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As persecuted gays flee, UK gives Uganda £100m

UGANDA receives almost £100million in British foreign aid every year despite driving out hundreds of gay people who then seek asylum in the UK, it emerged yesterday. More than 200 gay Ugandans in the past two years have successfully claimed their sexual orientation could expose them to persecution and abuse at home, official figures show. None of the aid cash sent is being used to address the treatment of gay people in the east African country. Instead, the 21 current projects funded by the Department for International Development (DfID) are…

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Science 

Edging closer to being human? ‘SWEATING’ robots that play badminton invented by scientists

Scientists at the University of Tokyo have made two humanoids, called Kengoro and Kenshiro which aim to replicate every day human functions, including excreting liquid. Experts hope the robots, which have skeletons including rib cages and flexible spines, will allow them to explore more about the human body. Lead researcher Yuki Asano said: “For at least the last two millennia, human beings have endeavoured to understand the systems and mechanisms that make up the human body.” The aluminium “bones” of the robots were printed using a laser and are designed…

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40 Years After Abduction, Family Hopes Trump Can Free Lost Daughter

TOKYO — Megumi Yokota was walking home from badminton practice after school when she was kidnapped. She was 13 and just a few hundred yards from her house in the Japanese coastal city of Niigata when North Korean agents spirited her away by boat to their secretive state across the water. Her family hasn’t seen her since. That was Nov. 15, 1977. Despite the passing decades, the girl’s plight has remained a cause célèbre in Japan. Megumi Yokota Taro Karibe / for NBC News The girl was one of more…

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N. Korea Abducted This Girl in 1977. Her Family Hopes Trump Can Get Her Back.

TOKYO — Megumi Yokota was walking home from badminton practice after school when she was kidnapped. She was 13 and just a few hundred yards from her house in the Japanese coastal city of Niigata when North Korean agents spirited her away by boat to their secretive state across the water. Her family hasn’t seen her since. That was Nov. 15, 1977. Despite the passing decades, the girl’s plight has remained a cause célèbre in Japan. Megumi Yokota Taro Karibe / for NBC News The girl was one of more…

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Lifestyle 

Dame Katherine Grainger: Why THIS picture is my favourite

This is me on the left with my sister Sarah, who is 20 months older, at our grandparents’ house in Aberdeen. We always spent summer holidays with them and Gran was from that generation that was habitually baking, cooking and making things. She made the cowboy costumes we’re wearing. We adored being there and spending time with them. My competitive spirit has always been there and I benefited hugely from having a big sister I could accompany to swimming, lifesaving, badminton, tennis and ski club. It didn’t feel scary going…

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