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Arab Fashion Week opens in Dubai

Designers, buyers and influencers have descended on Dubai for Arab Fashion Week, a five-day event dedicated to ready couture and resort wear for women, men and those who refuse a label. The show opened Tuesday night with Jordanian-Canadian sensation Rad Hourani, Palestinian-American Jenanne Filat and her menswear lineup straight out of Arkansas, and runway darlings Marchesa. Hourani sent his models ...

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Meditate 10 minutes daily, focus better

Finding it hard to concentrate? Meditating just 10 minutes daily can help prevent your mind from wandering and reduce repetitive, anxious thoughts, researchers say. Mindfulness is commonly defined as paying attention on purpose, in the present moment and without judgement, and meditating would help you achieve just that. The study found that developing an awareness of the present moment reduced ...

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India brides get wooden paddles to beat drunk, abusive husbands

An Indian state minister has given hundreds of wooden bats to newly-wed brides, urging them to use the paddle as a weapon if their husbands turn alcoholic or abusive. Gopal Bhargava gave the bats — which are used to get dirt out of clothes in traditional laundries — to nearly 700 brides at a mass wedding organized by the government ...

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France cracks down on super-skinny models

Super-thin models and secretly airbrushed photoshoots will soon be a thing of the past in fashion hub France, as authorities passed measures to protect young people from the dangers of anorexia. A new law entered into force on Saturday which compels all models operating in France to provide a doctor’s note certifying that their Body Mass Index (BMI) is not ...

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‘Flawless’ heart-shaped diamond at Geneva auction

The largest ever “flawless” heart-shaped diamond to appear at auction will go under the hammer at Christie’s sale of precious jewels in Geneva this month, and is expected to fetch up to $20 million. The 92-carat pendant suspended from a pearl sautoir is the showcase piece at Christie’s spring sale, set for May 17 at the ultra-luxe Four Seasons des ...

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Acne vaccine comes closer to reality

A cure for acne may have been found in the form of a vaccine, according to a team of scientists. Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. According to the NHS around 80 percent of people aged 11 to 30 are affected by the disorder. Lead researcher Eric C. Huange said, "Acne is caused, in part, by P. ...

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Bella Hadid wows crowds at Dubai’s Dior event

All eyes were on Palestinian-Dutch model Bella Hadid as she smiled, danced and posed for pictures with fans and bloggers at Dior’s makeup event at The Dubai Mall on Wednesday. Although Hadid might not have caused quite the same social media buzz as her elder sister Gigi Hadid, who was also in Dubai recently, the model, in a trench coat-like ...

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Hunter’s find leads to discovery of prehistoric sea creature

A fossil found by an elk hunter in Montana nearly seven years ago has led to the discovery of a new species of prehistoric sea creature that lived about 70 million years ago in the inland sea that flowed east of the Rocky Mountains. The new species of elasmosaur is detailed in an article published Thursday in the Journal of ...

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Omega-6 fats may make girls lazy, up diabetes risk

Challenging the common perception, researchers led by one of Indian origin, have found that Omega-6 (n-6) polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) — referred to as the “healthy fats” — can lead to lazy behaviour, especially in women, as well as contribute to diabetes. The findings, published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, revealed that a higher consumption of Omega-6 rich in ...

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Egypt unearths part of ancient King Khufu’s boat

    A plank of wood believed to be from the boat of an ancient Egyptian king has been unearthed near the Great Pyramid at Giza, archaeologists said on Wednesday. The boat, which is the second such vessel to be found on the site, was believed to have been built for King Khufu who ruled Egypt during the fourth dynasty ...

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