Have you Googled yourself recently?

A total of 51% of Malaysians update their CV frequently but only 29% also update their professional social media profiles, according to a poll conducted by recruiting experts Hays. Hays asked...

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9 natural ways to help you get through depression

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), globally, more than 350 million people suffer from depression. Many people resort to quick fix antidepressant pills to cure their depression....

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Battle of the boycott plays out in Israel, West Bank shops

In Gaza, Israelis and Palestinians are battling it out with rockets and air strikes. But in Israel and the West Bank, the two sides have found a new weapon: boycotting. Local products are...

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Pangolins under threat in Gabon as demand surges in Asia

Hunted for generations for its tasty meat, the scaly-skinned pangolin is under threat in Gabon as demand for the small mammal surges in Asia, where it is used in traditional medicine. A timid...

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Wong Perng Fey reveals his many layers in life and art

At first glance, Wong Perng Fey's paintings depict a mild tone, complimented with a reflective gleam that he credits metallic silver paint to. A closer look will reveal that his paintings are...

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Disquieting times for Malaysia’s ‘fish listener’

One hand clinging to his boat's gunwale, Harun Muhammad submerges himself, eyes and ears wide open underwater as he "listens" for fish sounds emanating from the blue depths. Harun is one of...

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Love thy neighbour, it’s good for the heart, says study

Ever felt like your neighbour's antics could drive you to an early grave? Well, there may be reason for concern, said researchers who reported a link Tuesday between having good neighbours and...

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The East is wed: China seeks brides for richer, for poorer

Their marriages were arranged for cash, but some of the Vietnamese women who have found unlikely Prince Charmings in remote Chinese villages say they are living happily ever...

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Extreme medicine: The search for new antibiotics

Pampering leafcutter ants with fragrant rose petals and fresh oranges may seem an unlikely way to rescue modern medicine, but scientists at a lab in eastern England think it's well worth...

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China fishes for growth with world’s largest aquarium

A giant 63-metre blue whale shark statue towers over the world's largest aquarium, on a Chinese island being promoted as a testing ground for reforms aimed at encouraging domestic consumption as...

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Aid workers saving lives while fearing for their own

Aid workers rushing to save lives worldwide are increasingly becoming targets for attack, in a worrying development for NGOs trying to ease suffering in hostile war zones. From South Sudan,...

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Aceh, site of war and remembrance

Nine years ago, on August 15, 2005, the government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement (Gerakan Aceh Merdeka, or GAM) signed a historic peace agreement in Helsinki, bringing the 30-year...

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If you love history, Penang mosques… get the app

The Penang Islamic Foundation (YIPP) is presenting a “crash course” on the history of mosques in the state with a new mobile app. The new “Penang Historical Mosques” app – likely the first of...

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Jet lag is in the genes, scientists say

Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences have identified a master gene that controls sleep and wake cycles and that could explain why most people have a hard time adjusting their...

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Animals caught in crossfire, trapped at Gaza zoo

The lions sit dazed in the shade of their damaged pen while nearby the decayed carcasses of two vervet monkeys lie contorted on the grass of a Gaza zoo. The animals were caught in the crossfire...

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Enforced silence at China’s Cultural Revolution museum

No signs along the long and dusty mountain road point the way to the Cultural Revolution museum complex. And this year, no commemoration for the millions of victims of Mao Zedong's mayhem was...

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Bald ambition: Chinese county exports human hair to Africa

Long, black and lucrative: sacks bulging with human hair spill onto the streets of a rural county whose farmers have helped make China the world's biggest exporter of products made from the...

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Lucid dreamers may be better problem solvers, study shows

Researchers at the University of Lincoln have taken an interest in what they call “lucid dreamers”, those who actually know they are dreaming while the dreams play out. In the first empirical...

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Jasmine and smoke: the allure of Greek summer cinemas

A whiff of jasmine, cigarette smoke and the furtive shadow of a cat darting across the silver screen – summertime in Greece means open-air cinema, a well-loved tradition for nearly a...

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Freetown’s slums ill-prepared for Ebola spread

From a hillside rising high above the fetid orange sludge of Freetown's largest slum, it is hard to imagine a place more ill-equipped to deal with an outbreak of Ebola. Kroo Bay – a cramped...

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