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Cuban cigars: a treasure from Havana to Beijing

When they rip the big green leaves from the tobacco plant, Cuban farmers know they're touching gold.


Learning how to fight in a healthy marriage

Healthy conflict, by contrast, is focused on the issues that cause disagreement.


Indonesia scrubbing the world's dirtiest river

The scabies on Indonesian rice farmer Yusuf Supriyadi's limbs are a daily reminder of the costs of living next to the "world's dirtiest river".


Beret-mania as fashion ditches beanie for French classic

What do Rihanna, Che Guevara nostalgics, and the Kardashian clan all have in common? They are all bonkers about berets.


Mandatory exercise at the office, Sweden's latest craze

Workers spending their lunch break at the gym may be commonplace in most Western countries, but in Sweden some employers are pushing the idea even further, making on-the-job exercise compulsory.


Festival

Villagers dressed in traditional costume parading during the She Huo (社火) festival on the outskirts of Longxian (陇县) in China's Shaanxi province. Villagers in northern China wake up before dawn to paint their faces with pinkish make-up, don colorful robes and wield swords to represent legendary figures for the She Huo festival, a unique event capping Chinese New Year celebrations.


Lantern festival

Visitors walking past an ancient gate lit up with LED lights during the Lantern Festival in Taipei.


Rock art and mystery: Ancient camel sculptures in Saudi desert

Squinting in the Saudi desert, Hussain al-Khalifah points at his unprecedented archaeological discovery -- camels carved on russet-hued rocky spurs that could shed new light on the evolution of rock art.


Something borrowed: grooms and guests for hire in Vietnam

Kha's wedding day looked perfect from the outside but she was hiding a dark secret: the 27-year-old was three months pregnant and her husband was fake, hired for a staged wedding to avoid the social stigma of becoming a single mother.


In China's eSport schools students learn it pays to play

Most teachers would not be impressed to discover a student playing video games in their class. But at a school in eastern China it is mandatory, part of a drive to train eSport champions and tap into the booming industry.


 

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