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'Death must be a Viennese', and not just at Halloween

Dominik Creazzi, "Paranormal Investigator" embossed on his jacket, strains his ears among the decaying tombstones of Vienna's central cemetery, the last resting place of three million mortals from Beethoven to "Rock Me Amadeus" singer Falco.

Developers zero-in on Bangkok's historic Chinatown

For nearly a century Thanuan has watched history sweep through the bustling maze of alleyways that make up Bangkok's Chinatown, one of the city's few districts yet to be devoured by malls and high-rise condos.

Humanity decimating planetary wildlife: report

Nearly three-fifths of all animals with a backbone -- fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals -- have been wiped out since 1970 by human appetites and activity, according to a grim study released Thursday.

After two years under IS, Saddam's joy at losing the beard

For the past two years, much of Saddam Dahham's life boiled down to praying and haggling with the jihadists ruling his village over the length of his beard.

In Cuba, online media pry open state grip on news

Abraham, Elaine and Jose are under 30, and they've pulled off the unthinkable in Cuba -- they are producing online news, prying open the state's half-century grip on the media.

'Many more' corals die in Great Barrier Reef bleaching

More corals are dying and others are succumbing to disease and predators after the worst-ever bleaching on Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef, scientists said Wednesday.

India's 'Dinosaur Princess' keeps watch over rare remains

One of princess Aalia Sultana Babi's most prized possessions is a fossilised dinosaur egg she found an unsuspecting villager using to grind spices on her ancestral lands, an area billed as "India's Jurassic Park".

Denmark's feminist mosque founder challenges norms

The founder of Scandinavia's first female-led mosque is a soft-spoken "imama" who has riled conservatives with her views on marriage but others say her project is not progressive enough.

Mermaids making a splash in Dutch pools

A majestic turquoise-and-gold tail splashes the surface of a public pool. Strange, beautiful creatures frolic in the water, occasionally peeking out from their masks and snorkels. Half-woman, half-fish.

England's 'most haunted village' gears up for Halloween

With Halloween in the air, ghouls are set to emerge from the shadows in the quiet streets of Pluckley, reputedly the most haunted village in England.


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