Extreme piercing for purity in Thai vegetarian festival

There is no pain once the gods enter your body, said Jampen Deebuk, after puncturing the cheeks of a young devotee with metal skewers at Thailand's bloody vegetarian festival. Bearing fresh...

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Recipes to fairer hair

As any Asian woman knows, being born with naturally black hair is a blessing. But it can also be a drag when you want to flaunt a lighter hue — naturally, in our sunny weather — without damaging...

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Global wildlife populations down by half since 1970

The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52% between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said today. The...

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Experiencing the vast green and blue landscapes of Royal Belum

Having no previous experience of camping or jungle-trekking whatsoever, I was unsurprisingly nervous and anxious about an impending two-night, three-day stay at the Royal Belum State Park to...

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Laying the base to perfection

Author and religious leader, the late Gordon B Hinckley once said: “You can’t build a great building on a weak foundation. You must have a solid foundation if you’re going to have a strong...

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Sleeping in class gets upgraded with nap rooms around campuses

The image of a student walking into the library, finding an empty seat and promptly falling asleep — possibly using their backpack as a pillow — is a common sight in campuses around the...

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Baghdad steps up propaganda fightback with jihadist TV satire

As Iraqi forces struggle to pin back the Islamic State group on the ground, Baghdad is taking its war against the jihadists to the airwaves with a television comedy series. The usually elusive...

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Venezuela desperately short of quality breast implants

From a lack of toilet paper that caused a stink, to a dearth of staple food items that left shoppers sucking salt, the Venezuelan people have been reeling under the blows of almost constant...

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Far from paparazzi, Bardot marks 80th birthday in private

French screen siren Brigitte Bardot celebrated her 80th birthday in private on Sunday at her French Riviera home, shunning the spotlight and turning attention back to her beloved animal rights...

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Ex-rubber tapper Silva out to land Brazil presidency

Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva only learned to read at 16 and endured a tough childhood as a rubber tapper in the Amazon before considering whether to become a Catholic...

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Champagne, tributes flow at Jean Paul Gaultier farewell

The champagne flowed, along with the tributes, on Saturday as irrepressible fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier slathered his last ready-to-wear show in bucketloads of his famously wacky sense of...

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Pfizer drug effective in patients with rare lung cancer

Pfizer Inc's Xalkori, which treats lung cancer patients with a specific gene mutation, proved effective in shrinking tumors in those with an even rarer form of the disease, according to data...

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‘A Major’ rediscovered, as Mozart intended

Balazs Mikusi's heart started racing when he realised what the papers he held in his hand were: the long-lost original score of a famous Mozart sonata scribbled by the composer himself. "When I...

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Jean Paul Gaultier, wacky designer who ‘wrote the rules’

Exuberant enfant terrible of fashion. Flamboyant showman. Madonna's pointy bra designer. Cult TV star and incorrigible Franglais speaker. Everyone has their own take on designer Jean Paul...

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Hitting a high on Hykaur

Hyacinthe Kaur may appear small in size but her personality and her coveted reach into the business world may swallow anyone whole. The 24-year-old has a holistic approach to art and may owe...

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A weekend of art-venturing

I looked forward to the opportunity to immerse myself in a new realm — one of arts — for a whole weekend and come out of it knowing I have gained a new experience, to say the least. From being...

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Beauty on a budget

Recipes for flawless skin with ingredients from the kitchen Want a smooth complexion, but store bought skincare products are burning a deep hole in your pocket? Fret not, as the alternative...

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75 years after his death, Vienna struggles with Freud

Even before Sigmund Freud fled Hitler on the Orient Express from Vienna in June 1938, the father of psychoanalysis and his ideas about sex, dreams and cocaine divided opinion in the Austrian...

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Festivals to jazz up year-end holidays in Penang

Penang will be packed with festivals later this year when the George Town Literary, In-Between Arts and Penang Island Jazz Festivals return for a 10-day event, promising fun for the start of the...

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Soaking into salts, skin treatments and spas for pets

A long soak in the tub, complete with bath salts and then treatment for your skin, is sometimes all one needs to feel pampered and refreshed, and this may be similarly so for our furry...

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