And they say ‘I do not deserve to be a mother’…

And they say ‘I do not deserve to be a mother’…

Mathieu knew a country without capital is no country. He knew my capital was my son, that the spark in his eyes were enough to serve as the sole reason for my survival. He knew what being stabbed in the chest felt like. He had felt the pain after all. If he...

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How to overcome shame, according to science

How to overcome shame, according to science

The fear of being ashamed can be overwhelming and can hinder the performance of daily activities. How to master it   Have you ever asked a woman if she was  pregnant and she responded with a stern “No”? If so, did you instantly feel the need for the earth to swallow you? It is likely...

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Thai woman, 39, initiates #DontTellMeHowToDress and #TellMenToRespect Campaign

Thai woman, 39, initiates #DontTellMeHowToDress and #TellMenToRespect Campaign

When a Thai government official told women to dress carefully to prevent harassment at the Songkran festival, it brought back painful memories for model Cindy Sirinya Bishop. The Thai-American was just 17 when she was sexually harassed at the New Year celebrations. Dressed in a loose black t-shirt and three-quarter...

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“They locked me up, beat me and then forced me to marry”: the drama of the men in India who are forced to marry

“They locked me up, beat me and then forced me to marry”: the drama of the men in India who are forced to marry

“They kidnapped me, beat me and forced me to marry.” The revelation is from Roshan Kunar , who in 2017, when he was 17 years old, was kidnapped by a group of men in the Bihar region of northern India and forced to marry a young woman. “Ten men pointed a gun...

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How to create a Family Budget: Build a budget that works!

How to create a Family Budget: Build a budget that works!

 Adult-ing can be hard, from parenting to managing finances with the expectation that we should be able to manage our money effectively. For many this can be hard work and extremely overwhelming, especially if you weren’t taught how to do it. However, creating a budget helps give you a complete understanding...

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Malala and IK listed amongst ‘world’s most admired people of 2018’

Malala and IK listed amongst ‘world’s most admired people of 2018’

Malala Yousafzai and Imran Khan have made it to the list of World’s Most Admired People of 2018. The Nobel Prize laureate and PTI chairman made it to top 20 of the men and women lists, according to an annual study compiled by YouGov. The list includes 20 men and 20...

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Here’s how Islamabad’s new airport rolls out with certain flaws

Here’s how Islamabad’s new airport rolls out with certain flaws

AFTER years of invincible delays, suspicions of poor management, bad planning, and ample wastage of funds, it seems that the new Islamabad International Airport will soon become operational for domestic and international flights from April 20. Said to be built according to international standards as Pakistan’s first ‘greenfield airport’ — that its...

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We need a change of mentality regarding the Internet

We need a change of mentality regarding the Internet

German users of Facebook have also been affected by the recent scandal, and suddenly the horror is great. When will Germany learn that the Internet is not a national issue, says Maximiliane Koschyk. “The Internet is a new territory for all of us.” Only four and a half years ago, Chancellor Angela...

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A heart-wrenching untold story of a Pakistani ‘mochi’ (cobbler)

A heart-wrenching untold story of a Pakistani ‘mochi’ (cobbler)

Karachi serves as a home to the most diverse of populations across Pakistan. Muslims, non-Muslims, Shia, Sunni, Muhajir, Balochi, Sindhi, Pashtun, Kashmiri, and also countless other minority groups; many a people have found home here. Some of us hold onto deep-rooted positive emotions for Karachi, while others are seemingly indifferent....

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Humanitarian aid can not solve the war

Humanitarian aid can not solve the war

War, hunger, lack of drinking water and diseases: humanitarian organizations try to help the civilian population in Yemen, but the situation is getting worse, says Marten Mylius, coordinator of the NGO Care. QA: Mr. Mylius, you travel regularly to Yemen and have many collaborators in the country. What is the current situation...

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Observing Ramadan this year…The countdown begins!

Observing Ramadan this year…The countdown begins!

In Arabic, Ramadan means “the hot month”, derived from the root word ‘ramida’, meaning “scorched”. It is the holy month of fasting when keen and enthusiastic Muslims abstain from food, drink and sex in daylight hours until dawn. Undoubtedly, it was a physical trial for the first Muslims living in the...

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“A person who is anxious about his next meal cannot be happy”

“A person who is anxious about his next meal cannot be happy”

The recently released UN-sponsored World Happiness Report 2018 ranks Pakistan 75th out of 156 countries in terms of how happy their citizens are. That is a significant progress. Last year, we stood at the 80th position. There has been rejoicing at what is seen as Pakistan’s superiority in the ranking...

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5 fascinating predictions about the future of megacities like Karachi

5 fascinating predictions about the future of megacities like Karachi

Currently more than half of human beings live in cities and the forecasts point to the year 2050, 7 out of 10 people will have their home in a large city. Teemu Alexander Puutio, a researcher at the University of Turku, Finland, has studied the subject for years and among...

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UNICEF: four out of every five newborns die from poverty

UNICEF: four out of every five newborns die from poverty

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned in its report today, Tuesday (20.02.2018) about the “alarming” risks that run the lives of newborn children in the poorest countries and most affected by conflicts in the world. world. 2.6 million newborns worldwide died at the end of their first month of...

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When the bad memory and the confusions are a problem? Keys to know what is normal and what is not

When the bad memory and the confusions are a problem? Keys to know what is normal and what is not

The keys, the cell phone, an appointment, the name of a colleague, what you had to buy at the supermarket … many of us lose and forget things several times a day. But how do you know when it is an oversight by mere distraction and when an incipient health...

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Are women leaders different from men?

Are women leaders different from men?

  Perhaps people expect a discussion stir up about the relative strengths and weaknesses of each gender regarding leadership positions. But I think this is just not the right question, probably because we paddle into murky waters when trying to contemplate about half of the population based on gender alone....

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Are you a True Pakistani? Test your knowledge!

Are you a True Pakistani? Test your knowledge!

Pakistan Day is celebrated as a national holiday in the country in the memory of Lahore Resolution at Minar-e-Pakistan during 1940 and also the adoption of Pakistan’s first constitution on the same day during 1956. The following quiz will help you test your general knowledge information about this important day...

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Online word-war and its repercussions

Online word-war and its repercussions

Are you an avid social platform user? Well, no matter who you are, there is a huge chance that you spent some time arguing with someone with conflicting thoughts. But if you think about it, you definitely can’t impose yourself on someone else. Can you? The same thing goes to...

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Pakistan’s E-Commerce Market to Be a Promising Sector

Pakistan’s E-Commerce Market to Be a Promising Sector

KARACHI: To everyone’s utter amazement, the size of Pakistan’s e-commerce sector is expected to surpass the coveted $1-billion mark in fiscal year 2017-18, much earlier than previous estimates, said an industry official. Boosted by the upsurge in broadband usage as well as a drastic increase in the number of online payment...

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4 warnings from Stephen Hawking on the dangers that threaten humanity

4 warnings from Stephen Hawking on the dangers that threaten humanity

The academic fame of Stephen Hawking, the British physicist who died Wednesday at age 76, is based on his research on black holes and Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity. But, as a scientific disseminator, he used to leave his research area, using his recognition to highlight what he considered...

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Will Russia, the United States and international powers in conflict end in a direct war in Syria?

Will Russia, the United States and international powers in conflict end in a direct war in Syria?

Like all conflicts that apparently have no end, the struggle in Syria has been divided into several mini-wars. The original confrontation between the Syrian government and those trying to overthrow it is now practically irrelevant, with the position of President Bashar al-Assad radically diminished but basically uncontested, while the rebel...

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Is Your Brain Male or Female?

Is Your Brain Male or Female?

You might think that your gender automatically determines if your brain is male or female, but you’re wrong. According to Cambridge scientists, seventeen percent of men and women have brains that are associated with the opposite gender. Are you one of the seventeen percent? You can find out quickly by taking...

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8 things you should know about sleep and the effects they have on your body

8 things you should know about sleep and the effects they have on your body

The dream has become a fundamental issue for those who care about health. How much we sleep and how much we stop sleeping are issues that increasingly focus the attention of the scientific community, as well as citizens (insomniacs or not) concerned about their own well-being. But how much do...

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Hypnosis as therapy: esotericism or science?

Hypnosis as therapy: esotericism or science?

Formerly it was believed that hypnosis was charlatanism: esoteric people who manipulated a pendulum. Larissa Warneck wanted to experience the effect of this therapy. Michael Teut is the medical and homeopath chief of the Department of Natural Medicine of the Charité University Clinic in Berlin. He is also a hypnotist. “Many patients come...

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Birkin, Hermès portfolio that costs as much as a house

Birkin, Hermès portfolio that costs as much as a house

How much would you pay for a portfolio? US $ 150, US $ 750 or, perhaps, up to US $ 1,000? What would you think of disbursing more than US $ 380,000 for a single portfolio, one that is also second-hand? For that money you could buy an average house in any...

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How being discouraged can alter the functioning of our brain and our relationship with others

How being discouraged can alter the functioning of our brain and our relationship with others

When we feel bad emotionally this affects our innate ability to respond to other people’s suffering. In the dystopian novel “The Tale of the Maid,” by the British writer Margaret Atwood, the innumerable injustices committed against the central character, Offred, find echo in most readers. When the young woman is...

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The method to improve memory that does not require any effort

The method to improve memory that does not require any effort

When you try to memorize something new, it is normal to assume that the more effort you put into it, the better it will go. However, you may just need a break in which you do nothing. Literally. Turn off the light, relax and enjoy 10 or 15 minutes of tranquility and you will see...

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“I take 200 selfies a day”: when can one speak of “selfitis”, the constant obsession to take pictures of oneself?

“I take 200 selfies a day”: when can one speak of “selfitis”, the constant obsession to take pictures of oneself?

Junaid Ahmed has 50,000 followers on Instagram and admits he is a selfiesaddict . The 22-year-old Briton takes about 200 pictures of himself every day. He carefully selects the time at which he posts the selfies on social networks, with the intention of getting more “likes”. If you have less than 600 likes , delete it. “When...

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The genius of the relaxed attitude of the lazy and why you should imitate them

The genius of the relaxed attitude of the lazy and why you should imitate them

At first sight the lazy people’s lifestyle is the very antithesis of everything we value. Modern life is fast and focused on finding new ways to include more activities in every second of our existence. Laziness is one of the deadly sins and being busy is an honor. But what is...

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The controversial case of the Japanese millionaire who wanted “a big family” and had 16 children with rent bellies in Thailand

The controversial case of the Japanese millionaire who wanted “a big family” and had 16 children with rent bellies in Thailand

A court in Bangkok, Thailand, granted a wealthy Japanese paternity rights of 13 children born of surgeries in that country. The court’s decision opens the way for Mitsutoki Shigeta , 28, to obtain custody of the children and transfer them to Japan. It is the latest twist in this scandal known as “baby...

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The end of diplomacy?

The end of diplomacy?

The Munich Security Conference (MSC) reflects the current state of the world. This year’s meeting was marked by reciprocal recriminations. Real solutions were a scarce commodity, says Matthias von Hein. There were years when the Munich Security Conference conveyed signs of understanding and hope. None of that was evident during this 54th edition. This...

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What can be done to combat the epidemic of loneliness of the 21st century?

What can be done to combat the epidemic of loneliness of the 21st century?

Cristiano Ronaldo has 120 million. Barack Obama has 53 million. Donald Trump has 24 million. I am, of course, talking about Facebook followers. Does Donald worry that Barack has twice as many cyber friends as him? Or is it comforted by the fact that Hillary Clinton only has 10 million? Facebook followers are not...

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The surprising finding of human genes that remain active after the person dies

The surprising finding of human genes that remain active after the person dies

There are cells that continue to function even after a person dies. Through analysis of samples post mortem , an international team discovered scientific or some genes even became more active after death. The details of the study were published in Nature Communications . They hope it will be useful to develop new forensic techniques . Under the influence of...

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“Child pornography, graphic violence … you have to be prepared to see anything”: the experience of a Facebook moderator

“Child pornography, graphic violence … you have to be prepared to see anything”: the experience of a Facebook moderator

“It’s mostly pornography,” says Sarah Katz, recalling the eight months she worked as a Facebook moderator. “The agency was very direct about what kind of content we would see and how graphic it was, so we knew what we were facing,” she clarifies. Katz refers to the agency of human...

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“Cuter than all the other girls”: Ilay Dyagilev, the man who reached the final of a women’s beauty contest

“Cuter than all the other girls”: Ilay Dyagilev, the man who reached the final of a women’s beauty contest

A male model from Kazakhstan managed to reach the final of a women’s beauty contest held over the internet. Ilay Dyagilev, 22, enrolled in Virtual Miss Kazakhstan with the name of Arina Aliyeva and eventually won more than 2,000 votes. This led her to be crowned as the virtual queen of Shymkent,...

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The “Beauty Team” – Korea’s attempt to win the hearts by showing pretty faces as Pyeongchang Winter Olympics cheerleaders

The “Beauty Team” – Korea’s attempt to win the hearts by showing pretty faces as Pyeongchang Winter Olympics cheerleaders

North Korea will be at the Winter Olympics to be held in its southern neighbor. And he will do it with athletes, artists, officials, fans, reporters … and his exclusive team of cheerleaders. Pyongyang announced on Tuesday during the historic thaw meeting held by both Koreas, after a year marked by tensions and...

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The mysteries that hide the moment before falling asleep

The mysteries that hide the moment before falling asleep

How do you fall asleep? It happens to us every night, but it’s still a deeply mysterious process. A group of international researchers from the University of Cambridge is trying to discover what happens in that moment of drowsiness , as we go through the transition from being awake to asleep. For that,...

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The surprising story of how Japan accepted (finally) the existence of depression

The surprising story of how Japan accepted (finally) the existence of depression

Until recently, many Japanese people did not recognize the existence of depression as a physical and psychological condition . The sales of antidepressants were minimal until an advertising campaign managed to start talking about depression . “My world is cracking and disappears! I can not even get up now!” Says Watashi, a Japanese manga...

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3 paradoxes that make mathematicians and philosophers lose sleep

3 paradoxes that make mathematicians and philosophers lose sleep

This sentence is false. This is one of the most popular and illustrative paradoxes: if it is really false, what the sentence enunciates is true, but if the falsehood enunciated is real, the sentence can not be false. Paradox comes from the words in Latin and Greek that mean ‘the opposite...

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Are night shifts slowly killing me?

Are night shifts slowly killing me?

It’s been years since I got up in the middle of the night to go to work. It’s the price I have to pay, albeit with pleasure, for presenting Today, a prestigious news program on BBC Radio 4. But I’ve always wondered if there will be a long-term cost. Could it be...

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The unsuspected advantages of stress and the accelerated pace at work

The unsuspected advantages of stress and the accelerated pace at work

Have you ever felt that your life goes on in a continuous “fast forward”, accelerating and moving away from you? It is not your imagination. We are surrounded by signs that tell us each day that the pace of our life is increasing . The office is the place where this feeling is...

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Why women are tougher than men

Why women are tougher than men

Women live longer than men in almost all modern populations. That is a fact. But scientists still can not explain very well why. Some studies have tried to investigate the biological origins of that advantage. Others have highlighted the importance of social factors. Now, research from the Danish university Southern University has...

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How a university exam in 1977 changed China and created a legendary generation

How a university exam in 1977 changed China and created a legendary generation

Forty years ago, China restored an important entrance exam to the university after an interval of more than a decade when the country was plunged into the chaos of the Cultural Revolution. More than five million people took the exam in hopes of securing a place at the university. Yuwen Wu...

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What do people who live 100 years have in common? (and they are not healthy diet and exercise)

What do people who live 100 years have in common? (and they are not healthy diet and exercise)

If you were asked what you think that those who live close to 100 years coincide, you would surely answer that they all follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly. But a study recently published in the specialized journal International Psychogeriatrics includes a series of more surprising common characteristics, including stubbornness. It...

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The young woman who died in Japan after working 159 extra hours in a month and whose death reopened the debate on the “karoshi”

The young woman who died in Japan after working 159 extra hours in a month and whose death reopened the debate on the “karoshi”

A 31-year-old journalist died in Japan as a result of heart failure after working 159 extra hours a month and only two days off in the month before her death. The labor authority of Tokyo established in 2014 that Miwa Sado, journalist of the public chain NHK, died a year...

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The secret of Norway to have the three youngest billionaires in the world

The secret of Norway to have the three youngest billionaires in the world

21, 22 and 24 are their ages and all three are Norwegians. It’s about two women and one man who top the list of the 20 youngest billionaires (under 40) in the world of Forbes magazine . The first, Alexandra Andresen, is not new to this list. In 2016, at 19 years old, he...

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Why no country sent a person back to the Moon since the United States launched the Apollo XVII in 1972

Why no country sent a person back to the Moon since the United States launched the Apollo XVII in 1972

It was, in the words of Neil Armstrong, a small step for man, but a huge leap for humanity. On July 21, 1969 at 2:56 (GMT), a human being (Armstrong), stepped on the Moon for the first time. The news shook the world. Five other American expeditions arrived there in the...

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Why do the powerful want a world without money?

Why do the powerful want a world without money?

In the depths of a secret vault in London there is something that very few people in the world get to see: a billion pounds sterling in cash. At that place, at the end of each day, the money arrives from stores throughout the country. The next morning, it leaves to...

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Another School Shooting in USA: Trump should focus on national issues instead of international matters

Another School Shooting in USA: Trump should focus on national issues instead of international matters

Two students were killed in a shooting Thursday at Aztec High School in Aztec, New Mexico, state police said on their verified Twitter account, and the suspected shooter is also dead. There were no other injuries to other students or school faculty, officials said in a news conference Thursday afternoon. Officials...

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How a campaign like #MeToo can turn against women

How a campaign like #MeToo can turn against women

For just over two months, it is rare the day we do not know a new case of a public figure accused of having committed sexual abuse or harassment. In this context, few were surprised when it was learned that Time magazine chose as “person of the year” in 2017 a crowd: women...

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