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Taliban Attacks Kabul, Putin "Owns" Russia, Trump Or Kim?

Taliban Attacks Kabul, Putin "Owns" Russia, Trump Or Kim?


A powerful explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, killed at least 28 people this morning, AP quotes a government official as saying. According to the BBC, the suicide blast from a vehicle injured at least 329 people, some critically. Gunmen then stormed the area, and some news outlets are reporting that a gunfight is still ongoing. The Taliban claimed the attack, and has promised to launch a "spring offensive" with "large-scale attacks." This morning's bombing happened during rush hour in the busy neighborhood of Pul-e-Mahmud.


The death toll from Saturday's earthquake in Ecuador stood at 413 by last night, with more than 2,000 injured. More on the coverage from the local press in our Extra! item.


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"I will fight," embattled Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said yesterday while speaking to the lower house of Congress, which voted to begin impeachment proceedings against her on Sunday, Brazilian daily O Globo reports. "This is not the beginning of the end — it's the beginning of the fight," added the country's first-ever female president, who was narrowly re-elected in late 2014 for a second term. Rousseff is accused of manipulating government accounts, which she denies, instead accusing the opposition of carrying out a "coup" against her and her Workers' Party. The impeachment process now goes on to the Brazilian Senate, which is expected to vote next month on whether to start an impeachment trial.


Israeli security services last night confirmed that yesterday's Jerusalem bus explosion was caused by a bomb and was a "terror attack," Haaretz reports. This is the first bombing attack in Jerusalem since the end of the second Intifada in 2005. It wounded at least 20 people, including two seriously. Local authorities say they are "checking to find out where the explosive device came from and who placed it on the bus."


The act of sending cheeky texts to one's partner is, admittedly, nothing new. Sexting has been around as long as texting (starting in the 1990s), just as pornographic movies arrived with the advent of cinema. "And yet it's never too late to get with the program, so to speak," Camille Destraz writes for Swiss daily Le Temps. "A 2015 study presented during a psychology convention in Toronto suggested that couples who ‘sext' have a happier sex life."

Read the full article, How Sexting Can Spice Things Up For Couples In A Rut.


Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are expected to strengthen their respective leads in the presidential race as New York voters cast ballots in today's primary, The Washington Postreports. Clinton, a former U.S. senator from New York, has a 99% chance of beating her Democratic opponent Bernie Sanders, according to the analytical website FiveThirtyEight, which gives her a 12.5-point lead. The website predicts the same chances for New York businessman Trump to vanquish his rivals in today's GOP primary.


Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, recently suspended from the game for testing positive for the banned drug meldonium, turns 29 today. That and more in today's shot of history.


Since last year, some 493 Chinese students have fallen ill with serious illnesses such lymphoma and leukemia, but also from headaches, nosebleeds, coughs and rashes after attending a school built on a toxic waste dump in the eastern city of Changzhou. A report about the afflictions was broadcast Sunday on state television network CCTV, sparking major public anger. According to the report, of 641 students seen by doctors, 493 of them were affected by some kind of illness related to the school's location. Soil tests have revealed hazardous levels of toxins, including chlorobenzene, a poisonous solvent that causes damage to the liver, kidneys and nervous system.


Mending The Nets — Concarneau, 1950



The Guardian has created this interesting quiz featuring provocative comments, giving readers the chance to guess whether they were uttered by U.S. GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump or North Korean officials.

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Feminists Infiltrate The “Incelosphere” — Where Toxic Content Warps Modern Masculinity

An increasing number of male teens and young adults who've experienced feelings of rejection wind up in what's been dubbed the “incelosphere,” a place where they can find mutual understanding in a world they think is against them. Two women Polish journalists spent two years on the online servers these “beta males” are flocking to in ever greater numbers.

Illustration of a man wearing a hoodie looking at a laptop, with two women watching over his shoulder.

Watching over "beta males" and their online toxic masculinity

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Patrycja Wieczorkiewicz

In her book For The Love Of Men: From Toxic To A More Mindful Masculinity, Canadian feminist writer Liz Plank explained that the struggle of women can never be one without confronting the crisis of manhood.

Plank is part of the forward-thinking feminist researchers and authors who've dedicated a significant amount of their work to the problems of men and masculinity, always sure to arouse suspicion. In reality, from a young age, we are forced into one of two oppressive patterns – masculinity and femininity – which in turn shape our behavior and our choices.

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