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This is why the Melania Trump plagiarism matters

It's not.<p>Like so many aspects of the 2016 presidential campaign, Speechgate <i>is</i> stupid. But discussing this stupid episode is not a waste of time.<p>Speechgate is important because of two things it tells us about what sort of president Donald Trump would be, and what important mistakes he would make for …

Donald Trump

Netflix’s New “Flixtape” Feature Lets You Make Movie And TV Mixtapes

FINALLY.<p>Netflix has finally solved the problem of having to manually jump between your favorite TV shows and movies with their new feature, "Flixtape", which means now you <i>really</i> won't get anything done, ever.<p>Flixtape is basically a way to make playlists (or mixtapes) out of all the stuff you love …

Government

Report: Saudi women's lives dictated by male guardianship

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's guardianship system, which bars women from traveling abroad, obtaining a passport, marrying or exiting prison without the consent of a male relative, remains the most significant impediment to realizing women's rights in the kingdom, according to a …

Human Rights

Republican Group In New Jersey Protesting Party's Stance On LGBT Community

<i>FILE -- Someone holds a rainbow flag at the 2014 Pride Parade in New York City. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)</i><p><b>WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) —</b> …

Linda Ronstadt: The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt

Fair enough — with a couple of exceptions (schmaltzy duets with James Ingram and Aaron Neville), the twenty-one tracks here are among Linda …

Solar Impulse 2 forced to postpone its final flight to Abu Dhabi

Strong winds have put paid to Bertrand Piccard's attempt to complete the final leg of Solar Impulse 2's round-the-world trip.<p>Almost 16 months since …

Abu Dhabi
Brazil

UN rights council creates role of expert to protect LGBT people, India abstains

The UN Human Rights Council agreed on Thursday to appoint an independent investigator to help protect homosexuals and transgender people worldwide …

Turkey's coup failed, but it can still hurt the fight against ISIS

The morning after a deadly failed coup in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s reaction was swift and wide-reaching.<p>Thousands of military personnel suspected of involvement in the takeover bid were arrested; 9,000 police officers have been fired. And fearing that the conspiracy spread to the …

Middle East

UNESCO head backs Israel: Ignoring Jewish, Christian ties to Jerusalem harms its cultural status

UNESCO’s obligation to protect Jerusalem’s Old City is more important than ever, she said, particularly at a time when violence has harmed the …

Israel

Egypt blocks U.N. call to respect 'democratically elected' government in Turkey | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council failed on Saturday to condemn the violence and unrest in Turkey after Egypt objected to a statement that called on all parties to “respect the democratically elected government of Turkey,” diplomats said.<p>A Turkish flag is seen next to …

North Africa