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Day of the Dead

Revelers taking part in the Catrinas Parade in Mexico City as they prepare to celebrate the Day of the Dead highlighting the character of La Catrina created by cartoonist Jose Guadalupe Posada.


Ancient Turkish town prepares to vanish under floodwaters

At first glance all is as normal in the Turkish town of Hasankeyf, which has seen the Romans, Byzantines, Turkic tribes and Ottomans leave their mark in over 10,000 years of human settlement.


Putting elegance into age: US granny beauty queens

Beauty pageants may conjure up images of young women in bikinis, but in Atlantic City a roomful of sequined grandmothers and great-grandmothers are putting their best stiletto forward.


Fact or fiction? Doubts over China's 'rising nationalism'

The Shanghai site of the first Chinese Communist congress 96 years ago might be expected to draw admiring crowds as the party gathers in Beijing for its 19th such meeting.


World's deepest lake in peril, scientists warn

Lake Baikal is undergoing its gravest crisis in recent history, experts say, as the government bans the catching of a signature fish that has lived in the world's deepest lake for centuries but is now under threat.


Japan's recovery not felt at street level

Like every day for the past 40 years, Kunihiko Kato dusts down the shelves at his electrical goods shop and meticulously lays out his selection of batteries. But the customers have long since gone as Japan's economy languishes.


Solar panels offer a lifeline in Rohingya refugee camps

The squalid camps in Bangladesh that are now home to nearly 600,000 newly arrived Rohingya have no running water and barely any toilets, but they do have power -- thanks to a proliferation of solar panels.


It's Mao or never: In Xi's China, a village clings to past

Disneyland has "Main Street, USA", a monorail and Mickey Mouse. China's Nanjie village has "East is Red Square", red trams and Mao Zedong.


'Death by overwork': occupational hazard for Japan's media

The news that a young reporter at Japan's public broadcaster had worked herself to death came as little surprise to those inside the country's media, where a culture of excessively long hours has become the norm.


When 'healthy eating' ends up making you sick

People, it seems, have never been so afraid of their food -– and, say some experts, an obsession with healthy eating may paradoxically be endangering lives.


 

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