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Lina Abirafeh, Lebanese American UniversityIt’s been a busy – and controversial – year for Wonder Woman.In October 2016, the United Nations made a curious appointment: Wonder Woman would be the global organisation’s new Ambassador for Women’s Empowerment, aligned with the launch of a new campaign to fuel Sustainable Development Goal number five, which aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.The announcement, which coincided with Wonder Woman’s 75th birthday and a new Hollywood super-production about the comic book character, was met with a great deal of critici ... read more

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ELN rebels deny earlier reports that the two journalists abducted last weekend have now been freed. ... read more

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A huge fire engulfed a 27-story apartment block in West London on Wednesday, July 14. Dozens of people are dead or presumed dead. ... read more

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US spokesman Sean Spicer says Qatar, Saudi Arabia and others should "work crisis out themselves". ... read more

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Seatmate uncertainty is one of the most daunting parts of air travel. Who knows if you’ll be assigned a spot next to someone smelly and annoying, or nobody at all?!Etihad Airways lets passengers guarantee the latter with “neighbor-free” seating in economy class, it announced this week. The program lets travelers pay extra to keep the seats surrounding theirs empty to secure some extra elbow room or even an entire row for lie-flat napping.Here’s how it works: Before a flight, a passenger can place a bid online for one, two or three seats next to thei ... read more

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The British government has estimated that 600 high-rise buildings across England may be covered in cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower, the 24-story apartment block that was gutted by a huge fire in west London last week. ... read more

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Qatar faces demands to shut down its broadcasting network from Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies. ... read more

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The president questions the neutrality of the man investigating alleged election interference. ... read more