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3Novices:Chinese couple, 89, swim their way to a long and healthy life

Taking daily dips in a local lake has been the key to a long life for a married couple in eastern China, according to a local media report.
Liu Zhenjun and his wife Huang Shuwen, both 89, have been swimming in Zixia Lake in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, every day for more than 20 years, and they have never felt better, Yangtse Evening News reported on Saturday.
Former soldier Liu said he took up swimming as a hobby while serving in the army. Over the years it has helped him to stave off ill health…
December 17, 2017 at 02:10PM http://ift.tt/2ByPIBK
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3Novices:Two couples tie knot in Australia’s first same-sex weddings

Two female couples tied the knot in Australia’s first same-sex weddings under new legislation allowing gay marriages.
January 9 had been expected to be the first possible date for same-sex weddings due to a four-week waiting period since the landmark law was passed. But the two couples were married in Sydney and Melbourne on Saturday after being granted permission to waive the notice period.
Lauren Price, 31, and Amy Laker, 29, exchanged vows in Sydney because their families had to travel…
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3Novices:In disputed Kashmir, Pakistan and India are racing to tap the Himalayas

Several hundred metres underground, thousands of labourers grind away day and night on a huge hydroelectric project in contested Kashmir, where India and Pakistan are racing to tap the subcontinent’s diminishing freshwater supplies.
The arch rivals have been building duelling power plants along the banks of the turquoise Neelam River for years.
The projects on opposite sides of The Line of Control – the de facto border in Kashmir – are nearly finished, fuelling tensions…
December 17, 2017 at 01:48PM http://ift.tt/2k7eQWf
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3Novices:Trio threaten to quit task force if Hong Kong government refuses to overhaul ‘problematic’ funding system for NGOs

Three members of a task force looking into a funding system for social welfare organisations have threatened to quit the official panel should the government refuse to promise a complete overhaul of the existing model, which they slammed as problematic.
The calls made by Hong Kong Social Workers’ General Union internal vice-president Cheung Chi-wai and pro-democracy lawmakers Shiu Ka-chun and Dr Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung echoed the results of a recent study, in which 95 per cent of the…
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3Novices:Mammoth skeleton auctioned for more than half a million euros

The nearly intact skeleton of a woolly mammoth that lived at least 10,000 years ago was sold at auction for more than half a million euros on Saturday in the southeastern French city of Lyon.
The giant skeleton – mounted in a forward walking position with its enormous curved tusks with tones of caramel and ivory facing slightly downward – was bought by the chief executive of a French waterproofing company which has the prehistoric mammal as its logo.
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3Novices:Mammoth skeleton auctioned for more than half a million euros

The nearly intact skeleton of a woolly mammoth that lived at least 10,000 years ago was sold at auction for more than half a million euros on Saturday in the southeastern French city of Lyon.
The giant skeleton – mounted in a forward walking position with its enormous curved tusks with tones of caramel and ivory facing slightly downward – was bought by the chief executive of a French waterproofing company which has the prehistoric mammal as its logo.
“We are going to display…
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3Novices:Thought police create climate of fear in China’s tense Xinjiang region

Nobody knows what happened to the Uygur student after he returned to China from Egypt and was taken away by police.
Not his village neighbours in China’s far west, who haven’t seen him in months. Not his former classmates, who fear Chinese authorities beat him to death.
Not his mother, who lives in a two-storey house at the far end of a country road, alone behind walls bleached by the desert sun. She opened the door one afternoon for an unexpected visit by Associated Press reporters…
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