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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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Around 1.75 million tourists visited Pakistan in 2017

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan saw an increase in tourism due to an improved law and order situation in the country as 1.75 million tourists visited Pakistan in 2017. According to APP, domestic travellers increased 30 per cent, according to Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC), while Jovago, the top hotel booking and e-commerce site in Pakistan claimed hotel bookings increased by 80-90 per...

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Karachi’s most popular food street ‘Do Darya’ shutting down soon

Web Desk: The most famous food street of Karachi 'Do Darya' located around Arabian Sea to be shut down after Ramadan in June, sources informed Newsone. According to details, in 2010, the restaurants entered a licensing agreement with DHA, the agreement, which was for a period of two years, later some restaurants obtained a stay order from the Sindh High...

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It’s a boy: Kate, wife of UK’s prince William, gives birth

LONDON (Reuters) - Kate, wife of UK’s Prince William, gave birth to a baby boy on Monday, the couple’s third child, her husband’s office said. The boy, the couple’s second son, weighed 8 lbs 7oz and William was present for the birth. “The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members...

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Kate Middleton in early stages of labor with third child

LONDON: Kate Middleton, the wife of Prince William, was admitted to hospital on Monday to give birth to the couple’s third child and the latest member of Britain’s royal family. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as the couple are officially known, drove from their home Kensington Palace in central London to St Mary’s Hospital in west London where their...

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Before falling for Meghan Markle, Prince had many girlfriends

Before he fell for American actress Meghan Markle, Britain´s Prince Harry, 33, had several other girlfriends. Here are some of the women who reportedly had a chance of becoming a princess. First love, Chelsy Davy Harry met Davy, the Zimbabwean-born daughter of a millionaire safari operator, in 2004 when he travelled to South Africa after school. She studied in Cape...

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Malaysian critic slammed for saying people above 60kgs shouldn’t attend fashion shows

A Malaysian fashion critic sparked uproar Wednesday after saying people weighing over 60 kilogrammes should not attend fashion shows as other guests would find it uncomfortable to sit next to their supposedly bulky bodies. "If you weigh more than 60kg, please don´t attend fashion events," Zaihani Mohamad Zain, a regular fixture at catwalk shows in Malaysia and a celebrity stylist,...

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‘Pakistan Land and Life’ celebrates country’s rich culture

ISLAMABAD: A pictorial exhibition ‘Pakistan Land and Life’ celebrates the rich culture and heritage of Pakistan. The 50 photographs put on display capture landscape, folk heritage, traditional architecture, and routine life in Pakistan. The exhibition, showcasing the work of photographer Sharjeel Anzar, is being held at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA). Speaking at the inauguration of the...

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Beer lovers can toast Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding with new brew

LONDON:  Royal fans with a taste for beer will be able to celebrate Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle’s wedding day with a special ale brewed in the town where the couple will get married next month. “Harry & Meghan’s Windsor Knot” has been brewed to give the traditional British pint a U.S. twist in honor of the nuptials of...

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Mohsin Hamid’s ‘Exit West’ Wins First-Ever Aspen Words Literary Prize

Five works of fiction entered with the chance to win the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize. As stories of immigrants and refugees, past hardships and hopes for the future, these novels and short story collections contain multitudes — but they also share something important, in the minds of Aspen judges: They shine a piercing light on some of the messiest, most difficult...

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Excessive use of smart phones causes depression, isolation and anxiety: report

A new study says that overuse of smartphones is just like any other type of substance abuse. The findings published in the journal NeuroRegulation also showed that those who used their phones the most reported higher levels of feeling isolated, lonely, depressed and anxious. "The behavioural addiction of smartphone use begins forming neurological connections in the brain in ways similar to how...

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Saudi Arabia hosts its first-ever fashion week

RIYADH: Fashionable women, dark-haired Saudis and blonde Eastern Europeans alike, fill the gold-trimmed halls of Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel, marking the start of Saudi Arabia’s first-ever fashion week. Models and makeup artists preparing for the inaugural Saudi episode of Arab Fashion Week said they were surprised the event was taking place in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom. “We are so excited...

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New Zealand PM says country ‘undeniably’ racist

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern admitted her South Pacific nation was "undeniably" racist but said she is proud of efforts to stamp out the problem. The centre-left leader was responding to comments from Kiwi film-maker Taika Waititi that his homeland is "racist as fuck". Thor Ragnarok director Waititi, who is Maori, outlined the prejudice he had experienced in an...

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TV goes royal ‘crazy’ in run-up to Harry and Meghan marriage

Republicans might like to look away from their television screens for the next six weeks. An avalanche of royal documentaries is set to flood schedules across the world in the run-up to the marriage of Britain's Prince Harry and the American actress Meghan Markle next month. "The world has gone crazy for the royal wedding," said Nick Bullen, the king...

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In sniffling Islamabad, pollen allergies soar as spring brings less rain

ISLAMABAD: With the approach of springtime, most residents in this capital city look forward to trading in snow and icy weather for milder temperatures and blossoming flowers and trees. But as the days grow longer, the budding trees and blooming flowers are also bearers of an unwelcome reality: the start of the allergy season. As climate change shortens springtime in...

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Baloot with a twist, First ever Saudi Card Tournament

JEDDAH: Riyadh will host the first-ever Baloot championship from April 4 to 18, the General Sports Authority (GSA) has announced via Twitter. The card game, similar to the French version Belote, is popular with Saudi men. The championships will be held in the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, with the top four players receiving prize money totalling more...

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Taxes key in war on ‘lifestyle’ disease: Health experts

Global health leaders declared war on lifestyle diseases Thursday, decrying the impact of tobacco, alcohol and soft drinks on the world's poor, while calling for taxes to curb consumption and finance healthcare. In half-a-dozen studies in The Lancet, a leading health journal, experts detailed the link between poverty and non-communicable diseases (NDCs) such as stroke and diabetes, and made the...

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