In Labour’s Scottish bastion, nationalists prepare an upset

In Scotland's biggest city, nationalists have triggered a once-in-a-century shift in political loyalties that could dash Labour leader Ed Miliband's dreams of winning the May 7 election and...

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Cambodia marks 40 years since Khmer Rouge

Tearful survivors on Friday marked 40 years to the day since the Khmer Rouge marched on Phnom Penh, ending a civil war but heralding a terror that would kill a quarter of Cambodians and leave the...

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Far from catwalk, Brazilian favela dreams of fashion

As the setting sun casts an orange glow over the Sao Paulo slum of Paraisopolis, a dozen aspiring models sporting towering heels strut up and down an improvised catwalk. "Posture, attitude!...

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An heir and a spare: life as a royal number 2

Prince William's new baby, due later this month, will join the long line of second children born one step from the throne – the so-called spare to the heir. The big difference is that new laws...

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Expect delays: world’s-worst Jakarta traffic in gridlock for another decade

Millions of Jakarta commuters will have to struggle through the world's most congested traffic for almost another decade, authorities believe, and they may have to wait even longer if US$4...

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Viral social media campaign promotes stretch mark acceptance

Stretch marks, so long the bane of the beauty industry, are finally getting some love thanks to a new online body image campaign going viral. "Love Your Lines" encourages women to embrace their...

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A dog’s life: study reveals people’s hormonal link with tail-waggers

Dogs are called "man's best friend" – women's, too – and scientists say the bond between people and their pooches may be deeper than you might think. Researchers in Japan said on Thursday...

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No sex please, just cutesy flirting, strawberries for China’s online hostesses

In China's online hostessing world, men find virtual company and the women can find riches. Student Xiao Yue, 21, spends four hours most days chatting online with fans who shower her with...

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Can’t pay? Won’t pay? Putting a price on water

It is arguably our most vital and precious natural resource, and one that is growing dangerously scarce from China to California, but no matter how much we value water, we are not that keen on...

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Once vibrant, Tripoli’s Old City struggles to survive

Sitting in his workshop among the winding streets of Tripoli's Old City, Abdulwahab al-Saudi bangs away at a piece of copper. After nearly two hours, he sets the crescent-shaped work down and...

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E-cigarettes popular with teens, but few are regular users

In the biggest survey of its kind, British researchers reported Wednesday that e-cigarettes are popular with young adolescents, but few who try them become regular users. Of those who do use...

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Immune system link to Alzheimer’s disease, US study finds

The immune system may play a part in Alzheimer's disease, US researchers have discovered, in a breakthrough which could lead to the development, of new treatments for the most common form of...

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Alcohol in movies influences teen drinking, study shows

"James Bond" and "Mad Men"... according to a recent British study, movies and television series in which main characters indulge in alcohol influence teens to do the same. Researchers at the...

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Snap, crackle, pop: study reveals secret behind knuckle-cracking

Some people like the sound of knuckle-cracking and others loathe it, but for years there has been disagreement among scientists about what actually causes it. Researchers said on Wednesday they...

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Pope’s iPad fetches US$30,500 at auction

An iPad that belonged to Argentine born Pope Francis went under the hammer for US$30,500 (RM112, 000) yesterday, autioneers in Uruguay said. Montevideo-based auction house Castells said the...

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Climate change and its effect on our music

Climate change is predicted to intrude into almost every area of life – from where we live, to what we eat and whom we war with. Now music can be added to the list. That's the unusual idea put...

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E-cigs with nicotine pose health risks, Norway warns

Swapping traditional tobacco for vaporised nicotine is not a highway to healthier living, according to a new assessment report from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health whose goal was to...

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Strong muscles help make strong bones

Higher muscle mass is linked with stronger bone development in children, according to researchers at the University of Southampton in the UK. Working with 200 children who were measured as...

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Google’s homepage honours legendary US mail service Pony Express

In celebration of the 155th anniversary of the Pony Express, Google's homepage on Tuesday features a cartoon game. The Pony Express – a mail service in which they used actual ponies to deliver...

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Last days for ship that links St Helena to the world

Recalling a bygone era of stately passenger liners and quaint colonial traditions, the RMS St Helena is making its last journeys before weekly flights to the far-flung South Atlantic island are...

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