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  • Dirty business: The soil-hunters eating Zimbabwe’s habitable land

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    Dirty business: The soil-hunters eating Zimbabwe’s habitable land

    HARARE, Nov 10 — At a makeshift Pentecostal church in one of Harare’s poorer western suburbs, dozens of congregants dance during the Sunday service, their hymns echoing off...

  • In Kyrgyzstan, warming brings less water — and more conflict

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    In Kyrgyzstan, warming brings less water — and more conflict

    KOL TAL (Kyrgyzstan), Nov 10 — In the Kyrgyz village of Kok Tal, it is the jarring sound of Bahadyr Mamatgapirov’s mobile phone that breaks the serenity of dawn. “Get here...

  • Rare pink diamond aims to make US$50m

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    Rare pink diamond aims to make US$50m

    GENEVA, Nov 10 — The Pink Legacy, an exceptionally large pink diamond, is set to go under the hammer at Christie’s in Geneva next week, when it is expected to bring in up to...

  • ‘I had suicidal thoughts’: Gay Lebanese speak out against conversion therapy

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    ‘I had suicidal thoughts’: Gay Lebanese speak out against conversion therapy

    BEIRUT, Nov 9 — Doctors in Lebanon warned about the dangers of gay conversion therapy yesterday, saying homosexuality is not a disease — a common misconception in the Arab...

  • As groundwater runs short, water battles grow in parched Chennai

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    As groundwater runs short, water battles grow in parched Chennai

    CHENNAI, Nov 10 — When the thousands of water lorry drivers who shore up parched Chennai’s overtaxed water delivery system went on strike for three days last month, to protest...

  • Art meets technology in Poesy’s World

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    Art meets technology in Poesy’s World

    PETALING JAYA, Nov 10 — Poesy’s World, a solo art exhibition to be held in Kuala Lumpur will be using blockchain technology for provenance and authentication of...

  • Labour of love turns into lucrative venture for local guqin maker

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    Labour of love turns into lucrative venture for local guqin maker

    IPOH, Nov 10 — What started out as a hobby has turned into a lucrative business for yoga instructor Ng Chung Sing. The 51-year-old started making guqin, a plucked seven-string...

  • Kenyan farmers try to sweep away landslide risks with bamboo

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    Kenyan farmers try to sweep away landslide risks with bamboo

    MAKOMBOKI (Kenya), Nov 9 — Lunch at Macharia Mirara’s house in the village of Makomboki used to be a cheery occasion as his children chattered about their morning at school....

  • Great for writers, terrible for citizens: The world according to Irvine Welsh

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    Great for writers, terrible for citizens: The world according to Irvine Welsh

    HONG KONG, Nov 9 — Twenty-five years ago Irvine Welsh’s debut novel Trainspotting burst out of the housing schemes and back alleys of post-industrial Scotland in a whirlwind...

  • Loving angels, Victoria’s Secret extravaganza returns to New York

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    Loving angels, Victoria’s Secret extravaganza returns to New York

    NEW YORK, Nov 9 — The planet’s top models transformed into angels for Victoria’s Secret glitzy fashion show yesterday, donning wings, barely-there lingerie and plaid for a...

  • Conjoined Bhutanese twins separated in Australia surgery

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    Conjoined Bhutanese twins separated in Australia surgery

    MELBOURNE, Nov 9 — Australian surgeons today successfully separated 15-month-old Bhutanese twins, Nima and Dawa, who had been joined at the torso. The team of more than 20...

  • Dr Siti Hasmah launches Malaysia’s first 24-hour bookstore

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    Dr Siti Hasmah launches Malaysia’s first 24-hour bookstore

    CYBERJAYA, Nov 9 — Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, wife of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, today launched here the BookXcess latest store touted as Malaysia's first 24-hour...

  • Fashion designers Bernard Chandran, Joe Chia lend touch to new KL hotel

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    Fashion designers Bernard Chandran, Joe Chia lend touch to new KL hotel

    PETALING JAYA, Nov 9 — The staff and decor of soon-to-open hotel and residences The RuMa may very well give guests a run for their money in the style department. The property,...

  • Journey to the afterlife: Indonesia’s Toraja live among the dead

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    Journey to the afterlife: Indonesia’s Toraja live among the dead

    LA’BO (Indonesia), Nov 9 — Martha Kande’s family lived with her greying, shrivelled corpse at their home in Indonesia for seven months, as they prepared an elaborate funeral...

  • Stephen Hawking’s thesis and wheelchair sell for US$1m

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    Stephen Hawking’s thesis and wheelchair sell for US$1m

    LONDON, Nov 9 — A motorised wheelchair used by the late British physicist Stephen Hawking sold at auction yesterday for almost £300,000 (US$391,740 or RM1.63 million) while a...

  • Spying on bees reveals pesticides impair social behaviour

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    Spying on bees reveals pesticides impair social behaviour

    FLORIDA, Nov 9 — A new study that allowed humans to spy on bumblebees inside their nests showed that pesticides can impair social behaviour, making it hard for bees to eat and...

  • Study: Baby boom for some nations, bust for others

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    Study: Baby boom for some nations, bust for others

    PARIS, Nov 9 — Soaring birth rates in developing nations are fuelling a global baby boom while women in dozens of richer countries aren’t producing enough children to maintain...

  • A model line-up for this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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    A model line-up for this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

    NEW YORK, Nov 9 — From iconic Angels and star names to rising talents, around 60 top models are ready to hit the runway for the eagerly awaited Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,...

  • Marc Jacobs relaunches iconic ‘Grunge’ collection with the help of Gigi Hadid

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    Marc Jacobs relaunches iconic ‘Grunge’ collection with the help of Gigi Hadid

    NEW YORK, Nov 9 — Marc Jacobs is coming at us with a blast from the past. The fashion designer has announced the launch of the “Redux Grunge Collection 1993/2018”, a capsule...

  • Heart attack risk factors have a bigger impact on risk in women than in men

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    Heart attack risk factors have a bigger impact on risk in women than in men

    LONDON, Nov 9 — New UK research has found that smoking, diabetes and high blood pressure, key risk factors for heart disease, may have a bigger impact on the risk in women than...

  • Singing may bring benefits for patients with Parkinson's disease (VIDEO)

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    Singing may bring benefits for patients with Parkinson's disease (VIDEO)

    SAN DIEGO, Nov 9 — New preliminary research presented at the Society for Neuroscience 2018 conference this week has shown that singing could improve motor skills as well as the...

  • In US, cigarette smoking rate declines to new low

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    In US, cigarette smoking rate declines to new low

    WASHINGTON, Nov 9 — Cigarette smoking is losing popularity in the United States, where health officials yesterday announced just 14 per cent of the population now smokes, the...

  • Kylie Cosmetics hit the shelves at Ulta Beauty this month

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    Kylie Cosmetics hit the shelves at Ulta Beauty this month

    NEW YORK, Nov 9 — Kylie Jenner has taken her beauty empire to the next level, with the announcement that her Kylie Cosmetics brand is set to hit Ulta beauty stores nationwide...

  • World War I: Mons graves hold first and last to fall

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    World War I: Mons graves hold first and last to fall

    MONS (Belgium), Nov 8 — The graves at a cemetery outside the Belgian town of Mons hold the remains of both the first and last British soldiers to fall in World War I. The Saint...

  • Venezuela’s sumo novices gird loins against economic crisis

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    Venezuela’s sumo novices gird loins against economic crisis

    CARACAS, Nov 8 — Their physique may be a far cry from the celebrated bulk of Japan’s mammoth fighters, but athletes like Walter Rivas are beginning to make a name for...

  • Kuwaiti sculptors struggle for right to be seen

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    Kuwaiti sculptors struggle for right to be seen

    KUWAIT CITY, Nov 8 — Kuwaiti sculptor Sami Mohammed finished his towering statue of the country’s first emir over four decades ago, but now it just gathers dust unseen in a...

  • Why persistent back pain in women could be a serious warning sign

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    Why persistent back pain in women could be a serious warning sign

    NEW YORK, Nov 8 — New US research has found that older women who experience frequent back pain may have a higher risk of death. Carried out by researchers at Boston Medical...

  • Olive tree sabotage plagues Palestinian farmers

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    Olive tree sabotage plagues Palestinian farmers

    NABLUS (Palestinian Territories), Nov 9 — Palestinian farmer Mahmud Abu Shinar surveys two rows of severed olive trees — something he says has become a sadly familiar sight....

  • Living on edge: Vietnam’s ‘black canal’ dwellers

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    Living on edge: Vietnam’s ‘black canal’ dwellers

    HO CHI MINH CITY, Nov 9 — On the banks of Ho Chi Minh City’s Xuyen Tam canal the houses come in many forms. Short or tall, pieced together from scraps of wood, or metal or...

  • Japan team transplants stem cells into brain to treat Parkinson’s

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    Japan team transplants stem cells into brain to treat Parkinson’s

    TOKYO, Nov 9 — Japanese researchers said today they have transplanted stem cells into the brain of a patient in the first stage of an innovative trial to cure Parkinson’s...