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The surprising truth about Aladdin: how Frenchman’s lacklustre tale ended up in The Arabian Nights and became a gem

Antoine Galland translated tales from Arabic story collection A Thousand and One Nights, but ran out of tales to feed his 18th century readers’ appetite for more; he wrote Aladdin based, he claimed, on a tale heard from a traveller.

16 Jun 2019 - 10:30PM

Antoine Galland translated tales from Arabic story collection A Thousand and One Nights, but ran out of tales to feed his 18th century readers’ appetite for more; he wrote Aladdin based, he claimed, on a tale heard from a traveller.

The surprising truth about Aladdin: how Frenchman’s lacklustre tale ended up in The Arabian Nights and became a gem
Police pointed guns at pregnant US woman Iesha Harper after 4-year-old son took doll from store, video shows

She and fiancé are suing city of Phoenix and police department for US$10 million.

16 Jun 2019 - 8:10AM

She and fiancé are suing city of Phoenix and police department for US$10 million.

Police pointed guns at pregnant US woman Iesha Harper after 4-year-old son took doll from store, video shows
Instagram star Sunglass Cat: the social media sensation with 500,000 followers and 600 pairs of shades

Born without eyelids and unable to produce tears, Bagel the cat wears sunglasses to protect her sensitive eyes from dust and debris. Owner Karen McGill has made her one of the world’s most influential pets.

16 Jun 2019 - 6:59PM

Born without eyelids and unable to produce tears, Bagel the cat wears sunglasses to protect her sensitive eyes from dust and debris. Owner Karen McGill has made her one of the world’s most influential pets.

Instagram star Sunglass Cat: the social media sensation with 500,000 followers and 600 pairs of shades
From ‘low-carb’ to ‘bad food’: four phrases that make dietitians cringe and distort ideas about eating

Many of the popular phrases used around food and diets are misleading and set us up for unhealthy eating habits. Food experts and dietitians reveal their most hated phrases and why they need to be changed.

15 Jun 2019 - 12:58AM

Many of the popular phrases used around food and diets are misleading and set us up for unhealthy eating habits. Food experts and dietitians reveal their most hated phrases and why they need to be changed.

From ‘low-carb’ to ‘bad food’: four phrases that make dietitians cringe and distort ideas about eating
Why Ali Wong said no to the Smithsonian when it wanted to display her US$8 Baby Cobra dress

Comedian Ali Wong made a name for herself on Netflix with the 2016 stand-up special Baby Cobra. She was seven months pregnant with her daughter during filming, and the baby bump skimming dress Wong wore became a thing.

13 Jun 2019 - 11:44AM

Comedian Ali Wong made a name for herself on Netflix with the 2016 stand-up special Baby Cobra. She was seven months pregnant with her daughter during filming, and the baby bump skimming dress Wong wore became a thing.

Why Ali Wong said no to the Smithsonian when it wanted to display her US$8 Baby Cobra dress
Hand sanitisers: good or bad? Good, say experts, but soap and water is sometimes better

There are many reasons to carry around a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitiser, yet in an era of superbugs and fears about being too clean, is constantly pouring Walch into our palms doing more harm than good?

13 Jun 2019 - 7:51PM

There are many reasons to carry around a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitiser, yet in an era of superbugs and fears about being too clean, is constantly pouring Walch into our palms doing more harm than good?

Hand sanitisers: good or bad? Good, say experts, but soap and water is sometimes better
Ex-Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer sentenced to one day in jail over US college admissions bribery scandal

Judge noted that John Vandemoer had not pocketed bribes for his own gain, said prison term would be deemed already served.

13 Jun 2019 - 6:37AM

Judge noted that John Vandemoer had not pocketed bribes for his own gain, said prison term would be deemed already served.

Ex-Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer sentenced to one day in jail over US college admissions bribery scandal
Chernobyl’s surprise tourism boom on the back of acclaimed HBO series raises uncomfortable questions

How should we commemorate a human-made disaster of the scale of Chernobyl without turning the site that exposed hundreds of thousands to radiation into an adventure theme park?

12 Jun 2019 - 7:35PM

How should we commemorate a human-made disaster of the scale of Chernobyl without turning the site that exposed hundreds of thousands to radiation into an adventure theme park?

Chernobyl’s surprise tourism boom on the back of acclaimed HBO series raises uncomfortable questions
To combat Donald Trump’s stonewalling, House votes to enforce subpoenas against William Barr and former White House counsel Donald McGahn

Resolution empowers House Judiciary Committee to go to court over non-compliance with requests for documents and testimony.

12 Jun 2019 - 7:34PM

Resolution empowers House Judiciary Committee to go to court over non-compliance with requests for documents and testimony.

To combat Donald Trump’s stonewalling, House votes to enforce subpoenas against William Barr and former White House counsel Donald McGahn
Sex offenders in Alabama risk ‘chemical castration’ under governor’s new law

According to local media, the main backer of the law previously tried to pass a bill requiring surgical castration for child molesters.

11 Jun 2019 - 11:03PM

According to local media, the main backer of the law previously tried to pass a bill requiring surgical castration for child molesters.

Sex offenders in Alabama risk ‘chemical castration’ under governor’s new law
‘Back to the Dark Ages’: Vatican says people can’t choose their genders, dismaying LGBT Catholics

Official document released as guide for Catholic educators warns against society ‘without sexual difference’, dismaying LGBT members of the faith.

11 Jun 2019 - 7:11PM

Official document released as guide for Catholic educators warns against society ‘without sexual difference’, dismaying LGBT members of the faith.

‘Back to the Dark Ages’: Vatican says people can’t choose their genders, dismaying LGBT Catholics
Netflix series When They See Us on Central Park Five prompts new backlash against prosecutors

Miniseries from director Ava DuVernay has spawned discussions about racial bias in law enforcement within the US criminal justice system, with prosecutor and author Linda Fairstein in particular coming under fire from viewers.

9 Jun 2019 - 9:30PM

Miniseries from director Ava DuVernay has spawned discussions about racial bias in law enforcement within the US criminal justice system, with prosecutor and author Linda Fairstein in particular coming under fire from viewers.

Netflix series When They See Us on Central Park Five prompts new backlash against prosecutors
China uses ‘Great Firewall’ to block Washington Post, Guardian websites

Newspapers’ sites had until recently been among the few major English-language outlets still regularly accessible in mainland China.

9 Jun 2019 - 11:12PM

Newspapers’ sites had until recently been among the few major English-language outlets still regularly accessible in mainland China.

China uses ‘Great Firewall’ to block Washington Post, Guardian websites
‘Category one insurrection’: US embassies hoist rainbow flags for Pride Month, defying Washington

US State Department has been rejecting requests from diplomats wanting to fly rainbow flags outside mission buildings.

9 Jun 2019 - 6:54AM

US State Department has been rejecting requests from diplomats wanting to fly rainbow flags outside mission buildings.

‘Category one insurrection’: US embassies hoist rainbow flags for Pride Month, defying Washington
US national security under threat due to Huawei ban, technology companies warn Trump administration

Ban may slow research and development and harm US military technology, which relies on fast and capable chips.

8 Jun 2019 - 11:28PM

Ban may slow research and development and harm US military technology, which relies on fast and capable chips.

US national security under threat due to Huawei ban, technology companies warn Trump administration
New York man who plotted deadly Times Square attack arrested after unwittingly sharing details with undercover agent

The 22-year-old Bangladeshi citizen and permanent US resident was said to have talked of using a suicide vest or an AR-15 to kill law enforcement officers.

8 Jun 2019 - 9:28PM

The 22-year-old Bangladeshi citizen and permanent US resident was said to have talked of using a suicide vest or an AR-15 to kill law enforcement officers.

New York man who plotted deadly Times Square attack arrested after unwittingly sharing details with undercover agent
Homophobic attack on London bus leaves two women bloodied

One of the victims said the men were ‘behaving like hooligans’ and demanding they kiss ‘so they could enjoy watching.’

8 Jun 2019 - 1:31AM

One of the victims said the men were ‘behaving like hooligans’ and demanding they kiss ‘so they could enjoy watching.’

Homophobic attack on London bus leaves two women bloodied
How binge-watching is harming your health, from digital eye strain to increased risk of developing a blood clot

Binge-watching television programmes can affect your cardiovascular system, vision, socialisation and sleep patterns, experts say, and can even increase your risk of developing conditions such as deep-vein thrombosis.

8 Jun 2019 - 8:46PM

Binge-watching television programmes can affect your cardiovascular system, vision, socialisation and sleep patterns, experts say, and can even increase your risk of developing conditions such as deep-vein thrombosis.

How binge-watching is harming your health, from digital eye strain to increased risk of developing a blood clot
Author Jean Kwok turns her own family tragedy into moving tale about love, loss and racism

Kwok’s brother Kwan was killed in a 2009 plane crash, and she uses the pain of this experience for her poignant new book Searching for Sylvie Lee. Beautifully written, it also focuses on the hard reality of being an immigrant and a woman in today’s world.

7 Jun 2019 - 12:15PM

Kwok’s brother Kwan was killed in a 2009 plane crash, and she uses the pain of this experience for her poignant new book Searching for Sylvie Lee. Beautifully written, it also focuses on the hard reality of being an immigrant and a woman in today’s world.

Author Jean Kwok turns her own family tragedy into moving tale about love, loss and racism
New York surgeons find tapeworm in Rachel Palma’s brain during search for cancerous tumour

Patient said she was ‘grossed out’, adding she had long been suffering from hallucinations, insomnia and, when managing to sleep, nightmares.

7 Jun 2019 - 11:40AM

Patient said she was ‘grossed out’, adding she had long been suffering from hallucinations, insomnia and, when managing to sleep, nightmares.

New York surgeons find tapeworm in Rachel Palma’s brain during search for cancerous tumour
50 years after the Stonewall gay bar raid, New York City’s police commissioner apologises, says action taken was ‘wrong, plain and simple’

Following the raid in 1969, a riot broke out between bar patrons and police – an event which helped to spark the modern gay rights movement.

7 Jun 2019 - 5:06AM

Following the raid in 1969, a riot broke out between bar patrons and police – an event which helped to spark the modern gay rights movement.

50 years after the Stonewall gay bar raid, New York City’s police commissioner apologises, says action taken was ‘wrong, plain and simple’
‘The Chinese are coming’: former Pentagon chief says US is in danger of losing arms technology race to Beijing

Robert Work, former deputy US defence secretary, paints picture of ‘deliberate, patient and robustly resourced’ adversary wearing Washington’s military advantage down.

6 Jun 2019 - 11:30PM

Robert Work, former deputy US defence secretary, paints picture of ‘deliberate, patient and robustly resourced’ adversary wearing Washington’s military advantage down.

‘The Chinese are coming’: former Pentagon chief says US is in danger of losing arms technology race to Beijing
Vegetarian and vegan cats, dogs: is it healthy for them? What’s good for humans may not be for pets

More than a third of pet owners in English-speaking countries have considered putting their pets on plant-based diets, new study reveals. But for cats, who are “true” carnivores, they can only get certain vitamins from meat sources, say animal nutritionists.

5 Jun 2019 - 7:08PM

More than a third of pet owners in English-speaking countries have considered putting their pets on plant-based diets, new study reveals. But for cats, who are “true” carnivores, they can only get certain vitamins from meat sources, say animal nutritionists.

Vegetarian and vegan cats, dogs: is it healthy for them? What’s good for humans may not be for pets
Landmark Canada probe calls murder and disappearance of indigenous women ‘genocide’

After two and a half years of hearings, a Canadian inquiry released its final report on the disappearance and death of hundreds, if not thousands of indigenous women, victims of endemic violence it controversially said amounted to ‘genocide’.

4 Jun 2019 - 7:02PM

After two and a half years of hearings, a Canadian inquiry released its final report on the disappearance and death of hundreds, if not thousands of indigenous women, victims of endemic violence it controversially said amounted to ‘genocide’.

Landmark Canada probe calls murder and disappearance of indigenous women ‘genocide’
The best romance novels for summer: these binge-worthy series are guaranteed to fuel your addiction this season

Even if you’re not headed to a sandy, sunny or soothing location, you can craft your own private and portable literary holiday with a great book. Here are some of the best romance novel series you should be packing this year.

4 Jun 2019 - 3:18AM

Even if you’re not headed to a sandy, sunny or soothing location, you can craft your own private and portable literary holiday with a great book. Here are some of the best romance novel series you should be packing this year.

The best romance novels for summer: these binge-worthy series are guaranteed to fuel your addiction this season
How Keanu Reeves helps Randall Park and Ali Wong find love in Always Be My Maybe

Asian Americans Park and Wong have long wanted to do a version of rom-com classic When Harry Met Sally. The Netflix movie, which the close friends co-wrote, stars Keanu Reeves as an outlandish parody of himself.

3 Jun 2019 - 7:45PM

Asian Americans Park and Wong have long wanted to do a version of rom-com classic When Harry Met Sally. The Netflix movie, which the close friends co-wrote, stars Keanu Reeves as an outlandish parody of himself.

How Keanu Reeves helps Randall Park and Ali Wong find love in Always Be My Maybe
Climber scales Mount Everest in two weeks, a feat that often takes two months. Here’s how she did it

Californian prepared for ‘lightning ascent’ for three years – working and sleeping in an oxygen-deprived chamber and tent that simulated high altitude. She thinks a long stay in high mountains makes you weak and risks illness.

1 Jun 2019 - 7:00PM

Californian prepared for ‘lightning ascent’ for three years – working and sleeping in an oxygen-deprived chamber and tent that simulated high altitude. She thinks a long stay in high mountains makes you weak and risks illness.

Climber scales Mount Everest in two weeks, a feat that often takes two months. Here’s how she did it
Former Tehran mayor Mohammed Ali Najafi reveals he killed his wife, Mitra Ostad, in bizarre confession on Iranian state TV

Iranians enraged over hands-off reaction by police, as Mohammed Ali Najafi is seen being warmly greeted by officers, then sipping tea in commander’s office.

30 May 2019 - 5:54AM

Iranians enraged over hands-off reaction by police, as Mohammed Ali Najafi is seen being warmly greeted by officers, then sipping tea in commander’s office.

Former Tehran mayor Mohammed Ali Najafi reveals he killed his wife, Mitra Ostad, in bizarre confession on Iranian state TV
How US teen Mark Lindblom sneaked past Secret Service and got into Mar-a-Lago – while Donald Trump was there

Mark Lindblom was sentenced to a year of probation and a US$25 fine after prosecutors acknowledged he had no ill intent.

30 May 2019 - 4:05AM

Mark Lindblom was sentenced to a year of probation and a US$25 fine after prosecutors acknowledged he had no ill intent.

How US teen Mark Lindblom sneaked past Secret Service and got into Mar-a-Lago – while Donald Trump was there
Nancy Pelosi is a fierce fashion icon in US politics (whether she likes it or not) – ‘it evokes strength’

While the speaker of the US House of Representatives may not acknowledge it, the 79-year-old’s safe yet well-cut choices do convey a message of strength and authority.

29 May 2019 - 8:30PM

While the speaker of the US House of Representatives may not acknowledge it, the 79-year-old’s safe yet well-cut choices do convey a message of strength and authority.

Nancy Pelosi is a fierce fashion icon in US politics (whether she likes it or not) – ‘it evokes strength’