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  • Are your selfies making you consider plastic surgery?

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    Are your selfies making you consider plastic surgery?

    NEW YORK, July 19 — Selfies are an inescapable part of modern life, but could they also be responsible for driving up cosmetic surgery procedures? According to a new survey,...

  • In ‘sugar dating’, sex is optional, says Sugarbook creator

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    In ‘sugar dating’, sex is optional, says Sugarbook creator

    PETALING JAYA, July 19 — Darren Chan, the Malaysian creator and chief executive of Sugarbook, wants to make it clear that his dating app is not a platform for prostitution....

  • Omega 3 supplements have little or no benefit for heart health, says new review

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    Omega 3 supplements have little or no benefit for heart health, says new review

    LONDON, July 19 — A new UK review has found that omega 3 supplements have little or no effect on reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke or death. Led by the University of...

  • Massive diamond cache detected beneath Earth’s surface

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    Massive diamond cache detected beneath Earth’s surface

    WASHINGTON, July 19 — There’s a load of bling buried in the Earth. More than a quadrillion tons of diamonds to be exact — or one thousand times more than one trillion — US...

  • Procter & Gamble adds First Aid Beauty to portfolio

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    Procter & Gamble adds First Aid Beauty to portfolio

    NEW YORK, July 19 — Cult skincare brand First Aid Beauty has been snapped up by Procter & Gamble. The corporation, which counts Olay, Aussie, Herbal Essences and SK-II as...

  • Florida family allowed to keep ‘Starry Night’ house mural

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    Florida family allowed to keep ‘Starry Night’ house mural

    MOUNT DORA (Florida), July 19 —A Florida couple has won a nearly year-long legal battle for their right to cover their house and wall with a mural of Vincent van Gogh’s famed...

  • Migrants in Lebanon seek to break stereotypes with new radio show

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    Migrants in Lebanon seek to break stereotypes with new radio show

    BEIRUT, July 19 — Since arriving in Lebanon, Sudanese migrant worker Abdallah Afandi has been turned away from beach resorts, mistaken for a cleaner and prevented from renting...

  • Could just the smell of coffee be enough to give your brain power boost?

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    Could just the smell of coffee be enough to give your brain power boost?

    NEW YORK, July 19 — Often touted for its many health benefits, new research suggests you might not even need to drink coffee to reap some of its rewards, with a US study finding...

  • Kaia Gerber fronts fall campaign for Karl Lagerfeld

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    Kaia Gerber fronts fall campaign for Karl Lagerfeld

    NEW YORK, July 19 — Cindy Crawford’s daughter stars in a new fall 2018 advertising campaign for the fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld’s eponymous brand, Women’s Wear Daily...

  • Candela Pelizza joins Roberto Cavalli on a tropical escapade

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    Candela Pelizza joins Roberto Cavalli on a tropical escapade

    MILAN, July 19 — Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli has signed up top influencer Candela Pelizza to front its pre-fall 2018 collection, showcasing its romantic and sensual...

  • Adidas Running launches a shoe for urban city runners

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    Adidas Running launches a shoe for urban city runners

    NEW YORK, July 19 — Adidas Running has announced the release of its latest silhouette, the adidas PureBoost Go, designed specifically for urban running.  Thanks to a new...

  • A TooFaced hair spray is on the way, thanks to Drybar collaboration

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    A TooFaced hair spray is on the way, thanks to Drybar collaboration

    NEW YORK, July 19 — Cult cosmetics brand TooFaced is celebrating its 20th birthday with a glittery haircare collaboration. The cruelty-free makeup label has joined forces with...

  • Should your workplace ban meat?

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    Should your workplace ban meat?

    LONDON, July 19 — Office-sharing company WeWork, which operates in 22 countries, is going meat-free and will ban its 6,000 staff from expensing meals containing meat in a bid to...

  • Luxury label Bottega Veneta opts out of Spring runway

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    Luxury label Bottega Veneta opts out of Spring runway

    MILAN, July 19 — Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta has confirmed that it will not be joining the line-up for Milan Fashion Week in September, opting instead to host buyers at...

  • Skeletons and scares at Portugal’s dino park

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    Skeletons and scares at Portugal’s dino park

    LOURINHA (Portugal), July 18 — Eyes popping in astonishment, his mouth hanging mutely open, seven-year-old Joel approaches the four-metre-high monster and stands nose-to-nose...

  • Kyrgyz student’s killing fires critics of bride kidnapping

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    Kyrgyz student’s killing fires critics of bride kidnapping

    SOKULUK (Kyrgyzstan), July 18 — Inside a nomadic yurt pitched next to her family home in northern Kyrgyzstan a young woman’s female relatives sob loudly in a traditional...

  • These are the most popular travel destinations among Chinese travellers

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    These are the most popular travel destinations among Chinese travellers

    BEIJING, July 18 — Australia, Canada and France have emerged the most popular travel destinations among Chinese travellers in the upcoming year, according to a wide-sweeping...

  • Australia scientists develop ‘world first’ melanoma blood test

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    Australia scientists develop ‘world first’ melanoma blood test

    SYDNEY, July 18 — Australian researchers said today they have developed a blood test for melanoma in its early stages, calling it a “world first” breakthrough that could...

  • Marriott joins anti-straw crusade

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    Marriott joins anti-straw crusade

    NEW YORK, July 18 — One of the world’s largest hotel companies has followed the lead of other major food and travel players in banning straws across its properties by next...

  • Bad taste is big business for Paris’ king of crass

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    Bad taste is big business for Paris’ king of crass

    NEW YORK, July 18 — On the terrace of Philipp Plein’s marble-clad aerie overlooking Cannes, a line of women snakes past the swimming pool showing off the German designer’s...

  • Asia Pulp & Paper’s compostable food packaging range scores at 2018 Sustainability Awards

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    Asia Pulp & Paper’s compostable food packaging range scores at 2018 Sustainability Awards

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 18 — Asia Pulp & Paper’s (APP) Foopak Bio Natura suite of food packaging products has been awarded the Sustainability Product of the Year at the 2018...

  • Free bus rides driving safer births for Nepali women

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    Free bus rides driving safer births for Nepali women

    RAMECHHAP (Nepal), July 18 — As a teenager Meera Nepali was terrified as she went into labour with her first child at home in a remote village, miles from a hospital with nobody...

  • How many kitties in the city? Feline census in Washington

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    How many kitties in the city? Feline census in Washington

    WASHINGTON, July 18 — An alliance of Washington public and private groups on Tuesday launched a three-year census that aims to count all the cats in the capital, hoping to help...

  • In job-short South Africa, ‘dating service’ gets young people into work

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    In job-short South Africa, ‘dating service’ gets young people into work

    JOHANNESBURG, July 18 — A few years ago, Thabo Ngwato’s job prospects looked bleak. After graduating from high school, he started studying at the University of Johannesburg...

  • A bit of the Greek islands in the heart of historic Athens

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    A bit of the Greek islands in the heart of historic Athens

    ATHENS, July 18 — “The Acropolis? It’s that way.” Residents of historic Anafiotika are used to giving directions to tourists, lost in the narrow, winding alleyways of this...

  • In Mozambique, classes come alive in local languages

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    In Mozambique, classes come alive in local languages

    MANHICA (Mozambique), July 18 — About 50 children sit on a bare classroom floor in front of their teacher in what could be any lesson in Mozambique, except that they are not...

  • Britney Spears has a new fragrance in the works

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    Britney Spears has a new fragrance in the works

    NEW YORK, July 18 — Britney Spears is offering beauty fans a dose of nostalgia with the launch of a new fragrance. The popstar has taken to social media to tease the upcoming...

  • Bridge to China brings threat for Hong Kong’s native pink dolphin

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    Bridge to China brings threat for Hong Kong’s native pink dolphin

    HONG KONG, July 18 — Hong Kong’s rare pale pink dolphins are battling for survival as building work on a 31km bridge linking the Asian financial hub with China disrupts the...

  • Animal study suggests fat is the weight gain culprit

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    Animal study suggests fat is the weight gain culprit

    LONDON, July 18 — New research has found that when it comes to diet, eating fat appears to be the only cause of weight gain, at least in mice. Carried out by scientists from the...

  • Expanding ‘dead zone’ in Arabian Sea raises climate change fears

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    Expanding ‘dead zone’ in Arabian Sea raises climate change fears

    ABU DHABI, July 18 — In the waters of the Arabian Sea, a vast “dead zone” the size of Scotland is expanding and scientists say climate change may be to blame. In his lab in...