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Black carbon from air pollution found in placentas: study

Black carbon particles typically emitted by vehicle exhaust and coal-fired power plants have been detected on the foetus-facing side of placentas, researchers said Tuesday. The concentration of particles was highest in the placentas of women most exposed to airborn pollutants in their daily life, according to a study in Nature Communications. “Our study provides compelling […]

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‘Lord of the Rings’ show to start filming in New Zealand

US-based streaming giant Amazon announced Wednesday its big-budget “Lord of the Rings” series will within months start filming in New Zealand, home to Peter Jackson’s movies of the fantasy epic. Amazon is reportedly spending US$1 billion-plus on the series as it seeks to emulate the runaway success enjoyed by “Games of Thrones”. Showrunners J.D. Payne […]

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Tree-planting to offset carbon emissions: no cure-all

A few euros, a couple of mouse clicks and a tree is planted — as air travel is increasingly becoming a source of guilt, consumers and companies are looking for other ways to ease their conscience and reduce their carbon footprint. But as more polluting industries join efforts to offset their carbon emissions, the effectiveness […]

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China chooses panda as Winter Olympics mascot

China has chosen its most iconic animal — the panda — to be the official mascot of the Beijing Olympics in 2022, the Winter Games organising committee announced on Tuesday. The mascot, named “Bing Dwen Dwen,” is a chubby giant panda wearing a suit of ice. The black and white bear has a “heart of […]

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Cape fearless: Surfer rides emotional roller to Olympics

Bianca Buitendag is one of those surfers who exudes zen-like calm and looks at one with the ocean, but qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics has left the South African completely “overwhelmed”. The graceful 25-year-old booked a provisional spot for next year’s Olympics at the World Surfing Games in Miyazaki at the weekend, an emotional release […]

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England cricket chiefs back Ben Stokes in family tragedy story row

England cricket chiefs on Tuesday rallied round star all-rounder Ben Stokes after he criticised a British newspaper report about a family tragedy more than 30 years ago. Tom Harrison, chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), said he was “disgusted and appalled” by the front-page story in The Sun tabloid on Tuesday. […]

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Completion ceremony for Hwanghae Namdo nursing home and nursing home

Hwanghaenamdo nursing home, nursing home has newly risen. The nursing homes and nursing homes, which are uniquely built in the beautiful scenery of Sinchang-ri, Sinwon-gun, are fully equipped with all the conditions necessary for the health and life of the caregivers such as treatment rooms, entertainment rooms, exercise rooms, and dining rooms. The ceremony was […]

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Banquet held in China on the 71st anniversary of the republic

On the occasion of the 71st anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Chinese People’s Foreign Friendship Association and the China-China Friendship Association jointly held a banquet in Beijing. The party was invited by Ambassador to the Plenipotentiary of the Joseon Special Forces in China, Ji Jae Ryong. Lee So-rim, […]

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Mohammed bin Zayed receives participants in the third session of the “Young Arab Media Leaders Program”

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said that empowering and rehabilitating young people and raising their awareness of the various current changes is a fundamental pillar of the development of Arab societies. This came during a meeting with His […]

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Ala: Syrian Army determined to eliminate terrorist hotbeds across the country

Syria’s Representative to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva Ambassador Hussam Eddin Ala stressed on Tuesday that the Syrian Arab Army is determined to eliminate terrorist hotbeds across the country, and that the reports of the international committee are fully of contradictions and distort facts in Syria. During a Human Rights Council session […]