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Model Iman Ali’s wedding, A who’s who of celebrities attend

LAHORE: Model Iman Ali tied the knot on Thursday night. The model, who had announced her engagement to Babar Bhatti last month, had a Shendi (Mehndi/Shaadi) in Lahore which was attended by Lollywood bigwigs. Actors Sarwat Gilani, Urwa Hocane, singer Farhan Saeed, ace make-up artist Shahzad Raza, designers Faraz Manan, Hassan Shehryar Yasin, Ali Xeeshan and Zara Shahjahan were among several...

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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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Chile enacts historic ban on plastic bags

Chile made history on Friday when it became the first country in South America to ban the commercial use of plastic bags. "I want to share with you the joy that as of today we're enacting the law," said President Sebastian Pinera at a public ceremony in the centre of Santiago, after which he handed out cloth bags to passers-by....

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Confirmed Ebola cases rise to 13 in Congo’s latest outbreak

KINSHASA, Congo  — The number of confirmed cases in Congo’s new outbreak of the Ebola virus has risen to 13, including three deaths, the health ministry said late Saturday. The World Health Organization has warned that this new outbreak of the deadly virus in North Kivu province poses a particular challenge as the region is a “war zone” with several...

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Arctic temperatures melts away Sweden’s highest peak Kebnekaise, concern grows

STOCKHOLM: Researchers expressed concern about the rapid pace of climate change after a glacier on Sweden’s Kebnekaise mountain melted so much in sweltering Arctic temperatures on Wednesday that it is no longer the country’s highest point. “It’s quite scary,” Gunhild Ninis Rosqvist, a Stockholm University geography professor who has been measuring the glacier for many years as part of climate...

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Smoking linked to increased atrial fibrillation risk

Current smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to develop the most common heart rhythm disorder, atrial fibrillation, suggests an analysis of existing research. The more a person smokes, the greater the risk, but quitting smoking appears to lower it significantly, the authors report in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. “The prevalence of atrial fibrillation has been projected to increase...

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China port closed for public after few days of enjoyment

Web Desk: China Port, also known as Oyster Rocks in layman term, has been banned for Public to visit as Section 44 imposed by authorities. China Port was basically built to protect large ships from high tide as it is not a entertaining spot, said KPT.  Authorities will also take strict action against the violation. The China port has been...

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Alcohol hand sanitisers inefficacious against some superbugs: study

TAMPA: Some hospital superbugs are growing increasingly tolerant to alcohol-based disinfectants found in hand washes and sanitisers, allowing increasing infections to take hold, an Australian study warned Wednesday. Hand rubs and washes that contain disinfectants based on isopropyl or ethyl alcohol are widely used around the world, and have cut down dramatically on one type of superbug, called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus...

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Video games can help obese children to slim down

Obese kids may be able to drop weight with the help of an unlikely aid: video games. Special exercise video games helped overweight children drop pounds - and improve their cholesterol and blood pressure - while they were having fun, in a study reported in Pediatric Obesity. It makes more sense to co-opt kids’ favourite pastime than to fight it,...

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Burger on wheels: Saudis try once ‘lowly’ jobs as economy bites

Dishing out burgers and fries slathered with melted cheese, "One Way Burger" is like any other trendy food truck in Riyadh. But it offers something rare — the cook behind the sizzling hot grill is a Saudi. In the once tax-free petro-state, which long offered its citizens cradle-to-grave welfare, blue-collar occupations such as cooking, cleaning and working at gas stations...

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Huge sea-life sculptures made from ocean’s plastic trash

NEW ORLEANS — Huge sculptures of sea life are dotted about New Orleans’ aquarium and zoo , all of them made from plastic trash that washed ashore. There’s a great white shark made partly of bottle caps and beach toys and a jellyfish made mostly of cut-up water bottles. The artwork, part of a project called Washed Ashore : Art to Save the Sea, is the...

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Beachgoers check out French seaside libraries

Going to the beach can be tough work, but if you need a break from all the gruelling swimming and sunbathing this summer, a trip to one of France’s pop-up seaside libraries could be just the thing. Lulled by the gentle cries of seagulls in the distance, flocks of readers have been heading to the book-filled beach huts that authorities...

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Soaring production: Kabul kite makers prepare for the flying season

Surrounded by bright-coloured tissue paper and bamboo sticks, Afghan kite maker Halim Muhammadi and his children sit in their modest living room in Kabul assembling kites in preparation for the city's flying season. After selling hundreds of thousands of kites during the cooler months, particularly in spring when flying conditions are ideal, kite makers spend the rest of the year...

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Sierra Leone: New Ebola virus discovered in Bats, fuels fears among citizens

FREETOWN: A new Ebola virus has been found in bats in Sierra Leone, two years after the end of an outbreak that killed over 11,000 across West Africa, the government said on Thursday. It is not yet known whether the new Bombali species of the virus -- which researchers say could be transmitted to humans -- can develop into the...

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World gears up to witness century’s longest Lunar Eclipse today

The longest "blood moon" eclipse this century will coincide with Mars' closest approach in 15 years on Friday to offer sky gazers a thrilling astronomical double bill. Viewers will need no protective eye gear to observe the spectacle — unlike when watching solar eclipse. "All you have to do is... go outside!" the Royal Astronomical Society in London advises. For...

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Guns and roses: Afghan farmers enjoy sweet smell of success

Standing in a field of roses in eastern Afghanistan, former poppy grower Mohammad Din Sapai quickly but carefully plucks the delicate petals that will be turned into rose water and oils for sale around the world. The sweet smelling crop is providing farmers in Nangarhar province with a viable alternative to growing opium poppies, the sale of which has fuelled...

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