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  • Escada taps Rita Ora as brand ambassador

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    Escada taps Rita Ora as brand ambassador

    NEW YORK, Jan 15 — Rita Ora has landed a new role as the face of the fashion label Escada. The pop star has been snapped up by the brand to front its Spring 2019 campaign,...

  • Key trends in Milan Fashion Week

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    Key trends in Milan Fashion Week

    MILAN, Jan 15 — After three and a half intense days, Milan Fashion Week draws to a close yesterday and hands over to Paris for the next stage in Europe’s season. Here is an...

  • Total lunar eclipse on Jan 20-21 will be last until 2022

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    Total lunar eclipse on Jan 20-21 will be last until 2022

    PASADENA, Jan 15 — People in North and South America, a large part of Europe and Africa may get a glimpse of a total lunar eclipse overnight from January 20 to 21, the last such...

  • Stephen King steps in to save Maine paper’s book reviews

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    Stephen King steps in to save Maine paper’s book reviews

    NEW YORK, Jan 15 — When Stephen King’s local newspaper, under financial pressure, announced it would cut regional book reviews, the horror author swooped in — and managed to...

  • Study: Children who have connection with nature less emotional, more social and better behaved

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    Study: Children who have connection with nature less emotional, more social and better behaved

    HONG KONG, Jan 14 — New research from Hong Kong has shown that children who spend time in nature may benefit from fewer behavioural and emotional problems and improved...

  • Too scared to return home, Myanmar refugees in Thai camps face an uncertain future

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    Too scared to return home, Myanmar refugees in Thai camps face an uncertain future

    MAE LA (Thailand), Jan 14 — When her first child — a daughter — was born, Pa Pa Win dreamed of a grand wedding for her many years down the line, with a big celebration in...

  • From Tibet to the ‘Nine Dragons’, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta is losing sand

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    From Tibet to the ‘Nine Dragons’, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta is losing sand

    MO CAY (Vietnam), Jan 14 — In the dead of night, the entire front half of shopkeeper Ta Thi Kim Anh’s house collapsed. Perched on the sandy banks of the Mekong River, it took...

  • Soaring sexual violence pushes Sierra Leone to face ‘rape culture’

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    Soaring sexual violence pushes Sierra Leone to face ‘rape culture’

    FREETOWN (Sierra Leone), Jan 14 — “Mary” was nine years old when her childhood abruptly ended. Three men fed her sedatives then raped her. Her mother, who had been washing...

  • Chilean Patagonia: An open-air lab to study climate change

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    Chilean Patagonia: An open-air lab to study climate change

    SENO BALLENA (Chile), Jan 14 — In one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, the southernmost part of Chile’s Patagonia region, scientists are studying whales, dolphins and...

  • Indian city gears up for world’s largest religious festival

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    Indian city gears up for world’s largest religious festival

    PRAYAGRAJ (India), Jan 14 — Pilgrims from across the world are gathering in India for the Kumbh Mela, a heady mix of spirituality, politics and tourism that begins tomorrow,...

  • Travellers fume in long lines at Miami airport amid govt shutdown

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    Travellers fume in long lines at Miami airport amid govt shutdown

    MIAMI, Jan 14 — Passengers departing Miami International Airport endured unusually long waits at security checkpoints Sunday, an indirect consequence of the partial US federal...

  • Get a ‘boyfriend’ of your choice this Chinese New Year, courtesy of Lazada Malaysia

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    Get a ‘boyfriend’ of your choice this Chinese New Year, courtesy of Lazada Malaysia

    PETALING JAYA, Jan 14 — Does your heart fill with dread at the thought of celebrating Chinese New Year with nosy questions from relatives about your personal life? E-commerce...

  • Gucci joins Chinese New Year cheer with adorable piglet collection

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    Gucci joins Chinese New Year cheer with adorable piglet collection

    PETALING JAYA, Jan 14 — Forget about lipstick on a pig. In Gucci’s latest fashion campaign, all eyes are on stylish swines instead of models. Pet piglets are the highlight of...

  • Algeria’s ancient pyramid tombs still shrouded in mystery

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    Algeria’s ancient pyramid tombs still shrouded in mystery

    TIARET (Algeria), Jan 14 — Dating back centuries, Algeria’s pyramid tombs are unique relics of an ancient era but a dearth of research has left the Jeddars shrouded in...

  • Feng shui master foresees flourishing 2019 for Malaysia

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    Feng shui master foresees flourishing 2019 for Malaysia

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 — Last year was a roller coaster — from the global economic crisis to all the unexpected political events that took place in Malaysia. I bet not even the...

  • Style ideas from Marks and Spencer for Chinese New Year

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    Style ideas from Marks and Spencer for Chinese New Year

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 — Need more options for your Chinese New Year OOTD? Well, Marks and Spencer has revealed its contemporary wardrobe essentials that resonate celebration and...

  • Warning: AirAsia’s online reservation systems will be down for 13 hours this weekend

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    Warning: AirAsia’s online reservation systems will be down for 13 hours this weekend

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 — If you’re travelling on AirAsia this coming weekend, do take note that their online reservation system will be down from 2pm on Saturday, January 19,...

  • Million dead fish cause environmental stink in Australia

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    Million dead fish cause environmental stink in Australia

    SYDNEY, Jan 14 — As many as a million fish are believed to have died along the banks of a major river system in drought-battered eastern Australia, and the authorities warned...

  • How it is possible to eliminate cervical cancer in Malaysia

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    How it is possible to eliminate cervical cancer in Malaysia

    PETALING JAYA, Jan 14 — A programme that brings together separate components could prove to be Malaysia's answer in saving women from cervical cancer. The ROSE (Removing...

  • India’s transgenders take first Kumbh Mela dip

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    India’s transgenders take first Kumbh Mela dip

    ALLAHABAD, Jan 16 — For decades Laxmi Narayan Tripathi has fought India’s conservative laws and beliefs to put her transgender community on a par with the rest of society, and...

  • Having a sedentary lifestyle cancels out heart benefits of being a healthy weight

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    Having a sedentary lifestyle cancels out heart benefits of being a healthy weight

    NEW YORK, Jan 15 — New US research has found that individuals with a healthy body mass index (BMI) but who lead a sedentary lifestyle may be at the same risk for cardiovascular...

  • Malaysia Airlines resumes flights to Kochi from March 31

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    Malaysia Airlines resumes flights to Kochi from March 31

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 — Malaysia Airlines today announced the resumption of flights to Kochi, India, starting March 31 due to increasing demand. In a statement today, the...

  • Plovdiv: Europe’s other Capital of Culture for 2019

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    Plovdiv: Europe’s other Capital of Culture for 2019

    PLOVDIV, Jan 14 — For the first time ever, a Bulgarian city has been named European Capital of Culture. To the east of Sofia, Plovdiv hopes to make its mark on the tourism scene...

  • Five ways to boost your mental health this year

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    Five ways to boost your mental health this year

    LONDON, Jan 14 — We all know eating right and keeping fit is important, but here are some simple ways to also look after your mental health in 2019. Make time for cultural...

  • Hindus gather in India for world’s largest festival

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    Hindus gather in India for world’s largest festival

    ALLAHABAD (India), Jan 13 — Hindu devotees began gathering today in northern India for the world’s largest religious festival, with millions of pilgrims travelling to bathe in...

  • Cathay Pacific makes second first class blunder in two weeks

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    Cathay Pacific makes second first class blunder in two weeks

    HONG KONG, Jan 13 — For a lucky few, it’s the gift that keeps on giving: a Cathay Pacific snafu offering premium tickets at a fraction of their value, for the second time in...

  • In Saudi weddings, small is the new beautiful

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    In Saudi weddings, small is the new beautiful

    JEDDAH, Jan 13 ― It was a Saudi wedding like any other ― clutching a decorative sword, the groom bobbed and swayed in a traditional dance. But there was one striking...

  • In Washington, three weddings (whew!) and a shutdown

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    In Washington, three weddings (whew!) and a shutdown

    WASHINGTON, Jan 13 ― There doesn’t seem to be much love in the air in Washington these days, as a long and bitter government shutdown drags on with no end in sight. But...

  • Tokyo Travel Guide Part 3: Where in Tokyo am I?

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    Tokyo Travel Guide Part 3: Where in Tokyo am I?

    TOKYO, Jan 13 — You can get lost in Tokyo, even with all the clearly marked signposts (not only in Japanese but in English too). It’s helpful, therefore, to quickly get...

  • Bulgaria’s Plovdiv launches capital of culture festivities

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    Bulgaria’s Plovdiv launches capital of culture festivities

    PLOVDIV, Jan 13 — The Bulgarian city of Plovdiv was yesterday inaugurated as one of two ancient cities to share the honour of being a European capital of culture for 2019....