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Everything you need to know about World Refugee Day

Globally, refugees are in crisis. Because of war and conflict, more people have been forced to flee their homes now than at any time since World War II, reports the International Rescue Committee. But there are ways to help. June 20, World Refugee
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I’m way cooler on the internet than I am in person, and it gives me anxiety

This post is part of Me, online, Mashable's ongoing series digging into online identities. "Chill the fuck out," my internet self is constantly shouting to my real-life self. See, I exist as two personalities: internet me and real-life me. Don't we
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Akon launches a cryptocurrency that's called, wait for it, AKoin

Cryptocurrency has had its fair share of celebrity backers. While the likes of Steven Seagal have merely become ambassadors for these outfits, "Smack That" singer Akon is coming out with his own cryptocurrency which plays on his name: AKoin. SEE
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Thanos reads out Trump's tweets and of course it works

Trump's tweets sound pretty natural coming from Thanos. Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, actor Josh Brolin, who plays the genocidal Avengers: Infinity War villain, read out a few of the president's tweets in character on Tuesday
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World Cup fans stuck around to pick up trash from stadiums

Japan and Senegal recorded stunning wins at the World Cup on Tuesday, and you'd expect their fans to be out celebrating. But before all that fun, supporters stayed back to tidy up their sections of the stadiums in videos that have gone viral. SEE
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Rachel Maddow breaks down over babies being sent to 'tender age' shelters

It's hard to rattle Rachel Maddow.  No matter how infuriating the news, she usually stays calm and collected. But news that the Trump administration is forcibly separating babies from their parents and sending them to "tender age" shelters was
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Protesters disrupt Kirstjen Nielsen's dinner at a Mexican restaurant, of all places

If you're behind the separation of Latino families at the U.S. border, maybe dining at a Mexican restaurant isn't the wisest of ideas. Department of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, berated in recent days for claiming the agency does "
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Microsoft employees demand cancellation of contracts with ICE

With pressure mounting on the Trump administration's family separation policy, Microsoft employees have joined the fold. As first reported by the New York Times, more than 100 of the company's staff have signed an open letter to CEO Satya Nadella
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Canada just legalized weed, and it's looking better every day

Canada just legalized marijuana nationwide.  In a historic vote on Tuesday, the Senate approved Bill C-45. Also known as the Cannabis Act, Bill C-45 legalizes weed possession and sales for adults, and allows up to four marijuana plants per
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Everyone is comparing Trump's border policy to 'Handmaid's Tale,' even the creator

Spoilers ahead: If you haven't watched Handmaid's Tale, you've been warned.  The Trump administration's forcible separation of children from their families at the U.S. border has everyone comparing it to The Handmaid's Tale — including

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