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  • Pandemic projects: Two books and a painting

    1 week ago

    Pandemic projects: Two books and a painting

    PETALING JAYA, April 4 — One benefit of this pandemic lockdown has been the opportunity for catch up on reading and reflection. The truth should set us free, and herein are...

  • Furry friends help Germans ease pandemic blues

    1 week ago

    Furry friends help Germans ease pandemic blues

    BERLIN, April 4 — Markus Salomon and his family had been thinking about getting a dog for years, but it was the coronavirus pandemic that finally pushed them to...

  • Should museums sell treasured works? Pandemic revives debate

    1 week ago

    Should museums sell treasured works? Pandemic revives debate

    NEW YORK, April 4 — American museums hit hard by the pandemic are selling paintings to bridge revenue gaps, with some going further and using the funds to diversify collections,...

  • ‘Beautiful and fierce’: Voguing balls let LGBT Chinese shine

    1 week ago

    ‘Beautiful and fierce’: Voguing balls let LGBT Chinese shine

    BEIJING, April 4 — Leather, glitter, stilettos and a strut — voguing, the underground dance phenomenon, has seized Beijing and given China’s LGBT community a...

  • Moroccan illustrator using comics for #MeToo campaign

    1 week ago

    Moroccan illustrator using comics for #MeToo campaign

    CASABLANCA, April 4 — Young Moroccan cartoonist Zainab Fasiki draws on a whiteboard in a Casablanca studio where she is holding a workshop that mixes art with a homegrown...

  • Hungary egg decorator brings new spin on ancient craft

    1 week ago

    Hungary egg decorator brings new spin on ancient craft

    SZEKSZÁRD, April 4 — With lace-like etchings and carvings made with a hand drill, the decorative egg art of Hungarian artist Tunde Csuhaj is bringing a different spin on an...

  • ‘Golden Parade’ carries pharaohs to new home in Egyptian capital

    1 week ago

    ‘Golden Parade’ carries pharaohs to new home in Egyptian capital

    CAIRO, April 4 — A procession of floats carried the mummified remains of 22 pharaohs, including Egypt’s most powerful ancient queen, through Cairo yesterday evening, in an...

  • Senegal’s wrestlers ready for combat after yearlong wait

    1 week ago

    Senegal’s wrestlers ready for combat after yearlong wait

    DAKAR, April 3 — Ten burly Senegalese wrestlers raise a chant, singing “Mother, pray for us,” while jogging up and down a sandy field by the Atlantic Ocean. Training has...

  • How vegan and sustainable leathers have got fashion in the bag

    1 week ago

    How vegan and sustainable leathers have got fashion in the bag

    NEW YORK, April 3 — After Hermès and its mushroom-based “leather” bag, Genny is the latest brand branching out with animal-leather alternatives. As commitment to making...

  • European publishers agonise over profile of Amanda Gorman translators

    1 week ago

    European publishers agonise over profile of Amanda Gorman translators

    PARIS, April 2 — Poet Amanda Gorman made her name with a call for unity within the United States, but the job of translating her work in Europe has sparked divisive debate....

  • Mother comes first : Uncle Kentang helps out hungry college student who uses allowance to support mother in hometown

    1 week ago

    Mother comes first : Uncle Kentang helps out hungry college student who uses allowance to support mother in hometown

      KUALA LUMPUR, April 2 — Mother comes first for a vocational college student who was willing to go hungry so as to be able to send his allowance to his mother back in...

  • Texas teachers put on admin leave after implying that eating cats and dogs is the ‘norm’ in China

    1 week ago

    Texas teachers put on admin leave after implying that eating cats and dogs is the ‘norm’ in China

    PETALING JAYA, April 2 — Three teachers in Texas have put on administrative leave after they implied that eating cats and dogs is the “norm” in parts of China. College...

  • YES offers free 40GB mobile data to help B40 folk overcome Covid-19 impact

    1 week ago

    YES offers free 40GB mobile data to help B40 folk overcome Covid-19 impact

    *This article is brought to you by YES PETALING JAYA, April 2 ― The impact of Covid-19 is forcing many Malaysians to face a new financial reality, especially those in the lower...

  • Qing Ming 2021: KL prayer items shops record 50 per cent drop in sales, to expand businesses online

    1 week ago

    Qing Ming 2021: KL prayer items shops record 50 per cent drop in sales, to expand businesses online

    PETALING JAYA, April 2 ― Business has been slow for many prayer items shops as Qing Ming is approaching. With many unable to head to memorial centres or columbariums because of...

  • Bangladesh's floating gardens: A sustainable solution for farming in the face of climate change

    1 week ago

    Bangladesh's floating gardens: A sustainable solution for farming in the face of climate change

    DHAKA, April 2 ― The floating gardens of Bangladesh are a precious aid in reducing the food insecurity linked to frequent flooding. According to a recent study, this form of...

  • Does well-being have a place at work?

    1 week ago

    Does well-being have a place at work?

    NEW YORK, April 2 ― Ping-pong tables, nurseries and sometimes even gyms. Companies are increasingly taking into account the well-being of employees by providing them with places...

  • Study: Past ice melts may have caused seas to rise 10 times faster than today

    1 week ago

    Study: Past ice melts may have caused seas to rise 10 times faster than today

    LONDON, April 1 — Ice sheet melting at the end of the last ice age may have caused sea levels to rise at 10 times the current rate, a study published today by a team led by...

  • Poussin painting stolen by Nazis found in Italy, returned to owners

    1 week ago

    Poussin painting stolen by Nazis found in Italy, returned to owners

    ROME, April 1 — A painting by French master Nicolas Poussin, stolen by Nazi soldiers from its French Jewish owners in 1944, has been found in Italy and returned to its rightful...

  • March of the Mummies: Egypt readies for Pharaohs’ Parade

    1 week ago

    March of the Mummies: Egypt readies for Pharaohs’ Parade

    CAIRO, April 1 — The mummified remains of 22 ancient Egyptian kings and queens will be paraded through the streets of Cairo Saturday, in an eye-catching royal procession to a...

  • US surgeon goes viral suggesting men get kicked in the groin if they believed this was worse than giving birth

    1 week ago

    US surgeon goes viral suggesting men get kicked in the groin if they believed this was worse than giving birth

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 — An American plastic surgeon has gone viral on social media for suggesting that men should get themselves kicked in the groin 20 times if they believed...

  • Honest Ipoh waiter praised for returning customers’ ring, to be rewarded by employers

    1 week ago

    Honest Ipoh waiter praised for returning customers’ ring, to be rewarded by employers

    PETALING JAYA, Apr 1 — A waiter of Ipoh’s Sri Ananda Bahwan restaurant was hailed as a hero after returning a customer’s lost ring. The customer, Kunavathi Paul Raj and...

  • Diplomatic allies Taiwan and Palau begin coronavirus travel bubble

    1 week ago

    Diplomatic allies Taiwan and Palau begin coronavirus travel bubble

    TAOYUAN, Apr 1 — Taiwan and Palau launched what is being billed as Asia-Pacific’s first coronavirus travel bubble on Thursday as the two diplomatic allies try to kickstart...

  • Cops nab Proton driver who allegedly used fire truck siren to escape traffic in viral video

    1 week ago

    Cops nab Proton driver who allegedly used fire truck siren to escape traffic in viral video

    PETALING JAYA, April 1 — Police have arrested a man in Johor who is suspected of driving a Proton Wira that blocked a fire truck in a video that went viral this week. Johor...

  • Former Macy’s department store in the US turned into a high school

    1 week ago

    Former Macy’s department store in the US turned into a high school

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 ― Students of Downtown Burlington High School in Vermont, United States are attending lessons at a former Macy’s department store after toxic industrial...

  • Mexico tourists have whale of a time as pandemic eases

    1 week ago

    Mexico tourists have whale of a time as pandemic eases

    MULEGE (Mexico), Apr 1 — A giant barnacle-encrusted gray whale nuzzles her calf next to a small boat of excited tourists in the waters off the Baja California peninsula in...

  • Study: Covid-19 pandemic increased stillbirth and maternal death rates

    1 week ago

    Study: Covid-19 pandemic increased stillbirth and maternal death rates

    LONDON, April 1 ― Rates of stillbirth and maternal deaths rose by around a third during the Covid-19 pandemic, with pregnancy outcomes getting worse overall for both babies and...

  • Church of England head says Meghan did not have a secret royal wedding

    1 week ago

    Church of England head says Meghan did not have a secret royal wedding

    LONDON, March 31 — Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has contradicted British royal Meghan’s claim that she married Britain’s Prince Harry several days before the...

  • Some Malaysians to follow Qing Ming rituals at columbariums despite stricter Covid-19 protocols, fewer family members

    1 week ago

    Some Malaysians to follow Qing Ming rituals at columbariums despite stricter Covid-19 protocols, fewer family members

    PETALING JAYA, March 31 — Qing Ming is around the corner and it’s usually a time for family members to pay their respects to their ancestors. But with the strict standard...

  • You can now order a ‘Puppuccino’ for your beloved pet dog at Starbucks Jaya One

    1 week ago

    You can now order a ‘Puppuccino’ for your beloved pet dog at Starbucks Jaya One

    PETALING JAYA, March 31 — Your beloved pet pooch will no longer have to be left out the next time you order your favourite beverage at Starbucks. The popular coffee chain’s...

  • The ‘S.O.P’ for Mid Valley Megamall visitors from now to April 14

    1 week ago

    The ‘S.O.P’ for Mid Valley Megamall visitors from now to April 14

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 ― Mid Valley Megamall has a new “S.O.P” at its mall from now to April 14. S.O.P or Smiles Only, Please!, celebrates the little things, uplifting each...

  • How social media can be a source of support for young people in the US

    1 week ago

    How social media can be a source of support for young people in the US

    NEW YORK, March 31 ― The Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions put in place to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus have had psychological repercussions on teens and young...

  • Comet ‘most pristine’ object from outer space seen in Solar System

    1 week ago

    Comet ‘most pristine’ object from outer space seen in Solar System

    PARIS, March 30 — A newly observed interstellar comet is the most pristine visitor from outer space ever seen in our Solar System, according to a pair of studies released today...

  • LinkedIn embraces global trend for gender pronouns option on profiles

    1 week ago

    LinkedIn embraces global trend for gender pronouns option on profiles

    LONDON, March 30 — Professional networking site LinkedIn will let users add their preferred gender pronouns to accounts in the United States, Britain, Sweden and Ireland from...