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'Bourgeois' cult of beautiful bodies grows in Cuba

Havana - Inside Armando Yera's gym, toned Cubans in tight spandex are pumping iron in front of mirrored walls and pedaling furiously on stationary bikes, a scene that looks more Miami than Havana.

Koreans snub smartphones in 'Relax Your Brain' contest

Seoul - For 90 minutes, dozens of South Koreans avoided their smartphones and other electronic devices as they took part in an event that encourages people to live a stress-free life in one of the world’s most wired countries.

Swedes' long journey to their final resting place

Stockholm - "You don't leave a chicken in the fridge for several weeks, yet that's exactly what we do with our dead, it's terrible!

1,400 bottles of luxury Burgundy under hammer at 'unique' auction

Geneva - More than 1,400 bottles of "grand crus" from Burgundy's renowned Domaine de la Romanee-Conti wine estate will be auctioned off in Geneva Sunday in a sale expected to make millions.

Are martial arts clubs adding punch to the jihadist cause?

Paris - Combat sports are booming around the world but in France increasingly draw the attention of intelligence services hunting potential jihadists.

Central Park re-opens secret sanctuary after 80 years

New York - Eighty years after it was shut off to the world, New York has reopened a secret woodland sanctuary a stone's throw from Fifth Avenue, just in time for summer.The four-acre (1.

Pimp my ride, Kenya-style

Nairobi - "Turn on the bass, yeah!" shouts Dennis, conductor and ticket tout onboard the Brain Freeze, an eardrum-bursting tricked-out Nairobi bus studded with blue neon lights.

'Soviet chic' restaurant favoured by KGB spies reopens in Moscow

Moscow - Moscow's Aragvi restaurant, once the legendary haunt of KGB spies and cosmonauts, has reopened with its Soviet-era grandeur restored.

High-speed railway planned to link China and Russia

A high-speed railway linking China and Russia is now being planned and representatives from both countries will soon meet for the project’s formal agreement.

Hong Kong remains world’s most connected place

Hong Kong remains the most connected place in the world, according to a recent study conducted by the GfK Connected Consumer Index.

Quality Champagne no riddle for 'remueurs': turn bottles by hand

Reims - In a humid, dimly lit cellar of French Champagne house Ruinart, Cyril Guisant turns by hand some 60 bottles tilted downward in an A-frame-shaped rack.

Padded panties? Soup cubes? Ways to boost bottoms in Ivory Coast

Abidjan - Some like creams, others pop pills or splash out on padded panties. In Ivory Coast where "big is beautiful" bottom enhancers come in all shapes and sorts, and at any cost.

Hong Kong horse racing bets on party image as belts tighten

Hong Kong - Tracks and betting shops overflow twice a week in Hong Kong thanks to the city's enduring horse racing tradition -- with crowds of tourists and expats going along for the ride.

Tripoli cafes offer Libyans taste of normality

Tripoli - Weaving between tables at a seaside restaurant in Libya's capital bearing freshly baked rosemary bread, Abdelmuttaleb Twigiri shuttles between the wood-fired oven and his customers in a blur of hospitality.

'You're never alone': Russia celebrates its communal flats

Sanktpeterburg - A leftover from the Soviet era, the communal flat or "kommunalka" with bathroom and kitchen shared by a dozen or so residents is very much alive in Russia's historic city of Saint Petersburg.

Toilets with free Wi-fi, ATMs soon to sprout across Beijing

At least 100 toilets with free Wi-fi access and automated teller machines will soon sprout across the Chinese capital of Beijing.

Malaysian capital to be one of world's most connected cities

The Malaysian government is implementing an ambitious three-year plan to transform the capital Kuala Lumpur into one of world’s most connected cities.

Rio exhibit celebrates Brazil's 'first' man in flight

Rio De Janeiro - One of Brazil's most famous and eccentric heroes, the aviation pioneer Santos Dumont, lifts off again with an exhibition in Rio's new Museum of Tomorrow.

When technology bites back

Paris - From the 1912 sinking of RMS Titanic to the Chernobyl nuclear accident 30 years ago, technology has repeatedly confounded the confidence of its creators.

Israeli jazz taking giant steps as talent returns home

Telavi - When saxophonist Eli Degibri left Israel at the age of 18 to study jazz at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, he knew he'd come back home one day.

A Chinese eye delivers new perspectives on Europe's migrant crisis

Florence - Liu Xiaodong, the acclaimed Chinese contemporary artist, has put Europe's migrant crisis at the centre of an exhibition of new work which goes on show from Friday in Florence.

'Father of African photography' wows a new generation

Paris - They came in their best clothes and queued in their hundreds every day outside the little mud-walled house in Bamako to be immortalised by "the master".

Sudan's top girl band eyes world tour 45 years on

Khartoum - Stepping onto a Khartoum stage and launching into their first song, The Nightingales -- Sudan's best-loved girl band -- still raise whoops and cheers from adoring fans, 45 years after their debut.

Halal makeup: Muslim beauty without the beast

Paris - A bearded imam may have seemed out of place at this week's In-Cosmetics expo in Paris, an annual showcase for the world's leading beauty and personal care products.

Cambodian passenger train rumbles back to life

Phnom Penh - Packed passenger trains are rolling out of Cambodia's capital for the first time in over a decade this week, as a railway service running down to the country's southern coast resumes after years of suspension.

Salute! Italy toasts booming wine trade

Verona - As he swirls a glass of yellowy green wine made from the trendy pecorino grape, Fabio Centini purrs with enthusiasm.

Uber settles California background check suit for $10 mn

San Francisco - Ridesharing service Uber said it agreed to pay $10 million to settle a California lawsuit accusing it of misleading the public about the thoroughness of its driver background checks.

Spanish port becomes global 'smart city' laboratory

Santander - In Spain's historic port of Santander, parking is no longer a headache, rubbish bins never overflow and grass is watered only when needed since this northern resort town became a testing ground for "smart cities" around the world.

Antarctica: International relations in a cold climate

Puerto Williams - Winter is coming, and like many scientists posted in Antarctica, Bogdan Gavrylyuk is looking forward to going home.

Activists intensify drive vs China dog meat festival

Beijing - This year’s dog meat festival in China is still two months away but local and international animal rights activists are already heightening their campaign against the event.
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