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Why many women in India refuse water during a heatwave

<b>The sun is at its peak, the heat in the high 40s Celsius.</b><p>In an urban slum in India's capital Delhi, Mona [not her real name] deliberately avoids drinking water. She is fearful it will make her need to urinate.<p>"Sometimes, I drink less water because the spot we use to go to the toilet in the open is …

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Why it pays to be a big fish in a small pond

Surrounding yourself with talented individuals can sometimes backfire – as some intriguing studies of top athletes show.<p>Watching nail-biting sports dramas play out this summer, you may struggle to see any parallel with your own career.<p>What could a teacher, lawyer or engineer possibly learn from …

National University of Singapore

This Is What It Feels Like When the Teenage Dream Looks Like You

As I exited my middle school years and faced the frequently-fictionalized but never-not-daunting prospect of high school, I decided that ABC, the television network, was trying to ruin my life. First, in 1989, they premiered the television show <i>Family Matters</i>, which would provide a vehicle for the …

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Who is your friend? Bursting social-class bubbles

January 21, 2018 5:00 AM<br>Is it true that Singaporeans do not mix across social class, as an Institute of Policy Studies report says? Insight …

Primary school vice-principal accused of committing sexual acts on underage boy

SINGAPORE - A man who was the vice-principal of a primary school in the north-eastern part of Singapore has been hauled to court for allegedly …

YouTuber becomes mayor of US town, bans straight people and gets impeached

<b>A YouTuber became mayor of a US town, banned heterosexuality and was then impeached, all in the same day.</b><p>Elijah Daniel says he spent two days phoning US towns asking to be their mayor before finding an easy route in a town called Hell.<p>He says he was inspired to move from making videos online to …

Healthy versions of desserts mean you can treat yourself with less guilt

Most people find it hard to resist sweet treats despite the excessive sugar and unhealthy saturated fats and calories they contain. The reason for …

Singaporean photographer opens up about harrowing jail time in Abu Dhabi

What was supposed to be a joyous holiday for Muhammad Fadli Abdul Rahman in Abu Dhabi turned out to be a harrowing experience for the Singaporean …

Singaporean boat captain detained in Indonesia speaks of ordeal

SINGAPORE: While on a fishing trip in April last year, boat captain Shoo Chiau Huat's GPS showed that he was in the South China Sea - nothing out of …

Changing styles: New book documents school uniforms in Singapore

SINGAPORE: A new book documenting the school uniforms, badges and mottos of secondary school uniforms has been published – the first such collection …

Did antidepressants help make this man a mass-murderer?

<b>James Holmes, a young man with no record of violence, murdered 12 people watching Batman in a Colorado cinema in 2012. Did an SSRI antidepressant, prescribed by a doctor, play a part in the killings?</b>

Trying the Hadza hunter-gatherer berry and porcupine diet

<b>The Hadza are one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes in the world. It's thought they've lived on the same land in northern Tanzania, eating berries, tubers and 30 different mammals for 40,000 years. The BBC's Dan Saladino went to watch them foraging and hunting, and to ask whether their</b> …

An untranslatable word for pure joy

A Tagalog word describes how many feel in the presence of overwhelming cuteness – but ‘gigil’ is a term largely unknown outside of the Philippines.<p>Maybe it’s an adorable baby that causes it. Or a puppy taking her master for a walk down the street. Or a cat video that you just can’t help but share …

'I couldn't talk about having an eating disorder'

<b>A 24-year-old man is hoping that by speaking about his experience of suffering from bulimia, it will encourage other Asian men in a similar situation to seek help.</b><p>Priyesh Vyas has successfully applied to be an ambassador for the eating-disorders charity Beat.<p>He is the first Asian male to take on …

International ref Nigel Owens' ongoing bulimia battle

<b>Rugby union referee Nigel Owens reveals his struggle with eating disorder bulimia nervosa is not over and remains an ongoing battle.</b><p>There have been a number of 'firsts' in my life.<p>As a referee in world-class rugby, one of the most macho sports on the planet, I was the first in the sport to come out …

Bulimia brains 'use food to avoid negative thoughts'

<b>The brains of women with bulimia react differently to food under stress than other women's brains, psychologists have discovered.</b><p>In a small study, US researchers found decreased blood flow in bulimic women to a part of the brain involved in self-critical thinking.<p>This supports the idea they may be …

Is Southend High School for Girls England's most gay-friendly school?

By Kat Collins <i>Newsbeat reporter in Essex</i><p><b>Around 45% of pupils in Britain have been bullied for being gay, according to a study commissioned by gay rights charity Stonewall and carried out by the University of Cambridge.</b><p>But that's down from 55% in 2012.<p>And the use of homophobic language has also …

'I kept my daughter's body at home for three weeks'

<b>When nine-year-old Niamh died, her mother, Gilli Davidson, knew how she wanted to say goodbye - and her local funeral director made it possible.</b><p>Niamh Storey Davidson was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour - a rare kidney cancer affecting children - when she was six.<p>For nearly three years she endured …

The secret photo stash of a young IS fighter

<b>The bodies of three young IS militants lay dead on the banks of the river Tigris. They left behind photos and documents which reveal the extraordinary story of their private lives.</b>

She was the town’s leading heroin dealer. She was 19 years old

In West Virginia, a young woman and a privileged physician lived very different lives. But they shared a crushing addiction<p>Breanne McUlty knew about Dr Rajan Masih long before she met him.<p>McUlty was still a teenager, hooked on whiskey and methamphetamine and soon to be dealing heroin, when she …

‘We didn’t recognise that he was dangerous’: our father killed our mother and sister

Last summer, Lance Hart shot dead his wife, daughter and himself, four days after the family had left him. His sons talk frankly about life before and after<p>On a warm summer day last July, Claire Hart and her 19-year-old daughter Charlotte went for an early morning swim at their local leisure centre …

Moonlight’s writer Tarell Alvin McCraney: 'the story needed to be out there'

As his film goes head to head with La La Land for Oscar glory, the playwright tells how growing up in the Miami projects inspired his view of America<p>There have been a few moments in his life, Tarell Alvin McCraney tells me, when he has felt like he’s hit the clock in a game of chess, and stopped …

A girl says her short hair got her soccer team disqualified — so her teammates grabbed scissors

Mili Hernandez has short but poignant answers for the myriad questions she’s been receiving this week about her hair.<p>Why does the 8-year-old from Nebraska keep her locks trimmed to a not-quite pixie cut? It stays out of her face during a match, she told the Omaha World-Herald.<p>And why did her …

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Eddie Maher: How I took my family on the run for 19 years

<b>Five years ago a woman walked into a police station in Ozark, Missouri, and claimed her father-in-law was a British fugitive. It was the end of the road for Eddie Maher, who had been on the run - with wife and children in tow - for 19 years. How did one of the UK's most wanted men evade capture for</b> …

Mexican Tarahumara woman wins 50km race wearing sandals

<b>A 22-year-old woman from Mexico's Tarahumara indigenous community has won a 50km (31 miles) ultramarathon wearing sandals.</b><p>María Lorena Ramírez defeated 500 other runners from 12 countries in the female category of the Ultra Trail Cerro Rojo in Puebla, in central Mexico.<p>She ran without any …

Isdal Woman: The mystery death haunting Norway for 46 years

<b>It's a mystery that has intrigued Norway for nearly 50 years.</b><p>In November 1970, the badly burnt body of a woman was found in a remote spot in Norway's Isdalen valley.<p>Someone had cut the labels off her clothes, and scraped distinctive marks off her belongings - as if to stop her from being identified.<p>…

Burns victim breastfeeds child despite pain to give hope to other young mums

By Del Crookes <i>Newsbeat reporter</i><p><b>A burns victim who's breastfeeding her second child despite the pain, says she's doing it to give hope to other young mums.</b><p>Schamica Stevenson, 34, was badly burned at the age of two, in a house fire in the US state of Michigan.<p>She didn't breastfeed her first child but …

Syria war: Refugee who fled Homs with violin releases album

Rami's journey covered eight countries in the Middle East and Europe<p><b>A Syrian refugee who fled the fighting in his country carrying a violin on his back is to have an album released by a major record label.</b><p>Rami, 21, was a music student and left the city of Homs in 2015. He now lives in Germany, …

Why 14 black male Cambridge students posed for this photo

<b>"Young black men don't grow up thinking they'll make it here. They should."</b><p>This was the intended message behind a photo of 14 black male students from Cambridge University that has been liked more than 2,000 times on Facebook.<p>The group posed for several images that were shared in a bid to encourage …

Free meals for insulted taxi drivers in Singapore

<b>A restaurant owner in Singapore who angered many by flaunting his wealth at a taxi driver is making amends by offering cabbies a free meal at his restaurants for one day.</b><p>Gary Lim, who owns two restaurants in the city state, is said to have tried to pay for a S$12.45 taxi ride with a thousand-dollar …