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Hit by rampant speculation and a collapse in production following cyclone Enawo, the price of vanilla -- Madagascar's largest export -- has surged in recent months.

Bell tolls for Big Ben as four-year silence begins

London landmark Big Ben fell silent for four years in front of a reverential crowd on Monday amid an outcry over the temporary loss of a cherished symbol of stability at a time of national uncertainty.

World's largest samosa record smashed in London

The world record for the largest samosa was smashed in London on Tuesday by a whopping version of the popular Asian snack weighing in at 153.1 (337.5 pounds) kilogrammes.

Barcelona, Spain's tourism magnet, hopes attacks won't dent appeal

A tourist magnet in Spain, adored for its beaches and architecture, Barcelona is working to reassure future visitors in the hope that last week's bloody rampage won't impact a key sector for its economy.

Mass flight cancellations in Hong Kong as Typhoon Hato approaches

Widespread flight cancellations were set to bring chaos to Hong Kong's busy international airport as Typhoon Hato churns towards the city Tuesday.

Girl meets boy: Taiwan's tribal matchmaking festival

As night falls on a square in the village of Matai'an, young women cast critical eyes over a dancing circle of men in embroidered skirts and feathered head dresses as part of an ancient match-making ritual.

In Chinese community, one-night stands are getting old

Nimble after years of practice, Trinley Norbu is used to hoisting himself three stories up the side of a stone house and through the window for a one-night stand in his southwest China community.

Innovation for safe transport and storage of medication

A new health innovation has been launched. Called LifeinaBox, it is the world’s smallest fridge, for the safe transport and storage of medication.

Qatar denies blocking Saudi hajj pilgrimage flights

Qatar on Monday denied it had banned Saudi Arabian flights from landing in the emirate to transport Muslim pilgrims to Mecca, after an accusation by authorities in Riyadh.

Chimes of the times: UK frets over Big Ben silence as Brexit looms

London landmark Big Ben will fall silent for four years from Monday as a political revolt rumbles on over renovations that will rob Britain of a cherished symbol at a time of national uncertainty.

New Type 2 diabetes medication shows much promise

The global pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk has announced that its new drug semaglutide had reduced blood glucose levels and lowered body weight to a statistically significant degree more than those treated with the competing drug dulaglutide.

Colombians combat stress with 'Day of Laziness'

Colombians in the city of Itagui hauled mattresses and hammocks into the streets Sunday to mark the annual "World Laziness Day," a quirky effort to urge overstressed workers to slow down.

Saudi says Qatar blocks planes from transporting pilgrims

Qatar has blocked Saudi planes from transporting hajj pilgrims, Saudi state media said Sunday, after Riyadh reopened the border despite a major diplomatic crisis roiling the Gulf.

Saudi says Qatar blocks planes from transporting pilgrims

Saudi Arabia on Sunday said Qatar had refused to allow its planes to land in Doha to transport Qatari Muslims to Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Low-cost prostheses offer Indian amputees a second chance

Vishnu Kumar had barely reached adulthood when he lost his limbs in a freak electrical accident, seemingly condemning him to the life of penury endured by millions of amputees in India.

New wearable predicts if you’re getting flu

A new type of wearable thermometer allows researchers to gather data to make predictions of seasonal influenza outbreaks. The device sends data to the Thermia online health educational tool.

Turkmenistan bans alcohol ahead of flagship sporting event

Reclusive Turkmenistan has banned sales of alcohol until October to ensure "public order" ahead of a key sporting event the country is hosting next month, an official in the trade ministry told AFP Saturday.

Meet Susan Holland: Executive Director of Cancer Schmancer Special

Susan Holland, Executive Director of Cancer Schmancer, the nonprofit organization founded by Fran Drescher, chatted with Digital Journal about the success of the 2017 Cancer Schmancer Cruise, and her future plans with the charity.

Telemedicine or in-person care for Parkinson's Disease?

Telemedicine has supporters and critics, with some championing the ease of access from digital healthcare provision; whereas others argue in favor of direct medical contact. A new study comes down on the side of telemedicine for Parkinson's disease.

Brief tourism impact from Spain attacks: experts

The attacks in Catalonia may hit tourist numbers, but the recent experience of other European countries hit by jihadist violence suggests it will likely be brief, industry experts said.

Actress Charlize Theron dreams of AIDS-free S.Africa

Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Charlize Theron hopes to create an AIDS-free generation in her home country South Africa which has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world.

Why a few drops of water make whisky taste better

Ignore the snobs, because most experts agree: a few drops of water enhance the taste of whiskies, from well-rounded blends to peat bombs redolent of smoke, tobacco and leather. The only real question is, why is this true?

Melbourne retains world's most liveable city crown

Melbourne has topped a list of the world's most liveable city for the seventh year running but terrorism and diplomatic tensions are eroding living conditions worldwide, an annual report from the Economist has found.

Australian researchers in peanut allergy breakthrough

Australian researchers have reported a major breakthrough in the relief of deadly peanut allergy with the discovery of a long-lasting treatment they say offers hope that a cure will soon be possible.

Packed with tourists, Ibiza struggles to house locals

Gabriel Alberto Andrade has lived in a van for a year, unable to pay for a home in Spain's Ibiza where rental prices have shot up as mass tourism takes its toll on locals.

Fed up with mass tourism, Europe's hotspots take away the welcome mat

"Never again a summer like this": Exasperated with the hordes of visitors they blame for making their city unliveable, Barcelona residents have risen in protest.

Review: Dr. Ziva Flamhaft amazing on bold new memoir 'War Widow' Special

Professor Ziva Bakman-Flamhaft is back with her new book, "War Widow: How the Six Day War Changed My Life A Memoir," and it is very compelling.

Automation of hospital services using cloud based technology

Automation can lead to considerable efficiencies, assisting staff and reducing errors. One area that can benefit is hospitals and medical transport providers. A new platform developed by Acuity Link offers solutions.

Transgender 'bathroom bill' collapses in Texas

Rights activists celebrated Wednesday the collapse of legislation to restrict transgender people's use of bathrooms in Texas, but proponents on both sides of the bitter divide warned the battle was far from over.

Grace Mugabe claims diplomatic immunity in S.Africa assault case

Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe has claimed diplomatic immunity after being accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model, South African police said Wednesday, confirming she had not fled the country.

French baker jailed in China over out-of-date flour: family

A French baker has been arrested and jailed in China after being accused of using out-of-date flour by health inspectors and police, his family said Wednesday as they publicised a campaign to free him.

Venezuela becoming pariah for airlines

Jeanne Costes was stranded in Caracas for nearly a week, one of thousands of people affected by a withdrawal of foreign airlines balking at Venezuela's unrest and collapsing economy.

Hungary pulls tainted egg products from shelves

Hungary on Tuesday became the latest European country to withdraw egg products imported from Germany containing the insecticide fipronil.

Healthcare providers are looking to digital prescribing

Obtaining prescriptions for medications can be a long, drawn-out experience. This process can be made faster, especially for repeat prescriptions, using digital prescribing.

Visitors flock to Belgium's giant omelette festival despite scandal

About a thousand people flocked to the small Belgian town of Malmedy on Tuesday to eat a giant omelette made of 6,500 eggs, despite the country being at the centre of a scandal involving tainted eggs.

Turkey agrees extra holidays to boost tourism

The Turkish government on Tuesday extended upcoming public holidays to 10 days in the hope of boosting the tourism sector which has been hit by a slump in foreign visitors.

Ryanair calls for curbs to alcohol sales at UK airports

Ryanair on Monday called for British airports to impose a two-drink limit on passsengers and end boozing at breakfast time to help curb a rise in rowdy passengers.

Health Crisis — Alcohol use disorders in U.S. jump 50 percent

Americans are drinking more, a lot more, according to a study sponsored by a federal agency for alcohol research. The prevalence of alcohol abuse disorders has risen nearly 50 percent, creating a public health crisis.

Britain's Big Ben to fall silent for four years

Britain's much-loved Big Ben will fall silent for four years from next week as conservation work is carried out on the famous 19th century bell in a clock tower next to the Houses of Parliament.

After desperate bid to save daughter, father seeks 'truth' about Indian hospital

Mohammad Zahid battled exhaustion to keep a manual pump pushing air into his five-year-old daughter but slowly the life went out of Khushi, one of dozens of children who died at a Gorakhpur hospital that ran out of oxygen.

New cognitive hearing aid filters out noise

Columbia Engineering researchers have developed a cognitive hearing aid that can filter out the background noise to enable those with a hearing impairment to focus more fully on the person immediately talking to them.
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