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Girl meets boy: Taiwan's tribal matchmaking festival

Hualian - As night falls on a square in the village of Matai'an, young women cast critical eyes over a dancing circle of men in embroidered skirts and feathered head dresses as part of an ancient match-making ritual.

Colombians combat stress with 'Day of Laziness'

Itagui - Colombians in the city of Itagui hauled mattresses and hammocks into the streets Sunday to mark the annual "World Laziness Day," a quirky effort to urge overstressed workers to slow down.

Turkmenistan bans alcohol ahead of flagship sporting event

Ashgabat - Reclusive Turkmenistan has banned sales of alcohol until October to ensure "public order" ahead of a key sporting event the country is hosting next month, an official in the trade ministry told AFP Saturday.

Review: Dr. Ziva Flamhaft amazing on bold new memoir 'War Widow' Special

Tel Aviv - Professor Ziva Bakman-Flamhaft is back with her new book, "War Widow: How the Six Day War Changed My Life A Memoir," and it is very compelling.

Transgender 'bathroom bill' collapses in Texas

Chicago - Rights activists celebrated Wednesday the collapse of legislation to restrict transgender people's use of bathrooms in Texas, but proponents on both sides of the bitter divide warned the battle was far from over.

Grace Mugabe claims diplomatic immunity in S.Africa assault case

Johanesburg - Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe has claimed diplomatic immunity after being accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model, South African police said Wednesday, confirming she had not fled the country.

One million dance lovers gather at Japan's 'Awa' festival

Bandai-cho - Over a million performers and spectators will flock to a western Japanese city this weekend for one of the country's largest dance festivals, after organisers stepped up efforts to accommodate foreign visitors.

Op-Ed: San Francisco's Matt Richtel rivals Michael Crichton in new book Special

San Francisco - As technology moves quickly into the third decade of the 21st Century, some people continue to fear it. The future is always unknown. But for one writer embracing tech will help us avoid 'blind spots.'

Chinese 'Sex and the City' confronts awkward truths

Shanghai - A wildly popular drama likened to "Sex and the City" is breaking ground on China's staid state television with content that strikes at the heart of life today for the nation's urban women.

Review: Eric Hafker excellent on second edition of poetry book 'Bare' Special

Poet, editor and educator Eric Hafker has released the second edition of his critically acclaimed poetry book "Bare" via Moving Poetry Press.

Shellfish, fire and Party praise: beach breaks, North Korea style

- Take several dozen North Korean clams. Arrange vent-down on concrete slab. Douse liberally with petrol. Ignite. Add fuel until cooked.

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