Forest walks promoted by the Duchess of Cambridge should be prescribed on the NHS, experts claim – The Sun

TRENDY forest walks promoted by the Duchess of Cambridge should be prescribed on the NHS, experts say. The Woodland Trust said hugging trees, listening to bird song and kicking through leaves can boost mental health. So-called “forest bathing” was the inspiration for Kate’s woodland garden at the Chelsea Flower Show last month. It stems from the Japanese art of shinrin-yoku, […]

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U.S. believes Russia conducting low-level nuclear tests: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States believes Russia may be conducting low-level nuclear testing in violation of a moratorium on such tests, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency said on Wednesday. “The United States believes that Russia probably is not adhering to its nuclear testing moratorium in a manner consistent with the ‘zero-yield’ standard,” Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley […]

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Small used cars are the most dangerous, study finds

A new study suggests bigger is better when it comes to car safety. Online automotive marketplace and research outfit iseecars.com took fatal accident reports from NHTSA covering 2013 to 2017 models and combined them with information from its used car sales database to come up with a ranked list of vehicles with the most occupant fatalities per billion miles driven. […]

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Berlin: We're not reducing number of embassy staffers in Iraq for now

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany is keeping the number of staff at its embassy and consulate in Iraq constant for now, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday after Washington ordered the departure of non-emergency government employees from Iraq. Washington took that step after repeated U.S. expressions of concern about threats from Iranian-backed forces. A German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said the German […]

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Duterte consolidates rule as daughter Sara the ‘real winner’

Manila: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's allies look set to win all seats in a key mid-term Senate election, shutting out the opposition in a resounding show of public support for the maverick leader. According to Tuesday's unofficial results, candidates from a coalition slate endorsed by Duterte held all the top spots for the 12 available seats in the 24-seat Senate, […]

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Detroit Red Wings name Steve Yzerman as new general manager

The Captain is coming home. Hockey Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman was named general manager of the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, returning to the franchise where he was part of three Stanley Cup championship teams and a captain for a league-record 20 seasons. “I’m extremely excited to be back in Detroit,” Yzerman said at a packed news conference at […]

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BRIAN VINER: Red Joan was the USSR’s most unlikely spy

BRIAN VINER: She was the USSR’s most unlikely spy, so what a shame the trite and dreary drama Red Joan omits the full truth about the granny who came in from the cold Red Joan (12A) Verdict: Bridge of Spies it ain’t Rating: Greta (15) Verdict: Silly, unthrilling thriller Rating: Red Joan is a dishonest film with a dishonest title. […]

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Iraq parliament bans online battle games, citing 'negative' influence

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s parliament voted on Wednesday to ban popular online video games including PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, citing their “negative” influence especially on the young in a country long plagued by real-life bloodshed. Iraq held its first election in 2018 after years of devastating factional violence. Islamic State militants held wide swathes of the country for three years […]

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