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Meghan makes surprise appearance at British Fashion Awards

Givenchy´s artistic director Clare Waight Keller Monday received the British designer of the year womenswear award from Meghan Markle, whose dress she designed for her wedding to Prince Harry. "It is such a pleasure to be here celebrating British fashion," Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, said at the star-studded annual Fashion Awards at the Albert Hall. The former US actress,...

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After driving ban ends, Saudi women taste thrill of speed

Donning a helmet inside a pearl silver sports sedan, Rana Almimoni skids and drifts around a Riyadh park, engine roaring, tyres screeching and clouds of dust billowing from the back. For Saudi women, such adrenaline rushes were unimaginable just weeks ago. Speed-crazed women drivers are bound to turn heads in the deeply conservative desert kingdom, which overturned the world's only...

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Given the right to larger families, Chinese may hold off

China's moves to combat an ageing population by relaxing decades-old curbs on family size have hit an unexpected snag: many parents are no longer interested in having more babies. The government has indicated it will scrap its policy which limits the number of children per family through tough fines -- and sometimes through forced abortions and sterilisations. The world's most...

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After driving ban ends, Saudi women taste thrill of speed

Donning a helmet inside a pearl silver sports sedan, Rana Almimoni skids and drifts around a Riyadh park, engine roaring, tyres screeching and clouds of dust billowing from the back. For Saudi women, such adrenaline rushes were unimaginable just weeks ago. Speed-crazed women drivers are bound to turn heads in the deeply conservative desert kingdom, which overturned the world's only...

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Russians on trial for sharing memes, networks ask for law change

In 2015, Eduard Nikitin shared a joke on social media about Russia´s bleak future. Three years later he is facing trial on extremism charges over this and one other meme. The case against the 42-year-old is part of a wider trend that has seen Russian authorities bring charges against people for seemingly innocuous, humorous posts in increasing numbers. Lawyers say...

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In Syria’s Yarmuk, artists paint amid the ruins

Not far from his destroyed home in Syria's Yarmuk camp for Palestinian refugees, 21-year-old Abdallah al-Harith dabs bright red paint onto a canvas standing amid the grey ruins. Last week, he was among 12 young artists to set up their easels in the once-crowded camp turned Damascus suburb, now largely abandoned after seven years of civil war. Equipped with paint...

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Eye exam may predict Alzheimer’s

Advances in eye exam technology could one day help doctors diagnose people with Alzheimer's disease long before symptoms appear, researchers said Thursday. Using equipment similar to the kind already available at most eye doctors' offices, researchers detected signs of Alzheimer's in a small sample of 30 people, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association...

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China reports 4th African swine fever outbreak as infection spreads south

China, home to the world´s largest pig herd, reported its fourth outbreak of the deadly African swine fever on Thursday, with more than 400 pigs infected as the disease entered a fourth province, fanning worries about its rapid spread. The infection killed 340 hogs on three farms in the coastal city of Wenzhou in eastern Zhejiang province, the Ministry of...

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Gigi Hadid, Zayn Malik celebrate Eid in eastern apparel

Supermodel Gigi Hadid took the Internet by storm a day earlier as she posted a picture celebrating Eid-ul-Azha with British-Pakistani singer Zayn Malik and one of his three sisters Waliyha. The model shared a picture of her boyfriend and his sister on her Instagram stories, captioning it, "Home for Eid". After the picture went viral, Zayn's sister Walihya shared photographs...

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Cairo looks to curb street slaughter of animals on Eid-ul-Azha

Faced with scenes of blood flowing in rubbish-strewn roads and of streets littered with animal entrails, authorities in the Egyptian capital say they aim to crack down on the outdoor slaughter on Eid-ul-Azha. Eid-ul-Azha, or the festival of sacrifice, is marked by Muslims sacrificing animals according to religious traditions at the end of the annual Hajj annual pilgrimage. Ahead of...

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Choking hazard: air pollution hangs over Asian Games

Indonesia is about to open the Asian Games but its traffic-clogged capital Jakarta remains shrouded in a haze of air pollution that threatens to mar the world's second-biggest multi-sport event. Jakarta's toxic skies have been stuck at unhealthy levels for weeks despite drastic efforts to cut down on congestion, including an odd-even licence plate system and the closure of some...

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Study: Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain

NEW YORK  — If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you’re trading one set of health problems for another. But a new U.S. study finds you’re still better off in the long run. Compared with smokers, even the quitters who gained the most weight had at least a 50 percent lower risk of dying prematurely from...

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A rising concern? After straws, balloons get more scrutiny

NEW YORK — Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans’ love of balloons be deflated? The joyous celebration of releasing balloons into the air has long bothered environmentalists, who say the pieces that fall back to earth can be deadly to seabirds and turtles that eat them. So as companies vow to banish plastic straws, there...

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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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Experts weigh pros and cons of low-calorie sweetened drinks

Low-calorie sweetened beverages such as diet sodas that use aspartame or stevia may be a good replacement for full-sugar sodas and fruit juices, but researchers are still unsure about their long-term health effects, according to a new American Heart Association Science Advisory. In the US, 32 per cent of drinks consumed by adults and 19 percent of drinks consumed by...

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Drive to curb salt intake should focus on China: study

Salt consumption exceeds national and World Health Organization guidelines in most countries, but only the highest-sodium diets, such as in China, are linked to clear health risks, researchers said Friday. Only individuals with a daily salt intake of at least 12.5 grammes — about two-and-a-half teaspoons — were associated with increased blood pressure and a greater risk of stroke, they...

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Crop-destroying caterpillar detected in Asia

A caterpillar native to the Americas that has devastated crops across Africa has made its way to Asia, scientists in India said Thursday, warning of a threat to food security. Scientists at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research said a survey had identified fall armyworm or Spodoptera frugiperda on more than 70 percent of maize crops examined in the Chikkaballapur...

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