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High-end rebrand makes life sweet for Japan's 'ice farmers'

In a mountainous area north of Tokyo, a priest blows a conch shell as Yuichiro Yamamoto bows and thanks the nature gods for this year's "good harvest": natural ice.

Afghan war takes toll on kids

Sixteen-year-old Madina still has nightmares about the day two huge blasts tore through her school in Kabul, showering shards of broken window glass on her and other students.

Playing god: Japan temple puts faith in robot priest

A 400-year-old temple in Japan is attempting to hot-wire interest in Buddhism with a robotic priest it believes will change the face of the religion -- despite critics comparing the android to "Frankenstein's monster."

New 'co-living' housing option spreads its wings in New York

Nandita Iyer landed in New York from Bombay without knowing anyone, but she didn't want to live alone in a "sketchy studio." So instead she opted for a room in a "coliving" unit.

Romania's 'Roma palaces', a status symbol for poor minority

With their soaring marble columns, turrets and pagoda-style roofs, elaborate mansions built by affluent Roma dot Romania's countryside in their thousands.

Sierra Leone's secret societies mark bodies and minds

Wearing a fading Mickey Mouse T-shirt, her knees hugged to her chest, eight-year-old Musu Kamara sits in a corrugated shack in Sierra Leone's capital waiting for her initiation into a secret society.

Hidden mysteries lie in wait inside Kenya's fossil treasury

The only hint that something extraordinary lay inside the plain wooden drawer in an unassuming office behind Nairobi National Museum was a handwritten note stuck to the front: "Pull Carefully".

Royal barge procession

Royal Thai Navy personnel rehearsing for the Royal Barge Procession along Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. The Royal Barge Procession on October 24 will be the final event for the Coronation of King Rama X of Thailand.

'Raucous' seagulls: Parisians' new noisy neighbors

Parisians need no longer go to the beach, in the time-honoured August tradition, to hear the plaintive cries of seagulls, but the birds' growing cacophony is ruffling many feathers in the French capital.

In a London workshop, artisans craft bespoke globes

In 2008, Peter Bellerby set out to buy his father a high quality handmade globe as an 80th birthday present.


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