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Sudan’s military and civilian leaders reach a power-sharing deal; Amsterdam’s first female mayor wants to reform the city’s red light district.

Sudanese military and protesters strike a deal

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  • After a weeks-long standoff, riddled with violent crackdowns on protests, Sudan’s ruling military council and pro-democracy civilian leaders have reached a power-sharing deal. [WSJ / Nicholas Bariyo]
  • The country will be ruled by a joint council of 11: five from both sides, plus an 11th member who is jointly nominated. [Guardian / Ruth Maclean]
  • For the first 21 months, the council will be led by a military general, followed by 18 months with a civilian leader. The country will then hold an election at the end of the transition period. [Al Jazeera]
  • Both sides have also agreed to hold an investigation into the bloody violence that erupted when the military cracked down on pro-democracy protesters, killing more than 100 civilians. [CNN / Amir Ahmed, Mohammed Tawfeeq, and Tamara Qiblawi]
  • This could finally bring stability to Sudan, which has faced much uncertainty since its uprising against President Omar al-Bashir in December. After al-Bashir was ousted in April, the Transitional Military Council took over — an unpopular decision among civilians concerned about further authoritarian rule. [NYT / Declan Walsh]
  • Both sides have had to make compromises to reach this deal: The military is finally sharing leadership positions with the pro-democracy group, which had vowed to only have a civilian president. Regional and international pressure helped both sides reach an agreement. [AP / Fay Abuelgasim and Noha Elhennawy]
  • Many protesters are optimistic, but cautious. That hasn’t stopped them from celebrating the possibility of a new era. [BBC / Anne Soy]

Amsterdam tries to reform its red light district

  • Amsterdam’s first female mayor, Femke Halsema, is attempting to implement major reforms in the city’s red light district. [AP]
  • She’s provided four options: closing the curtains of the brothel windows, removing brothels from the district altogether, relocating some brothels, or increasing the number of windows to dilute the pressure of tourists. Debates to determine the best option will be held next week and voted on later in the summer. [Deutsche Welle / Elizabeth Schumacher]
  • Halsema said the goal is to protect sex workers from gawking tourists and combat the rise in human trafficking. She added that there are no plans to outlaw prostitution in the city. [Guardian / Daniel Boffey]
  • Although Amsterdam has recognized sex work as a legal profession since 1988, the increasing number of tourists with the rise of social media has turned their jobs into a spectacle, which Halsema said can be humiliating. [CNN / Amy Woodyatt]
  • The response to Halsema’s proposals, however, has been lukewarm. Sex workers said these reforms end up hurting the industry when the problem lies with tourists who are unable to behave themselves. [Reuters / Anthony Deutsch and Toby Sterling]
  • The controversy over reforming the red light district also points to a larger debate among feminists in Amsterdam: Is the industry degrading and exploitative, or is it giving women the freedom to whatever they want with their bodies? [BBC / Anna Holligan]


  • US scientists were able to completely remove HIV from the cells of infected mice using gene editing techniques. They’re hopeful that it signals a cure could be within reach. [Deutsche Welle / Rebecca Staudenmaier]
  • Anchorage, Alaska, saw its temperature rise to 90 degrees on Thursday — a first for the state. [CNN / Monica Garrett and Susan Scutti]
  • This brewery is fighting food waste by making discarded (but perfectly edible) cereal into beer. The results: smooth Corn Flakes IPA, Rice Krispies pale ale, and Coco Pops stout. [NYT / David Yaffe-Bellany]
  • A sculpture of King Tut’s head sold at a Christie’s auction for $6 million Thursday. The problem: Egyptians says the sculpture was stolen from them. [CBS News / Charlie D’Agata]
  • If you want to fight global warming and save the Earth, plant a trillion trees. Scientists say there’s enough room to fit all of them — especially in Russia, the US, Canada, Australia, Brazil, and China. [Al Jazeera]


“This deal will be comprehensive and will not exclude anyone and will meet the ambitions of the Sudanese people and their victorious revolution.” [Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the deputy chief of the ruling military council, on the power-share deal]

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16 Striking Photos That Can Touch Your Heart




Photos keep our memories safe and every time we look at them we can immerse ourselves in the moments that have been captured in them. They can also help us to understand what’s really important in this world. And it doesn’t matter whether these photos are from your personal album or belong to somebody else. Their messages, feelings, and emotions can be perceived in one glance.

Here at Bright Side, we believe that the following photos will really touch your heart.

This couple has battled leukemia for 15 years since they were children. Now they’re husband and wife.

This fireman gave a cat that got hurt in a fire mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and saved it.

“My dad, who has dementia, trying to remember my name”

His owner passed away but the dog continues to sit near his bed and wait.

This is what depression looks like over 24 hours.

Have you ever seen a blind dog enjoying the sounds of a lake?

An Iranian girl cheers for her favorite football team from behind the fence since Iranian women aren’t allowed into stadiums.

“My mom painted dementia.”

When all you have is memories:

The 3 social classes in The Philippines in one photo

“My buddy, a glass blowing artist, used my dad’s ashes to make a keepsake marble I can take with me anywhere.”

“She gave me the best 11 years of her life and I can only hope that I was able to do the same thing for her.”

“A year ago, my little sister left this world. This weekend her heart recipient met my mom and shared her heart beat.”

“The moment your dog comes out of the fire you thought he died in”

“3 months ago we were told our newborn was blind. 2 weeks ago we found out the doctors were wrong. Today, she got her glasses.”

“I’m just so proud of you!”

Today my daughter graduated from pre-K. After the ceremony, my son walked up to her and gave her a hug. “I’m just so proud of you,” he said. Then, of course, my daughter started crying. As we wiped away our tears, my husband asked her, “Pumpkin, why are you crying?” She responded, “I’m just so happy.”

Each photo has its own story. Which of them touched you the most?

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Komünist Başkan, Aldığı Kararla Sosyal Medyada Trend Topic Oldu




Mehmet Fatih Maçoğlu’nun belediye başkanı olduğu Tunceli Belediyesi Meclisi, ‘Tunceli’ yazan belediye tabelasının ‘Dersim’ olarak değiştirilmesine karar verdi. Bu karar sonrası Maçoğlu, sosyal medyada Trend Topic oldu.

Tunceli Belediye Başkanı TKP’li Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu başkanlığında belediye meclis üyeleri toplantısında alınan kararla Tunceli Belediyesi tabelasının ‘Dersim Belediyesi’ olarak değiştirilmesi kararı alındı. Karar tartışma yaratırken ‘DersimdeğilTunceli’ etiketi sosyal medyada Trend Topic oldu.


Belediyeden yapılan açıklamada Dersim ibaresiyle birlikte Zazaca ve Türkçe beleriye hizmetleri verileceği duyuruldu. Açıklamada şöyle denildi: “Kentimizin kültürü, tarihi ve inanç biçimini yaşatmak adına belediyemiz hizmet binasında bulunan tabelada yazılı ‘Tunceli’ ibaresinin değiştirilerek yerine ‘Dersim’ ibaresinin yazılması oy çokluğuyla kabul edildi. Haber

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15 Random People Who Look So Much Like Celebrities, You May Want to Take a Photo With Them




It’s not an easy goal to meet a real celebrity in our everyday life. Sometimes they are too busy with their activities or simply prefer to avoid public places. But when you see one right in front of you, don’t be too quick to jump over the moon and ask for a photo. Try to check their IDs first, because we are ready to show you that there are too many ordinary people who look just like stars and who probably wouldn’t miss a chance to pose and giggle afterward.

We at Bright Side compared photos of celebrities to their clones to demonstrate that this isn’t a joke. IDs first, photos after.

15. Kylie Jenner and Kristen Hancher, but which is which?

14. “My dad actually does Jack Nicholson lookalike work in Hollywood as a hobby.”

13. Breaking news! It seems Kim Kardashian has cloned herself.

12. “This fella lives in my house. I think James Franco and he follow each other on Instagram.”

11. “My sister always gets asked if she’s Julia Stiles.”

10. Nope, those aren’t just 2 pictures of Steve Buscemi!

9. Here’s chance for those who are upset that Michael Fassbender is married.

8. We’re just interested to see if Meghan Trainor’s double has the same talents.

7. We know this is pretty unexpected for Taylor Lautner, but we can’t unsee it.

6. This girl claims that she gets compared to Katy Perry daily.

5. When Chuck Norris is on vacation.

4. “Never mind, I’ll find someone like Adele.”

3. If Cobie Smulders doesn’t want to shoot How I Met Your Mother 10, there’s a perfect replacement out there.

2. Wait, so you’re saying that isn’t Zooey Deschanel on the right?

1. Even Zach Galifianakis and Jonah Hill can see this resemblance.

Do you have any friends who look exactly like movie stars? Show us their photos!

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