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Beijing refuses South China Sea arbitration award
Beijing on Tuesday said it neither accepts nor recognises the award of an arbitral tribunal in the South China Sea arbitration established at the request of the Philippines.
 
"The award is null and void and has no binding force," Xinhua news agency quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry as saying in a statement.
 
China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea "shall under no circumstances be affected by those awards", the ministry said.
 
China opposes and will never accept any claim or action based on those awards, it added in the statement.
 
"China has territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea," said a separate statement, adding that China has historic rights in the South China Sea.
 
China is always firmly opposed to the invasion and illegal occupation by certain states of some islands and reefs of China's Nansha Qundao (the Nansha Islands), and activities infringing upon China's rights and interests in relevant maritime areas under China's jurisdiction, according to the statement.
 
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Water might be the new secret to weight loss
Water can be the potential secret weapon in the fight against the ever-burgeoning waistline, finds a study.
 
According to researchers, drinking water which contains no carbohydrates, fat or protein -- key factors for obesity -- may help avoid overeating and thus lead to a healthier weight.
 
"Staying hydrated is good for you no matter what, and our study suggests it may also be linked to maintaining a healthy weight," said lead author Tammy Chang, Assistant Professor at University of Michigan, in the US.
 
"Our findings suggest that hydration may deserve more attention when thinking about addressing obesity on a population level," Chang added.
 
The findings showed that people who are obese and have a higher body mass index (BMI) are more likely to be inadequately hydrated.
 
On the other, people with inadequately water content are also likely to be obese and have a higher BMI.
 
Staying hydrated by drinking water and eating more water-loaded fruits and vegetables can help with weight management, specially in obese individuals. 
 
However, "the link between hydration and weight is not clear. Our study further explains this relationship on a population level using an objective measure of hydration," Chang noted.
 
In addition, people with higher BMIs, who are expected to have higher water needs might also demonstrate behaviours that lead to inadequate hydration, the researchers said.
 
For the study, published in Annals of Family Medicine journal, the team looked at a nationally representative sample of 9,528 adults. Roughly a third of the adults, who spanned ages 18 to 64, were inadequately hydrated.
 
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Users can now self-destruct conversations on Facebook Messenger
Social media giant Facebook is introducing a new secret conversation on its Messenger app that will help users self destruct their conversations after setting a timer to it.
 
Earlier this week, Facebook began offering an option to encrypt posts end to end -- a way to have secret conversations with other users -- to some 900 million Messenger users.
 
Now within a secret conversation, users can also choose to set a timer to control the length of time each message you send remains visible within the conversation. 
 
The service uses the Signal Protocol developed by Open Whisper Systems.
 
"Your messages and calls on Messenger already benefit from strong security systems -- Messenger uses secure communications channels," said Facebook in a blog post.
 
We've heard from you that there are times when you want additional safeguards -- perhaps when discussing private information like an illness or a health issue with trusted friends and family, or sending financial information to an accountant, the blog post read. 
 
To do this, Facebook is testing to create one-to-one secret conversations in Messenger that will be end-to-end encrypted and allows only the communicating users to read the messages. 
 
The upgrade will prohibit even Facebook from reading users' conversation.
 
Secret conversations are available on a limited test basis right now, but we will be making the option more widely available later, the blog post added. 
 
Secret conversations currently do not support rich content like GIFs and videos, making payments or other popular Messenger features.
 
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