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Second lease of life for abused circus bears in Ukraine

Dental treatment by the best vets, open-air accommodation and fresh fish instead of dubious leftovers and abuse -- life has changed markedly for brown bears rescued from Ukrainian circuses and restaurants.


Bangkok to ban street food stalls in clean-up crusade

Street food stalls will be banned from all of Bangkok's main roads under a clean-up crusade, a city hall official said Tuesday, prompting outcry and anguish in a food-obsessed capital famed for its spicy roadside cuisine.


Thai 'Sin City' finds abstaining from sex hard

In a daring nautical themed outfit, sex worker May confidently predicts the survival of Thai sleaze town Pattaya despite a junta attempt to tame the kingdom's "Sin City".


How Spain became the world leader in organ transplants

Juan Benito Druet has just learned that his life may be about to change. In the next few hours he will receive a healthy kidney thanks to a pioneering system that has made Spain the world leader in organ transplants for the past 25 years.


Sumo exhibition

Sumo wrestlers taking part in a "honozumo" ceremonial sumo exhibition on the grounds of Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.


Afghan women embrace a new empowerment: divorce

When Nadia's heroin addict husband began assaulting her with a metal rod, she did something unthinkable for many women in Afghanistan -- she left him.


Esperanto alive and well, 100 years after inventor's death

Instead of a hello, the head of the Esperanto association in the Polish city of Bialystok opts for "saluton", a sign that the universal language created by Ludwik Zamenhof is alive and well a century after the Jewish doctor's death.


Arab music's alternative ambassadors find fans, and bans

Their voices narrate the unofficial soundtrack of life as an Arab today. But for the artists leading the Arab world's alternative music scene, their work is not revolutionary -- it's a legacy.


Recycling-mad Germans turn to sharing to battle waste

In a warehouse in the western Germany city of Cologne, bottles of deodorant and shower gel plastered with the face of football manager Joachim Loew are stacked all the way up to the ceiling.


Ancient sacred art resurrected in city of Jesus's birth

Down a Bethlehem alleyway, sunlight illuminates a golden icon of the Virgin Mary and Jesus, signalling the revival of an ancient art being practised in the workshop inside.


 

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