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Swiss billionaire, 53, pregnant with twins

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PARIS: Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, the billionaire chairwoman of Louis Dreyfus Commodities BV, is pregnant with twin girls and due to give birth in early April, the company said in an e-mailed statement. Louis-Dreyfus, 53, plans to continue her duties as non-executive chairwoman of the supervisory board until the birth, before taking a brief break and returning to work full-time in late ... Read More »

Stay warm this winter with 3 scrumptious recipes 

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“People who loves to eat are always the best people.” If I were to ever come up with a quote about food, it’d probably be something about breakfast because I passionately love breakfast and believe in the benefits of having a healthy breakfast with variations every day. A new study shows that coffee is a pain reliever. So here I ... Read More »

A complete guide to weight loss

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There are many kinds of slimming drugs on the market but you cannot take them forever; moreover diet fads often don’t work or they only offer temporary benefits. In “Eat to Live”, the author explains first why we gain weight, then how to lose weight, and finally how to stay thin and healthy for life. Eating food that is rich ... Read More »

Watch out what you post online

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Whatever you post online could come back to haunt you one day. Every word, photo, opinion or joke you post online sometimes without giving a second thought could come up at the least expected time and cause you trouble. This has always been a nightmare lurking in the minds of many Internet users and online privacy advocates. The nightmare is ... Read More »

Iraq gets first beauty queen since 1972

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BAGHDAD: It was smoky, alcohol-free and there was no swimsuit contest, but Saturday’s party produced the first Miss Iraq in four decades and left all feeling a small victory had been won. “Some people out there think we don’t love life,” said Humam Al-Obeidi, one of the organizers, as the crowd spilled out of the Baghdad hotel ballroom where the ... Read More »

World’s first washable smartphone to debut in Japan 

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TOKYO: Tired of those unsightly smudges and other dirt on your bacteria-laden smartphone? A Japanese firm says it has the solution with what it describes the world’s first smartphone that can be washed with soap and water. Waterproof smartphones have been on the market for a while. But telecom company KDDI says its new “Digno rafre” phone — to be ... Read More »

Michelle Obama brings Broadway to White House

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WASHINGTON: Michelle Obama is taking another trip to Broadway — without hitting the bustling streets of New York City’s Times Square. The first lady welcomed stars from Broadway to the White House Monday as she celebrated the history of live theater, what she calls a “cornerstone” of the nation’s cultural heritage. The East Room performance featured music from Fun Home, ... Read More »

For a happier life, ‘give up Facebook’

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COPENHAGEN: Always envious? Got a non-existent social life and struggle to concentrate? All this might be down to Facebook if you believe a study showing those who go a week without using the social network feel happier than others. Carried out by the Happiness Research Institute, the study involved a sample of 1,095 people in Denmark who were divided into ... Read More »

For Afghan women, driving a car brings both fear and freedom

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KABUL: Since Rokhsar Azamee began driving the streets of Kabul last year, she has endured condescension, ridicule, and even threats to her life with some men deliberately causing “accidents” to harass her. But she will not be deterred. The 23-year-old journalist learned to drive to avoid aggravation from men in the street as she waited each morning for a taxi ... Read More »

Fire up your metabolism: Eat healthy food and stay younger

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You work out, eat right, and yet to your utter frustration, you still can’t reduce your weight. This could be a sign your metabolism is in need of a boost. The good news is that you can improve your well-being by making a few simple changes to your lifestyle and nutrition. Eating and drinking well will charge your metabolism and ... Read More »

Microsoft unveils new smartphones, tablet and fitness tracker

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NEW YORK: Microsoft Corp. has unveiled a new line of Lumia smartphones, a new Surface Pro tablet and an updated version of its wearable fitness tracker, Microsoft Band, that will run on Windows 10, its latest operating system. Windows 10, launched in July, is part of Microsoft’s push to win a bigger share of the market for tablets and smartphones, ... Read More »

Ruling threatens Facebook data transfers

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LUXEMBOURG: Facebook and other Internet giants could be barred from sending European citizens’ personal information to the US after the EU’s top court on Tuesday struck down a key transatlantic data deal in the wake of the Edward Snowden scandal. The landmark verdict stemmed from a David-and-Goliath case lodged by Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy campaigner, who challenged Irish authorities ... Read More »

A high protein diet to help you lose weight

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A high-protein diet is often recommended by bodybuilders and nutritionists to build muscle, tone the body and lose fat. Cutting up on carbs, sugar and fat can help you lose weight but going on a high protein diet will help tame the hunger and boost protein in the body gradually. Proteins are available in many sources. When following this diet, ... Read More »

Cancún: A Hispanic tourist haven

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Cancún is one of the most famous Mexican cities attracting hundreds if not thousands of tourists. It is located on the Yucatán Peninsula bordering the Caribbean Sea and is known for its beautiful long beaches, numerous resorts and energetic culture.  Cancún is composed of two distinct areas: The more traditional downtown area, El Centro, and Zona Hotelera, a long, beachfront ... Read More »

How to enjoy a spa day … at home!

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Spending a day at the spa is not just relaxing and fun, it also costs big bucks. If money is one of your concerns, try to turn your home into a spa. Most of what you need is probably already in your kitchen. So with these simple tips get ready for a homemade spa day.  Essential oils are a time-tested ... Read More »

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