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High and dry: Pakistan's penchant for hash

  • Niaz Ali is a deeply religious man: He prays five times a day and visits the mosque as frequently as possible. But he also loves to smoke hashish -- lots of it. In conservative Pakistan many are surprisingly open to using cannabis, with the spongy, black hash made from marijuana grown in the...
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A year on, Saudi Arabia’s presence at Cannes is more subdued — and we should applaud that

  • Saudi Arabia made a huge splash at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Emerging from virtually no industry, the country swept over the French Riviera like a tsunami, and overnight became the talk of the town. Back then, there was a lively pavilion that dwarfed all the others. Saudi filmmakers f...
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To travel or not to travel in the time of COVID-19

  • I am from a generation that was brought up only dreaming about foreign holidays, believing them to be a far-fetched luxury. As it happened, I ended up traveling around the globe chasing after breaking news, as well as regularly joining long airport queues for vacations or short weekend escapes ...
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KSA makes significant strides in protecting digital infrastructure

  • A recent study revealed that Saudi companies are integrating artificial intelligence technologies into their cyberdefenses after incidents of electronic hacking, costing an estimated $588,000 in losses in 2023, according to American company Cisco. While this figure may seem small, global hack...
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‘Good’ cholesterol doctrine may be flawed, says study

  • PARIS: Researchers challenged a tenet of modern medicine that higher levels of "good" cholesterol automatically boost cardiovascular health.In a study published in The Lancet, investigators said they found no evidence to back the belief that higher levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL)...
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India lifts support price for rice

  • NEW DELHI: India hiked the base price it will pay farmers for rice this year well above current domestic levels, raising the prospects for a bumper harvest and exports from the world’s second-biggest producer. At the same time, it increased the floor price for soybeans to help the world’s top...
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Evidence of a 'particle' milestone for mankind

  • GENEVA: To cheers and standing ovations, scientists at the world’s biggest atom smasher claimed the discovery of a new subatomic particle yesterday, calling it “consistent” with the long-sought Higgs boson that helps explain what gives all matter in the universe size and shape....
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Evidence of a 'particle' milestone for mankind

  • GENEVA: To cheers and standing ovations, scientists at the world’s biggest atom smasher claimed the discovery of a new subatomic particle yesterday, calling it “consistent” with the long-sought Higgs boson that helps explain what gives all matter in the universe size and shape.“We have now found...
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Russia tightens budget to reduce oil price risk

  • MOSCOW: Russia will keep a tight grip on budget spending to reduce an excessive reliance on oil and gas revenues, according to a draft three-year budget plan reviewed by the new government yesterday....
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Does nature or nurture make a top sprinter?

  • LONDON: The dominance of Jamaicans and Americans of west African and Caribbean descent in world class sprinting has sparked intense debate about whether running at speeds that push the limits of what is humanly possible is all in the genes.It is an idea that has its attractions. After all, it...
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