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Facebook exec and ‘Lean In’ author Sheryl Sandberg says it’s OK for women to cry at work

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said in an interview published Saturday says it’s ok for women to cry at work, share emotions and be honest about their femininity. Sandberg shot to global fame after her the publication of her best-selling book “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to…

Three new factory suicides at Apple supplier Foxconn

Three Foxconn workers have committed suicide at a factory in China in the past three weeks, a labour rights group said on Saturday. All three jumped to their deaths at a plant in the central city of Zhengzhou run by the Taiwanese electronics giant. A 30-year-old married man killed himself…

France legalizes same-sex marriage

France became the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage Saturday after President Francois Hollande signed it into law following months of bitter political debate. Hollande acted a day after the Constitutional Council threw out a legal challenge by the right-wing opposition, which had been the last obstacle to passing the…

Gaza filmmakers look to 3D ‘Scarecrow’ film as a showcase

Filmmakers in Gaza have finished making what is believed to be the first Palestinian animated feature in 3D in a bid to show a fresh perspective on life through a child’s eyes. Called “The Scarecrow”, the 40-minute production tells the story of a nine-year-old orphan named Rima and the scarecrow…

Venezuelan president still waiting for recognition from U.S.

Venezuela's Maduro still waiting on Washington's recognition (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, gestures at Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday. More than a month after Venezuela’s presidential election, Maduro’s narrow victory has yet to be recognized by the United States.(Ariana Cubillos/AP)…

European Union shrugs off debunking of pro-austerity academic study

EU austerity hawks shrug off criticism of flawed academic paper (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn addresses the media at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels earlier this month. Mr. Rehn wrote on his blog that despite flaws…

New York auction houses celebrate after billion-dollar sales week

Two of New York’s leading auction houses combined for the art world’s richest sales week ever, with works going under the hammer for a breathtaking total of more than one billion dollars. Christie’s reaped in more than $638 million dollars at its blockbuster contemporary art auction on Wednesday. Its staggering…

Shots fired during interview at Cannes Film Festival

By Matt Williams, The Guardian Man fires shots from starting pistol during live TV interview with Christopher Waltz and French actor Daniel Auteuil Actors ran for cover at the Cannes film festival on Friday after a man fired shots from a starting pistol during a live TV broadcast. Oscar winner…

Peru cracks down on junk food in schools

Peru’s president signed a new law Thursday designed to reduce child obesity by encouraging healthier eating habits in schools. The law regulates advertising for fatty foods and fizzy soft drinks in schools, the first step in a plan to ban some junk food altogether. Business groups, worried about their revenue,…

America’s tallest man boosts Ukraine in international singing competition

As fog billowed, a giant cloaked figure strode onto the Eurovision Song Contest stage, lightly cradling Ukraine’s singer, Zlata Ognevich, who looked tiny and doll-like in his arms. The stunt awed the audience as Ukraine performed its entry during the contest semi-final on Tuesday. The ballad, called “Gravity”, is widely…

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