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'Ghost' fishing gear: the trash haunting ocean wildlife

Far out in the South Atlantic Ocean, invisible to the South African coastline, diver Pascal Van Erp surfaced with an abandoned lobster cage covered in algae and other marine organisms.


French musicals strike a chord in China

French musicals that were hits in their country have struck a chord and found a second life far from home -- in China, where fans sing along with the foreign cast.


Graffiti speak volumes in Chile's protest crisis

A visitor wondering what the deadly unrest in Chile is about can learn a lot from the graffiti that has blanketed the capital's streets.


E-cigs may damage the heart, study says

Vaping devices and the chemicals they deliver -- increasingly popular among teens -- may damage the cardiovascular system, a study said, adding to a growing chorus of concern over injury and deaths related to e-cigarettes.


Croatian turns garden into site for plane parties

In the middle of a tiny village in northwestern Croatia lies a Fokker-100 plane parked in a local resident's garden, but after 23 years of travelling the world, the aircraft will not be going anywhere.


Hong Kong's candyman turns sweets into an art form

Using a pair of scissors, a blow pipe and small metal tools, Hong Kong shopkeeper Louis To whittles a chunk of molten sugar into a dragon, a talent he began honing during China's Cultural Revolution.


Music by the numbers: scientists reveal a secret to great song writing

What makes some music so enjoyable, and can science help us engineer the perfect pop song?


Shrinking Arctic ice linked to spread of deadly animal virus

The decline in Arctic sea ice sparked by global warming is already forcing animals, including the polar bear, to adapt or die -- but now scientists warn it could also be exposing them to new, deadly diseases.


Cairo delights at sweet candies as Muslim festival nears

The sweet smell of candies wafts through downtown Cairo's historic Bab al-Bahr street as the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi", draws near.


Environment now a focus for young Chinese: sci-fi author

China's millennials are increasingly pursuing happiness and sustainable living rather than wealth and luxury, award-winning sci-fi writer Chen Qiufan says, insisting the nation's youth are waking up to environmental issues.


 

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