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Archaeologists go high-tech in 2,500-year-old Greek cold case

Atenas - More than 2,500 years ago, an Athenian nobleman named Cylon -- the first recorded Olympic champion -- tried to take over the city of Athens and install himself as its sole ruler.

Chinese deities end SE Asia luxury tour

Singapore - A statue of a Chinese goddess that became a social media sensation after being pictured flying business class for a Southeast Asian tour has headed home after putting her feet up at a premium airport lounge in Singapore, organisers said Monday.

Brazilian port where slaves arrived given UNESCO status

Varsovia - The Valongo wharf in Rio de Janeiro where slaves from Africa first arrived in Brazil has been added to the list of World Heritage sites, UNESCO announced on Sunday.

Palestinians, Israelis square off on UNESCO vote on Hebron

Hebron - The United Nations' cultural arm will decide whether to declare the Old City of Hebron a protected zone this week, the latest Israeli-Palestinian spat at the international body.

Dynamite fishing, drugs, threaten Myanmar's 'sea gypsies'

- With a swift breath the teenage boy dives into the turquoise waters of southern Myanmar, a spear clutched in his hand, but below him lies nothing but a graveyard of broken, grey coral.

S.Africa's 'White Zulu' Johnny Clegg bids fans goodbye

Johanesburg - After nearly four decades of foot-stomping music that challenged South Africa's apartheid regime and promoted racial reconciliation, Johnny Clegg -- aka "the White Zulu" -- is heading out on his final tour.

Hong Kong's allure fading in mainland China

Bejing - When Naomi Wu was a teenager, she and her friends would ride the train from mainland China to Hong Kong several times a year to shop for clothes and designer handbags.

In a Norwegian Wood, a 22nd century library grows

Oslo - Some will never know if their books were appreciated by readers, many of whom aren't born yet. Every year for 100 years, a different author will contribute to the "Future Library", a collection of works to be published only in the next century.

Hong Kong's history: From backwater to metropolis

Hong Kong - Modern-day Hong Kong is best known for its sprawl of skyscrapers, a bustling financial hub off the southern coast of mainland China and a regional conduit for trade.

Bloodied at Chinese fight club for $75

Chengdu - Every Friday night, fighters trade blows in a ring in the dimly lit Monster Club in southwest China, competing for a $75 payday as a crowd cheer them on.

Iceland, an open-air Hollywood studio

Reykjav - Crystal clear ice caves, glacial lakes, spewing volcanoes and crashing waterfalls framed by dark lava columns: Iceland's breathtaking landscapes have become a magnet for Hollywood moviemakers looking to conjure up otherworldly scenery.

China's dog meat festival opens despite ban rumours

Yulin - A notorious Chinese dog meat festival opened on Wednesday with sellers torching the hair off carcasses, butchers chopping slabs of canines and cooks frying up dishes, dispelling rumours that authorities would ban sales this year.

China's dog meat festival opens despite ban rumours

Yulin - A notorious Chinese dog meat festival opened on Wednesday with butchers hacking slabs of canines and cooks frying the flesh despite rumours that authorities would impose a ban this year.

China's dog meat festival opens despite ban rumours

Yulin - A notorious Chinese dog meat festival opened on Wednesday with butchers hacking slabs of canines and cooks frying the flesh despite rumours that authorities would impose a ban this year.

China's dog meat festival opens despite ban rumours

Yulin - A notorious Chinese dog meat festival opened on Wednesday with butchers hacking slabs of canines and cooks frying the flesh despite rumours that authorities would impose a ban this year.

Gay Pride parade targets Brazil's religious conservatives

S - Hundreds of thousands assembled Sunday in Sao Paulo for one of the world's most important Gay Pride parades, spurred by concern that religious conservatives are taking aim at hard-won LGBT rights.

Rio mayor considers slashing funds for carnival

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella said Monday that he is considering drastic cuts to city funding for the samba schools at the heart of the annual carnival extravaganza.

Art seeks to heal wounds in divided Cyprus

Paphos - Inside an art gallery on the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Selma Bolayir draws a large yellow sun on a black-and-white picture of a South Vietnamese soldier who appears to be crying.

Israel minister says state won't fund shows with nudity

Jerusalem - Israel's outspoken culture minister is threatening to withhold funding from two productions showing at a top festival because they contain nudity, provoking mockery and claims of censorship.

'Dinosaur' Philippine jeepneys face uncertain future

Manila - Peter Dallos shouts above the rumble of his smoke-belching engine urging passengers to clamber quickly on to his dilapidated red jeepney.

'Dinosaur' Philippine jeepneys face uncertain future

Manila - Peter Dallos shouts above the rumble of his smoke-belching engine urging passengers to clamber quickly on to his dilapidated red jeepney.

'Dinosaur' Philippine jeepneys face uncertain future

Manila - Peter Dallos shouts above the rumble of his smoke-belching engine urging passengers to clamber quickly on to his dilapidated red jeepney.

Warsaw museum spotlights remains of destroyed city

Varsovia - Curator Jaroslaw Trybus points to a glass display case with an ornate brass door handle inside.

Arts figures condemn raid on top Moscow theatre in fraud probe

Moscow - Prominent Russian arts figures including the Bolshoi theatre chief on Wednesday condemned investigators for raiding a top Moscow theatre and the home of its outspoken director in a fraud probe.

China scrambles to tame bike chaos

Bejing - A booming rental bike business has flooded China's streets with packs of cyclists, but their habit of going the wrong way and abandoning their rides anywhere is causing havoc.

Outcry at Philippine ban on religious 'distractions'

Manila - Philippine authorities have banned hanging rosaries and religious icons off car dashboards because of safety concerns, prompting an outcry from the Catholic Church which insists they offer divine intervention on the nation's chaotic roads.

Robot rockers lead Lithuania's street music day

Vilnius - From folk singers to an all-robot rock band, hundreds of Lithuanian music lovers flocked streets and squares Saturday to celebrate Street Music Day in dozens of cities and towns nationwide.

Stories of Hong Kong: Hopes and fears on landmark anniversary

Hong Kong - Divided by age, wealth and politics, the people of Hong Kong will mark the 20th anniversary of its transfer from Britain back to China with contrasting emotions: anger and pessimism, pride and celebration.

Stories of Hong Kong: Hopes and fears on landmark anniversary

Hong Kong - Divided by age, wealth and politics, the people of Hong Kong will mark the 20th anniversary of its transfer from Britain back to China with contrasting emotions: anger and pessimism, pride and celebration.

Stories of Hong Kong: Hopes and fears on landmark anniversary

Hong Kong - Divided by age, wealth and politics, the people of Hong Kong will mark the 20th anniversary of its transfer from Britain back to China with contrasting emotions: anger and pessimism, pride and celebration.
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