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Syrian war: Reports of chlorine gas attack on rebel-held Eastern Ghouta

A chlorine gas attack has been carried out on a besieged rebel-held enclave on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, reports say. People in the Eastern Ghouta region, which is under daily bombardment, reported a smell of gas after a missile strike, the BBC has learned. Health workers said six people were treated for minor breathing problems. Some 400,000 locals have been under siege from Russian-backed government forces since 2013. There have been a number of reports of chlorine gas attacks since Syria’s civil war broke out, but the…

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Syria war: Eastern Ghouta medical evacuations begin

Medical evacuations have begun in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, the Red Cross has said. In a tweet, it said that “critical” patients were being moved from the Eastern Ghouta area to the capital. Last week, a UK charity said President Bashar al-Assad had been considering a request to evacuate seven children with cancer from the area, which has been under government siege for four years. They are among more than 130 children needing urgent medical treatment there. Nearly 12% of children in Eastern Ghouta – which…

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Bitter cold and snow threatening parts of eastern US

Winter-like conditions are expected to wallop the eastern half of the country — from Denver to New York City – as a significant change in the weather pattern takes shape. A major storm is developing in the middle of the country with heavy snow, strong winds and thunderstorms, according to ABC News meteorologists. More than a dozen states — from the Rockies to the Northeast – have issued winter weather warnings or watches. The storm system is moving out of the Rockies into the Plains this morning with snow, wind…

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A New Fashion Hub? Eastern Europe

In 2014, Magda Butrym, a young Warsaw-based stylist-turned-fashion designer, debuted a 35-piece collection of floral print dresses and blouses, finished with cutaway detailing and hints of leather and hand crochet. “I had always wanted to launch a label that was distinctly and proudly Polish,” said the 32-year-old designer, who is largely self-taught. “I wanted to create clothes inspired by Polish craftsmanship, manufactured here in Poland, and to have my design studio here, too. But I also knew that was not going to be easy.” She had worked in a number…

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Eastern seas: Adam Liaw's typhoon shelter salmon

If you’ve ever wondered why some Chinese restaurants call themselves something like “Jade Buddha Seafood Restaurant” when they serve all kinds of meats and vegetables too, it’s because in Chinese culture a “seafood restaurant” is code for “fine dining”. Every Asian cuisine prides seafood above nearly any other ingredient, and restaurants that specialise in seafood are considered a cut above the rest. Here are a couple of classic seafood dishes from the East that are a cinch to make at home. Typhoon shelter salmon This Hong Kong dish is a…

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News: Airbus: Middle Eastern aviation fleet to double by 2036

The fleet size of operators in the Middle East is forecast to more than double from 1,250 to 3,320 aircraft over the next two decades, according to the Airbus Global Market Forecast. The Middle East will need some 2,590 new aircraft by 2036, for replacement of 520 older generation aircraft, and 2,070 aircraft for growth, 730 are expected to remain in service over the period. This demand includes 1,080 for twin-aisle aircraft, with the same number of single-aisle aircraft (1,080), and 430 very large aircraft. Overall, future demand for the…

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News: Belmond welcomes celebrity chefs on-board Eastern & Oriental Express

Belmond has announced a new series of ‘pop-up’ collaborations with highly acclaimed international chefs Ian Kittichai and   Luke Mangan aboard south-east Asia’s luxury sleeper train, Eastern & Oriental Express. Hosted by the train’s executive chef, Yannis Martineau, the award-winning chefs have crafted menus blending their contemporary signature styles drawing inspiration from the timeless train and the captivating countries through which it travels. Martineau explained: “I am looking forward to welcoming Ian and Luke aboard Eastern & Oriental Express and working together to prepare fine cuisine in the train’s neat…

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