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First Freight Train Linking London Arrived in China

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Laden with whisky and baby milk, the first freight train linking China directly to the UK arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu on April 29 after a 12,000-kilometer trip, becoming the world’s second-longest rail route. The journey is the latest effort in China’s drive to strengthen trade links with western Europe along a modern-day ‘Silk Road’ route. The world’s top trading nation launched the “One Belt, One Road” strategy in 2013, and has since poured millions into constructing vast infrastructure links. The train departed London on April 10 and passed through France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan during its 20-day trip before arriving in Yiwu in eastern Zhejiang province, a major wholesale center for small consumer goods.

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Indian Brides Get Wooden Paddles to Beat Drunk Husbands

An Indian state minister, Gopal Bhargava, has given hundreds of wooden bats to newly-wed brides, urging them to use the paddle as a weapon if their husbands turn alcoholic or abusive. The bats, which are used to get dirt out of clothes in traditional laundries, were handed to nearly 700 brides at a mass wedding organized by the government of central Madhya Pradesh state. The nearly foot-long paddles are emblazoned with messages that read: "For beating drunkards" and "Police will not intervene". Bhargava told the brides to reason with their husbands first, adding that they should "let the wooden paddles do the talking" if their spouses refuse to listen.

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Microsoft Creates ‘Dubai Font’, First Typeface for a City

The Dubai government has announced the launch of “Dubai Font”, the first typeface developed by Microsoft for a city, which will be available in 23 languages. The font was developed simultaneously in Latin and Arabic script and is available to 100 million Office 365 users around the world. Dubai crown prince Hamdan bin Mohammed al-Maktoum has urged all government institutions to adopt the font in official correspondence. Home to the world’s tallest tower and the largest shopping mall in the Middle East, image-conscious Dubai has pushed in recent years to broaden its appeal by investing in its technology and culture.

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Study Says Worrying May be Good for Health

Worrying may help people recover from traumatic events and depression and prompt them to take up activities that promote health, said Kate Sweeny, psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside in the US. Researchers found that worrying is associated with recovery from traumatic events, adaptive preparation and planning, recovery from depression, and partaking in activities that promote health as well as prevent illness. Researchers also found that people who report greater worry may perform better in schools or at workplaces, seek more information in response to stressful events, and engage in more successful problem solving. The study was published in the journal Social and Personality Psychology Compass.

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A Look at the Most Adventurous Countries in the World

For the Global Adventure Ranking, analysts looked at eight popular adventure activities like skydiving, bungee jumping, surfing, and rock climbing on Google. The results show that the Netherlands ranks highest for total searches of adventurous activities per capita, followed by Australia and Sweden. The ranking was compiled by ShareaCamper, a peer-to-peer motorhome rental platform based out of Australia, New Zealand, and Germany. Per capita, the French are most inclined to hit dirt roads on their BMX bikes, while the Swiss are most interested in the idea of free-falling off a bridge or bungee jumping. Aussies topped the ranking for expressing the most interest in skydiving, surfing, and rock climbing. A second list is led by the US, Germany, and France.

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