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Raw, fried or on a bun: the many ways Japan eats whale

MINAMIBOSO: Whale cutlets, sliced raw whale, deep-fried whale nuggets, whale bacon and whale jerky feature on the menu at the restaurant Yoko Ichihara runs - and that’s just a small sample of the ways Japan eats whale. Though Japan’s government maintains that eating whale is a cherished part of its food culture, nationwide consumption didn’t really take off until after...

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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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Japan: Beaches devastated by the 2011 tsunami , opens for public after 8 years

Japan has reopened three beaches in regions devastated by the 2011 tsunami and resulting Fukushima nuclear disaster after years of reconstruction efforts, officials said Monday. Local officials in Fukushima said they hoped the opening of the Haragamaobama beach would help change perceptions of the region, which has become inextricably linked with the 2011 disaster. One of the reopened waterfronts is...

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China’s vaccine scandal raises concerns over drug safety across the country

SHANGHAI  - A vaccine scandal in China, which has hit a nerve in the country and prompted quick reactions from leaders in Beijing, is sending ripples across the wider domestic drug market while threatening to dent Chinese ambitions to play a larger global role. Shares in Chinese vaccine makers and biotech firms fell across the board on Monday after Premier...

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Japan passes controversial law to allow casinos

Tokyo: Japan on Friday enacted a controversial law to allow casinos that the government says will boost tourism and growth but was bitterly opposed by the opposition. In a last-ditch attempt to delay the vote on the bill in the upper house, opposition lawmakers called a confidence vote on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet, despite the premier being guaranteed an...

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Robin Williams personal belongings will go on sale for charity fundraising

NEW YORK: Art work, film memorabilia and personal items owned by the late actor Robin Williams will go under the hammer in New York this October, more than four years after his death, Sotheby´s announced Friday. The Oscar-winner, movie veteran, stand-up comedian and television star was one of Hollywood´s most popular entertainers whose tragic death in August 2014 triggered an...

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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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