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Poaching threatens Balkans' biggest lake

Weary after a day's work on the water, Albanian fisherman Ilir Neziri peers down with disappointment at his small haul of carp from Shkodra, the largest lake in southern Europe.

How to live off the land... in a major US city

Rob Greenfield needs a lift. He often does, as he doesn't own a car. Ride sharing is one of the many ways in which he tries to reduce his carbon footprint -- but the other is more extreme. For the past year, he hasn't spent a cent on food.

South Africa's sacred salt spices up top cuisines

With a sleek swish of his knife, Germaine Esau, the head chef at Cape Town's award-winning Myoga restaurant, slices open a freshly caught tuna, tops it with seaweed and delivers his masterstroke: a sprinkling of sacred Baleni salt.

Goat farmers at climate change frontline in Argentina's wine belt

In a vast valley at the foot of the Andes, Antonio Sazo counts his goats, having ushered them down mountain slopes in the south of the Argentine province of Mendoza, where climate change forces them higher every year in order to graze.

'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.


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