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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Vietnam debates sex work: ‘social evil’ or legitmate job?

For Vietnamese sex workers like Do Thi Oanh, being caught touting for business used to carry a long stint in forced "rehabilitation", but as fines replace detention, many detect a shifting...

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Consumers go plastic-free at Berlin’s no-packaging store

Clutching their preserve jars, Tupperware boxes and cloth shopping bags, Berliners can now buy their groceries package-free in a "precycling" first for the environmentally switched-on...

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Rise of Islamic schools causes alarm in secular Turkey

When Turkish pupils received their school entry exam results after the end of last term, textile worker and father Halil Ibrahim Beyhan received an unpleasant surprise. His daughter had been...

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Jobless and poor, Ghana’s youth turn to selling blood

To Ghana's legions of jobless young men, Eric Bimpong has a money-making proposition: sell your blood. Bimpong spends his days outside schools, bars and on the streets of poor neighbourhoods in...

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Czech zoo burns rhino horns to help save endangered species

A Czech zoo burned around 60 kilograms of rhino horns today, part of an international campaign designed to highlight the plight of a species being driven towards extinction by poachers. Demand...

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Keep your love life sparkling with Lovesprk

Planning “me” time or “our” time as a couple can be a challenge, given today’s fast-paced lifestyle. But Malaysia’s first date concierge portal has the answer for all the time-starved couples...

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Everything old is gold in George Town

The work is tedious but valuable. George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI) is undertaking a task of “epic proportions” to list thousands of heritage buildings outside the Unesco world...

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Pet animals become victims of Ebola scare in Ivory Coast

From monkeys to big cats, people in Ivory Coast like to keep wild animals as pets but are now rethinking the custom with the deadly Ebola virus sweeping neighbouring countries. A visit to the...

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Crystallised-cry for help

In the year 1900, records show some 150,000 wild tigers in existence but the statistics have dropped to an alarming 3,000 — and the figures dwindle with each passing year. It is a...

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‘Lather Against Ebola’, an ‘Ice Bucket’ challenge against virus

Bringing a soapy twist to the "Ice Bucket Challenge" that has swept the world in recent weeks, Ivorians are raising awareness about the deadly disease outbreak in west Africa with a new "Lather...

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Daredevil Wallenda says wire-walking is ‘the norm’ for his family

Daredevil Nik Wallenda, who plans a high-wire walk between Chicago skyscrapers this November, says that for his family of acrobats, it is completely normal to be on a cable way up in the air –...

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As babies, ‘Nemo’ clownfish embark on epic journeys

In the movie “Finding Nemo”, a father clownfish swims across the ocean to find the son he lost, but in reality, it's the babies that make long journeys to survive. In their first days of life,...

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Poachers turn gamekeeper to guard Rwandan gorillas

For four decades Leonidas Barora was a renowned hunter, tracking animals in the lush forests of Rwanda. Now he only fires arrows to impress tourists, and to help protect the wildlife. Hundreds...

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Forensic sleuths sketch Richard III’s brutal end

King Richard III likely perished at the hands of assailants who hacked away pieces of his scalp and rammed spikes or swords into his brain as the helmetless monarch knelt in the mud. So...

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The theatre of fashion, and why you need to be there

Live streaming, video replays, Instagram and Twitter updates from the front row – there are many ways to follow fashion shows these days, but nothing compares to the blood-pumping spectacle of...

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Interns, make your experience count

A new internship programme is defying the traditional definition of an “internship”, by offering university students the training, mentoring and responsibilities of a real job. Recruiting...

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A happy marriage depends on a happy wife, study shows

A husband's happiness is significantly related to how his wife feels about the union, according to researchers at Rutgers University and the University of Michigan, who say the happier the wife...

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Heritage in motion

He looked straight at me with an unwavering gaze, "yes, of course they can," he said with a sense of quiet confidence and just a hint of nonchalance. We were seated in Joseph Gonzales'...

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Dolphin Tale star ensnared in aquarium politics

The family-friendly hit "Dolphin Tale," whose sequel opened in cinemas over the weekend, tells the true story of a dolphin which learns to swim without a tail. The movie ends with Winter, the...

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