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New breed of US survivalists prepped for collapse

Mathias - The narrow, worn track in West Virginia, close to the foothills of the Appalachians, leads to a camp set back in the woods, where a group of US survivalists began preparing for the collapse of civilization long before the arrival of the new coronavirus...

With megaphones, Brazil orders Rio beach-goers home

Rio De Janeiro - Anyone hoping to escape wall-to-wall coronavirus coverage with a day at the beach can forget about it in Rio de Janeiro, where authorities armed with megaphones blared out messages Monday ordering everyone home.

Daredevil Nik Wallenda walks tightrope across active volcano

Managua - American daredevil Nik Wallenda walked a tightrope across the crater of an active volcano in Nicaragua Wednesday, taking half an hour to traverse the boiling lake of lava spewing toxic gases.

Twitter tests vanishing tweets to keep up with Snapchat, Facebook

San Francisco - Twitter said Wednesday it is testing a way for users to "think aloud" with tweets that vanish after a day instead of having posts linger.

Sequins, skin and politics as Rio carnival opens

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro kicked off its annual carnival parades Sunday in a swirl of glitter, sequins and barely covered skin, an over-the-top spectacle that this year is packed with political commentary on Brazil's far-right government.

Culture war rages amid the glitter at Rio carnival

Rio De Janeiro - The sanctuary at her evangelical mega-church in Rio de Janeiro is where Eleonor Teresa Sousa comes to feel closer to God, and farther from the sin of a city gearing up for carnival.

'Jetman' stuns with Iron Man-style flight over Dubai

Dubai - Daredevil Vince Reffet has soared into the skies above Dubai in the latest "Jetman" stunt, taking off from the ground and climbing to 1,800metres (nearly 6,000 feet) in a feat reminiscent of Marvel's "Iron Man" and hailed as a world first.

Same-sex couple to waltz into Vienna's history books

Vienna - When Sophie Grau and Iris Klopfer take to the floor as two of the debutants at Vienna's prestigious Opera Ball on Thursday, they will be dancing their way into history.

Body work: Russia's 'biohackers' push boundaries

Moscow - Gripping a scalpel, Vladislav Zaitsev makes an incision in the fold of skin between his client's thumb and index finger and pushes in a small glass cylinder.

Will Facebook Dating swipe online lovebirds out of digital nest?

Paris - All's fair in electronic love and dating - or is it? The battle for hearts and minds of couples seeking their perfect match online has taken a new turn.

Gazans delight in home-produced chocolate goodies

Gaza - Off a bumpy dirt road in Gaza city, a group of children stood outside a half-open factory door, desperate to get their hands on what was being made inside. "We want chocolate!

French nipping at Scottish heels in whisky market

Paris - They are known the world over for producing some of the best wines in the world: now the French have set their sights on nipping into the international whisky market.

Celebs, rugs and rock 'n' roll: New York Fashion Week highlights

New York - From recycled cashmere and protective clothing for uncertain times to singer Debbie Harry and tennis star Maria Sharapova, AFP takes a look at the latest highlights from New York Fashion Week.

Samsung joins the fold with Galaxy Z Flip smartphone

San Francisco - Samsung on Tuesday unveiled its second folding smartphone, a "Z Flip" handset with a lofty price tag aimed at "trendsetters."The smartphone flips open, like a pocket cosmetics case, opening into a 6.7-inch screen.

Samsung unveils Galaxy Z Flip folding smartphone

San Francisco - Samsung on Tuesday unveiled its second folding phone, a "Z Flip" model with a lofty price tag aimed at "trendsetters."The smartphone flips open, like a pocket cosmetics case, opening into a 6.7-inch screen.

What you need to know about New York Fashion Week

New York - New York Fashion Week starts on Thursday, kicking off this year's catwalk season. Here is everything you need to know about the autumn-winter 2020 shows.

Toy Story: Hong Kong protest models become major hit

Fpo - Intricately detailed Hong Kong protester figurines have become the latest must-have collectables as toy stores recreate the pro-democracy movement's street battles with police in their shop displays.

Art blooms in gritty Dakar neighbourhood

Dakar - Mamadou Boye Diallo, an art curator with a penchant for heart-shaped glasses, calls Dakar's working-class Medina neighbourhood an open-air museum.

McQueen criticises BAFTA for lack of diversity

London - Oscar-winning British director Steve McQueen has criticised Britain's top film awards following controversy over the lack of diversity in this year's nominations.

Toyota's 'woven' city, TVs as smartphones: CES highlights

Las Vegas - A smart city from Toyota and a new 5G smartphone from China's TCL were among the announcements Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show preview day.Here are a few highlights from the events at CES, set to formally open on Tuesday in Las Vegas.

Superfast 5G on the slow road at gadget gala

Las Vegas - It will be revolutionary when superfast 5G mobile networks come to our gadgets, cars and digital lives.

Elephants in Thailand 'broken' for lucrative animal tourism

Chiang Mai - Separated from their mothers, jabbed with metal hooks, and sometimes deprived of food -- many Thai elephants are tamed by force before being sold to lucrative tourism sites increasingly advertised as 'sanctuaries' to cruelty-conscious travellers.

French fashion house Sonia Rykiel to be relaunched

Paris - Two co-founders of online store Showroomprive on Wednesday announced they would relaunch French fashion label Sonia Rykiel, nearly five months after its demise following a court ruling.

Brazil granny turned lingerie model shines light on older women

S - Wearing nothing but a lacy bra and matching panties, Brazilian grandmother Helena Schargel strikes a seductive pose during a photo shoot featuring her latest lingerie designs for women over 60.

YouTube bans 'implied' threats

San Francisco - YouTube broadened its anti-harassment policies on Wednesday to include a ban on "implied" threats along with insults based on race, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Banana-eating performance artist was 'hungry'

New York - Performance artist David Datuna waited two hours until "I was hungry" before eating a pricey banana artwork in Miami, he explained with laughter on Monday after returning to New York.

Major museum heists

Paris - The art heist at a museum in Dresden on Monday is the latest major robbery of artworks and precious objects from museums.

'Priceless' jewels snatched from German state museum

Berlin - Robbers made off with priceless 18th century jewellery from a state museum in Dresden on Monday, police and museum directors said, in a major art heist that has shocked Germany.

Tesla cybertruck orders near 150,000 just days after chaotic launch

Los Angeles - Tesla's new electric pickup truck has secured almost 150,000 orders, the company's chief executive Elon Musk boasted on Twitter, just two days after its big reveal went embarrassingly wrong.

Coldplay no-tour plan highlights growing climate awareness

London - British band Coldplay on Friday won plaudits for shelving a new album tour over environmental concerns, in the latest sign of climate change activism in the music industry.
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