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  • Reese Witherspoon and Audible join forces for Book Club project

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    Reese Witherspoon and Audible join forces for Book Club project

    NEW YORK, May 23 — Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon is joining forces with Amazon-owned audio content provider Audible to produce a series of audiobook projects. The...

  • Learning to nap in New York, the city that never sleeps

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    Learning to nap in New York, the city that never sleeps

    NEW YORK, May 23 — New York is the city that never sleeps, but arduous commutes, hellish hours and ultra-competitive jobs mean even the most wired of party animals or dedicated...

  • The internet: A dangerous place for wild animals

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    The internet: A dangerous place for wild animals

    PARIS, May 23 — From ivory baubles and leopard coats to rare turtles and live bears, the online market for protected wildlife is booming, according to an International Fund for...

  • Rare silk Quran helps preserve Afghanistan’s cultural heritage

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    Rare silk Quran helps preserve Afghanistan’s cultural heritage

    KABUL, May 23 — One of the only Qurans ever made from silk fabric has been completed in Afghanistan — a feat its creators hope will help preserve the country’s centuries-old...

  • Could a Mediterranean diet offset the negative effects of air pollution?

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    Could a Mediterranean diet offset the negative effects of air pollution?

    NEW YORK, May 23 — New US research has found that eating a Mediterranean diet may provide some protection from the harmful effects of long-term exposure to air pollution,...

  • World faces ‘staggering’ obesity challenge, study shows

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    World faces ‘staggering’ obesity challenge, study shows

    PARIS, May 23 — In 27 years from now, almost a quarter of the global population will be obese, researchers said today, warning of the mounting medical bill. If current trends...

  • Why birds don’t have teeth

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    Why birds don’t have teeth

    PARIS, May 23 — Why did birds lose their teeth? Was it so they would be lighter in the air? Or are pointy beaks better for worm-eating than the jagged jaws of dinosaur...

  • Hello Kitty-themed bullet train launching in Japan

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    Hello Kitty-themed bullet train launching in Japan

    TOKYO, May 23 — Hello Kitty is hitting the rails. This summer, Japan will be debuting a Hello Kitty-themed bullet train that will feature the feline character in all her...

  • Pulitzer-winning author Philip Roth dies at 85

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    Pulitzer-winning author Philip Roth dies at 85

    NEW YORK, May 23 — Prolific novelist Philip Roth, a dominant force in American literature throughout the latter half of the 20th century, has died, US media said late yesterday....

  • Hublot presents ‘Big Bang Meca-10’ collaboration with artist Shepard Fairey

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    Hublot presents ‘Big Bang Meca-10’ collaboration with artist Shepard Fairey

    ZURICH, May 23 — Swiss watch brand Hublot has named the American contemporary street artist, Shepard Fairey, as its latest brand ambassador, while also revealing a new joint...

  • Andy Warhol’s Munch-inspired prints go on show in Oslo

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    Andy Warhol’s Munch-inspired prints go on show in Oslo

    OSLO, May 23 — A series of works by Andy Warhol that were directly inspired by famous works by Edvard Munch are to go on display in Oslo this week, in a show that hopes to offer...

  • Nike unveils new NikeCourt Paris tennis collection

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    Nike unveils new NikeCourt Paris tennis collection

    NEW YORK, May 23 — As the French Open gets underway, Nike has revealed its latest NikeCourt Paris collection. For the new collection the Nike design team were inspired by the...

  • Adidas unveils AM4LA, a high-performance running shoe made with Parley Ocean Plastic

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    Adidas unveils AM4LA, a high-performance running shoe made with Parley Ocean Plastic

    NEW YORK, May 23 — Adidas has announced the launch of AM4LA, the brand’s first high performance running shoe made with Parley Ocean Plastic and assembled at SPEEDFACTORY USA....

  • Why walking or cycling to work could lower risk of heart disease and stroke

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    Why walking or cycling to work could lower risk of heart disease and stroke

    LONDON, May 23 — Leaving the car at home to walk or cycle to work could help cut the risk of risk of developing or dying from ischemic heart disease or stroke, according to new...

  • Brooke Shields and Ashley Graham in Swimsuits For All campaign

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    Brooke Shields and Ashley Graham in Swimsuits For All campaign

    FLORIDA, May 23 — The latest campaign from swimwear brand Swimsuits For All is fronted by women of all ages, all shapes and sizes, and from diverse backgrounds, in a line-up...

  • Chinese vase, left in attic, worth at least half a million

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    Chinese vase, left in attic, worth at least half a million

    PARIS, May 23 — A Chinese vase discovered in a battered shoebox stuffed in an attic in France is set to be the star of a Sotheby’s auction next month. Experts have identified...

  • Japan has world’s most powerful passport

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    Japan has world’s most powerful passport

    TOKYO, May 23 — The ranking for the world’s most powerful passport has changed once again, this time with Japan topping the leaderboard.  In the latest edition of...

  • Angkor Wat tops TripAdvisor's list of tourist hotspots in 2018

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    Angkor Wat tops TripAdvisor's list of tourist hotspots in 2018

    NEW YORK, May 23 — Some tourist hotspots end up disheartening disappointments. Others live entirely up to their hype. According to TripAdvisor travellers, the one...

  • More than just a fancy gym: Why Babel Fit has everything you could want (while working out!)

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    More than just a fancy gym: Why Babel Fit has everything you could want (while working out!)

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — Nestled on the rooftop of Menara Ken in Taman Tun Dr Ismail is Babel Fit, an ultra-luxurious gym that could easily double as an interior design showroom,...

  • ‘Crazy hope’ for missing kin in Philippines’ Marawi

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    ‘Crazy hope’ for missing kin in Philippines’ Marawi

    ILIGAN (Philippines), May 22 — Ten men from the same family vanished after jihadists invaded the Philippine city of Marawi a year ago — each day since, their wives have prayed...

  • Russia’s ‘circus for delinquents’ comes of age

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    Russia’s ‘circus for delinquents’ comes of age

    SAINT PETERSBURG, May 22 — The big tent in a Saint Petersburg park is not just a circus but a space for disabled and disadvantaged children, often shunned by Russian society, to...

  • Battle to treat Madagascar women for debilitating fistula

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    Battle to treat Madagascar women for debilitating fistula

    AMBOVOMBE (Madagascar), May 22 — “Get rid of the girl who stinks,” they said about Sana Rodiny who for three years had to endure unrelenting abuse after developing a...

  • Costa Rica coffee farmers brew up a carbon neutral future

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    Costa Rica coffee farmers brew up a carbon neutral future

    SANTA MARIA DE DOTA (Costa Rica), May 22 — Climbing the steep slope by his house, Fernando Solis Arguedas examined a leaf on one of his 50-year-old trees that produces arabica...

  • Bone trove in Denmark tells story of ‘Barbarian’ battle

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    Bone trove in Denmark tells story of ‘Barbarian’ battle

    FLORIDA, May 22 — Thousands of bones from boys and men likely killed in a ferocious battle 2,000 years ago have been unearthed from a bog in Denmark, researchers said yesterday....

  • Off colour: Pollution turns India’s white marble Taj Mahal green

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    Off colour: Pollution turns India’s white marble Taj Mahal green

    AGRA, May 22 — India’s white-marble Taj Mahal is turning yellow and green as the 17th century mausoleum weathers filthy air in the world’s eighth-most polluted city. One of...

  • L’Oreal takes battle for China’s online shoppers to Cannes

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    L’Oreal takes battle for China’s online shoppers to Cannes

    NEW YORK, May 22 — Chinese actress and pop star Li Yuchun glides down the hallway of Cannes’ Hotel Martinez in a tuxedo-inspired Jean Paul Gaultier gown and blue-grey pixie...

  • Exercising a few times a week slows down heart ageing, finds new study

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    Exercising a few times a week slows down heart ageing, finds new study

    TEXAS, May 22 — New US research has suggested that to slow down heart aging, exercising four to five days a week for life is ideal. Carried out by researchers at the Institute...

  • Mongolia’s reindeer herders fear lost identity under hunting ban

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    Mongolia’s reindeer herders fear lost identity under hunting ban

    TSAGAANNUUR (Mongolia), May 22 — Erdenebat Chuluu, a nomadic herder, shouts words of encouragement to the reindeer he is riding. “Chu!, Chu!,” he calls, as he urges the...

  • Costly eczema injection also helps relieve severe asthma, study shows

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    Costly eczema injection also helps relieve severe asthma, study shows

    FLORIDA, May 22 — An injectable drug for the skin disorder eczema is also effective against severe asthma, a study released yesterday said, pointing to broader uses for a costly...

  • Exposure to everyday chemicals could be increasing our risk of obesity

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    Exposure to everyday chemicals could be increasing our risk of obesity

    LISBON, May 22 — New European research suggests that exposure to certain everyday chemicals may be contributing to obesity by interfering with our hormones. Carried out by Dr...