Study abroad at the world’s happiest country – tuition free

Most people know of Norway as the birthplace of the viral song, What Does The Fox Say? As seen in the video, this Scandinavian nation has a plethora of wildlife and natural beauty. Its fauna...

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The hot and cold of the #ALSIceBucketChallenge

Since it went viral, the ice bucket challenge – or the #ALSIceBucketChallenge as social media users know it – has become a worldwide sensation, drawing in millions of people to soak themselves on...

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Study shows humans and Neanderthals shared Europe for millennia

Neanderthals shared Europe with modern humans for as long as five millennia until they died out 40,000 years ago – "ample time" for cultural exchanges and interbreeding, researchers said...

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Life’s a beach for Italy’s dogs

The sun brollies are up, the beach loungers full and the water is full of day-trippers splashing about. It is a classic Italian scene but with one crucial difference: the beach bums frolicking...

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Leprosy: Myanmar struggles with ancient scourge

High in the hills of Myanmar's war-torn borderlands, a clutch of new leprosy cases among communities virtually cut off from medical help is a sign that the country's battle with the ancient...

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Latiff Mohidin makes a comeback after two decades

After a two-decade hiatus, Malaysian artist-cum-poet Abdul Latiff Mohidin who turned 73 yesterday, returned on his birthday with the first of two solo shows for 2014 at a joint exhibition between...

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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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