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This Valentine's day, time to let go of manufactured desire | Steven W Thrasher | Opinion


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Perhaps the major lesson of my peripatetic life has been learning to let go of desire –desire for sex, for romance, for a normative family, for economic security, for consistent housing, for what was once called a “job” in the United States, or for any particular outcome in life.I can only wonder if I am allowed to feel sexual desire when I am fat, black and queer – on Valentine’s or any other day?

Netanyahu says police report on fraud claims 'like Swiss cheese' | World news

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Benjamin Netanyahu has described a police report on allegations of bribery and fraud against him as “full of holes, like Swiss cheese”, as he fights for his political life.Speaking in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, Netanyahu said the police report was misleading and “contrary to the truth and logic”.

Canadians cut food and heating to afford prescription drugs, report finds | World news

Nearly one million Canadians sacrificed groceries and heating
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Canada has the second-highest drug prices in the industrialized world.Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images



Nearly one million Canadians sacrificed food and heating last year in order to afford prescription drugs, according to a new report.

Readers' favourite love songs: 'It still tears me up after 35 years' | Music

From the Beatles to Nina Simone, the Cure and Iggy Pop, readers share their favourite romantic songs















































Nina Simone, whose voice makes the list, pictured in 1960.Last week, in the run up to Valentine’s Day, music stars shared their favourite love songs including hits by Nick Cave, Aretha Franklin and Roberta Flack.

Transgender woman able to breastfeed in first documented case | Science

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A 30-year-old transgender woman has been able to breastfeed her child, the first ever case of induced lactation in a transgender woman to be documented in academic literature.Tamar Reisman of Mount Sinai hospital in New York, one of the doctors who reported the case, said: “Transgender medicine is becoming part of mainstream medicine.

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French aid group MSF says it dealt with 24 abuse cases last year | World news

Médecins Sans Frontières confirms 19 staff were fired over sexual harassment or abuse















































Médecins Sans Frontières is one of the world’s largest aid organisations.The Paris-based group, one of the world’s largest aid organisations, issued a statement saying it had received 146 complaints or alerts last year.

Confusion surrounds Macron’s compulsory military service | World news

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The French government is grappling with how to honour Emmanuel Macron’s controversial election promise to reintroduce compulsory military service for young people.”
There has been apparent confusion over the future shape of the conscription scheme, which would involve about 600,000 young people aged 18–21 each year.