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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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Parents with childhood trauma likely to have kids with behavioral problems: US study

Parents who had a lot of traumatic or stressful experiences during childhood may be more likely to have kids with behavioral problems, a US study suggests. Adverse childhood experiences can include witnessing parents fight or go through a divorce, having a parent with a mental illness or substance abuse problem, or suffering from sexual, physical or emotional abuse. These childhood...

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Women pilots fly against cockpit prejudices

When a stricken Southwest Airlines jet was expertly landed after an emergency descent in April, saving 148 lives, it was a surprise to some that a woman was at the controls. Role models remain few and far between for women wanting to enter the cockpit, rather than serve the onboard drinks, despite a huge shortage of pilots worldwide. "So often...

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Saudi aviation academy to train first women pilots

DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia: A flight school in Saudi Arabia is opening its doors for women, following the end of a decades-long driving ban in the deeply conservative Muslim country where many social restrictions are easing. Oxford Aviation Academy, a leading trainer and crew recruiter, has already received applications from hundreds of women hoping to start lessons in September at a...

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digital overload could lead to ‘modest’ rise in ADHD symptoms among teenagers: study

Could teenagers suffer symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder after engaging in excessive smartphone use? A new study out Tuesday says digital overload could be linked to a "modest" but significant rise in new ADHD behaviors, offering a warning to parents about the potential dangers of too much screen time. The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association...

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Queen Elizabeth owns how many swans? Annual count gets underway

CHERTSEY: An 800-year-old tradition of counting the swans owned by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth started on Monday, an annual ceremony of “swan upping” that in modern times has become a means of wildlife conservation. The upping sees three teams — one representing the queen and the others the old trade associations of the Vintners and Dyers — patrol the River Thames...

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Yes, it’s harder to sleep in the hospital

Hospital patients get a lot less sleep, wake up more frequently during the night, and rise earlier in the morning than they would in bed at home, a Dutch study suggests. While previous research has also tied sleep problems in hospitals to worse outcomes for patients, few studies to date have quantified exactly how little rest patients get, researchers note...

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La Paz’s colorful cable car system: no traffic and a great view

"Now I'm going to get to work faster!" exulted a smiling Rosa Lima, 52, one of the first passengers on a new cable car line in La Paz that reaches into the heart of the Bolivian capital. Draped in a bright orange blanket typically worn by indigenous people here, Rosa says she lives in a neighborhood on the southern outskirts...

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Clean water for all is still centuries away, aid group warns

Supplying clean water and toilets for all could take hundreds of years in countries like Eritrea and Namibia unless governments step up funding to tackle the problem and its harmful effects on health, an international development agency warned on Monday. WaterAid — which says nearly 850 million people lack clean water —predicted the world will miss a global goal to...

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Thinking skills may suffer on hot days

Heat waves can sap productivity by slowing down thinking, even in the young and healthy, a small study suggests. Harvard researchers found that during a summer heat wave, students living in dorms without air conditioning consistently scored lower on daily cognitive tests over the course of nearly a week than students in buildings with AC. “For the first time, we’ve...

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Warner Bros plans a $100 mn cable car to facilitate tourists

LOS ANGELES: Warner Bros has announced plans for a $100 million cable car to take tourists from its studio lot to the iconic Hollywood sign, an area increasingly choked by tourist traffic.The company, one of Tinseltown’s “Big Six” film distributors, told city officials on Monday it would put up the entire funding for the “Hollywood Skyway.” The six-minute ride would...

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Sterilised mosquito trial slashes dengue-spreading population

SYDNEY: More than 80 per cent of a dengue fever-spreading mosquito has been wiped out in an Australian town during a landmark trial that scientists said Tuesday offered hope for combating the dangerous pest globally. Researchers from Australia’s national science body CSIRO bred millions of non-biting male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in laboratory conditions at James Cook University (JCU) in a...

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Mom’s healthy lifestyle lowers child’s risk of obesity

Children whose mothers stick to healthy lifestyle practices are less likely to be obese than children of less healthy moms, researchers report. “Living a healthy lifestyle can not only help adults to improve their health and reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases, but also can exert health benefits to their offspring,” Dr Qi Sun from Harvard T. H. Chan...

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Pakistan Film Festival’s 2nd edition opens in NewYork with a star-studded event

UNITED NATIONS: The second edition of Pakistan Film Festival opened in New York Saturday in the presence of some of the biggest stars of the Pakistani movie industry, with Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi saying that the films being screened during the two-day event convey the country’s energy and dynamism. “We have organized our film festival to both acknowledge the remarkable revival...

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A ‘Japanese tip’: the origami art left by diners

Yuki Tatsumi was waiting tables at an izakaya pub in Japan's Kyoto when something on the table caught his eye -- a chopstick wrapper folded and fiddled into an abstract shape. It was the catalyst for a collection that now includes some 15,000 pieces of found "origami art" made by customers folding the paper sleeves that cover chopsticks at Japanese...

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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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