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RT @Bannmatt: On today’s Last Word - astronomer Nancy Roman, set designer Ralph Koltai, transgender activist Julia Grant, Chinese author Ji…

This week's is for the charity @LeonardCheshire, which supports people to live, learn and work wherever in the world they are, and whatever their ability. The appeal is presented by @sophmorgtv.
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"Whether its sexting or spending several hours a day using pornography or visiting hundreds of sex workers, the addicts’ behaviour sends a wrecking ball through their lives – shattering families, friendships and careers."
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RT @UniversityLeeds: Drones being developed by @LeedsUniEng will carry 3D printers and sensors to find and fix cracks in roads before they…

RT @Dymphna_Flynn: Vogue recommends @BBCRadio4 Bookclub as THE Culture Podcast in their Best Podcasts To Listen To Now round-up. Floral pla…

The number of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean for Europe has been dropping and that is partly because of tougher measures introduced on the migrant routes, as Mike Thomson reports from Niger.
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This week's is for the charity @LeonardCheshire which supports people to live, learn and work wherever in the world they are, and whatever their ability. The appeal is presented by @sophmorg.

Four working single mothers have won a High Court challenge over the government's universal credit scheme.
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Are Andrew Lansley's controversial NHS reforms quietly being binned? The BBC's health correspondent @NickTriggle investigates...
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"It's an industry that's well known for not being inclusive, a lot of bridal shops you go past you see the standard skinny mannequin" said the shop owner.
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About 15,000 families no longer face having their benefits capped after the government performed another U-turn over its flagship universal credit.
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"I've always been competitive. I'm like Andy, or maybe he's like me – I wear my heart on my sleeve. And when something is great, then yep, I am right into it."

In 2014, Judy Murray was Kirsty Young's castaway on Desert Island Discs.
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"The same monster you are all confronting me about is my father. I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house. My choice to not speak on him and what he does is for my peace of mind. My emotional state. And for my healing."
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Snake catchers in Australia have rescued a carpet python which was found covered in hundreds of ticks.
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At 11am, @IAmByronVincent speaks to a variety of people who, like him, have been socially mobile; hearing about the challenges facing those who are forced to move away to seek opportunity, and what happens to those who are left behind.
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A 13-year-old girl from Wisconsin who went missing in October after her parents were murdered has been found alive.
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"It was quite wild... I saw my old team recently and we were like, 'God, do you remember when we went to France for the Euros and I broke Simon Mayo's ankle playing five-a-side football?"
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RT @SayeedaWarsi: “I don’t need saving, I doing need liberating”
Powerful final podcast “How To Be A Muslim Woman” with the inspirational @…

The rapper and outspoken advocate for the LGBT community Kevin Fret has been shot dead while riding a motorcyle in Puerto Rico aged 24.
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A generalistic fast (low TTL) Mastodon instance for USA and Canada.

A no-nonsense, Nazi-free social media. Serving Philadelphia-New York-Toronto-Montrèal areas with fast response and low latency.

Home of the Mastodon Newsbot Service

The following newsbots are running on this instance:

  • NPR / National Public Radio (United States)
  • WHYY / WHYY Philadelphia (an NPR radio station)
  • BreakingNews / NBC Breaking News (posts to public)
  • BBCRadio4 / Intelligent, insightful programming from BBC Radio 4
  • 6ABC / WPVI Television in Philadelphia
  • KIRO7 / KIRO Television in Seattle, Washington
  • TheHill / US Political news from The Hill (all posts behind CW)
  • Reason / Reason Magazine - Politics from a pragmatist libertarian point of view

Tech Newsbots

Some other newsbots

  • RT - Russia Today, the Russian state news broadcaster (English)
  • Le Monde - The World, popular French newspaper (French)