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Happy Friday!!! My extended family is going nuts trying to cut down on carbs. Well, I’ve got news: Scientists think I might live longer than all of them — by gorging on great bread. Kick off your weekend with surprising new secrets of longevity, meet the queens ruling the chess world, dwell on great love stories that live on as monuments, and taste the perfect post-hangover breakfast. Read to the end for the answer to Wednesday’s quiz.
It’s getting gory. Thursday Beijing hit back at the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand — a group known as the Five Eyes — over criticism of China’s Hong Kong crackdown, issuing a direct threat: “They should be careful or their eyes will be plucked out.” And in Ethiopia, the government has accused World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of supporting rebels from the Tigray region in their war with federal forces. The WHO boss has rejected the charges.
Thailand’s protesters have planned well. Faced with increasingly violent backlash from the police, the country’s youth, who are seeking greater government accountability, are now marching with giant inflatable ducks, using them as shields. They’re no sitting ducks.
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She'll checkmate you in the time it takes to read this brief. The youngest-ever female grandmaster, Hou started playing at age 5, and was soon trouncing much older players. The 26-year-old from China wanted to become a detective before she decided cracking the mysteries of chess was close enough. The world's top female player today — and arguably its greatest ever — grew up idolizing American legend Bobby Fischer. A Rhodes Scholar, she’s also the youngest-ever professor at Shenzhen University. None of that's impacted her performance. Just ask her opponents.
2. Aleksandra Goryachkina
The 22-year-old Russian still has baby fat on her cheeks, but she's already a giant of the game, ranked second behind Hou. The daughter of former chess players loves classical music and teaches at her father's chess school. That's when she's not teaching her chess opponents a lesson or two. In January, she nearly won the world championships. She's ready to go one better the next time.
Actress, activist and model Jameela Jamil joins Carlos and claps back at her haters. The outspoken The Good Place star discusses why COVID-19 has given her hope and talks about her unique relationship with Meghan Markle. Watch now for more.
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Who Wants to Live Forever?
As vain as the idea might sound (especially in 2020), science is actually unlocking the secrets to a longer life — a much longer life.
If this pathbreaking research by American and Chinese scientists pans out, you might live long enough to see Kim Jong Un's great-great-great-great-grandson rule North Korea (still threatening a nuclear war). Researchers have found chemical pathways that could helpincrease the human lifespan to 400 years.
2. Okinawan Ratio
All that high-protein diet talk we've heard all these years? Kill it already. Theinhabitants of Japan’s Okinawa Islands live the longest on the planet. Now scientists are exploring their food habits — a 10-to-1 carb-to-protein ratio — as the possible elixir of youth.
You’ve likely heard of Nefertiti — but ancient Egypt’s greatest love story involved Queen Nefertari and Pharaoh Ramses II. Her tomb’s been compared to the Sistine Chapel. There, Ramses II engraved his final ode to Nefertari: “My love is unique — no one can rival her, for she is the most beautiful woman alive.”
2. Eleanor’s Crosses
Their love was set in stone. Edward I was a teenager when he met the 10-year-old Eleanor. But the rulers of England shared a love that would remain unshakable. When Eleanor passed in 1290, Edward had 12 crosses built from Lincoln to London in her memory.
This ancient Quechua town in Peru — now in ruins — was once home to a powerful story of forbidden love. Warrior chief Ollantay and princess Cusi Coyllur wanted to marry but the emperor — Cosi’s father — forbade them and dismissed Ollantay. The angry warrior declared himself an enemy of the empire. The king decided he cared more for his crown than his ego, and agreed to the marriage.
It’s the weekend — and time to experiment. These simple but amazing breakfast recipes will transport you to places you can’t visit at the moment.
It's delicious art. Thispopular Chinese crepe — I've had my share at street stalls in Beijing — is loaded with egg, scallions, coriander and a choice of sauces, with deep fried crackers bringing the crunch. It's folded neatly into an envelope that you open by biting into it, and letting its secrets ooze out.
Milk, eggs, cilantro and scallions — all whipped into a soup. Drop some bread into it and let it soak in the flavors. The best part? ThisColombian breakfast is perfect to get over your Sunday morning hangover.
This soft Swahili stunner brings back fond memories of East Africa, but you don’t need to be in Kenya or Tanzania to make it. Coconut milk and cardamom are key to this fluffy, triangle-shaped deep-fried doughnut. Sip a hot cup of masala chai with it to start the perfect morning.
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