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  • No ‘Joker’: Bronx ‘step street’ becomes New York hot spot thanks to hit movie

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    No ‘Joker’: Bronx ‘step street’ becomes New York hot spot thanks to hit movie

    NEW YORK, Oct 19 — Like most tourists, Patricio Osuna had a list of “must sees” on his trip to New York City: The Statue of Liberty, Times Square and, surprisingly, a steep...

  • Sculptor transforms Rome’s dead trees into art

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    Sculptor transforms Rome’s dead trees into art

    ROME, Oct 19 — Andrea Gandini, a 22-year-old Roman sculptor, is making a growing name for himself by turning the Eternal City’s dead tree stumps into much-admired pieces of...

  • High-profile cases turn spotlight on domestic violence in Russia

    3 days ago

    High-profile cases turn spotlight on domestic violence in Russia

    MOSCOW, Oct 19 — Natalia Tunikova’s partner pushed her towards the open balcony in their high-rise Moscow flat, before punching her to the floor.   Fearing she would...

  • Young climate activists in Africa struggle to be heard

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    Young climate activists in Africa struggle to be heard

    ACCRA, Oct 19 — As Greta Thunberg and the Extinction Rebellion inspire climate protesters across the globe, young African activists say they still struggle to make themselves...

  • Alone in Greece, refugee and migrant minors fight against despair

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    Alone in Greece, refugee and migrant minors fight against despair

    ATHENS, Oct 19 — At the notoriously overcrowded Greek island camp of Moria, Ezzatolah Soleimani admits he cries often amid despair, scenes of violence and interminable waits for...

  • Meghan Markle says motherhood a ‘struggle’ under spotlight

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    Meghan Markle says motherhood a ‘struggle’ under spotlight

    LONDON, Oct 19 — Meghan Markle has admitted becoming a mother while living under an intense media spotlight has been a “struggle”. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to son...

  • Difficult breakups aren’t necessarily associated with gaining weight

    3 days ago

    Difficult breakups aren’t necessarily associated with gaining weight

    NEW YORK, Oct 19 — A group of American researchers has concluded that compensating for emotional heartbreak by overeating may not actually have much impact on weight gain. In...

  • Mario Dedivanovic offers US$400,000 makeup class with Neiman Marcus

    3 days ago

    Mario Dedivanovic offers US$400,000 makeup class with Neiman Marcus

    LOS ANGELES, Oct 19 — Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic is offering one (wealthy) fan the beauty experience of a lifetime. The creative, who is known for his...

  • Guns or yoga? City crime fighters in South Africa and Colombia

    3 days ago

    Guns or yoga? City crime fighters in South Africa and Colombia

    JOHANNESBURG, Oct 19 ― Mothibi Pheko’s gun rested across his bullet-proof vest as he patrolled a lush Johannesburg suburb backed by an array of high-tech tools to combat South...

  • Can Dubai go green with flying taxis and ‘rooms on wheels’?

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    Can Dubai go green with flying taxis and ‘rooms on wheels’?

    DUBAI, Oct 19 — With a bus stop only five minutes from her Dubai home, it is normally convenient for Deborah Irechukwu to travel to the city centre by public transport —...

  • US makes history with first all-female spacewalk

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    US makes history with first all-female spacewalk

    NEW YORK, Oct 19 ― US astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir yesterday became the first all-female pairing to carry out a spacewalk ― a historic milestone as Nasa prepares...

  • Crowded Hong Kong goes underground to overcome land crunch

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    Crowded Hong Kong goes underground to overcome land crunch

    HONG KONG, Oct 19 — When authorities drew up a plan to make Hong Kong a hub for Asia’s wine trade, they faced a big challenge: Where to store the bottles in a city that was...

  • Stephen King’s Maine mansion to become a museum

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    Stephen King’s Maine mansion to become a museum

    NEW YORK, Oct 18 — The horror author and his wife, Tabitha, received approval on October 16 from the Bangor City Council in Maine to rezone their house as a non-profit. As...

  • Dubliners seek to repatriate James Joyce’s remains from Zurich

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    Dubliners seek to repatriate James Joyce’s remains from Zurich

    DUBLIN, Oct 18 — A group of Dubliners are campaigning to bring home the remains of celebrated author James Joyce, whose grave in Zurich is far from the Irish capital chronicled...

  • Is sex addiction real? Malaysian expert points out the signs, risks and treatment options

    4 days ago

    Is sex addiction real? Malaysian expert points out the signs, risks and treatment options

    KUALA LUMPUR, October 18 — Have you ever wondered if you might have an overflowing and uncontrollable desire for sex? If that happens frequently, you probably are showing some...

  • Man who found the Titanic on the mission to solve one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries

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    Man who found the Titanic on the mission to solve one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 — When deep-sea explorer Robert Ballard and his team travelled to the remote Nikumaroro Island in the western Pacific Ocean, they not only wanted to find...

  • Honest driver leaves RM100 and apology after accidentally damaging KL restaurant manager’s car

    4 days ago

    Honest driver leaves RM100 and apology after accidentally damaging KL restaurant manager’s car

    PETALING JAYA, Oct 18 — There is nothing more infuriating than discovering a dent or scratch on your vehicle, courtesy of someone else. But Hir Niezam Nasihin received a...

  • Do Malaysians need up to 60GB of mobile data? Expert sheds light on average monthly usage

    4 days ago

    Do Malaysians need up to 60GB of mobile data? Expert sheds light on average monthly usage

    KUALA LUMPUR, October 18 — Ever wondered how much mobile data would be sufficient for your monthly usage? No matter how conscious a user you are, your data will be gobbled up,...

  • McDonald’s Malaysia helps 30,000 primary schoolchildren with Back-to-School programme

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    McDonald’s Malaysia helps 30,000 primary schoolchildren with Back-to-School programme

    PETALING JAYA, Oct 21 — McDonald’s Malaysia and its non-profit arm, the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Malaysia has launched the Back-to-School 2019 programme to...

  • 333 kg of trash removed at Pantai Kelanang in volunteer clean up operation

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    333 kg of trash removed at Pantai Kelanang in volunteer clean up operation

    PETALING JAYA, Oct 18 — Last weekend, e-wallet app Boost banded together with members of the public to collect garbage that had been littering the beach of Pantai Kelanang,...

  • Fashion statement: Trump inaugurates new Louis Vuitton US site

    4 days ago

    Fashion statement: Trump inaugurates new Louis Vuitton US site

    ALVARADO, Oct 18 — President Donald Trump attended the opening of a new production site in Texas for the posh handbag maker Louis Vuitton yesterday, drawing the French luxury...

  • Longest non-stop flight to take off from New York to Sydney

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    Longest non-stop flight to take off from New York to Sydney

    SYDNEY, Oct 18 — A plane and its passengers are set to test the mental and physical limits of long-haul aviation when Qantas operates the first direct flight by a commercial...

  • Mars shows man the final frontier of circular economy

    4 days ago

    Mars shows man the final frontier of circular economy

    LONDON, Oct 18 — Barren, dry and distant — welcome to Mars, where even the dust is poison. But space scientists say the Red Planet could show mankind how to reuse resources...

  • Planetary 'autopsies' indicate worlds like Earth common in the cosmos

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    Planetary 'autopsies' indicate worlds like Earth common in the cosmos

    WASHINGTON, Oct 18 — A new way of studying planets in other solar systems — by doing sort of an autopsy on planetary wreckage devoured by a type of star called a white dwarf...

  • Nicolas de Stael painting sold for record €20m

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    Nicolas de Stael painting sold for record €20m

    PARIS, Oct 18 — A monumental painting by Nicolas de Stael was sold for €20 million at Christie's auction yesterday, in what could be the most paid for a painting of a football...

  • India’s HIV-positive trans people find ‘new strength’ in technology

    4 days ago

    India’s HIV-positive trans people find ‘new strength’ in technology

    NEW DELHI, Oct 17 ― Shoved, cursed and ridiculed, Nisha’s hospital visits were always stressful as a transgender woman and got worse after she was diagnosed as HIV-positive....

  • Evolve or die: The stark choice facing America’s ‘women’s lands’

    4 days ago

    Evolve or die: The stark choice facing America’s ‘women’s lands’

    VERMONT, Oct 17 ― At the end of a dirt road that curls deep into the wooded hills of Vermont, a white farmhouse in overgrown meadows hides decades of US women’s history ―...

  • Airbnb is offering a stay in Barbie’s ‘Malibu Dreamhouse’

    4 days ago

    Airbnb is offering a stay in Barbie’s ‘Malibu Dreamhouse’

    LOS ANGELES, Oct 17 — Did you dream of sleeping in your Barbie doll’s dream house as a child? Airbnb’s on it. To believe your eyes, you’ll have to head to California,...

  • Development dilemma as eastern Greenland eyes tourism boost

    4 days ago

    Development dilemma as eastern Greenland eyes tourism boost

    KULUSUK (Denmark), Oct 17 — Kayaking past blue-white icebergs drifting along near a pristine harbour, wandering around colourful houses or trekking in the snow-capped...

  • Swiss exhibit catalogues draw of war, desire for peace

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    Swiss exhibit catalogues draw of war, desire for peace

    COLOGNY, Oct 17 — Hitler’s Mein Kampf and a 4,500-year-old peace treaty — the world’s oldest — represent opposite poles in the eternal human struggle between the...

  • Swedish Academy defends choice for 2019 Nobel literature prize

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    Swedish Academy defends choice for 2019 Nobel literature prize

    STOCKHOLM, Oct 17 — The Swedish Academy has defended its decision to award the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature to Austrian writer Peter Handke, saying he had made provocative...

  • Study: Air pollution could be damaging your memory

    4 days ago

    Study: Air pollution could be damaging your memory

    LONDON, Oct 17 — New UK research has found that exposure to air pollution is significantly affecting our memory, causing a loss in memory which could be equivalent to up to ten...

  • Five years after war, Gaza’s little ‘Iron Man’ stands tall

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    Five years after war, Gaza’s little ‘Iron Man’ stands tall

    AL-ZAWAIDA (Palestinian Territories), Oct 17 — It was the summer of 2014, when a deluge of steel fell on Gaza. His back burned, his body covered in bandages, Yamin screamed from...