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Defamation suits aimed at #MeToo complainants could stall movement

NEW DELHI: Defamation lawsuits filed by two Indian public figures accused of sexual harassment have sparked warnings from women’s rights activists and legal experts that prolonged court battles could put the brakes on the country’s nascent #MeToo movement. The movement, that began in the United States just over a year ago in response to accusations of sexual assault and harassment...

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Muslim minority in China’s Xinjiang face ‘political indoctrination’: Human Rights Watch

BEIJING  - The Turkic mostly Muslim Uighur minority in China’s Xinjiang region face arbitrary detentions, daily restrictions on religious practice and “forced political indoctrination” in a mass security crackdown, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. The United Nations human rights panel said in August that China is believed to be holding up to 1 million ethnic Uighurs in a secretive...

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The Ocean Cleanup project sails out to sweep Pacific plastic

A supply ship towing a long floating boom designed to corral ocean plastic has set sail from San Francisco for a test run ahead of a trip to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The ambitious project by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch non-profit group, hopes to clean up half of the infamous garbage patch within five years when all systems...

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Cholera outbreak kills 10 people in Zimbabwe

HARARE: A cholera outbreak has killed 10 people in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare after they drank contaminated water, a city health official said on Sunday. Harare city council has struggled to supply water to some suburbs for more than a decade, forcing residents to rely on water from open wells and community boreholes. Clemence Duri, Harare city’s health director said more...

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Syrian war documentary wins top Venice prizes

A film that follows two friends through four nightmarish years of the Syrian civil war has lifted some of the top prizes at the Venice film festival, which ends Saturday. "Still Recording", a documentary by Ghiath Ayoub and Saeed Al Batal, records what happened to two idealistic art students after they were swept up in the fervour of the Syrian...

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Going straight: Taiwan ex-gangster turns noodle chef

For most of his life Yen Wei-shun was on the wrong side of the law, but the former Taiwan gangster says he is making up for lost time by churning out noodles for the needy. His family has run a noodle stall, tucked away in a bustling traditional market in New Taipei City, for decades. Now Yen, 40, is working...

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‘Effortlessly chic’ Meghan Markle named People’s best dressed woman

LOS ANGELES: Meghan Markle was named the best-dressed woman of 2018 by People magazine on Wednesday in a rare accolade for royalty by the celebrity publication. Markle, 37, who became the Duchess of Sussex when she married Britain’s Prince Harry in May, topped People’s annual list ahead of Hollywood actresses including Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and...

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Indian top court legalized consensual ‘homosexuality’

India's Supreme Court on Thursday legalised consensual sexual relations between adults of the same gender as it partially struck down a British-era law that criminalised homosexuality. Members of the LGBT community held tearful celebrations in cities across the South Asian nation of 1.25 billion people as the historic verdict was read out. A five-judge Constitution bench of the Indian Supreme...

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Father of Dr. Arif Alvi was Jawaharlal Nehru’s dentist

As the Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaaf (PTI) leader Dr. Arif Alvi elected as the 13th president of Pakistan, new revelations regarding his life and family begins to surface on the news platforms. It is been newly revealed to the public that Dr. Alvi's father "Dr Habib ur Rehman Elahi Alvi who practiced dentistry in India migrated to Pakistan in 1947 and...

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WHO says 1.4 billion risk disease from lack of exercise

PARIS: More than 1.4 billion adults are putting themselves at heightened risk of deadly diseases by not getting enough exercise, doctors are warning, with global activity levels virtually unchanged in nearly two decades. With richer nations enjoying an increasingly comfortable, sedentary lifestyle, a study by the World Health Organization (WHO) said a third of women and a quarter of men...

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Asia’s rising appetite for meat, seafood will ‘strain environment’

Asia’s growing appetite for meat and seafood over the next three decades will cause huge increases in greenhouse gas emissions and antibiotics used in foods, researchers said Tuesday. Rising population, incomes and urbanisation will drive a 78 per cent increase in meat and seafood demand from 2017 to 2050, according to a report by Asia Research and Engagement Pte Ltd,...

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Back to school for French kids… without their phones

Texting under the table should be a thing of the past when French children return to class Monday following a nationwide ban on mobile phones in schools. The ban, a campaign pledge of President Emmanuel Macron's, was brought in under a law passed in July which also banishes tablets and smart watches from French primary and junior high schools. High...

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India’s billon-dollar battle to build the world’s biggest statue

The world´s biggest statue is rising in a remote corner of India to honour "an independence hero" but it could quickly be outdone by a monument to a Hindu warrior king in the sea off Mumbai. In a burst of nationalist fervour, around one billion dollars is being spent on the two giant effigies, each more than twice as tall...

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Anam Tanoli, Pakistani model found dead at Lahore

LAHORE: On Saturday evening, a young and up-and-coming model was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a house here in the city's Defence neighbourhood. According to the police, the body of Anam Tanoli, 26, was found hanging inside a room in the Defence-B Area house, in what is being considered a suicide. It was later moved to Jinnah Hospital. Tanoli,...

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As temperatures rise, farmers plant crops in S.Korean tunnel

OKCHEON, South Korea — Behind a blue wall that seals a former highway tunnel stretches a massive indoor farm bathed in rose-tinted light. Fruits and vegetables grow hydroponically — with no soil — in vertically stacked layers inside, illuminated by neon-pink LEDs instead of sunlight. Operators of this high-tech facility in South Korea say it is the world’s first indoor...

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‘Major transformation’ ahead for Earth’s ecosystems: study

The Earth's forests, deserts, landscapes and vital ecosystems risk a "major transformation" in the next century due to climate change, international scientists warned on Thursday. Some of these changes are already under way in the southwestern United States, where massive wildfires are destroying pine forests and transforming swaths of territory into shrubland. In the next 100-150 years, these changes will...

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Caffeine hit: South Korea bans coffee in schools

Students and teachers in South Korea will need to find new ways of staying alert through the long school day, after the government said Friday it will ban coffee sales in schools. Selling highly caffeinated drinks to students in schools has already been banned since 2013, but with coffee vending machines still available for teachers, wily students have been able...

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