Paris tourists share picnics with rats at the Louvre

On a summer's day in central Paris, hundreds of tourists are enjoying a picnic in the city's Tuileries garden. It's a picture perfect scene, a stone's throw from the famous Louvre museum, with...

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Octopus mum protects her eggs for an astonishing 4-1/2 years

If someone were to create an award for "mother of the year" in the animal kingdom, a remarkably dedicated eight-limbed mum from the dark and frigid depths of the Pacific Ocean might be a strong...

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Malaysia uses Muslim drawcard in medical tourism push

Muslim tourists have long chosen Malaysia, its beaches and its malls as a holiday destination thanks to cultural affinity. Now the Southeast Asian country, where Muslims make up about 60% of...

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Poor, restive French town once housed Nobel prize creator

It's one of the poorest suburb towns in France, riddled with unemployment, drugs and violence. But more than a century ago, Sevran was a peaceful, leafy village where Alfred Nobel once tested...

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George Town risks losing Al-Attas Mansion ‘gem’

A 154-year-old mansion in the middle of George Town’s Unesco World Heritage Site is in danger of collapsing if nothing is done to restore it soon. The Al-Attas Mansion at 128 Lebuh Armenian is...

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Fist bumps more hygienic than handshakes, scientists say

Fist bumps are more hygienic than handshakes and drastically reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases, researchers in Britain have found. The study discovered that a handshake transfers...

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Smashing the glass ceiling at a Paris ‘palace’

As new chief concierge at a top "palace" hotel in Paris, Sonia Papet is part of a tiny elite of women who have entered the traditionally male realm. She took on the job last month at the...

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How China keeps fishing fleet connected in disputed waters

On China's southern Hainan island, a fishing boat captain shows a Reuters reporter around his ageing vessel. He has one high-tech piece of kit, however: a satellite navigation system that gives...

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Vietnam’s taste for cat leaves pets in peril

The enduring popularity of "little tiger" as a snack to accompany a beer in Vietnam means that cat owners live in constant fear of animal snatchers, despite an official ban. At an unassuming...

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Sniffing out a partner at a London pheromone party

In a bar in trendy east London, dozens of people mill about, sniffing from plastic bags. But there are no drugs inside – just slightly smelly T-shirts. These adventurous single men and women...

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Persistence might not always be the key to language learning, study shows

Research conducted by neuroscientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) suggests that persistence might not be the answer to learning a new language, depending on what exactly...

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Mobile tech reshaping the health sector

Your smartphone is not only your best friend, it's also become your personal trainer, coach, medical lab and maybe even your doctor. "Digital health" has become a key focus for the technology...

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Scientists announce creation of dust mite allergy vaccine

A research team at the University of Iowa has created a vaccine whose key ingredient, normally used in cancer vaccines, could be effective in provoking natural immune responses that combat dust...

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Researchers emphasise parents’ role in keeping kids at a healthy weight

Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine surveyed a group of parents whose children were undergoing obesity treatment and found many of them unwilling to...

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Dogs are capable of feeling jealousy, study shows

Dogs are a man's best friend, and research released on Wednesday says canines want to keep it that way. Dogs are capable of feeling a basic form of jealousy, according to a study published in...

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Great Scots throw weight behind Glasgow’s Games

Some of Scotland's best-loved exports, after its famed whisky, will help kick off the Commonwealth Games today, the beginning of a two-week party in Glasgow. Singer Susan Boyle has already been...

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US libraries become front line in fight against homelessness

George Brown, a homeless man in Washington, has a simple answer when asked how often he uses a public library. "Always. I have nowhere else to go," Brown, 65, said outside the US capital's...

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Beetles devour George Harrison tribute tree

A tree planted in a Los Angeles park in memory of the late George Harrison (pic) of the Beatles has been killed by beetles, a city councilor said yesterday. Tom LaBonge, whose district includes...

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Nigeria school offers hope to children caught in Islamist strife

Aisha Abubakar was at home two years ago when Boko Haram Islamists stormed through the door. She watched as they executed her father. Children in Nigeria's deeply impoverished north face...

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Once joined in Soviet Union, Ukraine, Russia never further apart

Over a table piled high with food and wine, a newly married husband and wife watched warily as the toasts began. Despite asking everyone to steer clear of politics, bringing together relatives...

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