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Italians march to protest fascism, racism, labor, vaccines

Students opposing a neo-fascist party have scuffled with police in Milan at one of at least a dozen rallies being held across Italy on the last weekend for political action before the March 4 national election. Thousands of police have been deployed for protests Saturday in Rome, Milan and other Italian cities, seeking to prevent clashes during an election campaign that has increasingly been marked by violence. One Rome march protested racism and neo-fascism, while another targeted the center-left government’s labor reforms. A third rally in Rome was opposing mandatory…

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Florida school shooting: Students to march on Washington

Media playback is unsupported on your device Young survivors of Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida have announced a national march on Washington to demand political action on gun control. Students organisers told US media that they are determined to make Wednesday’s shooting a turning point in the national gun debate. The attack, which left 17 students and staff members dead, was the deadliest US school shooting since 2012. Yesterday protestors chanted “shame on you” to US lawmakers and the president. Mr Trump last year he would “never” infringe on the…

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Stokes to join England in NZ, while next hearing is set for March

Ben Stokes will travel to New Zealand to join the England squad as part of their Twenty20 tri-series. The 26-year-old Durham all-rounder was in court on Tuesday after being charged with affray. Stokes missed the recent Ashes series, which hosts Australia won 4-0. “He will arrive on Friday, 16 February ready to train with his England team-mates in Hamilton,” an England and Wales Cricket Board spokesperson said in a statement. “Any decision to include him in upcoming matches will be made by head coach Trevor Bayliss and the England management…

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Koreans march together as Winter Olympics opens

Media playback is not supported on this device XXIII Olympic Winter Games Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Hosts South Korea produced a show of unity with neighbours North Korea during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Their athletes entered under the same flag during the parade, after months of tension in the Korean peninsula. “We are stronger than all the forces that want to divide us,” declared Olympic…

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Thousands march to demand more money for UK health service

Thousands of people have marched through London demanding more government money for Britain’s overburdened National Health Service. Trade unions and the main opposition Labour Party backed the “NHS in crisis: Fix it now” protest. Marchers with placards proclaiming “Save our NHS” and “More staff, more beds, more funds” made their way through central London on Saturday toward Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May’s Downing St. office. Britain’s state-funded health service has been under mounting pressure, with demand from a growing, aging population rising faster than investment. Winter illnesses and an exodus…

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Scarlett Johansson calls out James Franco in Women's March speech

Scarlett Johansson has called out James Franco for wearing a Time’s Up pin to the Golden Globe Awards, less than a week before the Los Angeles Times published allegations accusing him of sexual harassment.  Speaking at the Los Angeles Women’s March on Saturday, Johansson commented on the behaviour of an anonymous person, who her representative later confirmed to People was Franco. Actress Scarlett Johansson speaks at a Women’s March against sexual violence and the policies of the Trump administration Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. Photo: AP “In light of the recent…

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Trump tells March for Life: 'We are with you all the way'

President Donald Trump on Friday delivered new support to the anti-abortion movement he once opposed, telling thousands of activists demonstrating in the annual March for Life, “We are with you all the way.” In an address broadcast from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said he’s committed to building “a society where life is celebrated, protected and cherished.” The moment marked the president personally stepping to the forefront of the anti-abortion movement in the United States as the anniversary of his inauguration approaches. Last year, Vice President Mike Pence addressed…

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