Society

Lagos store brings modern African luxury to Nigeria's rich

By Cecile de Comarmond | Clothes for sale are displayed at Alara, a new retail concept store on Victoria Island in Lagos
 
 
 
05 Jul 2015
Take a sought-after architect, add the king of "new Africa cuisine" and a smattering of famous designers, and you get a concept-store in Lagos that seeks to bring modern African luxury to Nigeria's ultra-rich.   The...
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Small is beautiful, say South Koreans making plans to marry

A groom puts a wedding ring on his bride's finger during a wedding ceremony at a budget wedding hall at the National Library of Korea in Seoul, South Korea, May 16, 2015.
 
05 Jul 2015
The night before their wedding, Kim Kwang-yoon and Cho Jin-oh were up until 2 am with the bride's mother, setting tables. Their marriage venue: a room in the basement of Seoul city hall, rented from the government for US$60.  ...
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US Navy triples maternity leave to 18 weeks for women

04 Jul 2015
The US Navy is tripling paid maternity leave for women who serve in the Navy and Marine Corps from six to 18 weeks in the first year after birth.   Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said on Thursday the change was effective immediately...
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Nearly four of 10 US kids exposed to violence

, Tianna Swisher, a student at Liberty Valley Elementary School in Danville, Pa., attempts to drink from the water fountain at Montour Preserve near Washingtonville, Pa., during an outdoor field trip. Fluoride in drinking water, credited with dramatically cutting cavities and tooth decay, may now be too much of a good thing. It's causing spots on some kids' teeth. The federal government announced Monday, April 27, 2015, that it is lowering the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in more than 50 years. (Bill Hughes/Press-Enterprise via AP, File)
 
30 Jun 2015
 Phone-based surveys show that nearly four of every 10 kids and teens in the US were exposed to violence or abuse over the previous year, researchers have found.   “Children are the most victimized segment of the population...
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10 powerful female Muslim politicians

29 Jun 2015
Many Americans have preconceived notions of what it means to be a Muslim woman, usually considering them oppressed figures. Huffington Post, however, has offered a different narrative, publishing a list of 10 most prominent Muslim...
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Indian student feels real Ramadan ambiance in Islamic Cairo

Shah Kafil senses a genuine Ramadan atmosphere at Egypt's old al-Azhar and al-Hussein districts
29 Jun 2015
At an Egyptian dining table sits Shah Kafil, an Indian student from al-Azhar’s language and translation school.   Surrounded by his Egyptian colleagues, Kafil speaks about having spent the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Egypt...
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Meet Nadia, Egypt's first female boxing coach

Nadia Abdel Hamid (row 1, third from the left), is Egypt's first female boxing trainer
29 Jun 2015
Her mental strength was behind her decision to choose boxing as a sport and ten years earlier Nadia Abdel Hamid, who is now 25, decided to defy social norms and won her first national boxing title at 15.   “I felt I could prove...
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Yasmine opens women's football academy

Boys playing football match at Tahrir Square, where dozens of protesters go on their sit-in, Cairo, 14 February 2013.
28 Jun 2015
Yasmine has always been talented in football. As a child, she used to play with her friends and watch matches with passion. Then she turned professional and played for the women’s team of the Aviation Club. Today, Yasmine is coaching...
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Baku looks to future after delivering golden Games

Lady Gaga performs songs from ''The Sound of Music'' during the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2015.
28 Jun 2015
Pop diva Lady Gaga's rendition of 'Imagine' at the European Games opening ceremony lit the touchpaper that put human rights issues on the backburner and ushered in a dream fortnight for both controversial hosts Azerbaijan and...
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World's Ugliest Dog crowned at annual California pageant

28 Jun 2015
A plucky mixed breed with a humped back and pit bull heritage has been crowned the World’s Ugliest Dog, beating out 26 other contestants in an annual California-based pageant, event officials said on Saturday.   Quasi Modo, a 10...
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