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Eighty-two-year-old DJ thrills crowds on Tokyo’s club scene

By Mayu Yoshida TOKYO, April 11 – By day, Sumiko Iwamuro runs a Chinese restaurant, where she has worked for six decades making “gyoza” dumplings, while by night, she spins records at Tokyo clubs under the moniker DJ Sumirock. But the juggling of long days and frenzied nights is not the most inspiring thing about Iwamuro. She is also 82 years old. Japan is known for its ageing demographic, with people aged 65 and above making up 26.6 percent of the population in 2015. A prime example of an active senior, Iwamuro plays to crowds mostly 60 years younger...

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Runners brave cold and snow for North Pole marathon

April 11 – Wrapped warmly against the cold, a group of runners set off for the barren white landscape for one very cool race – the North Pole Marathon. Some 50 running enthusiasts from around the world braved harsh conditions for Saturday’s 42.2-km (26.2 miles) race on the frozen ice of the Arctic Ocean, staged at the Barneo Ice Camp. Wearing balaclavas, goggles, gloves and layers of thermal clothing, participants had to complete 12 laps of a course lined with markers. A refreshment tent was on hand for those needing hot drinks, snacks and to warm up. As well...

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United Airlines under fire after passenger dragged from plane; officer put on leave

By Alana Wise NEW YORK, April 11 – United Airlines sparked outrage on Monday for the treatment of a passenger who was physically dragged off a plane the airline had overbooked, and one of the security officers involved in the incident was placed on leave pending an investigation. Videos posted online by other passengers showed a man screaming as officers yanked him from his seat on United Flight 3411 before it departed from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Louisville, Kentucky, on Sunday. The man, who appeared to be Asian, was seen being dragged down the aisle on his back...

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May suggests free movement could continue during Brexit implementation – BBC

LONDON, April 5 – Prime Minister Theresa May has not ruled out allowing the free movement of people between Britain and the European Union during “an implementation phase” after Britain leaves the bloc, the BBC reported on Wednesday. May, who triggered the formal divorce procedure with the European Union last week, has said she expects some kind of implementation phase, or transitional agreement, after two years of talks with the bloc. She has offered few details on how an implementation phase would operate, but if Britain wants to keep the status quo before finalising a deal, it will have...

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Cousin of Pakistan’s first Nobel laureate killed in sectarian attack

By Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD, March 30 – A prominent member of Pakistan’s minority Ahmadi community and relative of its first Nobel Prize winner was gunned down on Thursday in an attack claimed by banned militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Malik Saleem Latif, a cousin of Abdus Salam, who shared the physics prize in 1979, was shot just yards from his home in the town of Nankana, near Lahore in the southern province of Punjab, said Saleemuddin, a spokesman for the Ahmadi community. Latif was riding his motorbike to work with his son when a gunman opened fire, said Saleemuddin, who goes...

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Vice Media takes its edgy journalism to the Middle East

By Alexander Cornwell DUBAI, March 30 – Vice Media is bringing its edgy style of journalism to the Middle East to tap what it believes is an underserved market of young, digital hungry consumers. Vice announced its arrival with a party on Wednesday at the glitzy Armani Hotel in the world’s tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, the global trade hub where the New York-based company will set up its regional headquarters. Vice reckons the region’s youthful population coupled with some of the highest smartphone penetration rates in the world in countries such as Saudi Arabia and the...

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Apparently, you can now buy high heels for babies

High heels are painful enough for women, now we need them for babies too? Philadelphia company Pee Wee Pumps apparently has no issues selling high heels for babies as if it is a completely normal thing. When you go to the website now, you can see a collection of highly discounted baby high heels, so who knows, perhaps some of the pressure is getting to them. Baby high heels – a phenomenon seemingly no one likes. The comments on the video have been filled with outrage, and they are not stopped by the fact that the shoe’s heel is soft....

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UAE coach Ali quits after Australia defeat

By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, March 28 – United Arab Emirates coach Mahdi Ali resigned on Tuesday after a loss to Australia dealt an all but fatal blow to the country’s chances of reaching next year’s World Cup in Russia. Ali, who led the UAE to a third-place finish at the Asian Cup in 2015, called time on a highly successful stint in charge of his country in the wake of the 2-0 defeat by the Socceroos in Group B of Asian qualifying. The loss left the Emiratis, who had started their campaign with a stunning victory away to Japan,...

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EU Commission to give free travel to up to 7,000 young Europeans

By Farah Salhi BRUSSELS, March 27 – The European Commission said on Monday it would give free international trips to up to 7,000 school students, stopping far short of a call by the European Parliament to hand InterRail tickets to all the EU’s 5.4 million 18-year-olds. The Commission said it had earmarked 2.5 million euros ($2.7 million) to offer an initial 5,000 young people the chance to visit another European country. The Parliament last year passed a resolution calling for all 18-year-olds to be given free InterRail tickets, which, typically, are month-long passes allowing young people to travel across...

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