First lady Melania Trump touts equality at International Women’s Day luncheon

Washington (CNN)First lady Melania Trump spoke about equality, freedom and the responsibility women have to help each other achieve success at an invitation-only luncheon honoring International Women’s Day Wednesday at the White House. “As an immigrant myself, having grown up in a communist society, I know all too well the value and importance of freedom…

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Inside the impossible life of a New York street vendor

Street vendors find themselves in a war for the right to be ambitious in New York City and with its massive police presence, Times Square is a frontline Selling on the streets is hard. It doesnt matter if one is slinging handbags or doughnuts, shish kebab or art vending is for those who are tough.…

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Sun, surf and low rents: why Lisbon could be the next tech capital

As 50,000 people arrive for the Web Summit, Portugal hopes its capital can lead a national resurgence as the latest rival to Silicon Valley Lisbons 25 April bridge, a naggingly familiar span of red metal suspended between the Tagus and a bright blue October sky, has long borne a symbolic weight to rival the tonnage…

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Prince Andrew and Dragon back school laptop ‘tycoons’ – BBC News

“There is a need for “de-risking” the mind,” said Prince Andrew, who said pupils needed to be able take risks with business ideas and be allowed to fail in a safe environment. “One of the things I was taught when I was at school was that the best way of being successful is to fail,”…

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Tom Hanks and Michael Jordan among Obama’s last Medal of Freedom picks

Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross and Ellen DeGeneres also among 21 athletes, philanthropists and entertainers chosen to receive highest civilian honor in US In one of his final acts in office, Barack Obama selected key figures in sports, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, activism, academia and entertainment among the 21 people who will be awarded the 2016 Presidential Medal…

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Facebook to increase UK employees by 50% in 2017 – BBC News

Ms Mendelsohn will announce the expansion at the Confederation of British Industry conference later. ‘High-skilled jobs’ “Many of those new roles will be high-skilled engineering jobs as the UK is home to our largest engineering base outside of the US,” said Ms Mendelsohn, who is vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Facebook.…

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The former drug addict who found God and built a successful business – BBC News

Thankfully for Ryan, everything changed when he was 20, and he has not touched drugs ever since. While the cynical may raise their eyebrows, Ryan, now 37, says he discovered God and quit overnight. Without the drugs, he was able to get his life back, and aged 24 he launched a catering company called Regis…

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The presidential medal of freedom awards ceremony 2016 in pictures

Barack Obama chose 21 people from the worlds of sports, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, activism, academia and entertainment to award the medal Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/gallery/2016/nov/22/presidential-medal-of-freedom-awards-ceremony-2016-in-pictures

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Sending selfies just got easier: In Africa’s 2G mobile economy, 4G is expanding fast

(CNN)Africa’s mobile market, second only to that of the Asia-Pacific region, has huge potential for growth. Figures published by the global GSM Association in Tanzania are breathtaking. Every five years, the group collects data from its 800 network carriers. Putting these figures together with research carried out in the Sahel region provides an illuminating picture…

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Environmentalist praises Obama’s climate legacy

(CNN)Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer praised President Obama Sunday, calling the Paris climate agreement one of his “signature achievements” in office. In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Steyer, who has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on climate change activism, commended what he called Obama’s “moral, intellectual and economic leadership” in helping to ratify the…

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