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Quality of life in EU improves: Difficulty still in making ends meet

The latest European Quality of Life Survey shows – overall, there has been progress in quality of life in the EU from 2011 to 2016, with some dimensions having recovered to the pre-crisis levels of 2007. A decrease in material hardship and increase in satisfaction with standard of living occurred across all income quartiles in comparison to 2011. However, the ... Read More »

South African wins Miss Universe crown

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who represented South Africa, won the Miss Universe crown Sunday. The 22-year-old, who recently earned a business management degree, was crowned at The AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. The runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, while the second runner-up was Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett. Ninety-two women from around the world participated in ... Read More »

For a healthy, safe, and sustainable thanksgiving holiday!

Dear Mostafa, Greetings from St. Louis, Missouri! As many of us travel this week to spend American Thanksgiving with our families and friends, let’s really be mindful of the amount of food we are wasting. Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, the United States will waste about 5 million tons of food. To help us all waste less food, we ... Read More »

UAE symbol of tolerance, diversity in region: Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron says Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are threatening Western values of openness and tolerance, but isolating them from Europe would be counterproductive. “If you decide just to push them back from Europe and our values, saying ‘you’re betraying our values’, you lose them,” he said. Many see the US and Russian leaders as resistant to liberal ... Read More »

The assertion of identity

By Chandra Muzaffar News reports about communities and regions asserting their identity are capturing media headlines everywhere. While the media gives a lot of coverage to an event or action connected with the phenomenon — a referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan or a vote in the Catalonian parliament — the reasons that explain the assertion of identity are seldom analysed in ... Read More »

My four rules: Barack Obama

Mostafa Kamal, As long as we’ve been working to get the Obama Foundation up and running, I’ve been thinking about what I might say at the Foundation’s first big gathering — what words of wisdom I’d give to a group of people who have devoted their lives to making the world better. In true dad fashion, I came up with ... Read More »

Supersonic car set for first public runs

The British car designed to go 1,000mph (1,610km/h) will make its first public runs in Cornwall later. Bloodhound SSC is conducting initial “slow-speed” trials and should get up to about 200mph (320km/h) on the runway at Newquay Airport. Driven by RAF Wing Commander Andy Green, the car aims to break the world land speed record in 2019. Read More »

A world without exhaust pipes

Monica Araya The growing popularity of electric vehicles is set to curb one of the largest sources of global pollution. But a consumption bias continues to impede many buyers’ embrace of the technology, and until it is addressed, electric mobility will fail to reach its potential, particularly in developing countries. Read More »

The world running out of much needed new antibiotics

By Baher Kamal Rome, Oct 4 (IPS) – The world is running out of new antibiotics to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, a new specialised report warns ahead of this year’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week, adding that most of the drugs currently in the clinical pipeline are modifications of existing classes of antibiotics and are only short-term solutions. Read More »

Suffering from diabetes? Eating broccoli can help

Eating broccoli sprouts may help diabetes patients manage their blood sugar, according to a new study which offers a much needed alternative to address the worldwide epidemic.Eating broccoli sprouts may help diabetes patients manage their blood sugar, according to a new study which offers a much needed alternative to address the worldwide epidemic. Read More »

Le Méridien Dhaka celebrates International Coffee Day

Le Méridien Dhaka celebrated International Coffee Day for the third time at their signature lobby lounge bar, Latitude 23, on September 30. As an art and cultural inspired brand, the hotel celebrated the day with group discussion followed by various art lesson activities like latte art tutorials guided by expert baristas, designing own éclairs with special toppings under the supervision ... Read More »

‘Mona Lisa nude sketch’ found in France

A charcoal drawing housed in another art collection for more than 150 years may have been a sketch for the Mona Lisa, a French art expert says. The charcoal portrait of a nude woman, known as the Monna Vanna, was previously attributed only to Leonardo da Vinci’s studio. Read More »

Gandhi’s truth: Ending human violence one at a time

Robert J. Burrowes Gandhi Jayanti – 2 October, the date of Mohandas K. Gandhi’s birth in 1869 and the International Day of Nonviolence – offers an opportunity to reflect on human violence and to ponder ways to end it. There may be a fast way to end human violence but, if there is, Gandhi did not know it. Nor do ... Read More »

A Wife’s hillariously extra grocery list husband

Some people prefer to bring a detailed list when they go grocery shopping. Era Golwalkar’s husband Gaurav gets one with diagrams and bullet points. The couple, who live in Pune, India, takes turns grocery shopping every other week, Era told HuffPost. While she is a “foodie” who “lives to eat,” her husband doesn’t really prioritize food and “eats to live,” ... Read More »

Saudi ban on women driging to be lifted soon

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a decree allowing women to drive for the first time, to the joy of activists. The Gulf kingdom is the only country in the world that bans women from driving. Until now, only men were allowed licences and women who drove in public risked being arrested and fined. Praise for the move has been ... Read More »