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Organizers of January's Women's March have called for women to take the day off today and encouraged them not to spend money to show their economic strength and impact on American society. "A Day Without a Woman" is the first major action by organizers since the nationwide marches held the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration that drew millions of women into the streets in protest against misogyny, inequality and oppression. The event coincides with the U.N.-designated International Women's Day, and organizers say they want to "stand with women around the globe" who supported their efforts Jan. 21 with similar protests in cities around the world. - AP

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A Senate committee in Texas has approved a bill that would restrict access to preferred public bathrooms for transgender people. The news comes after hundreds of people lined up to testify on legislation that critics said promotes discrimination. The bill, which would require people to use restrooms that correspond with the gender on their birth certificate, not with their gender identity, now heads to the Republican-controlled Senate where it is expected to pass. However, analysts do not expect the bill to make it through the state House of Representatives. - REUTERS

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A man claiming to be the son of Kim Jong Nam has appeared in a YouTube video saying he is safe with his mother and sister. An official at the South Korean national intelligence service said the NIS had determined that the man in the video is Kim Jong-nam’s son, Kim Han-sol, believed to be 22. Kim Jong-nam died after being sprayed with the nerve agent VX at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The video was uploaded to the YouTube page of a  group known as Cheollima Civil Defense, which claimed to have “extracted” vulnerable members of Jong-nam’s family from North Korea with the help of the Dutch, US and South Korean authorities. - GUARDIAN

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Gunmen wearing white lab coats stormed a military hospital in Afghanistan's capital earlier today, killing at least 30 people and wounding dozens. The attack on the 400-bed military facility, located near two civilian hospitals in Kabul's heavily-guarded diplomatic quarter, has been claimed by ISIS. Gen. Dawlat Waziri, a Defense Ministry spokesman, said there were "more than 30 killed and more than 50 wounded" in the attack. Afghan forces battled the attackers floor by floor, he added. The ministry said the attackers were dressed like health workers. - AP

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O.J. Simpson could be released from prison later this year, if a parole hearing goes his way. The hearing will likely take place in July, according to David Smith, spokesman for the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners. Depending on the outcome, Simpson could be freed as soon as October. Previous ratings of Simpson have scored him in the low-risk category for release. Simpson, who was famously acquitted in 1995 in the killings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman,  has been serving a sentence for his role in a 2007 kidnapping and assault in a Las Vegas hotel room. - CNN

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Malta's Azure Window rock arch, which featured on the first episode of the HBO series Game of Thrones and several films, has collapsed into the sea after heavy storms. The country's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said the news was "heartbreaking." A study in 2013 said that while erosion was inevitable, the structure was not in imminent danger of collapsing. Officials had recently introduced signs and a fine to stop people from walking across the landmark but they were often ignored. Muscat tweeted: "Reports commissioned over the years indicated that this landmark would be hard hit by unavoidable natural corrosion. That sad day arrived." - BBC

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Some of Egypt’s major cities have been paralyzed by protests in response to a cut in bread subsidies. The news comes after the country’s ministry of supply reduced the state-sponsored provision of bread from around 4,000 loaves per bakery to just 500. The move is designed to replace an earlier and more controversial proposal to cut the supply from five loaves per person per day to three. Hundreds of Egypt’s poorest citizens filled the streets in the cities of Alexandria and Giza, and the towns of Kafr el-Sheikh and Minya. Roads were blocked and residents surrounded government buildings. - GUARDIAN

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China has granted preliminary approval for 38 new Trump trademarks, paving the way for the U.S. President and his family to potentially develop a host of branded businesses in the country. Trump's lawyers in China applied for the marks in April 2016, as Trump railed against China at campaign rallies, accusing it of currency manipulation and stealing U.S. jobs. Ethics lawyers across the political spectrum say that if President Trump receives any special treatment in securing trademark rights, it would violate the U.S. Constitution, which bans public servants from accepting anything of value from foreign governments unless approved by Congress. - AP

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Stephen Hawking has warned that technology needs to be controlled in order to prevent it from destroying the human race. The physicist, who has spoken out about the dangers of artificial intelligence in the past, believes we need to establish a way of identifying threats quickly, before they have a chance to escalate. “Since civilization began, aggression has been useful inasmuch as it has definite survival advantages,” he said. “It is hard-wired into our genes by Darwinian evolution. Now, however, technology has advanced at such a pace that this aggression may destroy us all by nuclear or biological war. We need to control this inherited instinct by our logic and reason,” he added. - INDEPENDENT

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called on North Korea to stop nuclear and missile tests and for the United States and South Korea to stop joint military drills that North Korea regards as preparation for war. North Korea launched four ballistic missiles on Monday in response to the military exercises. Wang said those tests and the drills were causing tensions on the Korean Peninsula to increase like two "accelerating trains coming toward each other," "China's suggestion is, as a first step, for North Korea to suspend nuclear activity, and for the U.S. and South Korea to also suspend large-scale military drills," Wang said. - F24

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One of Africa's rare giant tusker elephants has been killed by poachers in southern Kenya. Officials discovered the body of Satao II during a routine flyover of Tsavo National Park. Satao II likely died when he was shot by a poisoned arrow in a poaching attempt, wildlife conservation group Tsavo Trust said. Park rangers found Satao II's body near a river in the eastern half of the park in an area described as a "poaching hotspot" by Tsavo Trust. - CNN

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Tinder has been operating a members-only version of the platform called Tinder Select, which is meant to serve only the elite users on the app. Users invited to use the new platform include CEOs, supermodels, and other hyper-attractive or upwardly affluent members. One source who was using the app said it’s “for celebrities and people who do really well on Tinder.” It appears that Tinder has invited people to the platform, some of whom have the ability to ‘nominate’ others. But those who were nominated can’t nominate anyone else, which prevents the members-only layer of the app from spreading uncontrollably. - TC

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Today marks International Women's Day across the world. 

On March 8 every year, International Women's Day celebrates women and their achievements. Women have come a long way in their struggle for equality, but there is still a long battle to fight. This year, the theme for Women's Day is 'Be Bold For Change.'

Here are 6 things to keep in mind on this International Women's Day.

1. The day was originally called International Working Women’s Day. It was first celebrated on February 28, 1909, in New York in remembrance of a 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union when 15,000 workers, including many immigrants, marched through the city's lower east side to demand social and political rights.

2. The first modern International Women’s Day was held in 1914, five years after its inception, on March 8. The day was chosen because it was a Sunday, which the majority of women would have off work allowing them to participate in marches and other events.

3. IWD is also an official holiday in 15 countries including China, Ukraine and Vietnam.

4. UN Reports show that, despite women working longer hours than men when both paid and unpaid work is taken into consideration, women still earn an average of 24 percent less than men do worldwide. 

5. Despite the UN's Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women back in 1993, currently, 1 in 3 women worldwide suffer from physical or sexual violence.

6. Despite the fact that women outpace men in both secondary and higher education, unemployment rates disproportionately affect women worldwide. As of 2013, the global female employment-to-population ratio was only 47.1 percent. Conversely, for men, that percentage was 72.2.

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