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Bollywood’s first major LGBTQ film

A new Bollywood film, one of the first to focus on same-sex relationships, has been released in India. How I Felt When I Saw That Girl is the first mainstream Indian release with a star cast that focuses on a lesbian love story. The film’s director Shelly Chopra Dhar spoke to the BBC about the significance of this film for India’s LGBTQ community. Video by Krishna Khakhria Source link

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As Amazon drops New York City project, progressives claim a major coup

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasted no time on Thursday in calling Amazon’s decision to scrap plans to build a major New York outpost with nearly $3 billion in city and state incentives a big victory for progressive politicians. The democratic socialist congresswoman has become the face of the Democratic Party’s ascendant left wing, thanks in part to her upset victory last year in a district near the proposed Amazon.com Inc development. “Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers &…

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Dogs’ becoming major threat’ to wildlife

Image copyright Pitam Chattopadhyay Image caption Protected species like blackbuck are attacked by feral and free-ranging dogs They may be our “best friends” but dogs have also emerged as a major threat to wildlife. Scientists say they have contributed to the extinction of nearly one dozen wild bird and animal species. As such, they have become the third worst human-introduced predators after cats and rats. Now dogs are said to threaten nearly 200 species worldwide, some of which are critically endangered, studies suggest. And yet, feral and free-ranging dogs have…

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Frank Robinson, Major League Baseball’s first black manager, dies at 83

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Robinson stands beside a statue of himself Legendary baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson – the first African-American to manage a professional team – has died aged 83, baseball officials say. After winning Most Valuable Player awards in both US leagues – the only player in history to do so – he went on to manage Cleveland in 1975. With a total of 586, he is 10th on the list of the most home runs hit in a major league career. Robinson, who holds…

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Venezuela crisis: Juan Guaidó plans major nationwide protests

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Guaidó has urged his supporters to “keep taking to the streets” Venezuela’s self-declared interim president Juan Guaidó has called on his tens of thousands of supporters to mobilise for nationwide demonstrations. Saturday’s protests are intended to ramp up pressure on President Nicolás Maduro to step down and call a snap presidential election. Mr Guaidó declared himself president last month and was immediately recognised by the US and several Latin American countries. Russia and China back President Maduro. Major European countries have given President…

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Major expedition targets Thwaites Glacier

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDr Kelly Hogan: “Thwaites is the plug holding back much of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet” The US icebreaker Nathaniel B Palmer leaves Punta Arenas in Chile on Tuesday to begin an expedition to Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier. The huge ice stream in West Antarctica is currently melting, and scientists want to understand its likely future contribution to sea-level rise. If all of Thwaites’ frozen bulk were to give way, it would add 80cm to the height of the world’s oceans. “How much,…

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Madrid taxis block major road in biggest anti-Uber protest yet

Taxis disrupt traffic to protest against ride-hailing services in central Madrid, Spain, January 28, 2019. REUTERS/Juan Medina MADRID (Reuters) – Hundreds of taxis blocked a central traffic artery in Madrid during Monday’s morning rush hour, in their biggest show of strength yet as a protest seeking tighter regulation of Uber and other ride-hailing services entered its second week. Anti-riot police backed by a fleet of tow trucks took several hours to clear the vehicles from the capital’s Paseo de la Castellana. Stoppages are expected elsewhere as the protest drags on.…

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Rugby: Major League commissioner sees bright future for game in U.S.

(Reuters) – Major League Rugby (MLR) Commissioner Dean Howes says the sport will be more visible than ever in the United States this year as the professional league kicks off its second season. Featuring eight U.S.-based teams and one from Canada, with three more teams set to join in 2020, the MLR season began this weekend. It will stage 72 regular season games, culminating in a final in July. Howes said rugby’s lack of popularity in North America was down to limited exposure. “For Americans the availability of rugby just…

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US shutdown: Trump to make ‘major announcement’ on Mexico wall

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFederal workers queue up for free food US President Donald Trump says he will make a “major announcement” later on his Mexican border wall, an issue that has partially shut down government. The shutdown, now in its fifth week, is the longest in US history and has left 800,000 federal workers unpaid. Mr Trump insists on $5.7bn (£4.5bn) funding for the wall but opposition Democrats refuse to support it. Correspondents say Mr Trump may offer a concession on so-called Dreamers, young illegal…

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Brexit: Theresa May should become mediator, says Sir John Major

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May needs to become a mediator to help break the Brexit deadlock in Parliament, former prime minister John Major has said. He wants MPs to be given a vote on all Brexit options, indicating their preference on the way forward. Mrs May should consider dropping her red lines “in the national interest” and become a facilitator to find out what Parliament wants, he said. Tory Brexit supporter Suella Braverman dismissed his “Remainer elite” views. She said: “Thank you Sir John, but no thanks.” ‘Open and…

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