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Qatar's prized racing camels swim for success

Doha - Deep in the Qatari desert, Musharif spends his afternoons swimming in a large pool that doubles as a jacuzzi, just one of the perks of being a racing camel.

Trevi fountain runs red with 'blood' of persecuted Christians

Rome - The Trevi fountain in Rome was bathed in red light Friday, symbolising the spilt blood of persecuted Christians, in a grim makeover for one of Italy's most iconic monuments.

Spanish government in tug-of-war with family over Lorca archive

Madrid - Spanish authorities and the family of the late poet Federico Garcia Lorca, who was killed during the civil war, are engaged in a fierce battle over what to do with his archive.

Unseen Beatles footage released

Sydney - Never-before-seen footage of The Beatles "mucking around" in a make-up studio ahead of a television performance, shot more than half a century ago, was released by Australia's national film and sound archive Tuesday.

Unseen Beatles footage released

Sydney - Never-before-seen footage of The Beatles "mucking around" in a make-up studio ahead of a television performance, shot more than half a century ago, was released by Australia's national film and sound archive Tuesday.

Unseen Beatles footage released

Sydney - Never-before-seen footage of The Beatles "mucking around" in a make-up studio ahead of a television performance, shot more than half a century ago, was released by Australia's national film and sound archive Tuesday.

Sudan palace-museum recalls restive Darfur's royal past

Sheikh Habibullah - Tucked between palm trees and verdant lawns in the centre of Darfur's El Fasher, the palace of the restive Sudanese region's last sultan has become a rare focus of pride, 100 years after his death.

Myanmar's 'long-necked' women hope to turn tourism into homecoming

- Wearing a stack of bronze neck coils -- a sign of beauty for her Kayan tribe -- Mu Par dreams of a time when all "long-necked" women can return to Myanmar from Thailand where they are a tourist attraction.

Pakistan's Kalash fight for their identity with UNESCO bid

Chitral - Pakistan's smallest religious minority, the Kalash speak their own language and celebrate their gods through music, dance -- and alcohol, which they brew themselves in Chitral's plunging verdant valleys.

Mexico music video showing woman murder sparks outrage

- A man finds his lover in bed with another man. He pulls a gun, shoots the rival dead, ties up the woman, drags her to a car, stuffs her in the trunk and smiles as he sets it on fire.

Squatters barrier to protecting Delhi's ancient monuments

New Delhi - In the crypt of a 16th-century nationally protected tomb in New Delhi, a family is busy preparing a meal in their brightly painted kitchen that boasts a fridge and electricity.

Size matters at Japan phallus festival

Kawasaki - Japanese revellers carried giant phalluses through the streets of Kawasaki on Sunday to worship the humble penis and fertility in one of the world's most unusual festivals.

American becomes Japan's first salaried foreign ninja

Toukyo - A region of Japan looking to use "ninja" warriors to boost tourism has made an American man the first foreigner to draw a salary for joining the ranks of the stealth assassins.

Priceless tomes in Italy hold key to European identity

Rome - As Europe struggles with an identity crisis, a new exhibition in Rome looks at the birth of European culture through ancient manuscripts and the earliest printed books, including a first edition of Dante's Divine Comedy.

Trump effigy set ablaze in Mexico Easter ritual

- An effigy of US presidential contender Donald Trump -- a hated figure for many in Mexico -- was set ablaze in a contemporary twist on a Holy Week ritual.

Parachute jackets and bandage skirts: Fashion in communist Poland

Srodmiescie - An elegant former hotel employee remembers dyeing gauze bandages and turning them into ruffled skirts to remain fashionable despite chronic shortages in communist-era Poland.

Gaza rockers and rappers struggle to carve out a space

Gaza - Khamiss Abu Shaban's band would love to wow the kinds of crowds seen elsewhere, but in Hamas-run Gaza they struggle to find venues and instruments, let alone get permission to play.

U.S. tourists seek preserved Cuba — and Cubans seek change

Havana - American Sue Pemberton rushed to Havana to experience authentic Cuba before the communist island gets swamped by capitalism. The only problem: millions of other foreigners had exactly the same idea.

Cartoon Henry Kissinger drafted in to praise China's Xi

Bejing - The latest recruit to China's cartoon propaganda videos is an animated Henry Kissinger lauding President Xi Jinping.

'Monday Afternoon Fever' in South Korea's old-age discos

Seoul - As the mercury outside plunges to minus 10 degrees on an ice-cold Monday afternoon, the dance floor inside the Kukilgwan Palace is packed with grey-haired Korean couples moving to the rhythms of high-volume disco.

Heartbreak as historic Hong Kong village demolished

Hong Kong - A 650-year-old urban walled village in Hong Kong -- the last of its kind -- will be destroyed to make way for development in what critics say is another nail in the coffin for the city's cultural heritage.

European culture capital San Sebastien kicks off 'peace' festivities

Donostia-san Sebasti - San Sebastian kicked off its year as the European Capital of Culture Saturday with a concert on the beach as the northern Spanish city pushes a banner of peace years after being hit by waves of violence.

Culture capital San Sebastian pushes peace to heal ETA wounds

Donostia-san Sebasti - Few cities have savoured peace in recent times as much as Spain's San Sebastian, which becomes European culture capital just a few years after Basque separatist group ETA ended decades of killings and kidnappings.

Philanthropists hand Lithuania world-class modern art museum

Vilnius - Local philanthropists are teaming up with a world-renowned architect to hand Lithuania's capital Vilnius its first modern art museum, with doors due to open in early 2019.

In old Damascus, war threatens Syrian handicrafts

Damascus - In his cramped workshop in Damascus, Mohammad Abdallah delicately etches away at wooden panels inlaid with mother-of-pearl, a craft he perfected over a decade before the outbreak of Syria's war.

Indonesian tattooists revive tribal traditions

Jogjakarta - Men in tribal dress stand amid dense jungle on the Indonesian island of Java, their bodies covered in elaborate, traditional tattoos inspired by cultures in distant corners of the vast, tropical archipelago.

Sri Lanka cricket stars sorry for Enrique concert chaos

Colombo - An entertainments company owned by two Sri Lankan cricket legends apologised Monday for an Enrique Iglesias concert where local women shed their underwear, sparking outrage from the country's president.

Tajikistan bans Christmas trees, decorations in schools

Dushanbe - Tajikistan has tightened restrictions on celebrations of the traditional festive season in schools in the Central Asian country, banning Christmas trees and gift-giving.

Iraq gets first beauty queen since 1972

Baghdad - "Some people out there think we don't love life," said Humam al-Obeidi, one of the organisers, as the crowd spilled out of the Baghdad hotel ballroom where the pageant was held.

Culture war brews over S.African golden rhino figurine

Pretoria - For years, South Africa's apartheid government ignored the significance of a "golden rhino" figurine that provides undeniable proof of a sophisticated society existing before white men arrived.
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