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Italy artisan crafts guitars for musicians in need

Offer Roberto Ceretti a fortune for one of his coveted hand-made guitars and he'll likely turn you down: the Italian craftsman may be in demand among collectors, but only plies his trade for top musicians in need.


Lamplighters keep London's history burning

On a quiet street lined with 18th-century Georgian houses behind Westminster Abbey, Garry Usher winds the mechanical clock on the gas street lamp and gives the glass globe a polish.


Street artists spruce up Spanish port

When the Spanish city of Malaga wanted to clean up its sleazy portside district, it called in the painters -- big international names in the street art movement.


Which school suits your child"

The new school term has just begun, for a parent, choosing the right school for their children to start the journey in education is most crucial.


Egyptian female cyclists pedal for acceptance

Yasmine Mahmoud cuts a defiant figure as she weaves her bicycle through the chaotic streets of Cairo, a place where few women dare to pedal.


Animated film brings van Gogh's art to life

Danuta Roman is channelling her inner Vincent van Gogh. She applies short brushstrokes of azure, turquoise and Payne's grey to mimic water reflections on an oil painting by the Dutch master.


Auschwitz survivors relive atrocities, 70 years on

The piercing screams of a woman electrocuted on a barbed wire fence, children sent to the gas chambers and the constant threat of death: Auschwitz survivors recall life in the world's most notorious death camp with remarkable clarity.


India clears cows, dogs, dust for Obama Taj Mahal trip

As he scrubs the road to India's Taj Mahal on his knees for less than five dollars a day, Ramjeet beams with pride at the thought of US President Barack Obama admiring his handiwork.


Ruling dynasty gave its name to Saudi Arabia

The Al-Saud dynasty, to which the late King Abdullah belonged, gave its name to the Gulf Arab monarchy of Saudi Arabia ruled by the sons of founder Abdul Aziz bin Saud.


Confucius the Redeemer symbol of Xi's Chinese Dream

Arms outstretched like Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer, a towering Confucius statue stands in the seaside resort that hosts the Chinese Communist leadership's summer retreat, opposite a hulking monument to President Xi Jinping's dreams.