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Diet of instant noodles harming Asian children

A diet heavy in cheap, modern food such as instant noodles that fills bellies, but lacks key nutrients has left millions of children unhealthily thin or overweight in Southeast Asia, experts say. The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia have booming economies and rising standards of living, yetFULL STORY

Lunches help Japan top nutrition list

Japan manages a rare feat for a developed nation when it comes to feeding its children — high scores for nutrition, but very low obesity rates. One major key? School lunches. A landmark report by UNICEF yesterday showed that Japan tops the charts for childhood health indicators,FULL STORY

Fans, celebrities mourn death of K-pop star Sulli

Fans and fellow performers yesterday mourned the death of a K-pop star who had long been the target of online bullying, some calling for greater mental health support for those working in the nation’s notoriously competitive entertainment industry. The body of Sulli, a former member ofFULL STORY

Australia deports Vietnam woman over illegal pork

Australia has refused entry to a Vietnamese woman for failing to declare 10kg of raw pork, seafood and poultry on arrival in Sydney, its first expulsion under a more strict biosecurity law, authorities said yesterday. Already known for its tough biosecurity regulations, Australia has increased itsFULL STORY

Atwood and Evaristo tie for Booker Prize

Judges tore up the rule book on Monday, awarding the prestigious Booker Prize for Fiction jointly to Canadian author Margaret Atwood for The Testaments and Anglo-Nigerian author Bernardine Evaristo for Girl, Woman, Other. Atwood became only the second female author to win the award twice, sharingFULL STORY

Mozambique votes in a crucial test of peace deal

Calls for calm and warnings against voter intimidation marked a closely watched election day in Mozambique yesterday that is crucial in consolidating a wary peace in the southern African nation of nearly 30 million people. Parties’ acceptance of the presidential, parliamentary and provincial vote results isFULL STORY

Investigators raid offices, homes of Russia opposition

Russian investigators yesterday raided opposition offices across the nation, in the latest move to increase pressure on top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and his allies. The early morning raids targeted more than 100 offices and homes in 30 cities, the opposition said, including the headquarters ofFULL STORY

Amsterdam flower market ripping off tourists, probe says

Tourists are being ripped off at Amsterdam’s famous flower market, with just 1 percent of all bulbs sold at the floating bazaar ever producing a blossom, investigators said yesterday. A probe commissioned by the Dutch capital’s municipality and tulip growers also found that often only oneFULL STORY

Texas officer charged with murder

A white Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed a black woman through a back window of her home while responding to a call about an open front door was on Monday evening charged with murder after resigning from the force. Aaron Dean, 34, wasFULL STORY

Bolton warned lawyers over ‘hand grenade’ Giuliani

The White House’s alleged effort to pressure Ukraine so alarmed former US national security adviser John Bolton that he alerted a lawyer, his former aide said on Monday, US media reported. Bolton also said that US President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who has emergedFULL STORY

Thirteen Mexican police killed in cartel ambush

State police expected the worst when they ventured into the wild township of Aguililla to serve a single warrant. Commanders sent 42 officers in five trucks. It was not enough. More than 30 suspected drug cartel gunmen were waiting for them on Monday, some in vehiclesFULL STORY

Harold Bloom, critic and author of ‘Anxiety of Influence,’ dies aged 89

Harold Bloom, the critic and Yale professor whose seminal The Anxiety of Influence and melancholy regard for literature’s old masters made him a popular author and standard-bearer of Western civilization amid modern trends, yesterday died at age 89. Bloom’s wife, Jeanne, said that his health hadFULL STORY

FEATURE: In the dark: Electricity a ‘luxury’ in poor Madagascar

Raymond Rakotondrasoa surveyed the charred remains of his mud and thatched-roofed house in Madagascar. “I left a candle burning on my bedside table,” the 70-year-old said. “It fell and set fire to my clothes before spreading.” The retired construction worker is lucky to be alive. “If it hadFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

PAPUA NEW GUINEA Police seek arrest of ex-PM Police have issued an arrest warrant for former prime minister Peter O’Neill on suspicion of “official corruption,” but he was declining to cooperate with police handling the case, Acting Commissioner of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary David ManningFULL STORY

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