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‘Avatar Therapy’ Shows Promise in Treatment of Schizophrenia

November 24, 2017 by · Comments Off on ‘Avatar Therapy’ Shows Promise in Treatment of Schizophrenia 

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Uber CEO Says Company Failed to Disclose Massive Breach in 2016

November 23, 2017 by · Comments Off on Uber CEO Says Company Failed to Disclose Massive Breach in 2016 

AmericaE603CF8B-C244-42A4-839D-7C383DD4AD7B_w1023_r1_sVOA – Uber Technologies Inc failed to disclose a massive breach last year that exposed the data of some 57 million users of the ride-sharing service, the company’s new chief executive officer said on Tuesday. Discovery of the company’s handling of the incident led to the departure of two employees who led Uber’s response to the incident, said Dara Khosrowshahi, who was named CEO in August following the departure of founder Travis Kalanick. Khosrowshahi said he had only recently learned of the matter himself. The company’s admission that it failed to disclose the breach comes as Uber seeks to recover from a series of crises that culminated in the Kalanick’s ouster in June. “None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,” Khosrowshahi said in a blog post.

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Online Abuse Silences Women and Girls, Fuels Violence, Survey Shows

November 20, 2017 by · Comments Off on Online Abuse Silences Women and Girls, Fuels Violence, Survey Shows 

In this, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, photo illustration, a woman types on her laptop, in Miami. Details from the Department of Justice indictment of Russian hackers on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, show that many people are still not taking routine precautions to safeguard their email accounts, and hackers are exploiting that. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

In this, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, photo illustration, a woman types on her laptop, in Miami. Details from the Department of Justice indictment of Russian hackers on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, show that many people are still not taking routine precautions to safeguard their email accounts, and hackers are exploiting that. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Pervasive online abuse and harassment pressure women and girls into censoring themselves on social media and fuel gender-based discrimination and violence, rights groups said on Monday. About one in four women in Britain, the United States and six other countries said in a survey they had experienced online abuse or harassment. More than 40 percent said the online abuse made them fear for their physical safety and more than half reported trouble sleeping, loss of self-esteem and panic attacks after the incidents, according to rights group Amnesty International. About a third stopped expressing their opinions online or withdrew from public conversations as a result, Amnesty said.

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US General Says He’d Resist ‘Illegal’ Nuclear Strike Order From Trump

November 19, 2017 by · Comments Off on US General Says He’d Resist ‘Illegal’ Nuclear Strike Order From Trump 

Generaweb9B07FCEB-C23B-4D75-9B70-710663A49891_w1023_r1_s-3VOA – The top U.S. nuclear commander was quoted as saying Saturday that he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an “illegal” launch of nuclear weapons. CBS News said Air Force General John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), told an audience at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada, that he had given a lot of thought to what he would say if he received such an order. “I think some people think we’re stupid,” Hyten said in response to a question about such a scenario. “We’re not stupid people. We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?

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US Towns, Cities Fear Taxpayer Revolt if Republicans Kill Deduction

November 17, 2017 by · Comments Off on US Towns, Cities Fear Taxpayer Revolt if Republicans Kill Deduction 

President Donald Trump, left, walks with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, as they leave a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington. Trump is at the Capitol for a pep rally with House Republicans, shortly before the chamber is expected to approve the tax bill over solid Democratic opposition. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Donald Trump, left, walks with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, as they leave a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington. Trump is at the Capitol for a pep rally with House Republicans, shortly before the chamber is expected to approve the tax bill over solid Democratic opposition. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

VOA – From Pataskala, Ohio, to Conroe, Texas, local government leaders worry that if Republican tax-overhaul plans moving through the U.S. Congress become law, it will be harder for them to pave streets, put out fires, fight crime and pay teachers. A tax plan approved by the House of Representatives on Thursday would sharply curtail a federal deduction that millions of Americans can now claim for tax payments to state, county, city and town governments.

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Militant Convoy That Left Raqqa Contradicts America’s New Counter-IS Strategy

November 15, 2017 by · Comments Off on Militant Convoy That Left Raqqa Contradicts America’s New Counter-IS Strategy 

IsesweebD4ABEBAD-B836-44E9-800D-0D1AE520193C_cx0_cy4_cw0_w1023_r1_sVOA – When the Trump administration rolled out a new campaign in May to “annihilate” Islamic State, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis praised tactical changes that would provide “no escape” for the terrorists. But a convoy of thousands of Syrians — including hundreds of Islamic State (IS) fighters — permitted by U.S.-backed forces last month to leave the city once touted as the terror groups’ de facto capital, challenges that notion. Several officials told VOA it also highlights the “limitations of fighting by, with and through” local forces.

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Iran-Iraq earthquake: Hundreds killed as border region hit

November 13, 2017 by · Comments Off on Iran-Iraq earthquake: Hundreds killed as border region hit 

ErdquickEnglish_98724897_f440b9f1-a376-4834-84da-9fb6096516cfVOA – A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has shaken the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 396 people and injuring thousands more. More than 7,000 people are also said to have been injured in the quake, the world’s deadliest this year. Most of those who died were in Iran’s western Kermanshah province, where a search for survivors has started. Nine more people died in Iraq, where residents fled from their homes into the streets in the capital, Baghdad. “I was sitting with my kids having dinner and suddenly the building was just dancing in the air,” a Baghdad resident, Majida Ameer, told Reuters news agency.

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Pair, Linked by Face Transplant, Finally Meet

November 12, 2017 by · Comments Off on Pair, Linked by Face Transplant, Finally Meet 

Standing in a stately Mayo Clinic library, Lilly Ross reached out and touched the face of a stranger, prodding the rosy cheeks and eyeing the hairless gap in a chin she once had known so well. “That’s why he always grew it so long, so he could try to mesh it together on the chin,” she told Andy Sandness, as he shut his eyes and braced for the tickle of her touch on new nerve endings in the face that had been her husband’s.

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New Jersey’s ‘Mile Square’ City Elects First Sikh Mayor

November 8, 2017 by · Comments Off on New Jersey’s ‘Mile Square’ City Elects First Sikh Mayor 

Just across the Hudson river from Manhattan, the “Mile Square” city of Hoboken, New Jersey, elected its first Sikh mayor on Tuesday. Democrat Ravi Bhalla, who has served on Hoboken’s city council for eight years and was endorsed by outgoing mayor Dawn Zimmer, claimed victory over five rival candidates late Tuesday night.

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US Commerce Chief Tied to Russian Shipping Venture, Leaked Documents Show

November 6, 2017 by · Comments Off on US Commerce Chief Tied to Russian Shipping Venture, Leaked Documents Show 

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