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New app to tell how healthy food items are

New app determines whether food is healthy

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A new smartphone app,"Edo", developed in collaboration with a nutritionist from the University of Bologna, will help people identify whether a food item is healthy or not. In order to become informed about the nutritional value of a certain food, a user only has to scan the barcode of the item with the phone's camera. The app will then give it a score between one and 10, evaluating how healthy it is. If the scanned item is not in the database yet, the app will send it to third party to add it. When the app evaluates the food item, it will also take personal information such as gender
Clooney plans to visit Lebanon to meet his 'sudden 1,000 in-laws'

Clooney plans visit to Lebanon to meet his ‘sudden 1,000 in-laws’

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Hollywood actor, director, and human rights activist, George Clooney, finds the culture of his Lebanese wife “absolutely fascinating”. He has revealed that he is planning to visit Lebanon’s capital Beirut with his wife so he can meet his in-laws and her extended family. “We are going to go to Beirut and I am really excited to do that. But I did not know much about Lebanese culture, including how many family members I suddenly have in Lebanon which is 1,000, I think.” When he was asked about the influence his wife Amal Clooney has on his views and his understanding of Middle Eas
Avalanche rips through Colombian town: Worst disaster since 1999

Avalanche rips through Colombian town: Worst disaster since 1999

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An avalanche of mud and debris swept through the mountain village of Salgar, Colombia. More than 400 soldiers, Red Cross volunteers, and other activists have been working around the clock to help victims and survivors. At least 78 have been reported dead, 80 are missing, and hundreds are injured or disoriented. All homes and buildings in the area were destroyed. Natives in the region say they "don't even recognize (Salgar), because it looks like a desert." Miraculously, an 11-month-old baby boy survived after riding more than a mile on the sliding debris in his cradle. He was found uncon

U.K.'s new illegal immigration crackdown

U.K.’s new illegal immigration crackdown

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Newly re-elected Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed that the Queen's Speech next week will contain announcements for new harsher methods of preventing illegal immigration in the U.K.. Electronic tagging of foreign criminals and a crackdown on people working without permits will be the highest priorities. Cameron currently has plans to close a loophole that lets certain illegal migrants work in the country and prevents the authorities from confiscating the money they earn. Foreign criminals in the U.K. will also be electronically tagged so that they can be tracked at all times. The
Report: Security forces using sexual abuse on 'massive scale'

Report: Security forces using sexual abuse on ‘massive scale’

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Egyptian security forces are using sexual violence against male and female detainees on a massive scale, according to a new report by the International Federation for Human Rights. The report asserts that men, women, and children are being indiscriminately abused "to eliminate public protest," including being subjected to rape by objects, electrocution of genitalia, sex-based defamation, and blackmail. Victims include members of NGOs, students, and other Egyptians perceived as "endangering the moral order." “The scale of sexual violence points to a cynical political strategy aimed
Dubai's first zero waste hotel to open in 2017

Dubai’s first zero waste hotel to open in 2017

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The first solar-power and zero waste hotel in Dubai will open sometime in the first six months of 2017. The Indigo Hotel by InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) is part of Dubai’s first sustainable development project. Literally 100 percent of the building's energy needs will be taken care of thanks to solar power. All of the waste water the hotel will produce will be recycled. All material waste will be sorted at its source and then recycled. The hotel complex will include residences, a school, a community center, an equestrian center, solar covered parking lots, and an organic farm whi
Mumbai firm denies job to MBA graduate for being Muslim

Mumbai firm denies job to MBA graduate for being Muslim

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Zeshan Khan, an international business management graduate, was denied a job by a Mumbai-based diamond exports company for being Muslim. Khan applied for a job with the firm along with two of his classmates. While his friends were called for interviews, Khan received an email which said that the company did not employ Muslims. He wrote about his experience on Facebook, sparking widespread criticism on social media. The company soon issued a clarification, stating it does not discriminate on the basis of religion and that the erroneous rejection letter was sent by a new employee. The co
Chinese gov't losing more civil suits than ever before

Chinese gov’t losing more civil suits than ever before

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New statistics show that over the past three years, the Chinese government has lost 3 percent of the civil suits brought against it by the people, more than ever before. From 2012 to 2014, 2,408 cases were filed against the government. Of those, 32 percent called for the disclosure of information to the public, and 80 percent were related to construction and demolition. The loss rates, though low, are significant because in the past, the government saw losses as a challenge to the authority of the Chinese Communist Party, and were rarely allowed by the judicial system. However, the c
Sri Lanka's new perception of its civil war history

Sri Lanka’s new perception of its civil war history

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Minorities in Sri Lanka reject the myth that separatism is the solution to their problems, a cabinet spokesman said, indicating that the country is looking at its history in a different way. Sri Lanka ended its 30-year-old civil war against the Liberation Tiger Tamils of Elam (LTTE) militants in May of 2009. Since then, the government has celebrated the victory in military fashion in the South while parents of dead rebels grieve in the North. The new government, formed after the elections in January, sees no logic in celebrating a victory against a community that is integral to multi-et
Prayer leader convicted for hate speech against religious minority

Prayer leader convicted of hate speech against religious minority

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An anti-terrorist court put a prayer leader behind bars for five years for inciting hate speech in public gatherings against a rival Shia sect in the Kasur district of Punjab province. Qari Abubakar was arrested in February for insulting Shia community members and calling them infidels. According to the prosecution, the Abubakar was turning people against Shias. The accused denied the charge and insisted that he did not attend the gathering. However a video was presented to the court, showing him delivering the speech during the function. Over the past several years, because of
Mexican elections get bloody, candidate killed

Candidate dies during bloody election campaigning in Mexico

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The 2015 Mexican elections scheduled for June 7 are some of the most violent the Latin American country has ever experienced. Countless politicians are being threatened, kidnapped and, in extreme cases, killed. Enrique Hernandez, a mayoral candidate from the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) for the eastern region of Yurécuaro, was the most recent target and victim. He was killed during a public rally by a man who shot him and then fled to a getaway car driven by an unknown accomplice. Mexico's Attorney General's Office announced that 23 local officers and one civilian have been t
Russia to restrict access to abortion

Russia to restrict access to abortion

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If passed, a new series of bills proposed in the Russian Duma (parliament) would severely restrict women's access to abortion. It is currently covered by the state, but the new conservative legislation proposes to monetize the procedure. Only state institutions will be allowed to do it in lieu of payment, unless there are "medical" or "social" reasons for the abortion. One of the bills also suggests a ban on so-called "abortion pills," which block hormones, thus preventing the pregnancy from continuing at its earliest stages. Following similar proposals in the United States, there is also
Fears that new NGO draft law aims to hinder aid efforts

Fears that new NGO draft law aims to hinder aid efforts

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South Sudan's parliament has just passed a bill regulating the activities of NGOs. Humanitarian agencies fear the law is more about restricting their work and warn of possible "catastrophic effects" for civilians in the war-ravaged nation. Lawmakers, who unanimously adopted the bill, said it is intended to regulate a vast sector that has operated without any specific legislation so far. They say the bill will also remove alleged fake or "briefcase" NGOs that exist on paper and raise funds but do not actually carry out operations beneficial to the South Sudanese people. Aid organizations
Respected Saudi theologian blasts ISIS for exploiting youth

Respected Saudi theologian blasts ISIS for exploiting youth

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A popular Islamic theologian Muhammed Al-Arefe warned young Muslim people not to join ISIS. He criticized the extremist group for its exploitation of young people in acts of violence and bloodshed. He also denounced its extreme Takfirist ideology, saying that Muslims who do not follow its doctrine are apostates. “I swear by Allah my heart tears apart when I read on Twitter or other [websites] Takfirist words from youth as young as my sons,” Al-Arefe said in a video posted on YouTube. Al-Arefe asked young people: “What believer would be pleased with attacks perpetrated in the name o
Newest wedding trend in India: Horse-driven chariots

Newest wedding trend in India: Horse-driven chariots

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In the Indian city of Vijayawada, decorated horse-drawn chariots are increasing in popularity among newly married couples. The tradition was primarily practiced by wealthy families only, but now people with moderate incomes are renting the exotic chariots for their weddings. Rentals of the carriages have shot up dramatically. Chariot owners charge a fee ranging between 20,000 rupees ($300) and 50,000 rupees ($800) a day, depending on the event. These prices make it difficult for many middle class families who usually make between $10 and $40 a day (roughly between $390 and $1,250 a month
Ruling party closes social media accounts amid hacking claims

Ruling party closes social media accounts amid hacking claims

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Nigeria’s ruling political party has closed its Twitter and Facebook accounts after hackers allegedly occupied them and published posts in which they appeared to accept responsibility for governance failures. The twitter handle @PDPNigeria belonging to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) posted a series of tweets saying the party was responsible for “all that has gone wrong in the last 16 years." The posts have generated a lot of controversy and public debate in the country, but according to PDP public secretary Olisa Metuh, they did not come from the party. Metuh said on the
Boy infamously deported to Cuba in 1999 gives first interview

Boy famously deported to Cuba in 1999 gives first interview

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In 1999, Elián González made headlines in the United States and Cuba when he illegally drifted at sea from Cuba to Miami alone after his mother died in a shipwreck. The then 6-year-old boy was taken into the care of his uncle in Miami, and before long he was in the middle of a tug of war between Cuba and the U.S. on whether he was to stay or be deported. The United States sent him back to Cuba and he has remained out of the spotlight until now. This week, 15 years after his famous journey, Elian gave his first public interview. Now 21, an engineer, and engaged to his high school swe
Anti-graffiti activists erase famous art piece by accident

Anti-graffiti activists accidentally erase famous art piece

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A few days after the Labor Day protests on May 1 demonstrating against the 2015 Expo in Milan, in which hundreds of protesters damaged cars and store windows, locals organized to clean up the streets. Some decided to create an association and declared a “war” on graffiti. Unfortunately, things went a little too far when a team of volunteers erased a composition painted in 2001 by Pao, a famous street artist from Milan. A video of residents yelling at the volunteers went viral, and the mayor, who previously endorsed the volunteers' work, had to apologize to the neighborhood. The ci
Bangladesh close to moving up from 'lower income country'

Bangladesh may soon have higher income status

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The per capita income level in Bangladesh is now ranked 56th in the world. According to recent data published by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), it has increased from last year’s $1,190 to $1,314. Bangladesh's standing as a "lower-income country" has been raised to "lower-middle-income country" as calculated by the World Bank. It defines low-income economies as $1,045 or less per capita. All of this is possible because Bangladesh's economy has had a steady 6+ percent growth over the last five years. Last year's fiscal growth, ending in June, is expected to be 6.5 percent.
Total chaos in Portugal after last game of soccer championship

Total chaos in Portugal after soccer championship game

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Sport Lisboa e Benfica, the most popular and, arguably, the most successful soccer team in Portugal, won the national championship but the festivities were marked by violence. Numerous fans and police officers were injured, and many were arrested. During the game, a television news crew filmed the police beating a fan near the stadium in front of his two children. The deputy hit the man with a truncheon while his children were screaming and crying. Police say that the fan had spit in his face. At the end of the match, Benfica fans stormed the home team’s store, stealing spor

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