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“Shines with the colour of pearls”: Myanmar’s trade in human hair booms

A woman sells her hair at Insein hair market in Yangon, Myanmar, June 18, 2018.

Hair helps to pay the rent for Za Za Lin, whose eyes filled with tears as her long black mane was combed, cut, and untangled by practised hands at a roadside market stall in Myanmar’s commercial hub of Yangon.

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05.11.2018 | 13:10

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Africa must tackle birth control ‘taboo’

African countries must cut their booming birth rate and provide secure jobs for young people or risk a rise in conflict and militant groups, Sudanese billionaire philanthropist Mo Ibrahim warned on Monday (29/10).

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02.11.2018 | 14:31

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‘Grey is the new pink’ — Moments of ageing

Frankfurt’s Museum of World Cultures shows evolving perceptions of ageing around the world. The multi-media exhibition “Grey is the New Pink — Moments of Ageing” suggests that there is no universal definition.

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25.10.2018 | 14:28

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‘Veiled, Unveiled: The headscarf’ uncovers head coverings

In much of the Western world today, the word headscarf is often automatically associated with those worn by women for religious reasons, especially Muslim women. Yet the idea and practice of covering one’s head with cloth transcends religious, cultural and geographic categories. The show “Veiled, Unveiled! The Headscarf” at Vienna’s Weltmuseum (World Museum) puts headscarf diversity on display.

Date

17.10.2018 | 11:54

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Truly, madly, deeply into books

Hoda Marmar is the administrator of the popular bilingual “Bookoholics” group in Beirut, which recently celebrated its sixth anniversary and which has, in those six years, discussed 125 books in Arabic and English.

Date

29.09.2018 | 11:34

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Modest: ‘Contemporary Muslim Fashions’ on show

An exhibition at the de Young museum in San Francisco is trying to lift the prejudices surrounding fashion for Muslim women. Modern yet modest.

Date

25.09.2018 | 12:00

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Mosulʹs cultural comeback

Iraqi youth and elders browse a book display at a festival titled “I am Iraqi.. I read” at a park in Mossul in the first event of its kind after the city was retaken from IS militants (source: Rudaw English; Twitter)

Music is back in Mosul, as are books and paintings. With Islamic State gone, locals are enjoying their newfound freedom and embracing culture. Will it last? Judit Neurink reports from Mosul

Date

25.09.2018 | 11:43

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