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Robot show

A man checking a robot at a robot show held to attract tourists ahead of the Qingdao Beer Festival in China's Shandong province.

South African teens fight gun crime with radio broadcast

Every week a group of bubbly South African teens crowd into a studio to play hip-hop music and trade views on the scourge of neighbourhood gun crime for their community radio show.

For Cubans, a day at the beach is no easy task

Cuba's constitution guarantees its people access to its beaches, but many locals are unable to enjoy the island's pristine white sands and crystal clear blue waters.

Dharma Dogs: Buddhist chants calm stray Myanmar mutts

Pumped out over speakers, Buddhist chants play for packs of stray dogs at a Yangon shelter in an unusual effort to calm them down as Myanmar struggles to control a ballooning canine population and a deadly rabies scourge.


General view of Shiite Imam Ali's historical mosque built in 636 AD in the southern Iraqi city of Basra.

Lavender boom

Lavender fields near Chatuzange-le-Goubet in southeastern France. French lavender has regained a boom, thanks to the explosion of aromatherapy.

Back to basics: Can Croatia revive nudism's glory days?

As an early pioneer of nudism, Croatia's idyllic Adriatic coast has a long and storied history of people stripping down to swim and commune with their surroundings in the naturist tradition.

Swiss specialities: chocolate, cheese and ... wine?

When foreigners think of Swiss specialities that might excite their taste buds, world-renowned chocolate and cheese likely come to mind. Swiss wine? Not so much.


A skateboarder practicing in Havana, Cuba. Without official support or resources, Cuban skateboarders use donated boards on home-made ramps, often under police siege. Photo courtesy: AFP

Taiwanese 'graffiti village' eases elderly loneliness

Nestled in the mist-covered foothills of Taiwan's central mountain range, Ruan Chiao village is virtually devoid of young people, but artist Wu Tsun-hsien is coaxing the Instagram generation back by transforming local homes into a canvas of colour.


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