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Chinese opera troupe keeps waning art form alive in Thailand

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(Thailand, Nakhon Pathom-AFP) -- The Lau San Chia Soon opera troupe is one of around twenty still performing throughout Thailand -- an art form under threat by changing cultural habits and demographics in a kingdom reshaped by centuries of immigration from the north. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS/ AFPTV), 2016.

Blur frontman Damon Albarn at Mali's Festival Acoustik

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(Mali, Bamako-AFP) -- Mali's Festival Acoustik welcomes international names such as Blur frontman Damon Albarn and African stars including Nigerian drummer Tony Allen. It comes two months after a deadly jihadist attack on a major hotel in the Malian capital. Photo courtesy: AFP

France's most unique ski resort... a spoil tip

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(France, Nœux-les-Mines-AFP) -- The Noeux-les-Mines ski resort in France's northern Pas-de-Calais region is celebrating its twentieth birthday. The synthetic slopes form France's lowest resort at only 129 metres altitude. But what's more, they've been built on the refuse of decades-old mining excavations. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS/ AFPTV), 2016.

South Asian art comes under the spotlight at India Art Fair

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(India, New Delhi-AFP) -- From blank-faced Buddhas to metallic bikinis, the Indian Art Fair - the largest in South Asia - showcases the region's vibrant contemporary art scene. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS/ AFPTV), 2016.

Madrid's Global expo predicts more roles for robots

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The Global Robot Expo opens in Madrid, with producers predicting that robots will play an increasing role in everyday life from leisure to security, cleaning to communication. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS/ AFPTV), 2016.

Epic 'Snow Wars' snowball fight kicks off in Washington

Animal count takes place at London Zoo

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London Zoo holds its stocktake, a compulsory annual count required as part of the zoo's licence. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS/ AFPTV), 2015.

Dying art? A recipe to save Hong Kong's handmade dim sum

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With much of the city's famous "dim sum" snacks now factory-made, a core of dedicated chefs are determined to prevent the handmade tradition from dying out. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS/ AFPTV), 2015.

In the Alps, artificial snow saves the holiday ski season

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(France, Alpe d'Huez-AFP) -- With warm temperatures and little snowfall, ski resorts in the Alps are once again turning to artificial snow to cover the mountains in time for the holiday season. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS/ AFPTV), 2015.

Floating houses - the future of living with climate change?

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(United Kingdom, Oxford-AFP) -- Britain is infamous for its wet weather, but in recent years flooding has become an increasingly serious problem which many attribute to the effects of climate change. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS/ AFPTV), 2015.


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