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Teen suicide and social media: Is there a link?

By: AP Source: VOA News CHICAGO — An increase in suicide rates among U.S. teens occurred at the same time social media use surged and a new analysis suggests there may be a link. Suicide rates for teens rose between 2010 and 2015 after they had declined for nearly two decades, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Why the rates went up isn’t known. The study doesn’t answer the question, but it suggests that one factor could be rising social media use. Recent teen suicides have been blamed on cyberbullying, and social media posts depicting “perfect” lives may be taking a toll on teens’ mental health, researchers say....

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Qatari escape: Dune bashing in the desert

By: Quentin Müller Source: Middle East Eye DOHA – Clouds of sand rise behind two 4×4 vehicles as they plummet down a steep sand dune in Khor al-Adaid, or the Inland Sea, south of the country’s capital Doha. Their loud engines rev up at top speeds while they manoeuvre erratically in a zig-zag motion towards the next summit. “Dune bashing is like a gift from God, and we feel good when we do it because there is lots of adrenalin,” Fahad, a 25-year-old science student at the University of Doha, told Middle East Eye. According to Fahad, the success of the sport is all in how a driver follows the curves of the sand dunes. “The car has to follow the circular arc shape of the...

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Halloween: Giving it a miss

By: Abu Muhammad Yusuf Source: E Islam Islam is a complete way of life. Its wisdom is profound. What Islam prescribes and what it prohibits is always of tremendous benefit for humanity as a whole. Every year, on the evening of October 31st, millions of children in the Western world paint their faces, dress up in costumes, and go door to door collecting treats. The adults often decorate their houses with ghostly figures, carve scary faces on pumpkins, and put candles in them to create “Jack-O-Lanterns.” Unfortunately, among the millions of people indulging in this custom, many are also Muslims. ORIGINS Halloween originated as the Eve of Samhain, a celebration marking the beginning of winter...

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