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Swiss scientists: laughter acts as a stress buffer

People who laugh frequently in their everyday lives may be better equipped to deal with stressful events – although this does not seem to apply to the intensity of laughter, according to a research team from the University of Basel. …

Europe braces for second COVID-19 wave

Europe is bracing for a second wave of coronavirus as continuing outbreaks raise the prospect of reimposed restrictions at a time when millions of people are travelling across the continent for their summer holidays, The Guardian writes. …

UN: COVID-19 reversing decades of progress on poverty

The COVID-19 pandemic is reversing decades of progress on poverty, healthcare and education, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs said in an annual report. According to the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020, an …

World's oldest man passes away

The world's oldest man has died at the age of 112. Bob Weighton, from Alton, Hampshire, became the oldest man in February following the death of Chitetsu Watanabe of Japan, who was also 112. Weighton was born in …

Malls, markets and gyms in Israel set to open today

Malls, markets and workout centers across Israel will open their doors today for the first time since they were forced to shutter nearly two months ago due to the coronavirus crisis. Patrons will be required to wear masks, have their …

Turkey extends quarantine restrictions

Turkey’s government extended quarantine measures in major cities for another 15 days as the spread of the coronavirus shows signs of slowing, Bloomberg reports. The rules — first announced in early April — apply …