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Brexit’s Irish border problem, explained

The so-called "Irish backstop" has derailed the Brexit deal. But the breakup of the United Kingdom and the European Union is threatening to interrupt a 20-year peace process in Northern Ireland.

There’s good news about the flu vaccine this year, especially for kids

The vaccine reduced people’s risk of needing medical care for serious flu by about half. That reduction was higher in kids.

The Oscars gift bags are full of THC, CBD, and therapy to calm stressed-out celebs

Anxiety consumerism has reached famous people.

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