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The last weekend in February sees the four-day London Fashion Weekend Festival taking place, highlighting the latest trends together with new designers who have received accolades at London Fashion Week. One such designer is Huishan Zhang.

Review: Latest hot trends from London Fashion Week Festival Special

London Fashion Weekend Festival has been playing out to packed audiences over the last weekend in February. The catwalk models have been dazzling audiences with the latest trends and Digital Journal was there to see the action.

Op-Ed: A new magazine for the arts and culture premieres for Marin Special

Despite the upheaval to traditional print by digital technology, arts patron, entrepreneur and now publisher, Meredith Browning Griffin is pleased to announce the debut of a new magazine called 'Marin Arts & Culture.'

Bare cheek as Japan men strip off for naked festival

With only a skimpy loincloth to protect their modesty, thousands of men brave freezing temperatures to fight for lucky charms thrown by a priest at Japan's annual Naked Man Festival.

Interview: Shari Bitterman discusses new book 'Simon the Snail' Special

Children's book author, Ms. Shari Bitterman, sat down and chatted with Digital Journal about her new book, "Simon the Snail."

Struggle against evil sparks China ritual

Villagers in eastern China have a unique way of washing away the taint of evil spirits -- by bathing in a shower of scorching sparks.

Top 10 trends on the New York catwalk

New York fashion week wrapped with designers unable to agree on the season, the future of the runway in jeopardy and anti-Donald Trump political outrage palpable.

Ralph Lauren wows, Kanye grows up, Kors goes plus-size

Fashion royalty Ralph Lauren decorated in wall-to-wall orchids, Kanye West bounced back from a breakdown to put a hijab on the runway and Michael Kors hired his first plus-sized model.Here are the highlights from day seven of New York fashion week.

Hole is where the heart is for Chinese cave dwellers

High in the misty hills of southwestern China, an hour's hike from any road, the lowing of livestock echoes through Zhongdong village, where a group of 18 families live inside an enormous natural cave.

What would Toronto's CN Tower look like with condos stuck on it?

Toronto's CN Tower has become a major tourist attraction since it was completed in 1976 as a giant TV broadcasting antenna. But one design firm thinks the aging tower could be repurposed by "reinvigorating the tower with desirable market condominiums."

Free hairdos boost displaced Iraqi women

Twice a month, beautician Chnoor Khezri takes her equipment to a camp near Mosul and gives displaced Iraqi women who have lost everything a proper pampering and some fresh confidence.

'The Blue Danube' keeps waltzing at 150

Born out of defeat, initially not that popular and dedicated to a river that's more greeny-grey, the beginnings of "The Blue Danube" 150 years ago this week were inauspicious.

Thais in the mood for love as Valentine fever sweeps nation

Babies dressed as cupids, underwater weddings and a government vitamin giveaway to encourage procreation were all part of Thailand's imaginative and bizarre events Tuesday to mark Valentine's Day.

Political power dressing at New York Fashion Week

The catwalk throbbed with politics in New York as designers threw their weight behind a campaign to promote tolerance and La Perla gave women's freedom a boost with a ready-to-wear debut.

Review: New book tells that MI6's man was Popov as the real James Bond Special

Watching the latest Bond movie "Spectre" on Netflix had me thinking about who really was the basis for the "007 James Bond persona?" Was it just one person or several?

Emirati desert festival brings tradition back to life

Women clad in emerald green abayas and men in crisp white gandoura gowns, Emirati folk dancers sway to the steady beat of a Bedouin drum against the desert skyline.

'Rent-a-monk' business thrives as Japanese lose temple ties

In a quiet room thick with the smell of incense, Buddhist monk Kaichi Watanabe chants sutras to commemorate the one-year anniversary of a woman's death.

Millionaire giving away entire home for free

Marco Robinson, a millionaire from England who used to sleep rough on the streets, is giving away an entire fully-furnished home for free.

Op-Ed: Animator keeps his goal in sight of a studio 'on the Plaza' Special

When I talked with him during the second week of January of this New Year of 2017, animator and aspiring entrepreneur Carlos Gomez said he is doing more than just making note of his resolutions. He is taking charge of them.

Millions travel for China's Lunar New Year festival

Thousands of people wearing thick coats and clutching suitcases line up in freezing conditions at Beijing Railway Station in the hope of snagging a ticket home for China's Lunar New Year.

Op-Ed: Berkeley sociologist spotlights the forgotten conservatives Special

Prominent sociologist Arlene Russell Hochschild presents a very down-to-earth and personal view of the conservative-right population of America. Yet what pulled this reporter to read her new book, "Strangers in Their Own Land", was something different.

Dior blasts sweatshirt culture in rave Paris show

Dior struck a blow for the boys and for traditional tailoring Saturday with an all-male show after a week when women turned up on the majority of Paris menswear catwalks.

Op-Ed: Man spends 40 years living alone in ghost town in Colorado

bill barr who insists on spelling his name with lower case letters has lived by himself in Gothic Colorado for 40 years now. Gothic is a ghost town abandoned since the 1920's.

Egyptians throw parties to save in 'money pools'

As belly dancers sway to the music of an Egyptian band playing at a young girl's birthday party, the guests count their cash to add to the pot.

A person is shot by a toddler each week in U.S.

Toddlers have shot, on average, on person each week during the course of 2015 and 2016, according to newly reported statistics.

Op-Ed: Earthquake preparedness is ever-present, especially for SF Bay Special

As the little ghost town of Bodie was rattled this past December, those who prepare for Earthquakes see the trembler as yet another opportunity to remind people that seismic activity is always present.

Many Canadians believe their provinces will fare badly in 2017

A new Angus Reid poll shows that for most Canadians 2016 was a bad year. The survey of 5,128 Canadians found that those surveyed from Newfoundland and Labrador were most pessimistic with 57 percent predicting more bad than good in the province in 2017.

London says goodbye to Dippy after 100 years

For over one hundred years a skeletal reconstruction of a life-size Diplodocus has stood in the entrance of London’s Natural History Museum. Dubbed ‘Dippy’, the model is now going on a national tour.

Ghosts haunt our palace, says Swedish queen

Queen Silvia of Sweden says the royal palace where she resides is haunted, according to a documentary to be aired on public television on Thursday. "There are small friends... ghosts.

Op-Ed: A car 'Climbing to the stars' existed before Tony Bennett song Special

The famous song "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" has a verse that says, "to be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars." Decades before Tony Bennett sang that song,

Anna Wintour made Dame Commander of British Empire

Anna Wintour, the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Magazine, has been made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the Queen's New Year's Honours list.

Strange food fads set for 2017

Each year produces new buzz foods or activities; some of these last while others disappear. With food, some of the odder foods that might make it big in 2017 include seaweed spaghetti, cactus water and smorging.

Why New Year's resolutions might be bad for your relationship

Come early January and many people continue with the custom of making New Year's resolutions...and then promptly break them. Resolutions might seem like harmless fun, but they can also damage relationships.

For poor Algerians, mass weddings a chance to celebrate

Gathered in a tent in the Algerian desert, 30 young women are preparing for a big day many thought they could never afford -- a wedding.

Santa denial gets Italian conductor the sack

Maybe, facing the combined power of Disney and Christmas, orchestra conductor Giacomo Loprieno should have just let it go.
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