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Japan’s #KuToo campaign seeks ban on requiring women to wear high heels at work

TOKYO: Japan's health minister said in response to a petition seeking a ban on requiring women to wear high heels at work that such dress code expectations are "necessary and appropriate" in the workplace. Health Minister Takumi Nemoto responded on Wednesday to an online campaign gaining attention in Japan under the hashtag #KuToo, a play on the Japanese words for...

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Indian groom killed at wedding by celebratory gunfire

Indian police on Tuesday arrested a man accused of killing a bridegroom when he marked his friend's wedding with gunfire, the latest in a grim series of marriage celebrations gone wrong. A video of Sunil Verma, 25, being hit in the chest late Sunday as he performed wedding rituals has gone viral on Indian social media. The footage shows a...

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French museum’s collection mostly fake, but is it the only one?

Over decades, the small museum of Elne in southern France built up a collection of works by local painter Etienne Terrus, mostly oil and watercolours of the region's distinctive landscapes and buildings. But what was once a source of pride has turned to embarrassment after 60 percent were found to be fakes, providing a lesson about the dangers of buying...

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Anger as Fiji tourism ad swaps ‘church’ for ‘toilet’

Tourism Fiji has apologised after an advertisement featuring indigenous terms mixed up the words for "church" and "toilet", causing outrage in the deeply religious Pacific nation. The advertisement, intended as a primer in the iTaukei (Fijian) language for international visitors, translated "vale ni lotu" as toilet. It actually means house of worship, or church, and the mistake angered many, including...

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Qawwali fighting to survive in Pakistan after Amjad Sabri´s death

Nearly two years after Pakistan´s foremost qawwali singer Amjad Sabri was gunned down in Karachi, the devotional music of Sufi mystical sect is struggling to survive, as fears of sectarianism and modern pressures slowly drown out its powerfully hypnotic strains. Thousands poured into the streets near Sabri´s family home after his death for his funeral, a rare public display of...

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Around 1.75 million tourists visited Pakistan in 2017

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan saw an increase in tourism due to an improved law and order situation in the country as 1.75 million tourists visited Pakistan in 2017. According to APP, domestic travellers increased 30 per cent, according to Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC), while Jovago, the top hotel booking and e-commerce site in Pakistan claimed hotel bookings increased by 80-90 per...

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Karachi’s most popular food street ‘Do Darya’ shutting down soon

Web Desk: The most famous food street of Karachi 'Do Darya' located around Arabian Sea to be shut down after Ramadan in June, sources informed Newsone. According to details, in 2010, the restaurants entered a licensing agreement with DHA, the agreement, which was for a period of two years, later some restaurants obtained a stay order from the Sindh High...

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It’s a boy: Kate, wife of UK’s prince William, gives birth

LONDON (Reuters) - Kate, wife of UK’s Prince William, gave birth to a baby boy on Monday, the couple’s third child, her husband’s office said. The boy, the couple’s second son, weighed 8 lbs 7oz and William was present for the birth. “The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members...

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Kate Middleton in early stages of labor with third child

LONDON: Kate Middleton, the wife of Prince William, was admitted to hospital on Monday to give birth to the couple’s third child and the latest member of Britain’s royal family. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as the couple are officially known, drove from their home Kensington Palace in central London to St Mary’s Hospital in west London where their...

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Before falling for Meghan Markle, Prince had many girlfriends

Before he fell for American actress Meghan Markle, Britain´s Prince Harry, 33, had several other girlfriends. Here are some of the women who reportedly had a chance of becoming a princess. First love, Chelsy Davy Harry met Davy, the Zimbabwean-born daughter of a millionaire safari operator, in 2004 when he travelled to South Africa after school. She studied in Cape...

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Malaysian critic slammed for saying people above 60kgs shouldn’t attend fashion shows

A Malaysian fashion critic sparked uproar Wednesday after saying people weighing over 60 kilogrammes should not attend fashion shows as other guests would find it uncomfortable to sit next to their supposedly bulky bodies. "If you weigh more than 60kg, please don´t attend fashion events," Zaihani Mohamad Zain, a regular fixture at catwalk shows in Malaysia and a celebrity stylist,...

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‘Pakistan Land and Life’ celebrates country’s rich culture

ISLAMABAD: A pictorial exhibition ‘Pakistan Land and Life’ celebrates the rich culture and heritage of Pakistan. The 50 photographs put on display capture landscape, folk heritage, traditional architecture, and routine life in Pakistan. The exhibition, showcasing the work of photographer Sharjeel Anzar, is being held at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA). Speaking at the inauguration of the...

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Beer lovers can toast Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding with new brew

LONDON:  Royal fans with a taste for beer will be able to celebrate Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle’s wedding day with a special ale brewed in the town where the couple will get married next month. “Harry & Meghan’s Windsor Knot” has been brewed to give the traditional British pint a U.S. twist in honor of the nuptials of...

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Mohsin Hamid’s ‘Exit West’ Wins First-Ever Aspen Words Literary Prize

Five works of fiction entered with the chance to win the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize. As stories of immigrants and refugees, past hardships and hopes for the future, these novels and short story collections contain multitudes — but they also share something important, in the minds of Aspen judges: They shine a piercing light on some of the messiest, most difficult...

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Excessive use of smart phones causes depression, isolation and anxiety: report

A new study says that overuse of smartphones is just like any other type of substance abuse. The findings published in the journal NeuroRegulation also showed that those who used their phones the most reported higher levels of feeling isolated, lonely, depressed and anxious. "The behavioural addiction of smartphone use begins forming neurological connections in the brain in ways similar to how...

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Saudi Arabia hosts its first-ever fashion week

RIYADH: Fashionable women, dark-haired Saudis and blonde Eastern Europeans alike, fill the gold-trimmed halls of Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel, marking the start of Saudi Arabia’s first-ever fashion week. Models and makeup artists preparing for the inaugural Saudi episode of Arab Fashion Week said they were surprised the event was taking place in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom. “We are so excited...

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New Zealand PM says country ‘undeniably’ racist

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern admitted her South Pacific nation was "undeniably" racist but said she is proud of efforts to stamp out the problem. The centre-left leader was responding to comments from Kiwi film-maker Taika Waititi that his homeland is "racist as fuck". Thor Ragnarok director Waititi, who is Maori, outlined the prejudice he had experienced in an...

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