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Written in the stars: In chaos Thai politicians turn to clairvoyants

A hand-drawn map of constellations and planetary orbits shows Thailand in the throes of a "gateway" year of change, says astrologer Pinyo Pongcharoen -- one of a legion of fortune tellers sought out by politicians in chaotic and unpredictable times.


Farmers harvesting water mimosa, a popular Cambodian vegetable dish, at a farm in Phnom Penh.

Carpenter preserves old Shanghai, one nail at a time

Carpenter Ma Jiale has spent much of his working life lovingly repairing some of Shanghai's most attractive -- if rather decrepit -- historical buildings.

Say it with roses

Roses seen at a rose plantation in Cayambe, Ecuador, ahead of Valentine's Day.

Adopt an olive tree, and breathe new life into Spanish village

"They're over 500 years old," says Sira Plana proudly as she points to Oliete's olive groves, many of which are thriving now thanks to an adoption scheme that has prevented this northeastern Spanish village from dying out.

Lamp display

Visitors looking at displays of traditional Chinese stories, paintings, cartoons and lamps at the Yellow River lamp display set out in a maze layout in Gucheng Village in northwestern China's Gansu Province.

Cute and empowering, Galentine's Day takes off in US

For some people, facing the onslaught of Valentine's Day flowers, candy and marketing can be overwhelming if you are single. For Riya Patel, it's a reason to celebrate love -- platonic love -- even by long distance.

Gotta gram 'em all: must-snap locations testing Hong Kong's patience

For smartphone-wielding hordes of tourists, Hong Kong boasts a host of must-have Instagram locations -- but crowds of snap-happy travellers are testing local patience and transforming once quaint pockets of the bustling metropolis.

Egypt tunes into nostalgia for golden age of Arab song

Standing before a rapt crowd, Ahmed Adel oozes charm with his passionate performance of an Egyptian classic, evoking a romantic nostalgia for Arabic songs of the past.

The art and science of Japan's cherry blossom forecast

As spring approaches in Japan, the country's weather forecasters face one of their biggest missions of the year: predicting exactly when the famed cherry blossoms will bloom.



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