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Wooden library lures bookworms outside Beijing

Deep in the heart of a valley surrounded by rocky hills, a wooden library sits just over a creek on the outskirts of Beijing, seemingly in the middle of nowhere.

Golden-age glitterati return on canvas to old Lebanon hotel

Inside an abandoned century-old hotel near Lebanon's capital, paintings of the Arab world's once powerful and famous hang around a worn poker table, testimony to its glamourous past before the civil war.

Tulip fest

The Tesselaar Tulip Festival at Silvan in the Dandenong Ranges on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia, where more than one million flowering bulbs are on show, including over 900,000 tulips.

Renewable energy on rise in resource-poor Jordan

Set atop a mosque in the south of Jordan's capital, dozens of shimmering solar panels reflect a growing trend in the resource-poor desert kingdom as it tries combat its heavy reliance on imported energy.

The End of Plastic: Eco-fashion becomes catwalk reality

It may have been a long time coming, but eco-fashion is no longer a hippie pipe dream.

The Spanish town that wants to shed 100,000 kilos

In a remote corner of northwestern Spain, a small town has set itself the ultimate weight loss challenge: by early 2020, its residents must shed 100,000 kilos (220,500 pounds).

Creepy preview

An actor performs during the media preview of "Halloween Horror Nights" at the Universal Studios on Sentosa Island in Singapore.

Earthquake fear ends Dutch gas boom

The Dutch are proud of the way they have created a country by fighting back the ocean -- but when they started making their own earthquakes it proved a step too far.

Disappearing act: What happened to Hong Kong's Umbrella Art?

Illuminated under a spotlight at London's British Museum, hand-drawn sketches of Hong Kong's 2014 Umbrella Movement are part of a new exhibition on dissent that offers a rare glimpse of the artworks produced during the pro-democracy rallies.

New York seeks to claw back 'Big Oyster' past

One sunny morning in New York, a dozen biologists and volunteers stand in knee-deep water, chucking net sacks of oyster shells down a human chain, before planting them in containers on the riverbed.



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