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  • London Zoo launches its trickiest annual task — the weigh-in

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    London Zoo launches its trickiest annual task — the weigh-in

    LONDON, Aug 22 — Bullfrogs, pythons and penguins were among creatures being coaxed onto the scales at London Zoo this week for the annual check on their weight and size. The...

  • Tel Aviv beaches fall foul in Israel’s passion for plastic

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    Tel Aviv beaches fall foul in Israel’s passion for plastic

    TEL AVIV, Aug 22 ― In the early morning, when the only sound on Tel Aviv beach is the waves, Yosef Salman and his team pick up plastic debris left by bathers or cast up by the...

  • Ghana draws African-American tourists with ‘Year of Return’

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    Ghana draws African-American tourists with ‘Year of Return’

    CAPE COAST (Ghana), Aug 22 ― US preacher Roxanne Caleb blinked away the tears as she emerged from a pitch-dark dungeon where African slaves were once held before being shipped...

  • Even light physical activity could reduce the risk of an early death, finds new study

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    Even light physical activity could reduce the risk of an early death, finds new study

    PARIS, Aug 22 — New research in Europe has found more evidence to suggest that physical activity — at any intensity — could help to lower the risk of an early death, while...

  • French Guiana grapples with Asian craving for fish bladder

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    French Guiana grapples with Asian craving for fish bladder

    CAYENNE (France), Aug 22 ― For years, Asian demand for a dried fish bladder prized as a culinary delicacy ― and purported aphrodisiac ― has been a boon to French Guiana’s...

  • Male slavery survivors in UK struggle to get support as numbers soar

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    Male slavery survivors in UK struggle to get support as numbers soar

    BIRMINGHAM, Aug 22 ― Breathe in, breathe out; Yu tried to clear his mind of the years he spent enslaved in a restaurant as the group of survivors finished meditating and turned...

  • Malaysians, how do you know when it’s time to upgrade to a new car? Here are the signs

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    Malaysians, how do you know when it’s time to upgrade to a new car? Here are the signs

    PETALING JAYA, August 22 — It’s fair to say that Malaysians are very sentimental about a lot of things, attaching emotional significance to many things that we own —...

  • Senior citizen siblings struggle to care for 76-year-old paralysed brother, hope for a helping hand

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    Senior citizen siblings struggle to care for 76-year-old paralysed brother, hope for a helping hand

    IPOH, Aug 22 — For the past two years since their younger brother became paralysed following a fall from a bicycle, Ng Kok Onn @ Ng Kok Choon and younger sister Ng Kwai Yee have...

  • Siberian postwoman on DIY monster truck gives lifeline to tiny village

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    Siberian postwoman on DIY monster truck gives lifeline to tiny village

    PIKHTOVOYE (Russia), Aug 22 ― Only five other people live in Galina Yermolova’s tiny Siberian village Pikhtovoye, isolated from the world by the dense taiga ― swampy...

  • Bridesmaid rocks hijab with traditional Malayalee saree for friend’s wedding

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    Bridesmaid rocks hijab with traditional Malayalee saree for friend’s wedding

    PETALING JAYA, August 22 — Malaysia is a special country for many reasons. One of the reasons being that we are a country with a diverse cultural blend, as many people from...

  • Holy offerings: Popular bubble tea drink now offered at some temples in Thailand

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    Holy offerings: Popular bubble tea drink now offered at some temples in Thailand

    PETALING JAYA, Aug 22 — The next time you’re in Thailand for a holiday, don’t be alarmed if you spot your favourite bubble tea packaging perched on the altar of a temple....

  • Alternate lives: Korean orphans’ quests for answers

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    Alternate lives: Korean orphans’ quests for answers

    SEOUL, Aug 22 ― On a summer’s day in 1985 a seven-year-old boy sat alone at a crowded bus station in Seoul, sobbing as he waited desperately for his mother to return. Jo...

  • Eye of the swarm: Experts take sting out of urban beekeeping

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    Eye of the swarm: Experts take sting out of urban beekeeping

    WASHINGTON, Aug 22 ― When others flee in terror, they head into danger. They are the Swarm Squad, Washington’s best, last and only line of defence against a rise in swarms...

  • Cuba falls in love again with the beard ― and it’s not about Fidel

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    Cuba falls in love again with the beard ― and it’s not about Fidel

    HAVANA, Aug 22 ― Cubans and beards have gone hand in hand, or cheek by jowl, since the days of Fidel Castro’s revolution, but after falling out of favour, facial hair is back...

  • Russia sends ‘Fedor’ its first humanoid robot into space

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    Russia sends ‘Fedor’ its first humanoid robot into space

    MOSCOW, Aug 22 ― Russia today launched an unmanned rocket carrying a life-size humanoid robot that will spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts on the International Space...

  • ‘Otterly adorable’?: Demand for cute selfies puts animals at risk

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    ‘Otterly adorable’?: Demand for cute selfies puts animals at risk

    NEW YORK, Aug 22 — Social media users are fuelling a burgeoning appetite for acquiring wild otters and other endangered animals as pets, conservationists say, warning the trend...

  • Microplastics in drinking water not a health risk for now, says WHO

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    Microplastics in drinking water not a health risk for now, says WHO

    GENEVA, Aug 22 ― The World Health Organisation (WHO) said today the level of microplastics in drinking-water is not yet dangerous for humans but called for more research into...

  • Moving turtle eggs a labour of love as hundreds of volunteers help find nests in Singapore

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    Moving turtle eggs a labour of love as hundreds of volunteers help find nests in Singapore

    SINGAPORE, Aug 22 — Two trails across the sand, half-dug holes and a pile of loose sand. They may not look like much to a casual observer, but to the trained eye, they are all...

  • Researchers in Singapore grow ‘mini kidneys’ in lab, paving way for potential kidney disease therapies

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    Researchers in Singapore grow ‘mini kidneys’ in lab, paving way for potential kidney disease therapies

    SINGAPORE, Aug 22 — Patients with kidney disease could eventually benefit from “mini kidneys” grown in a laboratory by an international team of researchers led by Nanyang...

  • Ancient monkey skull reveals secrets of primate brain evolution

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    Ancient monkey skull reveals secrets of primate brain evolution

    WASHINGTON, Aug 22 ― The remains of a prehistoric primate that lived high in the Andes 20 million years ago and was so small it could fit in your hand is helping scientists...

  • Could a vitamin D deficiency in childhood affect behaviour in adolescence?

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    Could a vitamin D deficiency in childhood affect behaviour in adolescence?

    NEW YORK, Aug 22 — New research suggests that a vitamin D deficiency in childhood may be linked to aggressive behaviour and anxious and depressive moods later on in the teenage...

  • Florida panthers, bobcats stricken by mystery nerve disorder

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    Florida panthers, bobcats stricken by mystery nerve disorder

    MIAMI, Aug 22 ― US authorities are investigating a mysterious neurological disorder affecting bobcats and Florida panthers that prevents them from walking normally. Neurological...

  • French zoo ‘outraged’ by visitors writing names on rhino’s back

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    French zoo ‘outraged’ by visitors writing names on rhino’s back

    ROYAN (France), Aug 22 ― Staff at a French zoo condemned yesterday the “stupidity” of visitors who scratched their names into the back of a rhino. A photograph of the...

  • Five things to know about the Amazon

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    Five things to know about the Amazon

    SAO PAULO, Aug 22 — The Amazon is the largest tropical forest in the world, covering 5.5 million square kilometres (2.1 million square miles), an ecological treasure threatened...

  • Lewis Hamilton puts his signature on new Tommy Hilfiger series

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    Lewis Hamilton puts his signature on new Tommy Hilfiger series

    NEW YORK, Aug 22 — Lewis Hamilton is shaking things up for the third lap of his partnership with Tommy Hilfiger. The Formula One world champion racecar driver has been hard at...

  • Which celebrities are rocking the beauty industry this month?

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    Which celebrities are rocking the beauty industry this month?

    NEW YORK, Aug 22 — Celebrity beauty projects are officially in vogue, and it seems that barely a week goes by without a new star announcing a red-hot cosmetics collaboration or...

  • TripAdvisor proposing simulation of life on Mars

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    TripAdvisor proposing simulation of life on Mars

    NEW YORK, August 22 — The American online-review pioneer is offering would-be explorers the opportunity to visit a Spanish cave with living conditions said to closely resemble...

  • Sarawak’s Gua Niah and other Malaysian caves get spotlight in Pos Malaysia’s latest stamp series

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    Sarawak’s Gua Niah and other Malaysian caves get spotlight in Pos Malaysia’s latest stamp series

    PETALING JAYA, Aug 21 — For the first time ever, Malaysia’s amazing caves are taking the spotlight in a new cave-themed stamp series by Pos Malaysia. The Caves in...

  • No phones, no friends: Cut-off Kashmir children despair in lockdown

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    No phones, no friends: Cut-off Kashmir children despair in lockdown

    SRINAGAR, Aug 21 — In a tiny building in a cramped narrow lane in Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar, Mohammad Saleem and his family feel cut off from the world and trapped in...

  • From D-Day beaches to the Champs-Elysees

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    From D-Day beaches to the Champs-Elysees

    PARIS, Aug 23 — It took less than three months of fighting from the Allied troop landings on France’s Normandy beaches for Paris to be liberated from the Nazis, whose...

  • Vehicle exhaust exposure linked to a higher risk of common eye condition

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    Vehicle exhaust exposure linked to a higher risk of common eye condition

    TAIPEI, Aug 21 ― New research has found that long term exposure to high levels of pollutants from vehicle exhausts appears to be linked to an increased risk of the common eye...

  • Homophobia seen rising in European countries without gay marriage

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    Homophobia seen rising in European countries without gay marriage

    LONDON, Aug 21 ― Homophobia has risen in European countries that do not legally recognise same-sex relationships, while acceptance of gay and lesbian people has jumped in states...

  • True love: Johor man marries paralysed fiancée after meeting her via online game PUBG

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    True love: Johor man marries paralysed fiancée after meeting her via online game PUBG

    KUALA LUMPUR, August 21 — What started as a cyber love turned into an inspiring love story when Amirul Syahmi Mohd Yazid married Siti Aishah Zaid recently. Amirul Syahmi, 25...