which made it a struggle for her to move around. The girl’s muscles became stronger and her health improved….

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Former child soldier wins prize for risking his life to protect Congo’s wildlife

(CNN)He has been beaten, threatened and imprisoned. But the former child soldier and winner of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize says he will not stop until those wanting to destroy the Democratic Republic of Congo’s protected wildlife “are held responsible for their actions.” “Even if I or others are not able to (make this happen),” says Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo, “then the future generations will have this information and will do…

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What the French elections mean for Americans

Paris (CNN)The second round of the French elections was set seconds after the polls closed Sunday evening, pitting two of the most unconventional candidates for the presidency of a nation that prides itself on professionalism and continuity of its leaders. Emmanuel Macron, who heads no political party but rather a movement he launched less than a year ago, will go head-to-head against Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National…

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Malaysia Reaches Deal on $2.5 Billion of 1MDB Bonds

The battle over the repayment of 1MDB bonds may be coming to an end. Malaysia has reached an agreement to pay Abu Dhabi $2.5 billion as partial debt settlement for embattled government fund default in April 2016. The agreement removes a key hurdle amid investigations from the U.S. to Singapore, Hong Kong and Switzerland into money laundering and embezzlement linked to 1MDB. Representatives from 1MDB and the prime minister’s department…

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ cast seems a little confused about feminism

The Handmaid’s Tale presents the story of a near-future patriarchal dystopia, where women are forbidden from reading or using money and are categorized by their supposed virtue and utility as child-bearers. But according to the cast of Hulu’s new adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, it’s “not a feminist story.” A panel at the Tribeca Film Festival went in an unexpected direction on Friday night when the cast of the…

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People turn out in droves to support science from New Zealand to North Pole

Scientists and science enthusiasts marched in London.Image: Natasha Quarmby/REX/Shutterstock The Trump administration’s assault on scientific evidence and research funding may have triggered the March for Science, but the more than 500 events around the world on Saturday demonstrated that the movement is truly global. The marches began Friday night in Oceania, with events in New Zealand and Australia. As Saturday dawned, the marches spread to Europe, with major gatherings in…

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How to use Undo Send in Gmail

"Oh no what did I just do."Image: JGI/Tom Grill/Getty There are no second chances in life, but there may be in email. While this is of little consolation to those wishing they could hit “undo” on semi-recent national events, Gmail’s Undo Send feature gives us all the break we so desperately need. SEE ALSO: Gmail finally doubles email attachment limit, but it means nothing Are you using it? You really…

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Apple Watch adds new Earth Day badge to push you to get outside and active

Image: tim cook via twitter Just a couple of days after releasing its new NikeLab version of the Apple Watch, Apple is leveraging the device’s reputation as a fitness tool to join in the Earth Day festivities. Early Saturday, Apple CEO Tim Cook posted a photo of a new special edition achievement badge on the Apple Watch designed to get people outside and active. SEE ALSO: Science hero Neil deGrasse…

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Forget Cheetos. This campus vending machine dispenses condoms and pregnancy tests

How more convenient can you get?Image: Shutterstock / Shou A student at U.C. Davis figured out how to make vending machines more awesome than they already are. Instead of stocking them with snacks for late-night study sessions, senior Parteek Singh insisted on filling one campus vending machine with condoms, emergency contraception, and pregnancy tests. SEE ALSO: Guys: Its now possible to test your sperm via smartphone It took two years,…

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General election 2017: UKIP manifesto to pledge a burka ban – BBC News

And it will also call for postal voting to be largely abolished, because of concerns over electoral fraud. The former UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, proposed a burka ban in 2010. But the party later dropped the policy, and it did not appear in its 2015 manifesto. Full-face veils are already banned in public in some European countries, including France. According to the Sun, Mr Nuttall will say on Monday: “Just…

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Google and Partners Try to Block the March of Ad-Blockers

After seven months of work, the biggest digital advertising companies think they have a solution to the existential threat of consumers blocking online ads. Google, the biggest player in this world, is at the center of the plan, although the company and its partners are keen to present the initiative as a group effort. The Coalition for Better Ads published a list of undesirable online ads earlier this year. Google…

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TV show launches toy box to distract kids during sex scenes

'Versailles' is coming back for a sex-fuelled second season.Image: canal+ If you’ve ever watched an episode of period drama Versailles, you’ll know that they’re not adverse to showing a bit of nudity. SEE ALSO: Ben Affleck and Sienna Miller discuss the reality of shooting sex scenes Or even quite a lot of nudity. Image: mirror Versailles takes place in the 17th century, during the reign of France’s Louis XIV. As…

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Psst: You’re probably using all the wrong photos on dating apps.

Don't be afraid to show the real you.Image: ambar del moral/mashable Think you’ve obsessed over your dating profile pics and finally managed to get them just right? Sorry, but you’d better think again. The dating app Hinge sifted through thousands of their users photos and figured out what gets those likes and what gets ignored. The results are pretty surprising. Hinges profile requires you to add six photos, and people…

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Augmented reality will soon be everywhere, and you won’t be able to avoid it

Using AR to see who's home.Image: Bob Al-Greene/Mashable The hottest thing in Silicon Valley is coming soon to … well, pretty much everything. Augmented reality is shaping up to be the next big digital gold rush, and consumers should ready themselves for the onslaught. Apple’s doing it. So are Google and Snapchat. Oh, and as we saw recently, Facebook is as well. AR has thoroughly trounced virtual reality in the…

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5 ways inclusive marketing can benefit your business feat. Nigel Barker

Inclusive marketing is a technique that consumers may not be able to pinpoint, but for many businesses, it’s the secret ingredient behind creating ads that set out to empower people and create confidence amongst consumers. SEE ALSO: Pepsi pulls cringeworthy Kendall Jenner ad after massive backlash Inclusive marketing is marketing that doesn’t specifically target one demographic nor does it rely on the traditional stereotypes we set up amongst ourselves and…

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First coal-free day in Britain since Industrial Revolution – BBC News

Cordi O’Hara of the National Grid said: “To have the first working day without coal since the start of the industrial revolution is a watershed moment in how our energy system is changing. “The UK benefits from highly diverse and flexible sources of electricity. Our energy mix continues to change and National Grid adapts system operation to embrace these changes.” But Ms O’Hara says that while the country makes the…

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Amazon announces big Australia expansion plans

Jeff Bezo's Amazon is coming, take cover Australia!Image: DAVID RYDER/GETTY IMAGES The moment Australian retailers have dreaded is here. Amazon is expanding Down Under, opening warehouses thatll enable cheap, fast local shipping, and letting small businesses sell goods through the sitea development an Amazon employee reportedly said would “destroy the retail environment in Australia.” Shopping on Amazon.com is already available to Australians, but with international shipping and long delivery times,…

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T-Mobile lashes out for hours at ‘VerHIGHzon’ about weed

Image: t-mobile T-Mobile isnt letting 420 mellow its fierce marketing war with Verizon. In an effort led by famously outspoken CEO John Legere, the carrier poked fun at its larger rival for choosing to release its earnings report on the holiest of high days. This is the same company thats made questionable decisions one after the other for the past four years and now finds itself losing customers to T-Mobile…

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Bike-sharing companies keep finding that people are terrible, in every city they enter

An oBike in a neighbourhood bicycle parking spot, SingaporeImage: Ng Yi Shu/Mashable It’s been just three months after the first bike-sharing company arrived in Singapore, but reports of abuse and vandalism of shared bikes in the city keep popping up on social media. The majority of these shared bikes are stationless, which means they don’t need to be docked at a designated spot. They lock themselves after your ride is…

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UK’s online shoppers top global spending survey – BBC News

Cinema tickets Entertainment – such as cinema and concert tickets, takeaway orders and music downloads – accounted for one in four online card purchases in the UK. Some 67% of concert ticket spending and 61% of cinema, theatre and dance spending was made online, the association’s figures showed. The popularity of renewing contracts such as insurance cover online, and payments into bank accounts over the internet also meant financial services…

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This Is What The New National Teacher Of The Year Wants To Tell Trump

Please invite teachers in and talk to them when making policy decisions, Chaffee says she will tell Trump. Im hopeful thats something I would be able to say to him and that he would take me up on it. Chaffee was honored by the Council of Chief State School Officers after a rigorous application process. For the next year, she will travel the nation meeting with teachers and education groups,…

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Trump Wants Clean Water Rule Gone. Now Comes The Hard Part.

The president is trying to make good on that pledge. Nearly two months ago, Trump signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to review and reconsider the Obama-era regulation that was widely celebrated by environmentalists and panned by industry groups and politicians in some states. The Supreme Court this month denied the administrations request to delay a case intended to sort out…

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Even Oprah gets intimidated

(CNN)Believe it or not, Oprah Winfrey gets nervous. “I didn’t want to take on this role,” Winfrey told CNN at New York premiere of her new HBO film “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” “I was intimidated by it. I was nervous. I just didn’t know if I could do it.” Based on a 2010 best-selling book, “Henrietta Lacks” tells the story of a woman being treated for cancer, whose…

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‘Were close’ BBG Ventures President Susan Lyne on the future of women-led startups

Image: X Prutting/BFA/REX/Shutterstock Were halfway through the week, and its time for a boost of inspiration to keep us going. Our #WednesdayWisdom blog series taps into the minds of industry leaders and disruptive visionaries who are working to build the future of entrepreneurship. We sat down with Susan Lyne to discuss the evolution of the tech industry, a woman’s buying power, and the challenges women face when pitching male investors….

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

Image: vicky leta / mashable You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. That’s the vibe in Instagram “pods” secret communities trying to fight the platform’s algorithmic timeline, one like at a time. SEE ALSO: Your Instagram feed will never be the same again In June 2016, Instagram began rolling out its new algorithmic timeline which changed the order of posts in people’s feeds, favouring popular posts over chronology. Instagram…

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Police prepared to shoot terrorist attack drivers – BBC News

One of the biggest challenges previously faced by police was the risk of bullets bouncing off the glass on vehicles in such attacks, said Mr Chesterman, of the National Police Chiefs’ Council. ‘Horrible tactics’ “We’ve seen some very horrible and different tactics lately involving vehicles and lorries,” he said. “Within our policy, we used to talk about not shooting at a moving vehicle because of the danger we might cause…

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