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Rubbish-collecting crows a star attraction at French theme park

FRANCE: Visitors to a theme park in western France this week have a new attraction to enjoy: six crows that have been specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish. The birds have been in action since Monday at the Puy du Fou park, picking up litter on the site that features shows and rides themed around different periods...

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Drug abuse rapidly increasing in Pakistan

HYDERABAD - Drug abuse is rapidly growing in Pakistan, especially among youth including those in colleges and universities, resulting in serious social and health implications while almost five per cent of the adult population has already been addicted to drugs across the country keeping Pakistan at the top of the list among the countries which are affected by this scourge....

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Polio returns to Papua New Guinea after 18 years: WHO

An outbreak of polio has been confirmed in Papua New Guinea, the World Health Organization and the government said, with the virus detected in a child 18 years after the Pacific nation was declared free of the disease. The WHO said there was one confirmed case — a six-year-old boy with lower limb weakness from Morobe province — with the...

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‘Because I can’: ride-hailing app welcomes Saudi women drivers

RIYADH: Reem Farahat waited for a ride request. Her phone pinged. "I’ve already cried twice," she said, heading out to work as one of Saudi Arabia’s first female drivers for Careem. The Dubai-based ride-hailing app, along with global behemoth Uber, reacted to Saudi King Salman’s September announcement of an end to the kingdom’s ban on female motorists by saying it...

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N. Zealand PM hopes for new world for daughter Neve

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed her newborn daughter would be called Neve as she left an Auckland hospital Sunday, and expressed hope that one day a woman giving birth in office would no longer be a "novelty". Speaking publicly for the first time since her delivery on Thursday -- which made waves around the world -- Ardern said...

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Strong sibling bonds may protect against harm of family conflict: Study

Strong sibling ties can help buffer adolescents from the stress of witnessing parents’ battles and unresolved conflicts, a small study suggests. Researchers found that feelings of insecurity and other psychological problems stemming from regular exposure to family conflict were common in seventh-graders who had low-quality bonds with their siblings. With close sibling bonds, kids were less likely to experience these...

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Koko, gorilla who used sign language, dies in California

Koko, a western lowland gorilla said to have mastered American Sign Language, has died aged 46, the California institute which studied her said on Thursday. “The Gorilla Foundation is sad to announce the passing of our beloved Koko,” the research centre said in a statement, adding she passed away in her sleep. Koko was among a handful of primates who...

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Picture of first female pilots on maiden PIA voyage to Gilgit go viral

A picture of two pilots who flew a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight to Gilgit has gone viral on social media. First Officer Shumaila Mazhar confirmed to Newsone that Captain Maryam Masood and her all-female crew flew the PIA plane from Islamabad to Gilgit and back on Wednesday. “The flight to Gilgit is very challenging and requires a lot of precision...

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New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern gives birth to baby girl

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a baby girl in an Auckland hospital Thursday, becoming only the second world leader to do so while in office. "I'm sure we're going through all of the emotions new parents go through, but at the same time feeling so grateful for all the kindness and best wishes from so many...

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Legendary humour writer ‘Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi’ passes away in Karachi

Web Desk: Renowned humour  writer, Urdu satire writer Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi passed away on Wednesday in Karachi after a prolonged  illness. He was 94 years old. Yousufi was suffering from protracted ailment from couple of years and had not been participating in public events. Recently the satirist was shifted to a Karachi hospital for treatment of pneumonia. Yousufi, a leading...

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Rat Attack: Mice chew cash worth Rs1.2 million in Indian ATM

In a bizarre incident, rodents chewed up close to Rs1.2 million in an ATM machine in Assam's Tinsukia district in India. According to reports in The Hindu, the ATM in question had been out of order since May 19, with technicians being called in on Juen 11 to fix the machine. However, when technicians cracked open the machine, they found piles of...

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Stress disorders tied to increased risk of autoimmune diseases

People who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other stress-related psychiatric issues may be more likely to develop autoimmune diseases than individuals who don’t, a Swedish study suggests. Researchers studied 106,464 people diagnosed with stress disorders. 126,652 of their siblings without stress disorders, and more than 1 million other individuals in the Swedish population who didn’t have stress disorders....

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UN refugee boss concerned over US separating children from families

The United Nations refugee agency is very concerned over the United States separating children of asylum seekers from their families, and has raised the issue with Washington, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said. In an interview with Reuters, Grandi said the Donald Trump administration has legitimate concerns over how to manage asylum applications, noting that the United States...

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Mexicans jubilant over special World Cup win against Germany

MEXICO CITY: Mexicans jumping in jubilation on Sunday shook the ground hard enough to set off earthquake detectors and throngs danced in the streets after their team scored a surprise victory over World Cup defending champion Germany. Elated fans waved Mexican flags and donned traditional “sombrero” hats at the iconic Angel of Independence monument in downtown Mexico City as they...

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“Eidi Barhao”tehreek getting rise in Pakistan, elders be noted

By: |Syed Tazmeen Javed| KARACHI: As Eid is near the corner, so as the urge by the Pakistani children seeking a rise in the amount of "Eidi" (Cash gift) from their elders. In a lighter mood, a journalist, our colleague from a different news outlet Fahad Ahmed, has come up with a funny video where it can been watched that...

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Paris puts final touches to Eiffel Tower anti-terror walls

Paris is set to unveil thick bulletproof glass walls and metal fences around the Eiffel Tower, designed to protect France's most famous monument from terrorist attacks. The boosted security measures, under construction since last year, come with France still on high alert after a string of jihadist attacks that have killed more than 240 people since 2015. The new walls,...

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Holy rap! ‘Funky’ Japan monk gets grannies in a spin

At a remote temple in Japan cradled by a croissant-shaped mountain range, Akinobu Tatsumi leads a rare double life -- as a Buddhist monk who preaches about DJing. The amateur enthusiast has been dabbling in hip hop since he was a teenager and makes clandestine recordings of his own ambient music while his temple, located in deepest Kyushu, western Japan,...

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