Global population living six years longer than in 1990

Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990 thanks to falling death rates from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and better survival in poor countries from...

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Uphill battle to tackle Indonesian shark fishing

Sharks are hauled ashore every day at a busy market on the central Indonesian island of Lombok, the hub of a booming trade that provides a livelihood for local fishermen but is increasingly...

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Children’s cartoons deadlier than films for adults

Children's cartoons depict death more often than films for adults, and their main characters are more than twice as likely to be killed off, according to research released on Tuesday. The study...

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Drug-resistant malaria: the world’s next big health crisis?

Ka Lar Nar caught malaria for the sixth time when he was working away from home on his small farm in the jungle of south-eastern Myanmar but this time it was a lot harder to get rid of...

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Robin Williams is Google’s top search trend of 2014

Robin Williams's death had people worldwide scouring the Internet for insights into the famed comic's life, making him the hottest search trend of the year on Google, the web giant said...

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Online ventures target global Muslim consumer market

From travel guides to shopping portals, new Internet ventures aim to capitalise on the growing "Muslim lifestyle" market, which is expanding beyond food to include areas such as tourism, fashion...

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The greenest goodbye: Seattle group wants to compost the dead

In Seattle, a local non-profit group wants to become the world's first organisation to offer as a service human composting, in which the departed are turned into nutrient-rich soil that can be...

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World-changers

As the year draws to a close, here is an overview of some news-makers. Headlining news organisations and setting social media websites abuzz, here are four people — and a couple — whom we think...

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Miss South Africa crowned Miss World as Malaysia wins Talent competition

Miss South Africa, 22-year-old Rolene Strauss, was crowned Miss World 2014 at the contest's glitzy final in London on Sunday, with an estimated billion viewers watching on television around the...

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The Millenaire mall: coping in low-growth France

In the middle of 2008, construction began on France's biggest mall project in a decade. Weeks later the US credit and housing crisis slammed into Europe, and "Le Millenaire"'s promoters braced...

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Big perfume makers smell threat from niche scents

The first thing one sees on entering Guerlain's perfume shop in Paris' Champs Elysees is the French brand's exclusive collection - Les Parisiennes – which costs €200 (RM871) a bottle and is sold...

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Miss World set to be crowned in London

More than 120 beauty queens from around the world are hoping to be crowned 2014's Miss World at a glitzy pageant in London today watched by millions on television worldwide. The event has been...

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Nigerian luxury handbags, making a mark overseas

Mention northern Nigeria and the first thing that may spring to mind is Boko Haram. Zainab Ashadu is hoping to change that – by selling designer handbags. The Nigerian designer is the brains...

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Controversial SantaCon bar crawl kicks off in New York

Dressed as Santas and sexy snowflakes, exuberant revellers roared out Jingle Bells, gulped down beer and danced in Times Square on Saturday, kicking off New York's controversial SantaCon bar...

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Women’s safety in focus as Uber rivals race across Southeast Asia

A co-founder of GrabTaxi, Uber's biggest competitor in Southeast Asia, remarked earlier this year that safety is so central to the online taxi booking business that some of his drivers feel like...

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Trash talk: 269,000 tonnes of plastic litter choke world’s oceans

There are plastic shopping bags, bottles, toys, action figures, bottle caps, pacifiers, tooth brushes, boots, buckets, deodorant roller balls, umbrella handles, fishing gear, toilet seats and so...

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Healing tunes: what surgeons should and shouldn’t play at work

Almost three quarters of surgeons' operating theatres are thronging, or throbbing, with music when patients go under the knife, according to study in the Christmas edition of the British Medical...

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Internet overload? No such thing, survey says

Most people are happy with the Internet as a source of on-demand information, with only a small percentage hit by “information overload”, a survey of US users showed Monday. Some 72% of those...

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Comrade Duan teaches workers their right to strike

When local officials warned striking shoe factory workers in China's Pearl River Delta this summer that they were breaking the law, a slight, bespectacled figure barely 1.65m tall faced them...

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Graffiti artists cover Miami neighbourhood, wall-to-wall

The acrid smell of spray paint fills the air in Miami's once-blighted Wynwood neighbourhood where graffiti artists from all over the world have descended, covering walls – sometimes invited,...

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