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  • U.S. House approves farm bill with major food stamps changes

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved a massive farm bill renewal on Thursday with changes to the government food stamps program that make it unlikely to become law in this form.

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  • U.S. House approves farm bill with major food stamps changes

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved a massive farm bill renewal on Thursday with changes to the government food stamps program that make it unlikely to become law in this form.

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  • First lady Melania Trump visits detained immigrant children

    MCALLEN, Texas (Reuters) - Melania Trump on Thursday went on a damage-control mission near the Texas border with Mexico, visiting children displaced by the country’s immigration crisis and showing a softer side than the hardline policies of her husband, U.S. President Donald Trump.

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  • Turkish opposition plans half a million election vote monitors

    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's main opposition parties and NGOs said they plan to deploy more than half a million monitors and volunteers at ballot boxes across the country to prevent fraud in Sunday's presidential and parliamentary elections.

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  • First lady Melania Trump visits detained immigrant children

    MCALLEN, Texas (Reuters) - Melania Trump, wife of U.S. President Donald Trump, went on a damage-control mission for her husband on Thursday with a visit to a border detention facility where children separated from their parents were being held.

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  • US STOCKS-Wall Street lower as drops in Amazon, Intel add to trade worries

    * Indexes down: Dow 0.52 pct, S&P 0.32 pct, Nasdaq 0.33 pct (Changes comment, adds details, updates prices)

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  • Trump says he is directing agencies to reunite separated immigrant families

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he is directing government agencies to reunite immigrant families separated after crossing into the United States from Mexico.

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  • The explosive film lifting the lid on sex trafficking between India and LA

    Love Sonia is the shocking tale of a young woman caught up in the global sex trade. Its director and stars, including Demi Moore and Freida Pinto, on the true stories that inspired it In the decade it took Tabrez Noorani to get Love Sonia made, he was leading a double life. By day, he was line producer for international titles shooting in India, including Slumdog Millionaire, Zero Dark Thirty and Life of Pi; by night he conducted raids on Mumbai brothels, rescuing women forced into sex work...

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  • Screen time harm to children is unproven, say experts

    Researchers say World Health Organisation’s warnings over ‘gaming disorder’ are premature and say other factors affect child wellbeing There is no strong evidence to support fears that screen time is inherently bad for children, experts have warned, adding that the recognition of so-called gaming disorder by the World Health Organisation is premature. Time spent using devices ranging from computers to smartphones and televisions has been the subject of debate after the UK’s culture secretary...

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  • Cocaine in rivers harming endangered eels, study finds

    Tests show drug causes eels to become hyperactive and damages their muscles, possibly hindering their ability to migrate For eels, the drugs don’t work. Tiny concentrations of cocaine flushed into rivers causes eels to become not only hyperactive but to suffer from muscle wastage, impaired gills and hormonal changes. The impact of traces of cocaine on the physiology of European eels could be hindering their epic migrations through the oceans to reproduce, according to researchers who examined...

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  • Alzheimer's link to herpes virus in brain, say scientists

    Research reveals strains of virus more abundant in brains with early stage of disease, though uncertainly whether virus is a trigger or a symptom The presence of viruses in the brain has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease in research that challenges conventional theories about the onset of dementia. The results, based on tests of brain tissue from nearly 1,000 people, found that two strains of herpes virus were far more abundant in the brains of those with early-stage Alzheimer’s than in healthy...

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  • Considering not having children or decided to stay child-free? Share your experiences

    We want to hear from you if you have either definitely decided or are considering not having children The assumption that women will become mothers is being tested more than ever. Related: What is it really like to be a parent? Share your experiences Continue reading...

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  • What is it really like to be a parent? Share your experiences

    We’d like to hear how parents feel about the way their children have affected their lives It can feel like parenting is harder now than it used to be. The rising cost of living, expensive childcare, a fast-developing social media landscape: all these can place a huge burden on families. Related: Considering not having children or decided to stay child-free? Share your experiences Continue reading...

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  • Leading Republican senator says will 'take a look' at immigration legislation

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Republican conference chairman sounded a cautious note on Thursday about the prospects of passing immigration legislation, saying in a Fox News Channel interview only that his Republican-led chamber would have see if it can pass any bill that comes out of the House of Representatives.

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  • Democracies facing crisis of faith: survey

    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The world's democracies are facing a severe crisis of public faith, according to the conclusions of a large study published on Thursday.

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  • Belgian city to turn abandoned hangar into a 'mega-brothel'

    Ostend’s mayor says Hangar d’amour plan offers more security for sex workers but critics describe it as ‘madness’ An abandoned hangar with protected architectural status is to be converted by the municipality of Ostend into a brothel to accommodate sex workers being moved out of the Belgian seaside town’s red-light district. The so-called “mega brothel” – to be known as the Hangar d’amour – will be run by a company that already manages a 51-bedroom brothel in Antwerp, known as Villa Tinto....

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  • Democracies facing crisis of faith

    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The world's democracies are facing a severe crisis of public faith, according to the conclusions of a large study published on Thursday.

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  • China's Weibo blocks comedian John Oliver after Xi Jinping roasting

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's Twitter-like microblogging service Weibo has blocked and deleted posts referring to British comedian John Oliver after he slammed the country's human rights record and mocked President Xi Jinping on his show, Last Week Tonight.

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