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  • French campaigners highlight trawlers’ deadly toll on dolphins

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    French campaigners highlight trawlers’ deadly toll on dolphins

    ON BOARD THE SAM SIMON (France), Jan 21 — Three knocks on the cabin door: “Half past midnight!” It’s time for the team from Sea Shepherd, a group dedicated to protecting...

  • From backing singer for Joe Cocker to firefighting chief

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    From backing singer for Joe Cocker to firefighting chief

    BERMAGUI, Jan 21 — In a country well known for colourful characters, Maggie McKinney still stands out as she shepherds her crew of volunteer firefighters in one of the areas...

  • Malaysia’s Pestle and Mortar limited-edition T-shirt to support Australia’s brave superheroes

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    Malaysia’s Pestle and Mortar limited-edition T-shirt to support Australia’s brave superheroes

    PETALING JAYA, Jan 21 — Malaysian streetwear brand Pestle and Mortar Clothing (PMC) will be featuring a limited-edition T-shirt to support the brave men and women combating the...

  • South Korea puts up signboards with Malay language to cater to speakers of the language

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    South Korea puts up signboards with Malay language to cater to speakers of the language

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21 — To cater to the large number of Malay-speaking tourists to South Korea, signs in the country have been incorporated with the Malay language. In a Facebook...

  • ‘I stayed alive to tell’ — Auschwitz’s dwindling survivors recount horrors of Nazi death camp

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    ‘I stayed alive to tell’ — Auschwitz’s dwindling survivors recount horrors of Nazi death camp

    JERUSALEM, Jan 20 — A strip of skin tattooed with the Auschwitz death camp number 99288 sits in a silver frame on a shelf in Avraham Harshalom’s living room. It is his...

  • Millions go hungry in wealthy Canada — and some die young as a result

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    Millions go hungry in wealthy Canada — and some die young as a result

    ROME, Jan 21 — Canadians who cannot afford regular meals are more likely to die early, according to a study released yesterday, showing that people are dying from hunger even in...

  • Balenciaga aims to rejoin fashion’s haute couture ranks

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    Balenciaga aims to rejoin fashion’s haute couture ranks

    PARIS, Jan 21 — Balenciaga said yesterday that it intends to enter the elite ranks of Paris haute couture — more than half a century after the founder of the storied fashion...

  • Letters show George Orwell’s wife let him offer sex to female friend

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    Letters show George Orwell’s wife let him offer sex to female friend

    LONDON, Jan 20 — British writer George Orwell wrote to a female friend to say that they could have sex twice a year with his wife’s approval, a set of letters bought by...

  • As China seeks to spark night economy, on-demand chauffeurs for drunk drivers see surge

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    As China seeks to spark night economy, on-demand chauffeurs for drunk drivers see surge

    BEIJING, Jan 21 — It was freezing and the streets were slick as substitute driver Liu Pengfei bade farewell to his mother, wife and son before riding into Beijing on his tiny...

  • Cherry blossoms and oriental decor abound to usher in Year of the Rat in Penang

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    Cherry blossoms and oriental decor abound to usher in Year of the Rat in Penang

    GEORGE TOWN, Jan 21 — Chinese New Year is just days and the Chinese community are rushing to prepare for the festive season, often flocking malls and markets to get new clothes,...

  • Eight cities around the globe that will be trending destinations in 2020

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    Eight cities around the globe that will be trending destinations in 2020

    LONDON, Jan 21 — With the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) scheduled for 2020, Cairo will be a sought-after urban destination for travellers this year, but not the...

  • No sex, no babies: S. Korea’s emerging feminists reject marriage

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    No sex, no babies: S. Korea’s emerging feminists reject marriage

    SEOUL, Jan 21 — No dating, no sex, no marriage and no babies: Two South Korean YouTubers who vow to stay single have caused uproar in the east Asian nation as it battles the...

  • Kylie Jenner unveils her new makeup collection, inspired by her daughter Stormi

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    Kylie Jenner unveils her new makeup collection, inspired by her daughter Stormi

    LOS ANGELES, Jan 21 — Kylie Jenner has unveiled her new beauty collection, inspired by her daughter Stormi. The makeup mogul has taken to Instagram to share images of her Kylie...

  • ‘Costume party’: Philippines' Taal volcano evacuees play dress up in ‘unsuitable’ clothes donated to them

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    ‘Costume party’: Philippines' Taal volcano evacuees play dress up in ‘unsuitable’ clothes donated to them

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21— In times of need and crisis, help is often given at a moment’s notice.  This was the case when it came to helping those affected by the Taal volcano...

  • World risks ‘disaster’ as reuse of natural resources declines

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    World risks ‘disaster’ as reuse of natural resources declines

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21 — The proportion of raw materials the world is reusing has fallen, researchers said today, warning of a “global disaster” as annual consumption of...

  • British journalist who slammed nasi lemak says real thing tastes nothing like what she had on flight

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    British journalist who slammed nasi lemak says real thing tastes nothing like what she had on flight

    PETALING JAYA, Jan 21 — She was slammed by Malaysians for criticising the beloved nasi lemak. Now, British journalist Katie Morley has nothing but love for the national dish...

  • How the new coronavirus developed

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    How the new coronavirus developed

    PARIS, Jan 21 — A new coronavirus, a mysterious SARS-like disease, has spread around China and three other Asian countries since first emerging in the central Chinese city of...

  • Viral video reunites Bangladeshi with family after 48 years

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    Viral video reunites Bangladeshi with family after 48 years

    DHAKA, Jan 21 — An ailing Bangladeshi who went missing almost half a century ago has been reunited with his family after a video appeal on Facebook seeking help for his...

  • Queen join Queen Elizabeth on new British coin

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    Queen join Queen Elizabeth on new British coin

    LONDON, Jan 21 — Rockers Queen have become the first band to be celebrated on British coinage, joining Queen Elizabeth II on a new coin unveiled yesterday by the Royal Mint. The...

  • One of five malnourished lions dies in Sudan park

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    One of five malnourished lions dies in Sudan park

    KHARTOUM, Jan 21 — One of five sick and malnourished lions held at a park in the Sudanese capital died yesterday, an official said, amid a growing online campaign to save the...

  • Pyrenees glaciers ‘doomed’, experts warn

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    Pyrenees glaciers ‘doomed’, experts warn

    TOULOUSE, Jan 21 — Glaciers nestled in the lofty crags of the Pyrenees mountains separating France and Spain could disappear within 30 years as temperatures rise, upending...

  • Doubted Van Gogh self-portrait is real, say experts

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    Doubted Van Gogh self-portrait is real, say experts

    AMSTERDAM, Jan 21 — A gloomy self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh was declared genuine yesterday after decades of uncertainty, experts identifying it as the only work painted by...

  • UN: Global tourism growth slowed in 2019

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    UN: Global tourism growth slowed in 2019

    MADRID, Jan 21 — Global tourism slowed in 2019 due to a cooling world economy, especially in Europe and Asia where uncertainties linked to Brexit and protests in Hong Kong also...

  • Reports: Prince Harry leaves for Canada in ‘symbolic’ departure

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    Reports: Prince Harry leaves for Canada in ‘symbolic’ departure

    LONDON, Jan 21 —  Britain’s Prince Harry has left the UK to rejoin his wife Meghan and son Archie in Canada, British media reported, as the couple start a new life after...

  • How US artist Judy Chicago rocked Paris fashion at 80

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    How US artist Judy Chicago rocked Paris fashion at 80

    PARIS, Jan 21 — American artist Judy Chicago had a glint in her eye — as well she might — as she posed in front of a giant golden banner embroidered with the legend, “What...

  • Breaking down Harry and Meghan’s bid for ‘financial independence’

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    Breaking down Harry and Meghan’s bid for ‘financial independence’

    LONDON, Jan 21 — Following their newly-forged agreement with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry and Meghan hope their departure from the royal family will give them “financial...

  • UN warns 'ravenous' locusts threatening East Africa

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    UN warns 'ravenous' locusts threatening East Africa

    ROME, Jan 21 — “Ravenous swarms” of desert locusts in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, already unprecedented in their size and destructive potential, threaten to ravage the...

  • Double trouble: Sri Lanka's twin gathering marred by overcrowding

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    Double trouble: Sri Lanka's twin gathering marred by overcrowding

    COLOMBO, Jan 21 — Thousands of twins packed two-by-two into a stadium in Sri Lanka's capital yesterday — so many that officials struggled to count them in time to prove they...

  • No smoking four weeks before operation cuts risks, says WHO

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    No smoking four weeks before operation cuts risks, says WHO

    GENEVA, Jan 21 — Patients who stop smoking at least four weeks before an operation significantly reduce the risk of having postsurgical complications because their blood flow...

  • Dior's Grecian goddesses kick off Paris fashion extravaganza

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    Dior's Grecian goddesses kick off Paris fashion extravaganza

    PARIS, Jan 21 — Christian Dior took the fashion world back to ancient Greece yesterday with vaporous peplum-style gowns and shimmering golden numbers at its Haute Couture show,...

  • Studies show physical activity decreases right from adulthood

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    Studies show physical activity decreases right from adulthood

    LONDON, Jan 21 — According to two meta-analyses by researchers at Cambridge University, young adults beginning university studies or starting their first job dedicate less time...

  • Kind-hearted man and volunteers spend two weeks cleaning up poor family’s home in time for CNY

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    Kind-hearted man and volunteers spend two weeks cleaning up poor family’s home in time for CNY

    PETALING JAYA, Jan 20 — A poor family living in horrid conditions received a surprise just in time for the Chinese New Year celebrations. Help arrived for the family who was...

  • Australia’s flame-scarred Kangaroo Valley calls for tourists to return

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    Australia’s flame-scarred Kangaroo Valley calls for tourists to return

    KANGAROO VALLEY, Jan 20 — Hard-hit businesses in Australia’s blaze-ravaged Kangaroo Valley are calling for tourists to return now that the wildfires are under control, and...