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World Turtle Day: 5 sea turtle species that are on the brink

Nearly all sea turtle species are classified as endangered, with three of the seven species now critically endangered. Tens of thousands of sea turtles are lost each year to over-harvesting and illegal trade

FILE: An Olive Ridley turtle hatchling crawls towards the ocean at a beach in Same, Ecuador, September 2, 2019.
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FILE: An Olive Ridley turtle hatchling crawls towards the ocean at a beach in Same, Ecuador, September 2, 2019. (REUTERS)
In this picture taken on March 25, 2022, newly-hatched Olive Ridley turtles rest at a hatchery on a beach in Chennai after their eggs were collected by the volunteers and forest department workers lying along the coastline of Bay of Bengal.
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In this picture taken on March 25, 2022, newly-hatched Olive Ridley turtles rest at a hatchery on a beach in Chennai after their eggs were collected by the volunteers and forest department workers lying along the coastline of Bay of Bengal. (AFP)
Mass nesting of Olive Ridley turtles near the river Rushikulya mouth in Ganjam district, Odisha on 5 April, 2022. This turtle and the related Kemp's ridley turtle are best known for their unique synchronised mass nestings called arribadas, where thousands of females come together on the same beach to lay eggs.
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Mass nesting of Olive Ridley turtles near the river Rushikulya mouth in Ganjam district, Odisha on 5 April, 2022. This turtle and the related Kemp's ridley turtle are best known for their unique synchronised mass nestings called arribadas, where thousands of females come together on the same beach to lay eggs. (PTI)
Bette Zirkelbach, manager of the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital, observes a juvenile green sea turtle crawl into the ocean on 22 April, 2022, at Sombrero Beach in Marathon, Florida. Like other sea turtles, green sea turtles migrate long distances between feeding grounds and hatching beaches.
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Bette Zirkelbach, manager of the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital, observes a juvenile green sea turtle crawl into the ocean on 22 April, 2022, at Sombrero Beach in Marathon, Florida. Like other sea turtles, green sea turtles migrate long distances between feeding grounds and hatching beaches. (AP)
FILE: A Hawksbill sea turtle, that was found on a nearby beach, is displayed after an autopsy, in the United Arab Emirates. Hawksbills are found mainly throughout the world's tropical oceans, predominantly in coral reefs.
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FILE: A Hawksbill sea turtle, that was found on a nearby beach, is displayed after an autopsy, in the United Arab Emirates. Hawksbills are found mainly throughout the world's tropical oceans, predominantly in coral reefs. (AP)
The Loggerhead sea turtle is an oceanic species distributed around the world. According to the WWF, many of their nesting beaches are under threat from tourism development. This species is currently listed as ‘vulnerable’ by the IUCN.
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The Loggerhead sea turtle is an oceanic species distributed around the world. According to the WWF, many of their nesting beaches are under threat from tourism development. This species is currently listed as ‘vulnerable’ by the IUCN. (Wikimedia Commons)
Leatherback sea turtle hatchlings crawling to the sea. Leatherbacks are the largest sea turtle species and also one of the most migratory. Despite their wide distribution, their numbers have declined during the last century due to intense egg collection and fisheries bycatch.
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Leatherback sea turtle hatchlings crawling to the sea. Leatherbacks are the largest sea turtle species and also one of the most migratory. Despite their wide distribution, their numbers have declined during the last century due to intense egg collection and fisheries bycatch. (Wikimedia Commons)

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Pledges, marches, concerts mark World AIDS Day

Across India and the world, students, activists, celebrities and medical professionals renewed their commitment to fight HIV/AIDS

Activists prepare to release a hot air balloon to create awareness about HIV/AIDS in Kolkata.
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Activists prepare to release a hot air balloon to create awareness about HIV/AIDS in Kolkata. (AFP)
Nurses in Guwahati take part in an AIDS awareness rally on World AIDS Day.
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Nurses in Guwahati take part in an AIDS awareness rally on World AIDS Day. (PTI)
A vendor prepares Khmer noodles or num banhchok next to a logo for World AIDS Day in Phnom Penh.
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A vendor prepares Khmer noodles or num banhchok next to a logo for World AIDS Day in Phnom Penh. (AFP)
School students pose in the shape of a ribbon as part of an awareness event in Amritsar to mark World AIDS Day.
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School students pose in the shape of a ribbon as part of an awareness event in Amritsar to mark World AIDS Day. (AFP)
Volunteers release a hot air balloon during an awareness programme to mark World AIDS Day in Kolkata.
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Volunteers release a hot air balloon during an awareness programme to mark World AIDS Day in Kolkata. (PTI)
Legendary singer Patti LaBelle performs at the Kennedy Center, Washington, during a free concert to commemorate World AIDS Day. 
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Legendary singer Patti LaBelle performs at the Kennedy Center, Washington, during a free concert to commemorate World AIDS Day.  (AP)

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Photos: Cafes in Paris are a paradise of artificial flowers

In recent years, a trend of decking up restaurants and cafes with a profusion of artificial flowers has gripped Paris

A combination of photos of restaurants and cafes with facades extravagantly decorated with artificial flowers in Paris. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)
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A combination of photos of restaurants and cafes with facades extravagantly decorated with artificial flowers in Paris. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)
Since a few years, the facades of Parisian restaurants, cafes and shops are increasingly getting decorated with artificial flowers. These floral decorations attract clients, according to cafe and shop owners. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)
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Since a few years, the facades of Parisian restaurants, cafes and shops are increasingly getting decorated with artificial flowers. These floral decorations attract clients, according to cafe and shop owners. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)
Artificial bougainvillia fill the awning of an outdoor seating area in a cafe in Paris. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)
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Artificial bougainvillia fill the awning of an outdoor seating area in a cafe in Paris. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)
A man sits in a cafe that has a facade overflowing with artificial flowers in Paris, (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)
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A man sits in a cafe that has a facade overflowing with artificial flowers in Paris, (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)
These decorations add to the social media appeal of restaurants and cafes in the city of love. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)
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These decorations add to the social media appeal of restaurants and cafes in the city of love. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)
A waiter (C) attends to his clients in a cafe in Paris. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)
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A waiter (C) attends to his clients in a cafe in Paris. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)
With Christmas approaching, the decorations will most likely get more elaborate. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)
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With Christmas approaching, the decorations will most likely get more elaborate. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)

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Photos: Voices that have impacted the course of modern art history

AstaGuru's first international auction focuses on works by iconic global artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, and Salvador Dali

Detail from Damien Hirst's ‘Beautiful Hours Spin Painting’, acrylic on canvas. The artist has explored the theme of death throughout his practice, and this work is no different. Even though it features associated motifs such as the skull, there is a certain vibrance to this painting. It was unveiled as the cover for the album, ‘See the Light’ by the British band, The Hours
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Detail from Damien Hirst's ‘Beautiful Hours Spin Painting’, acrylic on canvas. The artist has explored the theme of death throughout his practice, and this work is no different. Even though it features associated motifs such as the skull, there is a certain vibrance to this painting. It was unveiled as the cover for the album, ‘See the Light’ by the British band, The Hours
Marc Chagall's ‘Violoniste Au Village Enneige’, gouache, pastel, coloured crayons and China ink on paper 1977. The violinist has been a recurring motif in the artist's work. The note by the auction house states: Often depicted as larger than life, dancing on small house roofs, they were inspired by the people the artist came upon during his early years in Vitebsk.
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Marc Chagall's ‘Violoniste Au Village Enneige’, gouache, pastel, coloured crayons and China ink on paper 1977. The violinist has been a recurring motif in the artist's work. The note by the auction house states: Often depicted as larger than life, dancing on small house roofs, they were inspired by the people the artist came upon during his early years in Vitebsk.
Andy Warhol, ‘Poinsettia’, acrylic & silkscreen on canvas. This is quite a departure from the artist's usual works. It draws from Warhol's fascination with Christmas and the motifs associated with it.
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Andy Warhol, ‘Poinsettia’, acrylic & silkscreen on canvas. This is quite a departure from the artist's usual works. It draws from Warhol's fascination with Christmas and the motifs associated with it.
Yayoi Kasuma, ‘Shellfish’, gouache, pastel, ink and printed paper collage on paper mounted on panel. The note by the auction house elaborates on how the artist was first inspired to create her signature paintings filled with dots after an episode she calls ‘depersonalisation’.
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Yayoi Kasuma, ‘Shellfish’, gouache, pastel, ink and printed paper collage on paper mounted on panel. The note by the auction house elaborates on how the artist was first inspired to create her signature paintings filled with dots after an episode she calls ‘depersonalisation’.
Jeff Koons, ‘Balloon Swan’ (magenta), porcelain. The artist is known for his playful interpretations of everyday objects as balloon sculptures. 
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Jeff Koons, ‘Balloon Swan’ (magenta), porcelain. The artist is known for his playful interpretations of everyday objects as balloon sculptures. 

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This wedding season, make way for mirror-work

A compendium of beautiful objects featuring back-in-fashion traditional mirror-work

The Sydney Sling Bag: Sling bag in a bright tropical print on a rich canvas fabric highlighted with traditional Rajasthani mirror embroidery from The Garnish Company. Available on Thegarnishco.com;  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>8,000
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The Sydney Sling Bag: Sling bag in a bright tropical print on a rich canvas fabric highlighted with traditional Rajasthani mirror embroidery from The Garnish Company. Available on Thegarnishco.com; 8,000
Peach Mirror Work Kurta Set: Peach kurta in georgette with scalloped mirror work, paired with matching satin salwar pants and an organza dupatta from Anuradha Grewal. Available on Perniaspopupshop.com;  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>27,250
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Peach Mirror Work Kurta Set: Peach kurta in georgette with scalloped mirror work, paired with matching satin salwar pants and an organza dupatta from Anuradha Grewal. Available on Perniaspopupshop.com; 27,250
White Raw Silk Mirror-Work Kurta Set: Ivory kurta embroidered in zardozi with mirrorwork along the neckline and hem from Tarun Tahiliani. Paired with an ivory churidar. Available on Azafashions.com;  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,39,900
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White Raw Silk Mirror-Work Kurta Set: Ivory kurta embroidered in zardozi with mirrorwork along the neckline and hem from Tarun Tahiliani. Paired with an ivory churidar. Available on Azafashions.com; 1,39,900
Sage Green Embellished Lehnga: This soft, muted chanderi lehnga from Abhinav Mishra comes alive with resham, gota and mirror embroidery. Available on Abhinavmishra official.com;  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2.8 lakh
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Sage Green Embellished Lehnga: This soft, muted chanderi lehnga from Abhinav Mishra comes alive with resham, gota and mirror embroidery. Available on Abhinavmishra official.com; 2.8 lakh
Mint Jutti: A pair of handmade juttis with all-over mirror-work and a string of gold ghungroo embellishments. Available on www.5- elements.co.in;  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3,990
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Mint Jutti: A pair of handmade juttis with all-over mirror-work and a string of gold ghungroo embellishments. Available on www.5- elements.co.in; 3,990
Mirror Gold Qabeela Choker: A string of mirrors set in casting metal plated with gold come together to create this choker from House of Tuhina. Available on Ogaan.com;  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3,650
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Mirror Gold Qabeela Choker: A string of mirrors set in casting metal plated with gold come together to create this choker from House of Tuhina. Available on Ogaan.com; 3,650
Bhujodi Wool Shawl With Mirror-Work: Bhujod, a village in Kutch, gives its name to the unique weaving technique used in this shawl with subtle mirror-work. Available on Jaypore.com;  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>7,890
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Bhujodi Wool Shawl With Mirror-Work: Bhujod, a village in Kutch, gives its name to the unique weaving technique used in this shawl with subtle mirror-work. Available on Jaypore.com; 7,890
Valencia Patchwork Mirrorwork Cushion Cover: Patchwork cushion cover in shades of indigo embellished with mirrors. Available on Nestasia.com;  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span> 560
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Valencia Patchwork Mirrorwork Cushion Cover: Patchwork cushion cover in shades of indigo embellished with mirrors. Available on Nestasia.com; 560

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Football fashion for World Cup days

Fashion inspired by the beautiful game as the FIFA World Cup kicks off  

Straight Satin Football Longsleeve: From Amsterdam-based sports luxury brand Balr, a distressed football print T-shirt in jet black. Available on Balr.com; €110 (around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>9,300)
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Straight Satin Football Longsleeve: From Amsterdam-based sports luxury brand Balr, a distressed football print T-shirt in jet black. Available on Balr.com; €110 (around 9,300)
Waffle Recycled Beaded Messenger Bag: A honeycomb design bag evocative of classic football design from Nigerian brand Lu by Lu. Available on Mrporter.com; £207.76 (around  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>20,150)
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Waffle Recycled Beaded Messenger Bag: A honeycomb design bag evocative of classic football design from Nigerian brand Lu by Lu. Available on Mrporter.com; £207.76 (around 20,150)
Soccer Anatomy Coaster Set: A set of four-inch sandstone coasters backed with cork from US gifting brand Dishique by Megan Steffen that are sure to be conversation starters. Available on Dishiqueboutique.com; $45 (around  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3,600)
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Soccer Anatomy Coaster Set: A set of four-inch sandstone coasters backed with cork from US gifting brand Dishique by Megan Steffen that are sure to be conversation starters. Available on Dishiqueboutique.com; $45 (around 3,600)
Adidas 4DFWD 2 Running Shoes: The shoe has a unique 4DFWD 2 midsole that compresses forward, reducing braking forces and transforming the impact energy into forward motion. Available on Adidas.co.in;  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>19,999
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Adidas 4DFWD 2 Running Shoes: The shoe has a unique 4DFWD 2 midsole that compresses forward, reducing braking forces and transforming the impact energy into forward motion. Available on Adidas.co.in; 19,999
Artist Stripe’ Football Cufflinks: Football cufflinks featuring a polished silver finish and ‘Artist Stripe’ detail for an added pop of colour from British design house Paul Smith. Available on Paulsmith.com; €130
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Artist Stripe’ Football Cufflinks: Football cufflinks featuring a polished silver finish and ‘Artist Stripe’ detail for an added pop of colour from British design house Paul Smith. Available on Paulsmith.com; €130
Logo-print Jersey Hoodie: Football fashion is incomplete without the jersey. Sport Valentino’s white hoodie in a cosy oversized fit with a black botanical and typeface log. Available on Matchesfashion.com;  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,08,820
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Logo-print Jersey Hoodie: Football fashion is incomplete without the jersey. Sport Valentino’s white hoodie in a cosy oversized fit with a black botanical and typeface log. Available on Matchesfashion.com; 1,08,820
x Disney Mickey Mouse Soccer Ball: Score points with your little football star with this ball in colour-blocked design from Capelli New York’s collaboration with Disney. Available on Nordstrom.com;  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,719
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x Disney Mickey Mouse Soccer Ball: Score points with your little football star with this ball in colour-blocked design from Capelli New York’s collaboration with Disney. Available on Nordstrom.com; 1,719
US Women's Soccer Puzzle: A 500-piece illustrated puzzle by artist Jorge Lawerta that celebrates one of the most successful teams in international women’s soccer. Available on Uncommongoods.com;  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3,862
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US Women's Soccer Puzzle: A 500-piece illustrated puzzle by artist Jorge Lawerta that celebrates one of the most successful teams in international women’s soccer. Available on Uncommongoods.com; 3,862

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Mastodon to Bluesky: 5 Twitter alternatives users are flocking to

Spikes in Google searches for these social media sites indicate users are looking for alternatives to Twitter

In the last 30 days, searches for Mastodon have skyrocketed 380.76% globally, reaching an all-time high over the past 12 months. Over 489,003 users signed up since Oct 27, taking their total number of users to over 1 million, reports Financial-World.org. The decentralized social network launched six years ago. 
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In the last 30 days, searches for Mastodon have skyrocketed 380.76% globally, reaching an all-time high over the past 12 months. Over 489,003 users signed up since Oct 27, taking their total number of users to over 1 million, reports Financial-World.org. The decentralized social network launched six years ago.  (AP)
Searches for Bluesky jumped 207.14% in the past 30 days. Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is set to launch Bluesky and there are over 30,000 users on the waitlist.
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Searches for Bluesky jumped 207.14% in the past 30 days. Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is set to launch Bluesky and there are over 30,000 users on the waitlist. (https://blueskyweb.org/)
Searches for the platform that promises ‘no trolls’ are also soaring this month (159.06%). Jay Bauer’s Counter Social states that it does not allow trolls, abuse, ads, fake news or “foreign influence operations”. The platform also bans several countries, such as Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, and Syria, for being “origin points” for bots.
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Searches for the platform that promises ‘no trolls’ are also soaring this month (159.06%). Jay Bauer’s Counter Social states that it does not allow trolls, abuse, ads, fake news or “foreign influence operations”. The platform also bans several countries, such as Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, and Syria, for being “origin points” for bots. (Play.Google.com)
On October 28, Director and Producer Ken Olin publicly announced that he was moving to Tribel Social – which led to a staggering 400% increase in searches for the emerging social network on that date. Controversially, the platform has already banned Elon Musk, Donald Trump, and Kanye West stating ‘Unlike Musk’s Twitter, we don’t put ad revenue over decency and truth. Purveyors of racism and pro-Putin propaganda are not welcome on Tribel, our pro-democracy Twitter alternative,’ reports Financial-World.org.
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On October 28, Director and Producer Ken Olin publicly announced that he was moving to Tribel Social – which led to a staggering 400% increase in searches for the emerging social network on that date. Controversially, the platform has already banned Elon Musk, Donald Trump, and Kanye West stating ‘Unlike Musk’s Twitter, we don’t put ad revenue over decency and truth. Purveyors of racism and pro-Putin propaganda are not welcome on Tribel, our pro-democracy Twitter alternative,’ reports Financial-World.org. (Tribel.com)
Cohost is another new social network that’s exploding right now, with global searches for the platform increasing by 146.91% in the last 30 days, says data crunched by Financial-World.org. Although the platform is still in beta phase, anyone can sign up to explore the features. 
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Cohost is another new social network that’s exploding right now, with global searches for the platform increasing by 146.91% in the last 30 days, says data crunched by Financial-World.org. Although the platform is still in beta phase, anyone can sign up to explore the features.  (Cohost.org)

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