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At Dracula's castle in Romania, people queue up for COVID-19 vaccine shots and house tours
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At Dracula's castle in Romania, people queue up for COVID-19 vaccine shots and house tours

Those brave enough to get a Pfizer vaccine shot receive a “vaccination diploma,” which is aptly illustrated with a fanged medical worker brandishing a syringe.

What a century-old sex trafficking case in New Zealand reveals about modern exploitation and justice
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What a century-old sex trafficking case in New Zealand reveals about modern exploitation and justice

We’ve all read stories of women who were coerced and abused in the sex industry. They pepper our newspapers, televisions and films – and Lydia Harvey’s story is no different. She was abused, confined against her will and never saw a penny of the money she earned selling sex.

From population to daily life, new research offers clues about how medieval Cambodia's Angkor Empire grew over time
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From population to daily life, new research offers clues about how medieval Cambodia's Angkor Empire grew over time

Research suggests that this settlement may have been home to between 700,000 and 900,000 people at its height in the 13th century.

Nepalese Sherpa guide Kami Rita scales Mt Everest for the 25th time, breaking his own previous record
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Nepalese Sherpa guide Kami Rita scales Mt Everest for the 25th time, breaking his own previous record

Nepal has issued climbing permits this year to 408 foreign climbers despite a surging COVID-19 outbreak.

As Bodice turns 10, designer Ruchika Sachdeva shares her approach to luxury and the design process
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As Bodice turns 10, designer Ruchika Sachdeva shares her approach to luxury and the design process

In a country where high-end fashion is largely associated with occasion wear, Sachdeva offers an alternate approach to luxury: stripping off ornamentation to focus on pain-staking construction and harnessing Indian artisanal techniques to create utilitarian, comfortable garments that can be worn forever.

Dubai's luxury real estate market sees unprecedented surge in sales as the world's rich flee pandemic, find new homes
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Dubai's luxury real estate market sees unprecedented surge in sales as the world's rich flee pandemic, find new homes

As vaccines roll out unevenly worldwide and waves of infections force countries to extend restrictions, foreign buyers flush with cash have flooded Dubai’s high-end property market, one of the few places in the world where they can dine, shop and do business in person.

How India's small, homegrown fashion brands are stepping up to raise essential funds for COVID-19 relief efforts
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How India's small, homegrown fashion brands are stepping up to raise essential funds for COVID-19 relief efforts

From amplifying COVID-relief resources for oxygen, ICU beds, plasma, and medicine on Instagram to donating up to 100 percent of their sales to organisations working on the ground to provide aid to those affected, fashion is positioned to help.

An Oral History of the COVID-19 Crisis: 'Was shocked when a person demanded Rs 1 lakh for plasma'
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An Oral History of the COVID-19 Crisis: 'Was shocked when a person demanded Rs 1 lakh for plasma'

This account is part of Firstpost’s Oral History Project of the COVID-19 Crisis in India. The Oral History Project aims to be an ongoing compendium of individual experiences of the pandemic, with a focus on one significant day in our respondents’ lives during this time.

For some Black parents, remote learning presents opportunity to shield children from racism, hold schools accountable
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For some Black parents, remote learning presents opportunity to shield children from racism, hold schools accountable

Even before the pandemic, concerns about racially hostile environments contributed to large numbers of Black parents turning to homeschooling.

On the legitimacy of pop psychology: Lack of scientific basis should prompt dismissal of subject, not snobbery
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On the legitimacy of pop psychology: Lack of scientific basis should prompt dismissal of subject, not snobbery

In a bid to popularise psychology, the past half century has seen books written for the public published at an accelerating rate, bolstered by countless blogs, podcasts, magazines, TED talks and videos.

How Rahul Mishra applied his doctrines of mindful luxury to the fully sustainable home he's building in Uttarakhand
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How Rahul Mishra applied his doctrines of mindful luxury to the fully sustainable home he's building in Uttarakhand

What really makes Mishra stand out is his Gandhian philosophy: India belongs in its villages. His high-fashion brand is built on the belief system of supporting villages and their ways of living.

Why eating insects is becoming increasingly popular as a sustainable way of consuming proteins, micronutrients
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Why eating insects is becoming increasingly popular as a sustainable way of consuming proteins, micronutrients

In many countries, there is now a growing appreciation of insects as food and feed. In India too, efforts are being made to create awareness and popularise entomophagy.

Bavarian officials cancel Oktoberfest for second year in a row due to concerns over spread of COVID-19
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Bavarian officials cancel Oktoberfest for second year in a row due to concerns over spread of COVID-19

Germany is in the middle of a coronavirus lockdown that includes a ban on large gatherings, with an infection rate of 146.9 new weekly infections per 100,000 residents.

Amsterdam mulls new tourism measures to protect locals as COVID-19 keeps away boisterous travellers
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Amsterdam mulls new tourism measures to protect locals as COVID-19 keeps away boisterous travellers

Amsterdam has been trying to navigate a conundrum for years: how to embrace its status as a vibrant, international hub without making the city unlivable for its residents — and without letting go of its famous, free-spirited roots.

COVID-19 crisis' toll on mental, menstrual health raises challenges in treating conditions like PMDD, and greater awareness
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COVID-19 crisis' toll on mental, menstrual health raises challenges in treating conditions like PMDD, and greater awareness

Often dismissed as being “part and parcel of being a woman” or simply brushed aside as being “just PMS”, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) lies at the intersection of two deeply stigmatised issues in India — menstruation and mental health.