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China's economic miracle: 40-year rise in numbers

Bejing - Four decades after China's late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping masterminded the "reform and opening up" policy, the Asian giant has become an economic superpower, behind only the United States.Here we break down the transformation in numbers.

Joy as US-seized bells ring again on Philippine soil

Balangiga - A sleepy central Philippine town erupted in joy on Saturday as bells looted from its church more than a century ago by vengeful US troops were turned over to the community, and rang once again on their home soil.

40 years in the making: Five lives changed by China's reforms

Bejing - China's "reform and opening up" policy brought monumental changes to society in the world's most populous country since its launch 40 years ago under late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping.

Egypt arrests two over nude tourists on pyramid

Apo - Egyptian authorities Thursday arrested a camel driver and a woman accused of having helped two Danes scale the Great Pyramid of Giza to take a video and naked photograph, sparking outrage in the country.

Putin praises dissident writer Solzehnitsyn on centenary

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled a statue honouring writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn on the centenary of his birth Tuesday, hailing as a patriot the dissident whose work was once banned.

Egypt probes images of naked couple atop pyramid

Apo - Egyptian authorities have launched an investigation into images said to show a naked couple who scaled the Great Pyramid that has sparked outrage in the conservative Muslim country, an official said Tuesday.

US returns war trophy bells to Philippines

Manila - Church bells seized from the Philippines by US troops as war trophies over a century ago were returned on Tuesday, in a bid to turn the page on a difficult chapter between the historical allies.

Land of Noah: Armenia's history and culture

Yerevan - Armenia on Sunday holds snap parliamentary polls that were sparked by reformist Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan last month.Here are five points on the culture and history of the tiny landlocked mountainous nation located in the South Caucasus.

Solzhenitsyn's son back in Russia with opera for centenary

Moscow - Alexander Solzhenitsyn and his family were exiled from the Soviet Union after he exposed the horrors of the country's labour camps to the world.

Arc de Triomphe: site of joy, pride and tear gas

Paris - The image of the Arc de Triomphe, which pays homage to France's war dead, has appeared on television screens across the world through a cloud of tear gas, as violent protests erupted in Paris.

Poland's glittering Christmas creches win UNESCO status

Krakow - Nativity scenes that are a centuries-old Christmas tradition in Poland's historic royal capital Krakow were granted UNESCO special status on Thursday, being added to its register of "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity".

I.Coast to ask France to return a hundred works of art

Abidjan - Ivory Coast became the latest country to ask France to return works of art Wednesday, days after Paris said it was willing to hand back artefacts looted from Africa.

Brexit deal: The end of a loveless 46-year marriage

Apo - The divorce deal approved by Britain and the European Union on Sunday sets the stage for the end of a nearly 46-year marriage of convenience, built on prudence rather than shared dreams.

Ukraine remembers Stalin-era famine after 85 years

Kiev - Ukrainians on Saturday marked 85 years since millions died in a Soviet-era famine that many now regard as a genocide ordered by then leader Joseph Stalin.

France to return African treasures to Benin

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday agreed to return 26 cultural artefacts to Benin "without delay", a move that could put pressure on other former colonial powers to return African artworks to their countries of origin.

France to return 26 artworks to Benin

Paris - France's President Emmanuel Macron agreed Friday to return 26 artworks to Benin "without delay," his office said.

Aged 97, survivor looks back on Stalin-era Ukraine famine

Kiev - Oksana Ostapenko was 12 years old and facing death from hunger when a stranger saved her life by taking the girl into his family and sharing the last of their food.

Italy film recalls pain of forgotten WWII massacres

Rome - A new film is shining an uncomfortable light on the fate of thousands of Italians killed in massacres on the Yugoslav frontier at the end of the Second World War.

Looted Byzantine mosaic goes on display at Cyprus museum

Nicosia - A centuries-old mosaic of Saint Mark has gone on display at a Cyprus museum that now plans to reunite it with the 11 other apostles decades after it was looted in the island's Turkish-held north.

Africans cheer call for France to return treasures

Paris - African museum directors on Wednesday welcomed an expert report calling on France to allow the return of thousands of African treasures and artworks, a radical policy shift that could put pressure on other former colonial powers.

Virtual reality resurrects ancient Rome bit by bit

Rome - Gazing upon the splendours of ancient Rome is no longer a luxury reserved for visitors to the Italian capital, as temples opened their doors internationally with a digital project launched Wednesday after decades of planning.

S. Korea to close Japan-funded 'comfort women' foundation

Seoul - South Korea on Wednesday announced the formal shutdown of a controversial Japanese-funded foundation created to help former wartime sex slaves -- a move that will further sour ties between the neighbours.

AI used by historians to study periods of violence

Oxford - A new application of artificial intelligence has enabled researchers to study the contributory factors that have led to violence in the past. The particular focus is with societies that have majority and minority populations with distinct religions.

Spain takes first step towards historic 'stolen babies' law

Madrid - Spanish lawmakers voted unanimously Tuesday in favour of examining an "historic" bill to probe the "stolen babies" scandal that saw scores of newborns snatched from their parents during and after Francisco Franco's dictatorship.

Looters plunder Albania's sunken treasures

Vlora - Albania's long underexplored coastal waters have become a hotspot for treasure hunters scooping up ancient pottery, sunken ship parts and other shell-encrusted relics that have lain on the seabed for centuries.

Greece marks anniversary of anti-junta uprising

Atenas - At least 12,000 Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Saturday to mark the 45th anniversary of a 1973 student revolt against a US-backed junta, police said.

Cultural renaissance sweeps Latvia for centenary

Riga - With homegrown books and films topping sales in Latvia after decades of foreign cultural domination, the small Baltic state is in the throes of a cultural renaissance as it marks 100 years of independence.

MEPs urge Amazon's Bezos to drop Soviet-themed goods

Vilnius - Members of the European Parliament on Friday called on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to stop selling Soviet-themed merchandise on the global online shopping platform insisting that it is offends victims of the regime, according to an open letter.

Key moments in the trial of two senior Khmer Rouge leaders

Phnom Penh - Senior Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan on Friday were sentenced to life in prison on charges of genocide, a landmark verdict since the UN-backed tribunal launched in 2006.

Marie Antoinette's jewels up for auction in Geneva

Geneva - Marie Antoinette's diamonds and pearls, not seen in public for two centuries, go under the hammer in Geneva Wednesday in what has been billed as one of the most important royal jewellery auctions in history.
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