No more fillings as dentists reveal new tooth decay treatment

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No more fillings as dentists reveal new tooth decay treatment
Scientists in London develop pain-free filling that allows teeth to repair themselves without drilling or injections Scientists have developed a new pain-free filling that allows cavities to be repaired without drilling or injections. The tooth-rebuilding technique developed at King’s College London does away with fillings and instead encourages teeth to repair themselves. Tooth decay is […]

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The Gambia bans female genital mutilation

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The Gambia bans female genital mutilation
President Yahya Jammeh outlaws practice that affects three-quarters of women in west African country The Gambia has announced it will ban female genital mutilation (FGM) after the Guardian launched a global campaign to end the practice. The president, Yahya Jammeh, said last night that the controversial surgical intervention would be outlawed. He said the ban […]

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Teenage boys wear skirts to school to protest against ‘no shorts’ policy

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Teenage boys wear skirts to school to protest against ‘no shorts’ policy
Dozens of pupils at Isca academy in Exeter stage uniform protest after school insists they wear trousers despite heatwave Some had borrowed from girlfriends, others from sisters. A few had gone the extra mile and shaved their legs. When the Isca academy in Devon opened on Thursday morning, an estimated 30 boys arrived for lessons, […]

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Tanzania’s ghost safari: how western aid contributed to the decline of a wildlife haven

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Tanzania’s ghost safari: how western aid contributed to the decline of a wildlife haven
International projects helped turn a rich and fertile Tanzanian valley into vast tracts of farmland, teak forests and sugar plantations The long road from Dar es Salaam brings you through sparsely wooded hills and fields to the narrow northern neck of the Kilombero valley. Theres a bend in the road, then the land opens out, […]

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A moment that changed me: finding out that my dad was an Auschwitz baby | Namalee Bolle

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A moment that changed me: finding out that my dad was an Auschwitz baby | Namalee Bolle
The discovery that my real grandparents died in the Holocaust helped me understand my father and made me determined to help others, says artist and writer Namalee Bolle Mum was sombre as she spoke, so I knew it was serious. Shes not the kind of mother who is unsmiling very often so when she is, […]

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‘We hate the headscarf’: can women find freedom in Tehran’s female-only parks?

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‘We hate the headscarf’: can women find freedom in Tehran’s female-only parks?
Parks exclusively for women are popping up in Iranian cities, but critics are divided over whether this is just another ploy to keep them hidden in public I love to take off my headscarf, says Laleh, 47, a hairdresser from Tehran. Shes sitting with a group of friends around one of the many picnic tables […]

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Canary Island tourists warned to avoid toxic ‘sea sawdust’ algae

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Canary Island tourists warned to avoid toxic ‘sea sawdust’ algae
Global warming helping spread of micro-algae, forcing the closure of several beaches including popular Teresitas at Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Tourists have been warned to avoid blooms of toxic micro-algae that have been proliferating in hot weather in the sea off Spains Canary Islands. Tenerife in particular is awash with visitors at this time of […]

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How the homophobic Muslim became a populist bogeyman | Moustafa Bayoumi

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How the homophobic Muslim became a populist bogeyman | Moustafa Bayoumi
US Muslims are now more tolerant than many Christian groups. If you listened to Trump, Le Pen and Anne Marie Waters, youd believe that was impossible, writes author and academic Moustafa Bayoumi Heres something you may not have thought likely. A majority of American Muslims now believes that its fine to be gay. The latest […]

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WannaCry ‘hero’ to plead not guilty to accusation he wrote banking malware

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WannaCry ‘hero’ to plead not guilty to accusation he wrote banking malware
US prosecutors claim Marcus Hutchins, hailed as accidental hero for stopping major ransomware attack, admitted to creating Kronos malware targeting banks The British security researcher who stopping the WannaCry ransomware attack, is accused of helping to create, spread and maintain the banking trojan Kronos between 2014 and 2015 and is facing six counts of hacking-related […]

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Gulag grave hunter unearths uncomfortable truths in Russia

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Gulag grave hunter unearths uncomfortable truths in Russia
Supporters of Yury Dmitriyev say he is being held as a political prisoner by a state that would rather forget Soviet repression The pine trees creak and rustle ominously beneath even the faintest breeze, as if the vast forest between Lake Onega and the Finnish border remains reluctant to give up its dark secrets. The […]

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Hilly Lisbon launches electric bike share system in bid to solve congestion

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Hilly Lisbon launches electric bike share system in bid to solve congestion
The centre of Lisbon is notoriously hilly, stopping many people from choosing cycling as a form of transport. Can e-bikes encourage an uptake of pedal power? Wander around Lisbons city centre with its vertiginous cobbled streets, treacherous enough on foot in the rain, its hard to imagine cycling ever taking off. Some streets are so […]

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Shadow of leprosy falls again as experts claim millions of cases go undiagnosed

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Shadow of leprosy falls again as experts claim millions of cases go undiagnosed
Widespread belief that disease was all but beaten may have bred complacency, specialists warn, amid fears that number of cases is 50% higher than reported Millions of new leprosy cases are going undiagnosed and untreated, 15 years after one of the worlds most feared and infamous diseases was declared to be virtually eliminated. Experts believe […]

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Yemen: more than one million children at risk of cholera – charity

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Yemen: more than one million children at risk of cholera – charity
Save The Children warning comes after UN calculated 20.7 million Yemenis are in need of assistance More than one million malnourished children aged under five in Yemen are living in areas with high levels of cholera, the charity Save The Children warned on Wednesday as it began sending more health experts to the worst hit […]

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Irans president under pressure to appoint female ministers

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Irans president under pressure to appoint female ministers
Concerns raised that Hassan Rouhani may unveil all-male list of ministers in cabinet reshuffle as he prepares for second term Irans president, who is mulling a cabinet reshuffle before his swearing-in ceremony on Sunday, is under pressure to appoint female ministers. Hassan Rouhanis Rouhanis landslide victory in May. Officials have declared Sunday a bank holiday […]

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South Koreas inequality paradox: long life, good health and poverty

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South Koreas inequality paradox: long life, good health and poverty
How is it possible that a country responsible for impressive gains in healthcare and nutrition finds itself with nearly half its older citizens living in relative poverty? Earlier this year, an international team of scientists published in the Lancet, marked the first time average lifespans for men or women anywhere in the world have exceeded […]

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