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In France, A Debate About Kissing A Traditional Custom Goodbye

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French President Emmanuel Macron kisses Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo at Paris’ city hall after his inauguration last May. Another French female mayor told her local council members in December she would not longer greet them with the traditional two-cheek kiss but with a handshake.

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Outcry After Louisiana Teacher Arrested During School Board Meeting

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A Louisiana teacher questioned whether the school’s superintendent should receive a raise. Then, she was ushered out of a school board meeting and handcuffed.

The dramatic arrest on Monday – which was caught on video – has drawn outrage in the U.S. and beyond. The Vermilion Parish school board offices were locked down on Tuesday after receiving threats, board president Anthony Fontana told The Advertiser.

The Vermilion Parish teacher, Deyshia Hargrave, will not face charges.

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Trump Reiterates Openness To Talks With North Korea At ‘Appropriate Time’

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In December at the Seoul Railway Station in South Korea, a man walks by a TV report about North Korea’s missile launch with images of U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. On Wednesday, Trump and Moon spoke by phone and Trump expressed openness to U.S.-North Korea talks “at the appropriate time, ...

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Joe Arpaio Will Run For A U.S. Senate Seat, Pledging Support For Trump

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Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio helped President Trump during his 2016 campaign — and now he wants to help him in Washington.

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Swallowing A ‘Mini-Pillbox’ Could Change The Way HIV Drugs Are Delivered

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Researchers are working on a new way to deliver anti-HIV drugs. A six-pointed device (artist’s rendering, above) folds up to fit inside a capsule. One swallowed, the capsule dissolves and the device opens up and slowly dispenses the medication.

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North And South Korea Reach Breakthroughs In First High-Level Talks In 2 Years

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South Korea’s Unification Minister Cho Myung-gyun, left, shakes hands with North Korean chief delegate Ri Son Gwon after their meeting at the village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas, on Tuesday.

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Gut Check: Gas-Sniffing Capsule Charts The Digestive Tract

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These large capsules, which can be swallowed, measure three different gases as they traverse the gastrointestinal tract.

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U.S. Ends El Salvador’s Protected Status, Affecting 200,000 Residents

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Updated at 1 p.m. ET

The Trump administration says it will end the temporary protected status that has allowed some 200,000 natives of El Salvador to live in the U.S. without fear of deportation for nearly 17 years, the Department of Homeland Security says.

In announcing the designation’s end, DHS Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen also said she’s extending it for another 18 months, to Sept. 9, 2019 — a delay that her agency says is to ensure “an orderly transition.”

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Pfizer Halts Research Efforts Into Alzheimer’s And Parkinson’s Treatments

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Pfizer said it would be abandoning its neuroscience development programs and allocating its spending elsewhere.

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Life After ISIS: One Sister Wants To Rebuild. The Other Can’t Wait To Leave

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Sisters Raffal, left, and Farah Khaled are first-year students at Mosul University in Iraq. They’re standing outside the university library, which was burned down, along with most of its books, by ISIS when it controlled the city.

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From ‘Bae’ To ‘Submarining,’ The Lingo Of Online Dating

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In the lingo of online dating, submarining begins when someone with whom you have romantic involvement ghosts — or disappears from your life without notice — only to resurface with no apology.

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32 Missing After Iranian Oil Tanker Collides With Chinese Bulk Ship Off China’s Coast

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The Iranian oil tanker “Sanchi” was ablaze after a collision with a freighter off China’s east coast Sunday. Its entire 32-person crew is missing, as rescue efforts are hampered by bad weather and the fire.

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