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  • Unique gift: Children get ‘duit raya’ in their grandpa’s medicine envelopes

    3 days ago

    Unique gift: Children get ‘duit raya’ in their grandpa’s medicine envelopes

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — A Malaysian grandpa had a brilliant idea to step up his “duit raya”-giving game a notch higher with very minimum effort. Nur Hidayah Suhaimi, 17,...

  • ‘We hide’: Abused migrants say Irish fishing reforms will fail

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    ‘We hide’: Abused migrants say Irish fishing reforms will fail

    DUBLIN, June 14 — After three years working illegally on Irish fishing boats, Egyptian migrant Karim was left with a crushed finger and thousands of euros in unpaid wages, but...

  • For stomach cancer, aerosol chemotherapy offers breath of hope

    3 days ago

    For stomach cancer, aerosol chemotherapy offers breath of hope

    DIJON (France), June 14 — “Classic chemotherapy was awful... but with this treatment, I feel hope,” says French pensioner Jacques Braud, who is undergoing treatment for...

  • In Afghanistan, conspiracy theories fuel polio outbreak

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    In Afghanistan, conspiracy theories fuel polio outbreak

    KANDAHAR, June 14 — Two-year-old Farid should have been vaccinated against polio, but his family — like many in rural Afghanistan — believed the conspiracy theories and...

  • Time-honoured tactics to the fore as I. Coast confronts dengue peril

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    Time-honoured tactics to the fore as I. Coast confronts dengue peril

    ABIDJAN, June 14 — “Cover your goods”, Diakaria Fofana, a doctor of public health, warns food vendors as a thick cloud of insecticide spray wafts down a street in Abidjan,...

  • Women artists bring #MeToo reckoning to Basel fair

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    Women artists bring #MeToo reckoning to Basel fair

    BASEL, June 14 — Mannequins display inflatable, white airbag dresses created to protect women from workplace harassment, while nearby details of the alleged sexual misdeeds of...

  • The race to revive Spain's dying 'ghost villages'

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    The race to revive Spain's dying 'ghost villages'

    MOLINS DE REI (Spain), June 14 ― When the air pollution in China caused his son to fall seriously ill nearly three years ago, Miquel Utge knew he had to get his family as far...

  • Old Masters rare at auction

    3 days ago

    Old Masters rare at auction

    PARIS, June 14 — The sale at auction of old masterpieces is extremely rare, with most such works already held by museums or public collections. Of 311 pieces ever to have...

  • Happiness and Harmony: ‘Big step forward’ as twin pandas grow

    3 days ago

    Happiness and Harmony: ‘Big step forward’ as twin pandas grow

    ABA (China), June 14 — Born to a wild father and captive mother, nearly one-year-old twin pandas roll on the grass in a conservation base in southwest China, marking an...

  • Penang Global Tourism partners with TikTok to promote state

    3 days ago

    Penang Global Tourism partners with TikTok to promote state

    GEORGE TOWN, June 14 — The Penang Global Tourism (PGT) has become the first tourism board in Malaysia to partner with TikTok, a leading short-video platform, to promote the...

  • ‘I’m no hero’ says Chernobyl diver portrayed in hit TV series

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    ‘I’m no hero’ says Chernobyl diver portrayed in hit TV series

    KIEV, June 14 — In the acclaimed US mini-series Chernobyl, Oleksiy Ananenko is hailed as one of three men who helped avert an even greater disaster after the worst nuclear...

  • Art expert stakes reputation on ‘lost’ US$170m Caravaggio

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    Art expert stakes reputation on ‘lost’ US$170m Caravaggio

    PARIS, June 14 — Art expert Eric Turquin is not only convinced that a canvas found in the attic of an old house in southwest France is a Caravaggio — he believes it is a...

  • To the Moon and back: 50 years on, a giant leap into the unknown

    3 days ago

    To the Moon and back: 50 years on, a giant leap into the unknown

    WASHINGTON, June 14 — The first four days of Apollo 11’s journey to the Moon had gone according to plan, but just twenty minutes before landing, the atmosphere grew tense as...

  • Permaisuri Agong flexes culinary skills in fashion designer Rizalman’s kitchen

    3 days ago

    Permaisuri Agong flexes culinary skills in fashion designer Rizalman’s kitchen

    PETALING JAYA, June 14 — She may be royal but she’s got more than a few kitchen tricks hidden up her sleeve. Fashion designer Datuk Rizalman Ibrahim recently welcomed Raja...

  • Tourists caught on camera taking a dip in Sungai Melaka waterway (VIDEO)

    3 days ago

    Tourists caught on camera taking a dip in Sungai Melaka waterway (VIDEO)

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — A viral video of tourists taking a dip in the historic Sungai Melaka waterway has shocked and disgusted Malaysians on social media. The 12-second video,...

  • The exploration of space in 10 key dates

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    The exploration of space in 10 key dates

    PARIS, June 14 — From the Soviet’s pioneering satellite to the first man on the Moon 50 years ago, here are 10 key dates in space exploration. 1957: Sputnik On October 4,...

  • Batik shirts, fishing and other meaningful gift ideas to surprise dad this Father’s Day

    3 days ago

    Batik shirts, fishing and other meaningful gift ideas to surprise dad this Father’s Day

    PETALING JAYA, June 14 — He’s the guy who hogs the remote and hates it when you move his stuff around. Yes, that’s a dad for you. However, for all his quirks, he’s still...

  • When the world stopped to watch Armstrong’s moonwalk

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    When the world stopped to watch Armstrong’s moonwalk

    PARIS, June 14 — When Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon, he became the biggest live television star in history. Officially more than 500 million people gathered around their...

  • Tour Anne Frank’s childhood home through Google Street View

    3 days ago

    Tour Anne Frank’s childhood home through Google Street View

    AMSTERDAM, June 14 — To celebrate what would have been Anne Frank’s 90th birthday this week, Google Arts & Culture and the Anne Frank House created an online exhibition of...

  • Malaysian dads express tribulations of fatherhood in funny Father’s Day music video (VIDEO)

    3 days ago

    Malaysian dads express tribulations of fatherhood in funny Father’s Day music video (VIDEO)

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — With Father’s Day just around the corner, three Malaysian dads and an uncle decided to give a shout out to all dads out there through a hilarious music...

  • Ebola’s spread shows how science needs societies to succeed

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    Ebola’s spread shows how science needs societies to succeed

    LONDON, June 17 — The persistence of Congo’s Ebola outbreak and its deadly spread to Uganda in recent days show how societal issues are as crucial as scientific advances in...

  • ‘Sand mafias’ threaten Morocco’s coastline

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    ‘Sand mafias’ threaten Morocco’s coastline

    MOHAMMEDIA (Morocco), June 17 — Beneath an apartment block that looms over Monica beach in the western coastal city of Mohammedia, a sole sand dune has escaped the clutches of...

  • Gun ‘Van Gogh killed himself with’ to go under hammer

    12 hours ago

    Gun ‘Van Gogh killed himself with’ to go under hammer

    PARIS, June 17 — The revolver with which Vincent van Gogh is believed to have shot himself is to go under the hammer Wednesday at a Paris auction house. Billed as “the most...

  • Chinese raids hit North Korean defectors’ ‘Underground Railroad’

    13 hours ago

    Chinese raids hit North Korean defectors’ ‘Underground Railroad’

    SEOUL, June 17 — A decade after leaving her family behind to flee North Korea, the defector was overwhelmed with excitement when she spoke to her 22-year-old son on the phone...

  • Beyond shelter in a storm, Odisha eyes sturdier homes, power and trees

    14 hours ago

    Beyond shelter in a storm, Odisha eyes sturdier homes, power and trees

    BHUBANESWAR (India), June 17 — Six weeks after India’s eastern state of Odisha was battered by the strongest storm since 2013, officials are considering how to build back...

  • Report shows ‘hundreds’ of elephants being poached each year in Botswana

    3 days ago

    Report shows ‘hundreds’ of elephants being poached each year in Botswana

    JOHANNESBURG, June 14 — A leading conservation group has warned of surging elephant poaching in parts of Botswana and estimated nearly 400 were killed across the country in 2017...

  • Nike teases new ‘Stranger Things’ collection

    3 days ago

    Nike teases new ‘Stranger Things’ collection

    NEW YORK, June 14 — Nike is the latest brand to catch Stranger Things fever. The sportswear giant has teamed up with the hit TV show from Netflix to launch a capsule collection...

  • Russia uncovers wolf head preserved in ice from 40,000 years ago

    3 days ago

    Russia uncovers wolf head preserved in ice from 40,000 years ago

    MOSCOW, June 14 — About 40,000 years ago, a wolf died in what we know as Siberia. Now its severed head has been found, and because of the freezing conditions, it is so well...

  • Tate Liverpool opens retrospective of Keith Haring

    3 days ago

    Tate Liverpool opens retrospective of Keith Haring

    LONDON, June 14 — The exhibition, opening on June 14, will mark the first UK retrospective dedicated to the American Pop artist and political activist. “Keith Haring”...

  • Half of Ebola outbreaks go 'undetected,' study shows

    4 days ago

    Half of Ebola outbreaks go 'undetected,' study shows

    LONDON, June 14 — Half of all outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus never get detected, researchers said yesterday, as Uganda confirmed a second death from the disease that has...

  • Muhammad Ali's autographed gold glove fails to sell at Turin auction

    4 days ago

    Muhammad Ali's autographed gold glove fails to sell at Turin auction

    TURIN, June 14 — A rare gold boxing glove made to commemorate Muhammad Ali's “Fight of the Century” against Joe Frazier in Madison Square Garden nearly 50 years ago failed...

  • Art Basel removes part of Andrea Bowers' 'Open Secret' installation

    4 days ago

    Art Basel removes part of Andrea Bowers' 'Open Secret' installation

    BASEL, June 14 — Part of Bowers' installation was removed from the Swiss art fair, which opened to the public yesterday, following complaints from a victim whose photos of...

  • Airbnb launches adventure travel experiences for intrepid globetrotters

    4 days ago

    Airbnb launches adventure travel experiences for intrepid globetrotters

    CALIFORNIA, June 14 — Airbnb has launched adventure travel experiences that include everything from treks in the Amazon jungle to camping on a cliff in Colorado and hunting for...