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Lula and the world: what to expect from the new Brazilian foreign policy


..., Argentina and Uruguay, and recently flew to Washington DC for conversations with US president Joe Biden and members of the Democratic party over... ...Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was scheduled to visit his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping at the end of March.... ...Much of this is down to his immediate predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro.... ...in his Workers" party....

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Ukraine recap: as spring arrives in Ukraine an offensive against Crimea could be on the cards


...labour -- to dig trenches and build fortifications in Crimea across areas they would be forced to defend were Ukraine to make the peninsula a major... ...Activity is mainly focused on the areas around the Isthmus of Perekop, a roughly 19-mile long stretch of land which connects Crimea to the Ukrainian... ...It is a base for Russia's Black Sea Fleet, and provides critical access to trade through ports such as Sevastopol.... ...Christopher Morris, an expert in military strategy at the University of Portsmouth, stresses here just how strategically important Crimea is in this...

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The UK's first climate refugees: why more defences may not save this village from rising sea levels


...Fairbourne is a small village on the west coast of Wales and is the first place in the UK to have been assigned the long-term policy of "no active... ...At the turn of the 20th century, Fairbourne was just a cluster of houses on the Gwynedd coast at the mouth of the Mawddach estuary.... ...Fairbourne is built on a low-lying floodplain....

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Donald Trump: polling suggests criminal charges won't dampen his support


...He will be the first former president of the United States to face criminal charges and trial by a jury.... ...Within hours of the news, his followers were gathering outside his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida to express their support.... ...The investigation, led by Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg, looked into the legality of hush money payments to former adult film star Stormy... ...Ron DeSantis, and stated that the investigation was like something out of Stalinist Russia....

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Succession season 4: powerhouse ensemble drama masterfully sets up series finale in first episode


...Creator Jesse Armstrong has confirmed that season four is the last, setting up much speculation about the details of the denouement.... ...there are mild spoilers in this piece News just in at Waystar Royco: the stakes have been raised among the warring Roys as Succession returns for... ...Jeremy Strong as Kendall, Sarah Snook as Shiv and Kieran Culkin as Roman Roy.... ...Royco CEO Logan Roy (Brian Cox)....

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Unconscious biases continue to hold back women in medicine, but research shows how to fight them and get closer to true equity and inclusion...


...I am a professor and a physician who has been working in university settings for over 30 years.... ...Darren Robb/The Image Bank via Getty Images For example, frequently search committees are encouraged to broaden and diversify the pool of candidates... ...Second, I am noticing a gradual shift with people now more interested in actively addressing discrimination and harassment than ever before....

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Holy Week starts off with lots of palms - but Palm Sunday's donkey is just as important to the story


...For the Catholic Church and many other Christian denominations, the Sunday before Easter marks the beginning of the most important week of the year... ...Palm Sunday commemorates the story of Jesus" triumphal entry into Jerusalem shortly before the Jewish holiday of Passover.... ...Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images This image brings to mind a line from the Book of Zechariah in the Jewish scriptures: The prophet... ...her experiences on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land for her community in Spain....

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Manchester United: the business tactics that could lead to a record multi-billion-pound sale


...Given that the current US owners, the Glazer family, bought Manchester United in 2005 for around £800 million, the current valuation makes it unsurprising... ...But can a football club, even one as famous as Manchester United, really be worth £6bn?... ...Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have all been linked to potential sales since then.... ...Crucially though, Chelsea had also become a more impressive club, winning a number of trophies (two Champions League, two Europa League, five Premier...

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The Pope Francis puffer coat was fake - here's a history of real papal fashion


...was posted to Reddit and Twitter.... ...The image -- created through AI programme Midjourney -- had many viewers fooled into believing that the head of the Catholic church had dramatically... ...Pope Gregory the Great (c.540 --604), in a painting by Carlo Saraceni (c.1610).... ...But red is also a pope hue of choice -- for example, John Paul II (1920-2005) usually wore white, but he also wore red capes and cloaks....

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AI will soon become impossible for humans to comprehend - the story of neural networks tells us why


...Cowan visited Wilfred Taylor and his strange new "learning machine".... ...In 1956, during a year-long trip to London and in his early 20s, the mathematician and theoretical biologist Jack D.... ...As far back as 1989, a team led by Yann LeCun at AT&T Bell Laboratories used back-propagation techniques to train a system to recognise handwritten... ...In a 1993 interview, the neural network scientist Teuvo Kohonen concluded that a "self-organising" system "is my dream", operating "something like...

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