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‘It’s my body, my choice, my terms’: Activist and actress Thandie Newton says her new role as a robot sex-worker is her most empowering yet

I am fishing the plastic lining bag out of an empty ice bucket so that Thandie Newton can fill it with the tiny foil-wrapped sweets from the decanter on the table. ‘My kids love these little sherbet pips,’ she says when she spots them. ‘They’ll be over the moon if I take these home for them.’ Her three children, aged between two and 15, are in London, while Thandie and I are in a hotel suite at the...

Canada’s Newfoundland offers unique town names and beautiful scenery

Canada’s Atlantic province of Newfoundland and Labrador is littered with lines. There are fishing lines, clotheslines, ancestral lines, beelines, code lines, lines laden with knitted woolens and yarns of a humorous kind, but what you won’t find are long waiting lines. The longest line I experienced on my recent trip to the island of Newfoundland was while waiting to get off the Atlantic Marine Ferry in Port...

No roads lead to Gaultois

“Words cannot describe the beauty of Gaultois! There are no roads, only footpaths and an occasional ATV. They now have a population of about 130 people, but some seniors leave for the winter. They do have a modern school, Primary to Grade 12, with 23 students. Last June there were three graduates, and three kids will be starting primary this September.” When Valerie Baxendale sent this email to her sister...

I Escaped a North Korean Prison Camp

On days I thought about death, the thought of seeing my son again was all that kept me going. To my neighbours in the Manchester street where I live, I’m just a normal mum. I smile as I pass them on the school run each morning, my husband is out washing the car at weekends and my son can be seen most nights after school playing out in front of the house with other boys. But they have no idea of the agonising...

I’m from Atlantic City. I’ve seen how Donald Trump’s false promises devastate a community.

If you didn’t grow up in Atlantic City, Donald Trump is probably still, to some degree, a punchline for you. He’s a Young Jeezy lyric. He’s a reality television star famous for capriciously firing people. He’s a public figure so riddled with tics and catchphrases you’re not sure where he ends and the Darrell Hammond impression begins. He’s a Twitter iconoclast, or he’s the guy who had a cameo in...

Taiwan essay contest offers free trip to Filipino winners

Manila, Sept. 6 (CNA) Taiwan’s representative office in the Philippines launched a short essay contest Tuesday, inviting Philippine citizens to take part in the event with the top prize being a three-day free trip to Taiwan. Titled “An Amazing Short Break in Taiwan,” the contest requires participants to submit short essays, with accompanying videos and photos, the Taipei Economic and Cultural...