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Tongan prime minister overrides ‘girls’ rugby ban’

Tonga’s prime minister has reversed a ministry decision that appeared to ban girls from playing rugby in schools. There was outrage in the Pacific nation this week after a girls’ high school rugby team was withdrawn from a competition because of their gender. An official letter said that sports such …

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Tongan prime minister overrides ‘girls’ rugby ban’

Tonga’s prime minister has reversed a ministry decision that appeared to ban girls from playing rugby in schools. There was outrage in the Pacific nation this week after a girls’ high school rugby team was withdrawn from a competition because of their gender. An official letter said that sports such …

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China cracks down on video parodies

China’s media regulator has announced a crackdown on video parodies. It says video websites are banned from featuring videos that “distort or spoof” classical literature or art, and videos that re-cut or re-voice radio, TV and online programmes. Chinese bloggers regularly produce spoof videos, including some that mock state media …

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Lords seek rethink on UK passport contract

Members of the House of Lords have called on the government to reconsider awarding a contract to print new blue UK passports to a Franco-Dutch firm. Conservative peer Lord Naseby said it would have a major adverse effect on “the whole of British industry, and the British people as they …

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DeepMind explores inner workings of AI

As with the human brain, the neural networks that power artificial intelligence systems are not easy to understand. DeepMind, the Alphabet-owned AI firm famous for teaching an AI system to play Go, is attempting to work out how such systems make decisions. By knowing how AI works, it hopes to …

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Woman dies after having bee-sting therapy

A woman has died after undergoing bee-sting therapy, a form of treatment backed by Gwyneth Paltrow. The 55-year-old Spanish woman had been having live bee acupuncture for two years when she developed a severe reaction. She died weeks later of multiple organ failure. Researchers who studied the case say live …

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Woman dies after having bee-sting therapy

A woman has died after undergoing bee-sting therapy, a form of treatment backed by Gwyneth Paltrow. The 55-year-old Spanish woman had been having live bee acupuncture for two years when she developed a severe reaction. She died weeks later of multiple organ failure. Researchers who studied the case say live …

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Rise in cancers ’caused by weight’

Being overweight or obese is a growing cause of cancer in the UK while cases caused by smoking are falling, according to a large study. Cancer Research UK found more than a third of all cases of cancer were avoidable – some 135,000. The charity also found that excess weight …

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