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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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5 Man City players isolating after contracting COVID-19

  • LONDON: Five Manchester City players are continuing to isolate and won’t be available for the game against Chelsea after contracting the coronavirus, manager Pep Guardiola said Friday. Ahead of Sunday’s trip to Stamford Bridge, City has returned to training after the virus outbreak led to the ...
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EPL woes deepen with lockdown party breach, another game off

  • LONDON: Just as the English Premier League grapples with a spike in coronavirus cases wiping out matches, an illegal gathering involving four players from Tottenham and West Ham for a Christmas party has been exposed. It wasn’t just a breach of lockdown regulations and embarrassing for their c...
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Non-league Chorley shock virus-hit Derby

  • LONDON: Non-league Chorley knocked coronavirus-ravaged Derby County out of the FA Cup with a surprise 2-0 win on Saturday, while Everton survived a scare against Rotherham as the spiking pandemic took its toll on the third round. Derby were forced to play with only Under-23 and Under-18 ...
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Leeds stunned by Crawley in FA Cup as Chelsea, Man City advance

  • LONDON: Leeds suffered a humiliating FA Cup exit against Crawley as the League Two side swept to a shock 3-0 win on Sunday, while Timo Werner ended his Chelsea goal drought and Bernardo Silva sparkled for Manchester City as the Premier League giants eased into the fourth round. After the...
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Japan declares virus emergency 3 months before Olympics

  • TOKYO: Japan announced a new virus state of emergency in Tokyo and three other regions on Friday, as the country battles surging infections just three months before the Olympic opening ceremony. The nation’s virus outbreak remains much smaller than in many countries, but a recent uptick in ca...
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Tokyo Games need 500 nurses; nurses say needs are elsewhere

  • TOKYO: Some nurses in Japan are incensed at a request from Tokyo Olympic organizers to have 500 of them dispatched to help out with the games. They say they’re already near the breaking point dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Olympic officials have said they will need 10,000 medical worke...
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Tokyo Olympics to go ahead even if state of emergency, says IOC official

  • TOKYO: The IOC vice president in charge of the postponed Tokyo Olympics said Friday the games would open in just over two months even if the city and other parts of Japan were under a state of emergency because of rising COVID-19 cases. John Coates, speaking from Australia in a virtual news co...
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