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‘Vaping’ trend worries health experts in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Health experts on Tuesday called for public awareness on rising usage of electronic cigarettes among teenagers and the negative health impact of tobacco on health, as well as to advocate for effective e-cigarette control policies in the country. Talking to a private news channel, lung specialist Prof Dr Javed Khan stressed on the need for more rigorous anti-tobacco campaigns...

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India’s billon-dollar battle to build the world’s biggest statue

The world´s biggest statue is rising in a remote corner of India to honour "an independence hero" but it could quickly be outdone by a monument to a Hindu warrior king in the sea off Mumbai. In a burst of nationalist fervour, around one billion dollars is being spent on the two giant effigies, each more than twice as tall...

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Anam Tanoli, Pakistani model found dead at Lahore

LAHORE: On Saturday evening, a young and up-and-coming model was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a house here in the city's Defence neighbourhood. According to the police, the body of Anam Tanoli, 26, was found hanging inside a room in the Defence-B Area house, in what is being considered a suicide. It was later moved to Jinnah Hospital. Tanoli,...

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As temperatures rise, farmers plant crops in S.Korean tunnel

OKCHEON, South Korea — Behind a blue wall that seals a former highway tunnel stretches a massive indoor farm bathed in rose-tinted light. Fruits and vegetables grow hydroponically — with no soil — in vertically stacked layers inside, illuminated by neon-pink LEDs instead of sunlight. Operators of this high-tech facility in South Korea say it is the world’s first indoor...

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‘Major transformation’ ahead for Earth’s ecosystems: study

The Earth's forests, deserts, landscapes and vital ecosystems risk a "major transformation" in the next century due to climate change, international scientists warned on Thursday. Some of these changes are already under way in the southwestern United States, where massive wildfires are destroying pine forests and transforming swaths of territory into shrubland. In the next 100-150 years, these changes will...

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Caffeine hit: South Korea bans coffee in schools

Students and teachers in South Korea will need to find new ways of staying alert through the long school day, after the government said Friday it will ban coffee sales in schools. Selling highly caffeinated drinks to students in schools has already been banned since 2013, but with coffee vending machines still available for teachers, wily students have been able...

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China to limit number of online games over myopia fears

Shares of Chinese video game companies plunged on Friday after the government unveiled plans to control the number of online games as part of an effort to prevent myopia among children. The plan is the latest move to tighten government oversight over the country's fast-growing and highly popular video game industry -- and a new blow to their stock market...

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The incredible marathon of New Zealand Tawaki penguins

Each year in December, penguins with long blonde eyebrows swim away from the shores of New Zealand for a two-month marathon swim halfway to Antarctica and back. The breathtaking distance was recorded by researchers, who for the first time managed to track the birds. Penguins, universally adored and the stars of cartoons, are actually not well studied. One third of...

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300 endangered turtles found dead on Mexico beach

More than 300 sea turtles from an endangered species were found dead on a beach in southern Mexico, trapped in a banned type of fishing net, environmental authorities said. In Mexico's second mass turtle death in as many weeks, the Pacific Ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) were found floating just off the beach of Puerto Escondido in the state of Oaxaca,...

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Paris, Tokyo, New York and others pledge to slash waste

By slashing food waste and improving waste management and recycling, 23 global cities and regions representing 150 million people pledged Tuesday to significantly cut the pollution-causing garbage they generate by 2030. Places like New York, Tokyo, London, Paris and Sydney vowed to "cut the amount of waste generated by each citizen 15 percent by 2030," said a statement from C40...

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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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