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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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‘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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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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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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Rasasi brings out Oriental La Yuqawam perfume collection

  • Rasasi Perfumes, a major name in the regional retail landscape offering a wide range of exclusive fragrances, has announced the launch of La Yuqawam perfume collection, described as a high-end luxury Oriental addition in its exclusive portfolio. The new La Yuqawam collection, which represents the...
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Mass protest in Japan against US hybrid aircraft

  • TOKYO: Tens of thousands of people rallied on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa yesterday against the deployment of US Osprey military aircraft after a series of accidents elsewhere involving the planes.Protesters demanded the United States and Japan immediately scrap plans to deploy 12 MV-22...
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Sugary drinks: The big culprits in obesity?

  • New research powerfully strengthens the case against soda and other sugary drinks as culprits in the obesity epidemic....
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