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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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Shortage of vets spells misery for Karachi zoo animals

KARACHI: A white African lioness stares blankly at the spectators crowded outside her small, steel-barred cage, her extraordinary coat dotted with numerous spots, the result of a fungal skin disease that has marred her once pristine fur. The ailment is curable — or, rather, it should be. But at the Karachi Zoological Garden there are not enough vets to give...

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UK healthcare worker arrested for ‘murdering’ eight babies

LONDON: British police on Tuesday arrested a female healthcare worker suspected of murdering eight babies and attempting to murder six more after an investigation into deaths at a neo-natal hospital unit. The investigation into The Countess of Chester Hospital in the northwestern English city of Chester began last year and is focusing on the deaths of 17 babies between March...

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Thai boys’ cave ordeal not over after being found alive on 10th day

CHIANG RAI: Twelve boys and their football coach found alive after ten days trapped deep inside a flooded cave will have to bear their ordeal for longer while rescuers work out how to bring them safely out, the governor of Chiang Rai province sad on Tuesday. Divers struggled through narrow passages and murky waters to discover the boys late on...

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US teachers quietly train to carry guns into school

When Donald Trump proposed arming teachers to deter school shooters, the overwhelming response from educators was horror. Yet teachers in Colorado are taking action to carry concealed guns to school. The non-profit group FASTER, set up after 20 small children were killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, has trained more than 1,300 US school staff, mostly in Ohio,...

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UNESCO lists Korean mountain Buddhist temples as World Heritage sites

Seven ancient Korean mountain temples, which typify the way Buddhism in the country has merged with indigenous beliefs and styles, were listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites on Saturday. The seven mountain temples -- Seonamsa, Daeheungsa, Beopjusa, Magoksa, Tongdosa, Bongjeongsa, Buseoksa -- were all established during the Three Kingdoms period that lasted until the 7th century AD. UNESCO made the...

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Indian capital’s summer of discontent: anger, killings over water

Through the long summer months in India's capital, tens of thousands of people have cut back on daily showers and laundry because of a shortage of water that has led to fighting in some areas in which three people have been killed. Monsoon rains forecast for this week in Delhi will signal an end to the summer, but India faces...

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Teenager’s suicide sparks soul-searching in China

SHANGHAI: The suicide of a teenager in China whose sexual harassment case was dismissed has triggered a bout of national soul-searching over her treatment and anger at onlookers who encouraged her to jump off a building. Li Yiyi, 19, died last week after throwing herself from the eighth floor of a department store in Qingyang, a city in northwest Gansu...

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Special occasion: Visually impaired Yousaf Saleem takes oath as civil judge

LAHORE/Web Desk: On Tuesday, visually impaired civil judge Yousaf Saleem took oath of his office along with 20 other recently appointed judicial officers in Punjab. Chief Justice Muhammad Yawar Ali of Lahore High Court administered the oath to the civil judges at a ceremony held at the Punjab Judicial Academy. The other civil judges who took oath included Sardar Umar...

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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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