After widespread backlash, Hallmark will bring back the lesbian wedding ad

After widespread backlash, Hallmark will bring back the lesbian wedding ad

Earlier this week, the Hallmark Channel pulled four ads for wedding website Zola because they featured a same-sex couple, bending to pressure from conservative group One Million Moms. Now it seems Hallmark is bending back the other way, pledging to reinstate the blushing brides after widespread backlash. A Hallmark Channel spokesperson initially told More...

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As China puts on weight, type-2 diabetes is soaring
By asif On Monday, December 16th, 2019
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As China puts on weight, type-2 diabetes is soaring

MORE THAN 30 years ago, doctors in the northern city of Daqing began a pioneering long-term study into the prevention of type-2 diabetes, a disease which was then thought to affect about 1% of Chinese. When doctors, More...

So near and yet so far - Russia’s Chukotka and America’s Alaska are an era apart | International
By asif On Monday, December 16th, 2019
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So near and yet so far – Russia’s Chukotka and America’s Alaska are an era apart | International

Oct 17th 2019 NOME AND PROVIDENIYA IT IS EASY to forget—if you ever knew—that Russia and the United States are less than three miles apart, across the icy waters of the Bering Strait (see map). From America’s More...

Red card - The Vietnamese football club that defies China | Asia
By asif On Monday, December 16th, 2019
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Red card – The Vietnamese football club that defies China | Asia

Dec 12th 2019 HANOI IT IS JUST a practice match, but the footballers are wearing their full kit anyway. As the shadows stretch across the pitch in inner-city Hanoi, the words emblazoned on their bright yellow More...

Foreign powers are piling into Libya
By asif On Monday, December 16th, 2019
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Foreign powers are piling into Libya

THE WOUNDS of Libyan militiamen defending the UN-backed “government of national accord” (GNA) in Tripoli are changing, along with the battle they are fighting. Shrapnel used to be the cause of most of the casualties More...

The Peronist predicament - How Alberto Fernández plans to cope with Argentina’s economic crisis | The Americas
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The Peronist predicament – How Alberto Fernández plans to cope with Argentina’s economic crisis | The Americas

Dec 12th 2019 BUENOS AIRES ALBERTO FERNÁNDEZ drove himself and his girlfriend, Fabiola Yáñez, to congress for his inauguration as Argentina’s president in their Toyota. That gesture, as much as anything he More...

French workers strike to keep their lavish pensions
By asif On Monday, December 16th, 2019
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French workers strike to keep their lavish pensions

AFTER MONTHS of talks, endless delays and a week of disruptive strikes, the French government finally unveiled on December 11th its long-promised pension reform. The good news is that it has decided to press ahead More...

Rock singer, razor dealer, humanist celebrant: ex-MPs with odd jobs
By asif On Monday, December 16th, 2019
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Rock singer, razor dealer, humanist celebrant: ex-MPs with odd jobs

“THROWN OUT of the frying pan, now looking for a fire,” croons the singer. “Walking around my old haunts but I’m feeling like a ghost.” The song is “Silver Lining” and the band is Summercross, a Yorkshire More...

U.S. Places Sanctions on Art Collector Said to Finance Hezbollah
By asif On Monday, December 16th, 2019
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U.S. Places Sanctions on Art Collector Said to Finance Hezbollah

The Treasury Department announced sanctions Friday against a diamond dealer who the government said has used an art gallery in Beirut, Lebanon, and an extensive personal collection, sprinkled with names like Pablo More...

Suspected Torturer Is Extradited to Argentina
By asif On Monday, December 16th, 2019
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Suspected Torturer Is Extradited to Argentina

Mr. Abriata was one of about 5,000 people who disappeared at the Higher School of Mechanics of the Navy, or ESMA, which was converted into Argentina’s largest clandestine detention center. The former detention More...