Life

Fashion legend Alaia’s last designs to hit catwalk

PARIS, Dec 18 — The last collection of fashion legend Azzedine Alaia will be shown in Paris next year, his couture house said today. The Tunisian-born designer, known as the King of Cling... Read more

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UK’s Prince William’s daughter Charlotte to start at nursery next year

LONDON, Dec 18 — Princess Charlotte, the daughter of Britain’s Prince William and wife Kate, is to start at a nursery school near the family home in west London early next year, her father’s...

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Life

Teachers sought in rural Zambia — Truants need not apply

LUSAKA, Dec 18 — Sloppy spelling, frequent truancy and zero interest in education. And that’s just the teachers. When it comes to education, children in Zambia’s most far-flung villages...

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Life

Giving meaningful Christmas presents

SINGAPORE, Dec 18 — During the festive season, many people spend plenty of time trying — and struggling — to find presents that will make friends or family happy. Giving the right gift is...

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Showbiz

Lead singer for South Korean boy band Shinee dies, reports Yonhap

SEOUL, Dec 18 —The lead singer for South Korea's top boy band Shinee died on Monday after being taken to hospital unconscious, Yonhap news agency reported without giving any source for the...

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Eat/Drink

Raising the bar: Local brews make a comeback in Syria

DAMASCUS, Dec 18 — For years, Abu George’s bar in Damascus’s Old City served imported beers under portraits of famous foreigners Che Guevara and Marilyn Monroe — but the brews on offer now...

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Life

From worm toilets to solar lamps, social innovations keep women safer in rural India

MUMBAI, Dec 18 — Going from village to village in India to promote the use of toilets that use worms to break down fecal matter, the team from the Institute for Transformative Technologies (ITT)...

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Life

High and dry: Pakistan’s penchant for hash

PESHAWAR, Dec 18 — 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. Despite it...

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Life

Love but above all peace: Year-end wishes in Damascus

DAMASCUS, Dec 18 — In a cozy Damascus coffee shop, university student Solaf Hammoud scribbles a heartfelt New Year wish on a yellow card then hangs it on a twinkling Christmas tree. Instead of...

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Eat/Drink

Celebrity chef Batali lampooned for ‘cinnamon roll’ apology

NEW YORK, Dec 18 — Accused of sexual harassment by several women recently, celebrity chef Mario Batali has been quick to issue apologies, but left many infuriated with his most recent...

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