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Iran revolution: ‘I wore a hijab and head-banged to Nirvana’

Image copyright Feranak Amidi On my first day of school in Iran we walked down a poorly-lit corridor. I was holding my mother’s hand and crying. She was crying too. On my head I had a black hood, known as a maghnaeh, covering my hair. I was six years old and terrified. This was nothing like my kindergarten in Los Angeles. I was born in the summer of 1979 in California, a few months after Iran’s Islamic Revolution; my mother was in her early 20s and my grandmother was 50.…

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Newspaper headlines: NHS ‘gene revolution’ and Rooney arrest

Newspaper headlines: NHS ‘gene revolution’ and Rooney arrest By BBC News Staff Image caption The government’s 10-year plan for the NHS, which is published on Monday, is the top story for the Express. The paper calls the strategy “revolutionary” and reports that the government hopes it could save 500,000 lives. Improved maternity care, stroke therapy and extra support for the elderly are among the new benefits touted. Image caption The Telegraph also leads with the health strategy. It says a “gene revolution” will see tests given to all children with…

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Castro denounces US ‘confrontation’ as Cuba marks revolution

Image copyright AFP Image caption Raul Castro was speaking in front of the tomb of his brother, Fidel Former Cuban President Raul Castro has accused the US of returning to its policy of confrontation. Mr Castro, who is still head of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party, was speaking on the 60th anniversary of the revolution led by his brother, Fidel. He urged Cubans to prepare for all scenarios to defend their independence and said the revolution “had not aged”. The Castro brothers, first Fidel and then Raul, ruled the country between…

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Will organic revolution boost farming in India?

In 2016, Sikkim, a small state in India’s northeast, was declared the country’s first fully organic state. Since then, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been trying to promote chemical-free farming across the country. It’s been nearly half a century since the “Green Revolution” introduced modern farming techniques that included the use of pesticides, to make India a self-sufficient food producer. So will Sikkim’s organic revolution be able to reinvent agriculture once again across India? Reporter: Yogita Limaye; Producer: Pooja Aggarwal; Filmed and edited by Vishnu Vardhan Source link

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‘The bride and groom of the revolution’

Tens of thousands of Syrians have been taken by the authorities during the country’s civil war, their families often not hearing from them for months. Human rights lawyer Noura Safadi’s husband was a famous activist. His name was Bassel Khartabil Safadi. The couple met at a demonstration, quickly falling in love before Bassel was detained. Yet they became known as ‘the bride and groom of the Syrian revolution.’ This is their story. Video Journalist: Eloise Alanna. Illustrations by Jonathan Blezard. Source link

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Digital revolution has only small impact on inflation: ECB’s Weidmann

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Rapid technological advances cut inflation only marginally and temporarily, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann said on Monday, weighing in on one of the biggest debates in modern central banking. FILE PHOTO: Germany’s Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann speaks in Berlin, Germany, August 23, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke With much of the industrialized world struggling with anemic inflation levels, some economists argue that rapid technological development keeps a lid on prices, forcing central banks to exhaust their firepower fighting an economic paradigm shift, and leaving them with few tools for the…

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Newspaper headlines: Cancer treatment ‘revolution’ and baby joy

Newspaper headlines: Cancer treatment ‘revolution’ and baby joy By BBC News Staff Image caption A “cancer treatment revolution” is on its way, according to the front of the i’s weekend edition. The paper says doctors will use artificial intelligence to “outwit” the disease and predict how it spreads. The breakthrough, it claims, will transform care for millions of people and boost survival chances. Image caption The Daily Express runs the same story, celebrating the technology that was designed in Britain by a team at the Institute of Cancer research in…

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Reunited at last: The friends who escaped China’s Cultural Revolution

Image caption Ha (left) and Chan first met when they were six Two childhood friends met and then grew apart in the Chinese city of Guangzhou as the Cultural Revolution was at its height. Nearly six decades later they were reunited in Hong Kong after one read about the other in a BBC report, write Grace Tsoi and Lam Cho Wai. Hong Kong is a city of immigrants. For decades, particularly in the wake of political turmoil in China, it was a haven for refugees fleeing chaos and seeking new…

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