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McDonald's logo is upside down for International Women's Day

McDonalds arch flipped for NWD

Don't flip out when you see McDonald's golden arches Thursday. They've been flipped.

In honor of International Women's Day, the fast food giant is turning its iconic golden arches upside down on its digital channels, some of its packaging and at least one U.S. restaurant. When upturned, what is normally an M for McDonald's becomes a W for women.

The sign is outside the McDonald's in Lynwood, Calif., owned by Patricia Williams for three decades.

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International Women's Day 2018: protests across the world as women press for progress

International Women's Day - 2018

On the eve of International Women’s Day, protesters in Seoul grouped outside the Japanese embassy to highlight the plight of so-called “comfort women” – a euphemism for the 200,000 girls and young women who were forced to work in Japanese brothels before and during the second world war.

Protesters showed 30 images of what they called “Uncomfort Women” – representing the 30 surviving women who still live in South Korea.

This is a campaign to let the world know that these women are here, the women who were called comfort women but were driven to the opposite of comfort themselves.
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Russian spy poisoning: police confirm Skripal was given nerve agent

Russian spy and daughter given nerve agent

The former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was deliberately poisoned with a nerve agent in a case that police are now treating as attempted murder, Scotland Yard’s assistant chief commissioner has confirmed this afternoon.

Mark Rowley said the police officer who was first to the spot where the pair were found in Salisbury on Sunday afternoon was now “seriously ill” in hospital. His condition had deteriorated, Rowley said, adding: “Wiltshire police are providing support to his family.”

Describing the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter Yulia, as a major incident Rowley said that scientists had identified the toxin used. He refused to reveal the poison.

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Israel's 'creeping annexation' of West Bank continues

Israel's creeping annexation of West Bank

There is much talk these days about Israel's "creeping annexation" of the occupied West Bank, from both critics and proponents alike.

Critics say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, dominated by right-wing nationalists in both the Likud and Jewish Home parties, has been advancing various laws designed to prepare the ground for Israel to annex portions of the occupied territory.

The Knesset passed legislation on February 12 that applies Israeli law to settler academic institutions in the occupied West Bank, such as Ariel University, founded in an Israeli settlement of the same name near the Palestinian town of Salfit.

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North Korea open to freezing nuclear weapons tests amid talks

N and S Korean leaders agree to meet and halt nujesNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to meet South Korea's president next month and impose a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests if his country holds talks with the United States, a senior South Korean official said on Tuesday after returning from North Korea.

North Korean officials pledged not to use nuclear weapons on South Korea, according to the Blue House, South Korean's presidential palace.

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Trump's name removed from Panama hotel after legal fight

Trump's name removed from Panama hotel

A worker in Panama removed President Donald Trump’s name from a hotel there on Monday, according to video made public after the building’s owner wrested control of the property from the Trump Organization following a protracted legal fight.

Video shared online by ABC News showed the worker removing Trump’s name from a sign outside the Panama City building with a hammer and crowbar.

The removal of the president’s name from the Trump-branded hotel followed a drawn-out fight between the Trump Organization and the building’s majority owner. Trump retains his ownership stake in his business but handed over daily operations to two of his sons when he took office.

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Former Russian Spy Critically Ill After Exposure to Mysterious Substance

Critically ill man is Russian former spy

A man who is critically ill after being exposed to an unknown substance in Wiltshire is a Russian national convicted of spying for Britain, the BBC understands.

Sergei Skripal, 66, was granted refuge in the UK following a "spy swap" between the US and Russia in 2010.

He and a woman, 33, were found unconscious on a bench at a shopping centre in Salisbury on Sunday afternoon.  The substance has not been identified.

Wiltshire Police are investigating whether a crime has been committed. They said the pair had no visible injuries but had been found unconscious at the Maltings shopping centre.

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