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Skin bleaching in Africa: An ‘addiction’ with risks

Dr. Isima Sobande was in medical school when she first heard of mothers who bleached the skin of their babies. She dismissed it as an urban myth. But it wasn't long before she saw it with her own eyes. At a health centre in Lagos, a mother brought in a two-month-old infant who was crying in pain. "He had very...

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Valley of Tehuacan-Cuicatlan listed as UNESCO heritage site

The Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Valley, home to the oldest water management system in North America, was added Monday as a "mixed site" to the UNESCO World Heritage list, reflecting its significance as both a natural and cultural area. Straddling the Mexican states of Puebla and Oaxaca, the rugged, cactus-filled reserve that spreads across a 145,255 hectare (359,000 acres) area was first nominated...

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Air Pollution causes high diabetes: Study

PARIS: Air pollution caused one in seven new cases of diabetes in 2016, according to a US study, which found even low levels raised the chances of developing the chronic disease. Diabetes has primarily been associated with lifestyle factors like diet and a sedentary lifestyle, but research by the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis said pollution also...

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Human lifespan may not have peaked after all: study

Has the maximum lifespan for a human already been reached? Maybe not, said a study of Italian centenarians published Thursday that found that human longevity is slowly increasing. Scientists have long debated whether or not the ultimate lifespan in people has been attained. A 2016 study in the journal Nature argued that it has, in 1997, when Frenchwoman Jeanne Calmant...

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Paternal smoking linked to miscarriage risk

Would-be fathers may increase their partner’s risk of miscarriage by smoking during the pregnancy, or even during the time leading up to conception, a large study from China suggests. Based on data for nearly 6 million pregnancies, researchers found that women whose partner smoked during the first few months of the pregnancy were 17 percent more likely to miscarry than...

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Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra to reportedly get engaged in July

Web Desk: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas’ whirlwind romance is all set to reach new heights as both have decided to get engaged in next month. According to the reports by FilmFare, Nick Jonas who is currently in India with Qunatico actress had met PeeCee’s mom, Madhu Chopra, there as well. Filmfare Exclusive! @priyankachopra and @nickjonas to get engaged...

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Red, orange, green… Saudi women take the wheel as Kingdom lifts driving ban

Saudi women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time in decades Sunday as the kingdom overturned the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform expected to usher in a new era of social mobility. The much-trumpeted move is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's plan to modernise the conservative petrostate -- but it has been dented...

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From Conservatism to ‘Modernization’ Saudi Arabia loosens up

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia, one of the world´s most conservative countries, is undertaking major social and economic reforms including allowing women to drive from June 24. Here is an overview of the ancient kingdom´s far-reaching modernisation drive under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Curbing oil addiction Even before he is named heir to the throne in June 2017, the powerful young...

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International Yoga Day stretches around world

Downward-facing dogs, cobras and warriors sprouted all over Asia on Thursday, as the fourth annual International Yoga Day got under way. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose proposal for the global event won UN approval in 2014, led the way, performing his asanas with over 50,000 others in the northern city of Dehradun.   "The way to lead a calm,...

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Marriage is (literally) good for the heart: study

PARIS: Even if marriage is sometimes more a bed of nails than roses, living into old age with a partner may help ward off heart disease and stroke, researchers said Tuesday. A sweeping survey of research conducted over the last two decades covering more than two million people aged 42 to 77 found that being hitched significantly reduced the risk...

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Saudi entertainment chief sacked after outrage over circus

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday sacked the head of its entertainment authority, state media said, following a conservative backlash against a circus featuring women wearing figure-hugging costumes. "Ahmad al-Khatib, chairman of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority has been removed from his position," the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said citing a royal decree, without giving a reason. The pro-government Sabq...

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Battle of the hats held at elite French horse race

CHANTILLY, FRANCE: Champagne corks pop over the pounding of hooves and the "best hat" prize is as fiercely contested as the race itself: welcome to the Prix de Diane, a highlight of the year for France´s horsey set. Some 40,000 well-dressed spectators flocked to Sunday´s races in the shadow of a chateau north of Paris, clutching picnic baskets, ice-cold wine...

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Similar behaviors of overweight dogs, humans related to food

Researchers in Hungary who found that normal and overweight dogs behaved differently in tasks involving food say the dogs’ responses were similar to what might be expected in normal and overweight humans. Bucka, the 11 year-old overweight mongrel dog, is seen during a test trying to find the reasons for obesity at the Ethology Department of the ELTE University in...

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Argentine lawmakers approve bill to legalize abortion

Argentine lawmakers Thursday backed a bill legalizing abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, a historic step for Pope Francis's Catholic homeland, although the measure must still pass through the Senate. Thousands of abortion rights activists cheered and hugged outside the Congress as the lower house Chamber of Deputies passed the bill by 129 votes to 125. The bill...

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Eid shopping extravaganza gains momentum in Karachi

Web Desk: Eid-ul-Fitar is right around the corner and Eid preparations are in full swing in the metropolis. People, especially women, are rushing to markets to buy clothes and other items to celebrate the festive event. Shopping malls and traditional markets are bustling with shoppers from all walks of life. Markets and shopping malls are crowded with children and women...

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Sindh Wildlife Department orders inquiry into Shahid Afridi’s lion whispering

Sindh Wildlife Department (SWD) conservator Taj Mohammad Shaikh says he has ordered an inquiry into the presence of a lion in former Pakistani cricket captain Shahid Afridi's home, photos of which went viral on social media last week. If found guilty, appropriate action will be taken against former cricketer Shahid Afridi and others, said Shaikh. Afridi and his six-year-old daughter...

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Modi posts video of his morning exercises, inspires others to take up fitness challenge

New Delhi: Narendra Modi, whose supporters boast of his physical prowess and indifference to sleep, has shared the secrets to his morning fitness regimen in a video where the Indian premier thrusts a staff, walks backwards and flexes over a boulder. Modi spruiked the "refreshing and rejuvenating" benefits of his exercise workout in a video posted online Wednesday that also...

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