Life

  • Plastic jellyfish, giant whales: Art at heart of Madrid climate march

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    Plastic jellyfish, giant whales: Art at heart of Madrid climate march

    MADRID, Dec 6 — “Tonight no sleep for us,” grins Paula Rubio, a 23-year-old activist who has spent two weeks working on a vast model of a whale that may well make a splash...

  • ‘Crystal Clear’ is the new Baccarat collection by Virgil Abloh

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    ‘Crystal Clear’ is the new Baccarat collection by Virgil Abloh

    NEW YORK, Dec 6 — On the occasion of Miami Art Basel, the venerable crystal manufacturer Baccarat has called on the services of much-sought after designer Virgil Abloh for a...

  • Measles killed more than 140,000 amid stagnating vaccine rates

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    Measles killed more than 140,000 amid stagnating vaccine rates

    WASHINGTON, Dec 6 — More than 140,000 people died from measles worldwide in 2018, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and US authorities said yesterday, the result of global...

  • Kim Kardashian announces a glitzy holiday makeup collection

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    Kim Kardashian announces a glitzy holiday makeup collection

    LOS ANGELES, Dec 6 — Kim Kardashian West is upping the glam stakes this Christmas. The reality TV star and entrepreneur has unveiled a new ‘Glitz & Glam’ makeup...

  • Chile anthem against sexual violence goes viral

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    Chile anthem against sexual violence goes viral

    SANTIAGO, Dec 6 — From quiet beginnings just a few weeks ago, “The Rapist is You!” — the creation of four performance artists from a Chilean feminist group — has...

  • Guess is about to make its jeans more sustainable

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    Guess is about to make its jeans more sustainable

    LOS ANGELES, Dec 6 — Guess has announced plans to make its denim more sustainable, after joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s ‘Make Fashion Circular’ initiative. The...

  • Nakamura: Japan doctor who devoted his life to Afghanistan

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    Nakamura: Japan doctor who devoted his life to Afghanistan

    TOKYO, Dec 6 — Japanese doctor Tetsu Nakamura, killed Wednesday in an attack in Afghanistan, devoted 35 years of his life to healing Afghans and Pakistanis and eventually became...

  • At inaugural WOWComm conference, media practitioners share tips on getting environmental messages across effectively

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    At inaugural WOWComm conference, media practitioners share tips on getting environmental messages across effectively

    PUTRAJAYA, Dec 5 — Got a strong environmental and sustainability message but feel the information constantly falls on deaf ears? Know your target audience before you start...

  • New app predicts water-related conflict up to year in advance

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    New app predicts water-related conflict up to year in advance

    LONDON, Dec 5 — Conflicts over water are likely to flare up in Iraq, Mali and India in the coming year, according to the developers of an app launched today which aims to help...

  • West Africa’s Fulani nomads fight climate change to survive

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    West Africa’s Fulani nomads fight climate change to survive

    NIAMEY (Niger), Dec 5 — They are one of the last great nomadic peoples of the planet, a community of some 35 million people scattered across 15 countries in West Africa, from...

  • Negri’s Tunku Zain reminds politicians to keep manifesto pledges to gain national unity

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    Negri’s Tunku Zain reminds politicians to keep manifesto pledges to gain national unity

    KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 5 — Negri Sembilan prince Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin Tuanku Muhriz today asked politicians to keep to manifesto pledges to avoid creating fertile ground for...

  • Climate change threatens end of trail for Niger’s nomadic herders

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    Climate change threatens end of trail for Niger’s nomadic herders

    BERMO (Niger), Dec 5 — Ali’s sharp eyes scanned the heat-shimmered horizon, searching in vain for clouds. It was noon and 45 degrees Celsius on the ninth day of their quest to...

  • New York’s ‘island of the dead’ to welcome more of the living

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    New York’s ‘island of the dead’ to welcome more of the living

    NEW YORK, Dec 5 — A once off-limits, eroding island in New York where more than a million people are buried in unmarked mass graves dug by prisoners is about to become more...

  • Bye-bye, birdie: Study finds North American birds getting smaller

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    Bye-bye, birdie: Study finds North American birds getting smaller

    WASHINGTON, Dec 5 — Since 1978, researchers have scooped up and measured tens of thousands of birds that died after crashing into buildings in Chicago during spring and fall...

  • Iraq revolution will be dramatised, written, read, and painted

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    Iraq revolution will be dramatised, written, read, and painted

    BAGHDAD, Dec 5 — The pops of gunfire rang out across the protest camp in Iraq’s capital. Blood-stained bodies writhed on the pavement, and smoke from burning tyres smarted the...

  • Japan drawings reveal little known side of Polish director Wajda

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    Japan drawings reveal little known side of Polish director Wajda

    KRAKOW (Poland), Dec 5 — A new exhibition shows a little known side of the late Andrzej Wajda, who was not only an Oscar-winning Polish film and theatre director but also a...

  • Japanese magazine ridiculed for ‘Socrates’ dating advice

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    Japanese magazine ridiculed for ‘Socrates’ dating advice

    TOKYO, Dec 5 — A Japanese magazine that advised women to compliment men on their intelligence by saying “You sound like Socrates” has been ridiculed in the country ranked...

  • Egyptian archaeologist Hawass sees role as ‘custodian’ of antiquities

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    Egyptian archaeologist Hawass sees role as ‘custodian’ of antiquities

    CAIRO, Dec 5 — Standing at the foot of the towering Great Sphinx of Giza, Zahi Hawass revels in his reputation as an indefatigable yet controversial figure in the enigmatic...

  • After struggling to find work, American man with autism opens cafe to change perceptions about disabilities

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    After struggling to find work, American man with autism opens cafe to change perceptions about disabilities

    PETALING JAYA, Dec 5 — Michael Coyne has faced every hurdle in his life with a head-on attitude. The Special Olympics athlete from Rhode Island, US has even endured rejection...

  • Rainbow murals bring some cheer to Delhi slum

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    Rainbow murals bring some cheer to Delhi slum

    NEW DELHI, Dec 5 — A New Delhi slum has been given a colourful makeover thanks to a street artist collective, drawing art lovers and selfie-snappers to a rundown area that they...

  • 'DNA-mum’ to four Malaysian kids, this South African woman connects egg donors with intended parents

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    'DNA-mum’ to four Malaysian kids, this South African woman connects egg donors with intended parents

    KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 5 — In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) is big business. Globally, the IVF market size is expected to reach US$36.2 billion (RM151.44 billion) by 2026, based on a...

  • 'Hulk and teddy bear': Family inspiration for Malaysian designer to share loving drawings of life

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    'Hulk and teddy bear': Family inspiration for Malaysian designer to share loving drawings of life

    KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 5 — Having a child is definitely a life-changing experience that lasts a lifetime. In Megat Harris Megat Hisham's case, he has drawn from his experiences as a...

  • Sun yields its secrets to Parker Solar Probe

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    Sun yields its secrets to Parker Solar Probe

    PARIS, Dec 5 — Nasa’s Parker Solar Probe, having survived its closest encounter so far with the Sun, has sent back a “spectacular trove” of data on its corona, the...

  • Birdcages and pearls galore at Chanel’s craft-heavy fashion show

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    Birdcages and pearls galore at Chanel’s craft-heavy fashion show

    PARIS, Dec 5 — Chanel turned little gilded birdcages into handbags on the catwalk in Paris yesterday, at an annual “Metier D’Art” fashion showcase of its most intricate...

  • Vaping linked to rare lung disease, study reveals

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    Vaping linked to rare lung disease, study reveals

    PARIS, Dec 5 — Doctors treating a patient with a rare lung disease usually caused by exposure to industrial metals say it may instead be the first case linked to vaping....

  • Extreme heat hitting rich and poor harder, global climate index shows

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    Extreme heat hitting rich and poor harder, global climate index shows

    MADRID, Dec 5 — Worsening heatwaves are taking a heavier toll on rich as well as poor countries, according to an annual ranking that measures the damage done by extreme weather...

  • Kim Jones combines fashion art and sport in new Dior Homme collection (VIDEO)

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    Kim Jones combines fashion art and sport in new Dior Homme collection (VIDEO)

    MIAMI, Dec 5 — Just as Christian Dior did in the late 1940s, Dior Homme creative director Kim Jones has crossed borders to cultivate links between France and the United States...

  • Trading water: Can water shares help save California’s aquifers?

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    Trading water: Can water shares help save California’s aquifers?

    WASHINGTON, Dec 4 — California is by far the United States’ most populous state, as well as its largest agricultural producer. Increasingly, it is also one of the country’s...

  • Still in streets, Iraqis say problem is poverty

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    Still in streets, Iraqis say problem is poverty

    DIWANIYAH (Iraq), Dec 4 — Chants demanding complete regime change have echoed across Iraq for weeks, but what first brought demonstrators onto the street was the profound...

  • Reebok hits the ecotrail with plant-based running shoe

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    Reebok hits the ecotrail with plant-based running shoe

    BOSTON, Dec 4 — Reebok has unveiled a plant-based running shoe made with castor beans, algae, eucalyptus trees and natural rubber. The sportswear giant’s new “Forever...

  • Babies born on floor as Zimbabwe’s health system totters

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    Babies born on floor as Zimbabwe’s health system totters

    HARARE, Dec 4 — The floor is dusty, the walls filthy and the furniture decrepit, but for two weeks last month a tiny flat in a Harare township was transformed into a maternity...

  • ‘The end’: Poverty bites in remote Egyptian village

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    ‘The end’: Poverty bites in remote Egyptian village

    AL-NEHAYA (Egypt), Dec 4 — The name of the remote Egyptian village Al-Nehaya sounds much like the Arabic word for “the end”, which is sadly fitting given the grinding...

  • Without urgent action, yearly extreme heat waves await Europeans

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    Without urgent action, yearly extreme heat waves await Europeans

    BRUSSELS, Dec 4 — Europe faces the prospect of severe heat waves every year and a halving of some of its harvests in the future unless rapid action is taken against climate...