Barbers in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province are now prohibited from shaving beards and playing music
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Barbers in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province are now prohibited from shaving beards and playing music

Barbers in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province are now prohibited from shaving men’s beards and playing music in their shops, according to a statement issued by the province’s Taliban-led department of virtue and vice. The new regulations mark the latest in a series of restrictions placed on the people of Afghanistan based on the Taliban’s strict interpretation…

Mali seeks to hire Russian mercenaries, says Russian Foreign Minister
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Mali seeks to hire Russian mercenaries, says Russian Foreign Minister

Mali plans to hire private Russian mercenaries to assist with security in the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday. “Given the external support has been diminished from those who assumed an obligation to help eradicate terrorism there, they have turned to a private Russian military company,” Lavrov said at a press briefing at…

How dinosaur stereotypes gave way in the past decade of discovery
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How dinosaur stereotypes gave way in the past decade of discovery

Dinosaurs loom large in the imagination of many kids and, for some, it’s an obsession they never really grow out of. My passion for dinosaurs arrived much later in life. As a journalist in Hong Kong, I was lucky enough to interview some of China’s most eminent paleontologists and marvel at amazing fossils firsthand when…

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Marines’ gesture moves a woman to tears, Nicole Richie’s birthday celebration got hotter than expected, and a “very well behaved” pup interrupts a reporter’s live shot. These are the must-watch videos of the week. ‘The most American thing ever’ A group of Marines came to the aid of a woman and others stranded in their…

Booster doses just got approved in the US. At least 15 countries haven’t vaccinated 3% of their people yet
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Booster doses just got approved in the US. At least 15 countries haven’t vaccinated 3% of their people yet

Health officials in the United States have said Covid-19 vaccine boosters can begin for older and higher-risk people there. But at least 15 countries around the world — most of them in Africa — have yet to give at least one vaccine dose to more than 3% of their population. Among them are Nigeria, Africa’s…

Catalan independence leader Carles Puigdemont arrested in Italy four years after fleeing Spain
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Catalan independence leader Carles Puigdemont arrested in Italy four years after fleeing Spain

Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont was arrested on the Italian island of Sardinia on Thursday on charges related to his activities in Catalonia’s failed bid in 2017 to secede from Spain, a court official and his lawyer told CNN. His lawyer, Gonzalo Boye, told CNN the arrest was carried out on a Spanish Supreme Court…

What dinosaur diseases — which might seem familiar — can tell us about how they lived and died
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What dinosaur diseases — which might seem familiar — can tell us about how they lived and died

Tyrannosaurus rex battled parasites and got gout from its meat-rich diet. Duck-billed hadrosaurs suffered cancerous tumors, and a towering sauropod in China survived a nasty pus-filled infection from a predator bite. Dinosaurs, like us, got sick and injured. By detecting these medical conditions in fossils, paleopathologists, experts in ancient disease and injuries, are gaining tantalizing…

What is COP26? How the pivotal UN conference could avert global climate ‘catastrophe’
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What is COP26? How the pivotal UN conference could avert global climate ‘catastrophe’

The COP26 international climate talks in Glasgow this November couldn’t come at a more crucial time. A state-of-the-science report published by the UN in August showed that the world is warming faster than scientists previously thought, and that slashing greenhouse gas emissions by at least half this decade is crucial to staving off the more…

Millions of deaths could be avoided under new air quality guidelines, WHO says
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Millions of deaths could be avoided under new air quality guidelines, WHO says

New air quality guidelines published on Wednesday by the World Health Organization could prevent millions of deaths globally each year, the UN agency said. Fine particulate matter, or PM 2.5, is the tiniest pollutant yet also among the most dangerous. When inhaled, it travels deep into lung tissue where it can enter the bloodstream and…