Instagram expands hiding 'likes' to make you happier

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  • July 20, 2019
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Instagram is expanding a test to hide how many “likes” people’s posts receive as it tries to combat criticism that such counts hurt mental health and make people feel bad when comparing themselves to others. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing service has been running the test in Canada since May. Now, Facebook says the test has been […]

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India school-leaving exam: The controversy that cost 23 lives

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  • July 20, 2019
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At least 23 teenagers in the southern Indian state of Telangana have killed themselves since their school-leaving exam results were announced in April. BBC Telugu’s Deepthi Bathini explains why the results have become controversial. Thota Vennela enjoyed cooking, watching comedy shows and eating street food. Her older brother, Venkatesh, 19, had recently taught her to […]

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Former Brexit chief: We should all worry about no deal

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  • July 8, 2019
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Everyone should worry about no deal, the civil servant who was, until March, head of the Brexit department has said. Philip Rycroft, who resigned after 18 months, told the BBC’s Panorama no deal was “fraught with risk”. And NI police said no deal could help recruitment for paramilitary groups. Both the candidates in the race […]

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GCC market to benefit from India’s gold duty hike

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  • July 8, 2019
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With India set to hike customs duty on gold and other precious metals, buying gold from the GCC will be cheaper compared to Indian markets, Malabar Group, one of the world’s largest jewellery retailers, said yesterday. “With the revised duty structure, customer will benefit more than INR400 per gram on the Gold purchases from GCC […]

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STOKE-ON-TRENT: The framed coat of arms hanging in the headquarters of the Hanley Economic Building Society in Stoke-on-Trent depicts two squirrels in ermine robes above the motto ‘Save Safely, Build Surely’, which the mortgage lender’s customers have duly done for over 150 years. Now with Brexit looming, rock-bottom interest rates squeezing margins, and behemoth competitors […]

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Southern California has been rattled by its largest earthquake in two decades as a 7.1-magnitude tremor shook buildings and cut power supplies in parts of Los Angeles but did not cause major damage or deaths, officials said. The shallow quake struck near the small city of Ridgecrest on Friday at 8:19pm (3:19 GMT on Saturday), […]

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Rahul Gandhi quits as India opposition leader

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  • July 3, 2019
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In his resignation letter, which he tweeted on Thursday, he took responsibility for the party’s defeat in the recent general election. He had already announced his intention to resign, but party leaders had hoped to change his mind. Mr Gandhi’s father, grandmother and great grandfather were all former prime ministers. In the letter he added […]

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Japan urges UK to avoid no-deal Brexit

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  • June 28, 2019
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Japan’s foreign minister has told the BBC that he has been telling the two prospective Conservative leaders to avoid a no-deal Brexit. Taro Kono told the Today programme that he knew Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt “very well” and had told them in meetings, “please no no-deal Brexit”. He said trade talks could not take […]

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Leave EU without Brexit deal if need be – Alun Cairns

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  • June 22, 2019
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The UK must be prepared to leave the EU without a deal at the end of October, the Welsh secretary has said. Alun Cairns said ministers must “act on the instructions of the referendum”, even if it means a no-deal Brexit. But he said he wants a deal and believes “genuinely” the UK will get […]

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Trump confirms calling off attacks against Iran (Video)

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  • June 22, 2019
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Trump confirmed in a series of tweets that he called off retaliatory attacks on three Iranian targets following the downing of the US drone, saying the attacks would not have been a proportionate response. “We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 […]

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