NSW ‘mega fire’ casts hazy gloom over Sydney

The “mega fire” burning on the outskirts of Sydney is continuing to cast a hazy gloom over the city. Photos show the normally stark blue Australian sky replaced with greys and oranges. Camera IconThe sun is seen through thick smoke haze in Sydney. Credit: AAPIMAGE One picture by AAP photographer …

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What Are the Benefits of Probiotics?

Walk into a health food store, or even a drugstore, and you’re likely to find an entire aisle, maybe two, dedicated to probiotics. Probiotics are live micro-organisms, usually bacteria, that provide health benefits when consumed at appropriate doses. According to some surveys, approximately four million Americans take probiotics, which are …

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Paris Might Be the Best City for Italian Food (Outside Italy)

“Italian food is like Japanese food,” he continued. “You can’t just add ingredients everywhere — you destroy years of history. The rule of two-to-three is good: main product, garnish, seasoning.” In the Marché d’Aligre food market, Mr. Tondo entered a butcher shop, Boucherie Les Provinces, and asked if they had …

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Best Classical Music of 2019

The Metropolitan Opera swept in 2019 with a true gala performance: this Cilea potboiler, in a straightforwardly sumptuous David McVicar production conducted by a spirited Gianandrea Noseda. Anna Netrebko was commanding yet tender in the title role, one of her best parts to date. (She added another to that pantheon …

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Opinion | Russia Is Teaching the World to Spy

Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications company and the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world, has helped African governments spy on political opponents. Beijing has also sold mass video surveillance to Ecuador and is advising a growing number of autocratic regimes on “information management.” There’s good reason to be worried about …

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