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Fighting climate change in the shadow of Mount Everest

Formed in the shadow of Mount Everest, the turquoise depths of Nepal´s Imja glacial lake would be a breathtaking miracle of nature to behold — were they not a portent of catastrophic floods. Scientists warn that as climate change causes Himalayan glaciers to melt at an alarming rate, lakes like Imja could swell further and eventually collapse, triggering a terrifying...

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Europe bakes again in near-record temperatures

Europe baked in near-record temperatures on Monday but some respite was on the horizon after weeks of nonstop sunshine as people come to terms with what may prove to be the region's new normal in an era of climate change. Temperatures were expected to peak at around 37 degrees Celsius (99 degrees Fahrenheit) in southern France on Monday, while the...

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Stuck in China: 214 Pakistani’s get back home safely amid ailing flight operations and disputes

BEIJING: A Shaheen Air flight carrying over 214 Pakistanis, who were stranded at Guangzhou airport for over a week, reached Lahore on Monday. The Shaheen Air flight was earlier scheduled to reach Lahore in the wee hours. Shaheen Air International decided on Sunday to send its own aircraft in aide of those stuck in China following reports that the national...

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Top math laureate gets new medal after prize stolen

A Kurdish refugee whose top mathematics prize was stolen minutes after he received the honor this week in Rio de Janeiro will get a replacement medal Saturday, organizers said. Caucher Birkar, 40, received the gold Fields Medal, which is considered math's equivalent of the Nobel Prize, on Wednesday. Less than an hour later, it emerged that his briefcase containing the...

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China probes claim head Buddhist abbot sexually harassed nuns

BEIJING: China's top religious authority launched an investigation Thursday after two monks alleged that a prominent Buddhist abbot and Communist Party member coerced several nuns into having sex with him, one of the country's most high-profile #MeToo moments. The allegations against abbot Xuecheng and the Beijing Longquan Monastery burst into the public eye when a 95-page document written by the...

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The race for first Muslim woman in US Congress

SPRINGFIELD: It’s an incongruous sight, a woman in a salmon pink hijab standing on a Massachusetts traffic median, waving at oncoming cars and asking perfect strangers to vote her into Congress. "Hey how are you? Good to see you!" hollers Tahirah Amatul-Wadud at a male pedestrian. A few cars beep their horns, the odd driver zaps down his window to...

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Cricket legend Navjot Siddhu accepts Imran invitation for oath taking ceremony

India's Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said that he has accepted the invitation extended by Imran Khan for attending his swearing-in ceremony as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. "It is (a) great honour, I accept the invitation. Men of genius are admired, men of power are feared, but men of character are trusted. Khan Sahab is a man of...

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In a welcoming move Army offers job to a handicapped voter after her video went viral

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Maj. Gen. Qamar Bajwa has offered job to Fajar in Pakistan Army, a handicapped woman who turned out to cast her vote on 25th July General Polls, after taking consideration of her video went viral on Social Media. While being interviewed by the media, she expressed her dismay over  injustice prevailing in the society...

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In the hands of the gods: Vietnam’s Golden Bridge goes viral

Nestled in the forested hills of central Vietnam two giant concrete hands emerge from the trees, holding up a glimmering golden bridge crowded with gleeful visitors taking selfies at the country's latest eccentric tourist draw. Designed to make visitors feel like they're taking a stroll on a shimmering thread stretching across the hands of gods, the "Golden Bridge" has attracted...

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‘Heaven-guided’ underground maze proves Armenian tourist draw

ARINJ, ARMENIA: When Tosya Gharibyan asked her husband to dig a basement under their house to store potatoes, she had little idea the underground labyrinth he would eventually produce would prove to be one of Armenia´s major tourist draws. Their one-storey house in the village of Arinj outside the capital Yerevan may not look like much but today it brings...

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Iraqi farmers fight to save cattle from drought

Iraqi farmer Sayyed Sattar knows he'll soon have to let some of his buffalo go as he surveys the herd bathing in a dwindling pond close to the holy city of Najaf. As southern Iraq suffers through a punishing drought, desperate cattle breeders are having to sell off animals to keep others alive. Sattar, 52, has already seen some of...

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Lebanon sinks old tanks to create underwater dive ‘park’

Lebanese environmentalists sank 10 old tanks and armoured vehicles to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea in a novel attempt to attract divers and create new habitats for marine life. Three kilometres off the coast of the city of Sidon, a huge crane on the back of a ship manoeuvred the military hardware into place over the water before dropping...

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Over 1,000 rockets from Tipu Sultan’s time found

BANGALORE: Over a thousand rockets belonging to an 18th-century Muslim warrior king have been found by excavators in an abandoned well in India’s southern Karnataka state, an official said on Friday. The excavation of the open well in Shimoga district led to unearthing of rockets and shells that were stored by Tipu Sultan for use in wars, according to the...

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Mahesh Malani first non-muslim to win NA general seat from Tharparker

For the first time in Pakistan elections, a non-muslim Mahesh Malani has been elected directly in the provincial seat of National Assembly. He was contesting polls from NA- 222(Tharparker2) on Pakistan People's Party ticket, defeating Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) candidates. Malani — who is a Hindu — contested and won the NA-222 (Tharparkar-II) seat where he held his...

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Trump Thanks Kim, as North Korea repatriates remains of U.S soldiers slain in Korean War

SEOUL/WASHINGTON - North Korea transferred 55 small, flag-draped cases carrying the suspected remains of U.S. soldiers killed in the Korean War on Friday, officials said, a first step by Pyongyang to implement an agreement made in a landmark summit in June in Singapore. The repatriation of remains of U.S. soldiers missing in the 1950-53 conflict is seen as a modest...

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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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US claims largest dinosaur foot ever discovered

About 150 million years ago, a giant, long-necked dinosaur stomped on the ground in the Western US state of Wyoming and left behind what researchers said Tuesday is the largest dinosaur foot ever discovered. The foot bones, found beneath a series of tail bones, extend about three feet (one meter) wide and are believed to belong to a brachiosaur, from...

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