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In photos: Around the world in iftar meals

Iftar snacks are placed on protest placards in Sri Lanka, displaced Syrians share a meal, and tourists visit Old Delhi for Ramzan specialities 

Muslims gather for the fast breaking iftar meal, offered by the Christian community of Mosul, in Ithe Iraqi northern city, on April 9, 2022, during the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Zaid AL-OBEIDI / AFP)
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Muslims gather for the fast breaking iftar meal, offered by the Christian community of Mosul, in Ithe Iraqi northern city, on April 9, 2022, during the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Zaid AL-OBEIDI / AFP)
Old Delhi-based online community, Purani Dilli Walo Ki Baatein, has lined up food walks for both iftar (the evening feast) and Sehri (food consumed before dawn). HT Print
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Old Delhi-based online community, Purani Dilli Walo Ki Baatein, has lined up food walks for both iftar (the evening feast) and Sehri (food consumed before dawn). HT Print
Displaced Syrians share a collective iftar meal, donated by the independent civil society organisation ULFAH with support from Malaysia , near the city of al-Bab in the north of Syria's Aleppo province. (Photo by Bakr ALKASEM, AFP)
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Displaced Syrians share a collective iftar meal, donated by the independent civil society organisation ULFAH with support from Malaysia , near the city of al-Bab in the north of Syria's Aleppo province. (Photo by Bakr ALKASEM, AFP)
A volunteer distributes iftar meals, for people to break their fasts, during the holy month of Ramzan in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Ahmed Yosri, Reuters)
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A volunteer distributes iftar meals, for people to break their fasts, during the holy month of Ramzan in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Ahmed Yosri, Reuters)
A man serves customers iftar meals to break their fast at a roadside food court in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo by Dita Alangkara, AP)
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A man serves customers iftar meals to break their fast at a roadside food court in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo by Dita Alangkara, AP)
A man prepares iftar food for Muslim devotees during the holy month of Ramzan in Kathmandu. (Photo by PRAKASH MATHEMA / AFP)
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A man prepares iftar food for Muslim devotees during the holy month of Ramzan in Kathmandu. (Photo by PRAKASH MATHEMA / AFP)
Food is kept on a placard by Muslim protestors for iftar in Colombo, Sri Lanka. There is an unprecedented economic crisis in the island nation and protestors demand the resignation of Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte, Reuters)
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Food is kept on a placard by Muslim protestors for iftar in Colombo, Sri Lanka. There is an unprecedented economic crisis in the island nation and protestors demand the resignation of Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte, Reuters)
A man serves food and beverages during iftar in front of a mosque along the Jazeera State highway in the village of al-Nuba, about 50 kilometres south of Sudan's capital. (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP)
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A man serves food and beverages during iftar in front of a mosque along the Jazeera State highway in the village of al-Nuba, about 50 kilometres south of Sudan's capital. (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP)
Snacks and fruits were laid out for iftar in a mosque in Surat on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
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Snacks and fruits were laid out for iftar in a mosque in Surat on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
King Mohammed VI of Morocco (center) offers an iftar meal in honor of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi (third left). Crown Prince of Morocco, Prince Moulay Hassan (second right) and Prince Moulay Rachid's King's brother (second left) join him at the residence of the Royal King in Salé, Morocco. (Photo by Moroccan Royal Palace, via AP)
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King Mohammed VI of Morocco (center) offers an iftar meal in honor of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi (third left). Crown Prince of Morocco, Prince Moulay Hassan (second right) and Prince Moulay Rachid's King's brother (second left) join him at the residence of the Royal King in Salé, Morocco. (Photo by Moroccan Royal Palace, via AP)

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Study finds low-flavanol diet may drive age-related memory loss

The study found that flavanol intake among older adults is correlated with higher scores on tests designed to detect memory loss due to normal ageing. Here's how you can up your intake of flavanols

Flavanols are a type of flavonoid, plant compounds with a variety of health benefits, found in fruits like berries. There are six primary types of flavonoids, each with health-promoting effects. These are Flavonols, Flavones, Flavan-3-ols, Flavanones, Anthocyanidins and Isoflavones
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Flavanols are a type of flavonoid, plant compounds with a variety of health benefits, found in fruits like berries. There are six primary types of flavonoids, each with health-promoting effects. These are Flavonols, Flavones, Flavan-3-ols, Flavanones, Anthocyanidins and Isoflavones (Pexels)
A large-scale study led by Columbia and Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard researchers found that flavanol intake among older adults tracks with scores on tests designed to detect memory loss due to normal aging and that replenishing these bioactive dietary components in mildly flavanol-deficient adults over age 60 improves performance on these tests. Green, oolong, and black teas all contain high levels of flavanols. 
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A large-scale study led by Columbia and Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard researchers found that flavanol intake among older adults tracks with scores on tests designed to detect memory loss due to normal aging and that replenishing these bioactive dietary components in mildly flavanol-deficient adults over age 60 improves performance on these tests. Green, oolong, and black teas all contain high levels of flavanols.  (Pexels)
The finding also supports the emerging idea that the aging brain requires specific nutrients for optimal health, just as the developing brain requires specific nutrients for proper development. Red wine is a great source of flavanols and in moderation has multiple health benefits, especially with lowering risks of cardiovascular disease. 
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The finding also supports the emerging idea that the aging brain requires specific nutrients for optimal health, just as the developing brain requires specific nutrients for proper development. Red wine is a great source of flavanols and in moderation has multiple health benefits, especially with lowering risks of cardiovascular disease.  (Unsplash)
Additional research, in mice found that flavanols, particularly a bioactive substance in flavanols called epicatechin, improved memory by enhancing the growth of neurons and blood vessels and in the hippocampus. Another great source of flavonols is kale. Kale leaves make an excellent base for salads and can be added to soups and stews to boost their nutritional value. 
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Additional research, in mice found that flavanols, particularly a bioactive substance in flavanols called epicatechin, improved memory by enhancing the growth of neurons and blood vessels and in the hippocampus. Another great source of flavonols is kale. Kale leaves make an excellent base for salads and can be added to soups and stews to boost their nutritional value.  (Unsplash)
In the new study, the Columbia team collaborated with researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital studying the effects of flavanols and multivitamins in COSMOS (COcoa Supplements and Multivitamin Outcomes Study). The current study, COSMOS-Web, was designed to test the impact of flavanols in a much larger group and explore whether flavanol deficiency drives cognitive aging in this area of the brain. 
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In the new study, the Columbia team collaborated with researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital studying the effects of flavanols and multivitamins in COSMOS (COcoa Supplements and Multivitamin Outcomes Study). The current study, COSMOS-Web, was designed to test the impact of flavanols in a much larger group and explore whether flavanol deficiency drives cognitive aging in this area of the brain.  (Pexels)

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Harvesting roses for syrups, jams and sweets

A photo series of harvesting and making food with the beautiful Damask rose 

Zahraa Sayed Ahmed, an entreprenuer who produces rose water and rose flavourings harvests Damascena (Damask) roses. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)
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Zahraa Sayed Ahmed, an entreprenuer who produces rose water and rose flavourings harvests Damascena (Damask) roses. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)
Zahraa Sayed Ahmed produces a syrup from Damascena (Damask) roses, at her house in the village of Qsarnaba. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)
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Zahraa Sayed Ahmed produces a syrup from Damascena (Damask) roses, at her house in the village of Qsarnaba. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)
Zahraa Sayed Ahmed produces jam from Damascena (Damask) roses, at her house in the village of Qsarnaba. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)
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Zahraa Sayed Ahmed produces jam from Damascena (Damask) roses, at her house in the village of Qsarnaba. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)
A worker pours syrup on a tray of traditional rose-infused dessert Kunafa, at a shop in Byblos in Lebanon. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)
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A worker pours syrup on a tray of traditional rose-infused dessert Kunafa, at a shop in Byblos in Lebanon. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)
A worker pours syrup on a bun as she sells traditional dessert Kunafa, at a shop in Byblos in Lebanon. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)
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A worker pours syrup on a bun as she sells traditional dessert Kunafa, at a shop in Byblos in Lebanon. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)
A woman serves a drink made of rose syrup at a house in Byblos in Lebanon. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)
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A woman serves a drink made of rose syrup at a house in Byblos in Lebanon. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)
This picture shows Damascena (Damask) roses that are used for essential oils, sweets and cosmetics, in the village of Qsarnaba in Lebanon. The oil derived from the famed Damask rose --- named after the ancient city of Damascus located just across the mountain range separating Lebanon and Syria -- is a staple of in cuisines of the Middle East and perfumers around the world. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)
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This picture shows Damascena (Damask) roses that are used for essential oils, sweets and cosmetics, in the village of Qsarnaba in Lebanon. The oil derived from the famed Damask rose --- named after the ancient city of Damascus located just across the mountain range separating Lebanon and Syria -- is a staple of in cuisines of the Middle East and perfumers around the world. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)
Dried Damascena (Damask) rosebuds are used to make herbal tea, at a house in Byblos in Lebanon. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)
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Dried Damascena (Damask) rosebuds are used to make herbal tea, at a house in Byblos in Lebanon. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)
Workers drop their bundles of Damascena (Damask) at a warehouse where they are paid based on their harvest, in the village of Qsarnaba in Lebanon. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)
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Workers drop their bundles of Damascena (Damask) at a warehouse where they are paid based on their harvest, in the village of Qsarnaba in Lebanon. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP) (AFP)
Zahraa Sayed Ahmed carries Damascena (Damask) rosebuds to produce rose water, syrup, tea and jam, at her house in the village of Qsarnaba. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)
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Zahraa Sayed Ahmed carries Damascena (Damask) rosebuds to produce rose water, syrup, tea and jam, at her house in the village of Qsarnaba. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)

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Summer retreats in the desert

Avoid the tourist crowds in hill stations and beaches by heading to these peaceful and luxurious heritage hotels in Rajasthan 

Located in a renovated 1921 home, Daspan House (right) offers peace and tranquility, while being the perfect base from which to explore Jodhpur (left).
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Located in a renovated 1921 home, Daspan House (right) offers peace and tranquility, while being the perfect base from which to explore Jodhpur (left). (File photo)
The Johri is a beautiful boutique hotel in a restored haveli in Old Jaipur, and offers a range of experiences. 
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The Johri is a beautiful boutique hotel in a restored haveli in Old Jaipur, and offers a range of experiences.  (File photo)
The grand Narendra Bhawan in Bikaner is known for its curated meal experiences, which give you reason enough to stay indoors all day. 
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The grand Narendra Bhawan in Bikaner is known for its curated meal experiences, which give you reason enough to stay indoors all day.  (File photo)
At the Six Senses spa located in the 14th century Fort Barwara, a range of relaxing massages and spa therapies are on offer during the summer months.
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At the Six Senses spa located in the 14th century Fort Barwara, a range of relaxing massages and spa therapies are on offer during the summer months. (File photo)
Dileep Kothi in Jaipur is another restored family home that is an escape from crowds of tourists
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Dileep Kothi in Jaipur is another restored family home that is an escape from crowds of tourists (File photo)
Enjoy music and dance performances by traditional artists at Suryagarh, Bikaner
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Enjoy music and dance performances by traditional artists at Suryagarh, Bikaner (File photo)

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Preview: Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix 2023 in photos

The 2023 Formula 1 season resumes at Monaco after the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola last weekend was called off due to devastating floods 

Formula One F1 - Monaco Grand Prix - Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco - May 26, 2023 Red Bull's Sergio Perez during practice.
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Formula One F1 - Monaco Grand Prix - Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco - May 26, 2023 Red Bull's Sergio Perez during practice. (REUTERS)
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands steers his car during the Formula One first practice session at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Friday, May 26, 2023. The Formula One race will be held on Sunday.
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Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands steers his car during the Formula One first practice session at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Friday, May 26, 2023. The Formula One race will be held on Sunday. (AP)
Formula One F1 - Monaco Grand Prix - Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco - May 26, 2023 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during practice. 
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Formula One F1 - Monaco Grand Prix - Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco - May 26, 2023 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during practice.  (REUTERS)
McLaren driver Lando Norris of Britain pulls onto the track during the Formula One first practice session at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Friday, May 26, 2023.
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McLaren driver Lando Norris of Britain pulls onto the track during the Formula One first practice session at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Friday, May 26, 2023. (AP)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton enters his car in the pits during the first practice session of the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix at the Monaco street circuit in Monaco, on May 26, 2023.
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Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton enters his car in the pits during the first practice session of the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix at the Monaco street circuit in Monaco, on May 26, 2023. (AFP)
Formula One F1 Monaco Grand Prix: Haas' Kevin Magnussen during practice.
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Formula One F1 Monaco Grand Prix: Haas' Kevin Magnussen during practice. (REUTERS)
Formula One F1 - Monaco Grand Prix: Ferrari's Charles Leclerc during practice on Friday.
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Formula One F1 - Monaco Grand Prix: Ferrari's Charles Leclerc during practice on Friday. (REUTERS)

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Dua Lipa's Versace collection makes it debut at Cannes

The Grammy award-winning artist's collection for the fashion label is bright, fun and glamourous 

The collection was presented at a villa in Cannes 
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The collection was presented at a villa in Cannes 
The ‘La Vacanza’ (Italian for ‘vacation’) includes perfectly cut tailoring and evening gowns, bikinis and terry cotton beachwear 
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The ‘La Vacanza’ (Italian for ‘vacation’) includes perfectly cut tailoring and evening gowns, bikinis and terry cotton beachwear 
‘La Vacanza ranges from metallic miniskirts and sexy bikinis, to butterfly rings and printed  pieces inspired by the Versace SS ’95 collection,’ says Dua Lipa in the press note.
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‘La Vacanza ranges from metallic miniskirts and sexy bikinis, to butterfly rings and printed  pieces inspired by the Versace SS ’95 collection,’ says Dua Lipa in the press note.
‘I love the summer and for me this collection celebrates the very best of that time of year. Gorgeous colors,  fun prints, and light silhouettes. Dua loves fashion, I love music,’ says Donatella Versace, in the note. This  collection marks the first time the fashion house has opened up the design process to a collaborator in this way. 
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‘I love the summer and for me this collection celebrates the very best of that time of year. Gorgeous colors,  fun prints, and light silhouettes. Dua loves fashion, I love music,’ says Donatella Versace, in the note. This  collection marks the first time the fashion house has opened up the design process to a collaborator in this way. 

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More than half of the world's largest lakes are drying up: study

According to a new study, more than half of the world's largest lakes and reservoirs are dwindling and placing humanity's future water security at risk

(FILES) Aerial view of a boat stranded in the dried bed of Alhajuela Lake during the summer drought, in the Colon province, 50 km north of Panama City, on April 21, 2023.
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(FILES) Aerial view of a boat stranded in the dried bed of Alhajuela Lake during the summer drought, in the Colon province, 50 km north of Panama City, on April 21, 2023. (AFP)
(FILES) Water depth indicators sit on dry land at Pykes Creek Reservoir in Ballan, Australia, some 60 kilometers west of Melbourne on November 14, 2006. More than half of the world's largest lakes and reservoirs are dwindling and placing humanity's future water security at risk, with climate change and unsustainable consumption the main culprits, according to a study by University of Colorado Boulder researchers.
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(FILES) Water depth indicators sit on dry land at Pykes Creek Reservoir in Ballan, Australia, some 60 kilometers west of Melbourne on November 14, 2006. More than half of the world's largest lakes and reservoirs are dwindling and placing humanity's future water security at risk, with climate change and unsustainable consumption the main culprits, according to a study by University of Colorado Boulder researchers. (AFP)
A dry cracked bed surrounds the artificial Vernago lake, in Vernago, near the Val Senales glacier, northern Italy, Monday, April 17, 2023.
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A dry cracked bed surrounds the artificial Vernago lake, in Vernago, near the Val Senales glacier, northern Italy, Monday, April 17, 2023. (AP)
These photos provided by NASA Earth Observatory shows the Aral Sea is visible on Aug. 25, 2000, left, and on Aug. 21, 2018 between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
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These photos provided by NASA Earth Observatory shows the Aral Sea is visible on Aug. 25, 2000, left, and on Aug. 21, 2018 between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. (NASA Earth Observatory via AP)
(FILES) A lone flipper sits on a dried boat dock sitting at the bottom of the Stuart Fork arm of Trinity Lake during an ongoing drought in Trinity Center, California, on October 15, 2022.
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(FILES) A lone flipper sits on a dried boat dock sitting at the bottom of the Stuart Fork arm of Trinity Lake during an ongoing drought in Trinity Center, California, on October 15, 2022. (AFP)
FILE - A man stands on a hill overlooking a formerly sunken boat standing upright into the air with its stern buried in the mud along the shoreline of Lake Mead at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Jan. 27, 2023, near Boulder City, Nev.
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FILE - A man stands on a hill overlooking a formerly sunken boat standing upright into the air with its stern buried in the mud along the shoreline of Lake Mead at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Jan. 27, 2023, near Boulder City, Nev. (AP)
(FILES) The receding reservoir waters behind the Sidi Salem dam, the largest embankment dam in Tunisia, northwest of Testour in the country's north, on April 6, 2023.
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(FILES) The receding reservoir waters behind the Sidi Salem dam, the largest embankment dam in Tunisia, northwest of Testour in the country's north, on April 6, 2023. (AFP)

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