Chinese conductor sees new bridges with West

China's leading conductor, Long Yu has set a goal of expanding his orchestra's exposure to the world. But as he spends time in the West, he has also found another mission – showcasing the...

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After 44 years, Miami orca may edge closer to freedom

Lolita, a killer whale that has lived in a tank at Miami's Seaquarium for 44 years, could move a step closer to freedom this week. After decades of campaigning, animal rights activists hope US...

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Book of horrors: Nazi camp survivors in US recall Auschwitz

In a little leather book, the kind some men use to list lovers, Holocaust survivor Hy Abrams keeps the names that still haunt him: Auschwitz, Plaszow, Mauthausen, Melk and Ebensee. It has been...

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South Korean children navigate rocky road to K-pop stardom

Nine-year-old Kim Si-yoon has no time to throw tantrums. She wakes up at half-past seven for school, followed by hours of voice training, dance lessons and cram school before crashing into bed...

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10 capture pain, devastation of east coast floods for ‘BAH’ fundraiser

Ten photographers, who covered the recent floods in the northeastern states of the peninsula, have joined forces with the National Institute for Electoral Integrity (NIEI) to present “BAH” – a...

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Disenchanted militants in south Asia eye Islamic State with envy

Splits within the Taliban, and doubts over whether its elusive leader is even alive, are driving a growing number of militant commanders in Afghanistan and Pakistan towards Islamic State (IS) for...

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Hungarian space-age piano scales new heights, creator says

In the 19th century, piano makers competed to make special instruments for Hungarian virtuoso Franz Liszt, the world's first piano superstar. Now Hungary is returning the favour with a...

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Pill could make jet lag a thing of the past

Resetting the circadian rhythm, what's also known as the body's internal clock, could soon be a simple question of taking a pill, according to researchers at McGill University in Canada. Their...

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An inviting hand: Calligrapher to the fashion world

His hand is steady and sure as it delicately traces the contours of the biggest names in the world of style: the celebrities, the magazine editors, the clients. Nicolas Ouchenir is a...

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Nigerians face killings, hunger in Boko Haram’s ‘state’

Boko Haram says it is building an Islamic state that will revive the glory days of northern Nigeria's medieval Muslim empires, but for those in its territory life is a litany of killings,...

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Tethered to treadmills? Try the cardio machines in the corner

Gym goers seeking to boost their workouts might do well to aim for the less-used equipment beyond the busy rows of treadmills and elliptical trainers that dominate the centre of the cardio floor,...

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Modern Etiquette: Dealing with flu in the modern world

If you think that etiquette is limited to which fork to use, think again. Etiquette is simply kindness with a heavy helping of common sense. That's why etiquette helps get things done, and it...

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Harsh world of slavery focus of Louisiana plantation museum

Life-size sculptures of slave children haunt the clapboard church on the grounds of the old sugar cane plantation, where ceramic heads of black men will soon sway on pikes in the Louisiana...

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg brings free internet to Colombia

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg launched a free internet application in Colombia yesterday as part of a drive to bring developing markets online, but remained mute on when and if the...

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What the colour of your car says about you

The next time you buy a car, you might want to pause a while longer to decide what colour you choose. Top automakers throw millions of dollars at researching what the latest tastes are, and say...

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Mum knows best

When Jessica Tang first pitched the idea of a skincare and cosmetics line-up for children to fellow mums, she found herself in quite a quandary. “I was ridiculed to the point of being called...

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Health, not money, inspires people to save power

Telling people how pollution can harm kids' health inspires them to use less electricity than telling them how much money they could save by cutting back on power use, US researchers said...

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Learning a second language after age 10 boosts brain, study shows

Plenty of research has shown that learning a second language can boost brainpower, but a new study out Monday suggests that the effects extend to those who begin in middle childhood. The study...

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Michel, Lassana and Ahmed: France’s ordinary heroes

The manager at a printing shop who hid his employee from hostage-takers, a Muslim who rescued Jews, a policeman whose death was broadcast worldwide – these were three of the ordinary heroes...

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Metabolism pointer for quitting smoking

How quickly a smoker breaks down nicotine is a guide to which therapy is best for kicking the habit, according to research published Monday. Most smokers who try to give up tobacco fail within...

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