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Lisbon fetes 'saint of love' with free deluxe weddings

Lisbon - It is Lisbon's wedding of the year. Crowds gather at the cathedral, hoping to catch a glimpse of the newlyweds as cameras lie in wait.Suddenly, the organ music grows louder and photographers get into position in front of the imposing entrance.

New Nigeria versus old as governor cuts emir's power

Kano - When the emir of Kano returned from pilgrimage this month, dancing supporters lined the streets to welcome a monarch commanding millions as one of Nigeria's principal Islamic leaders.

Activists petition court to halt Japan dolphin hunt

Apo - Campaigners on Friday urged a court in Japan to halt so-called "drive hunting" of dolphins in the country as part of an unprecedented lawsuit that argues the practice violates Japanese law.

What are the traditions for a British royal birth?

London - Prince Harry and Meghan are a modern couple but their first-born child will still be a senior royal. And certain traditions must be respected.

One dead during Orthodox Easter celebrations in Greece

Atenas - Greece's celebration of the Orthodox Easter on Sunday, hailed by the government as a moment of hope for the post-bailout resurrection of the country, was marred by the death of a cameraman hit by a flare during a show.

Rare oarfish, seen as harbingers of doom, snagged in Japan

Apo - Two rare oarfish, giant deep-sea serpents long believed by locals to be a harbinger of earthquakes and tsunamis, have been caught off the Japanese island of Okinawa.

India milks a profit in quest to bump camel numbers

Rani - On the edge of the Indian desert, Lakshman Raika boils tea with fresh milk from one of his camels, gently stirring the brew his tribal herdsman have consumed for generations.

Axes, armour, torches: Vikings feast on Scottish island

Lerwick - Vikings partied in Scotland's Shetland Islands on Tuesday in the annual "Up Helly Aa" festival, featuring a parade of men in suits of armour torching a wooden ship.

Epiphany in Portugal: pipes, drums -- and cigarettes for the kids

Vale De Salgueiro - Bagpipes, drums -- and kids smoking cigarettes: in this Portuguese village, locals celebrate the Christian festival of Epiphany in a fashion that raises eyebrows elsewhere.

New Year's dip: Europe enjoys a frosty tradition

Paris - From Edinburgh to Lisbon by way of Berlin, the chilly thrill of a New Year's dip appealed to many looking for a bracing way to ring in 2019. How cold?

Young Russian fashion designers take inspiration from history

Moscow - In her workshop in a Moscow attic, Maria Andrianova is using a sewing technique she learnt from elderly women in the forested Karelia region of northwestern Russia."For me, sewing is a way to learn about my origins," said the 31-year-old designer.

Roots and shoots: China seeks new markets for ancient medicines

Shanghai - A crowd gathers at a Shanghai hospital, queuing for remedies made with plant mixtures and animal parts including scorpions and freeze-dried millipedes -- medicines that China hopes will find an audience overseas.

Dutch activists lose bid to ban blackface Christmas character

Den Haag - A Dutch court Wednesday slapped down a bid by an anti-discrimination group to ban the "racist characteristics" of a traditional Christmas-time blackface character, whose appearance sparks a yearly controversy.

Ivory Coast twins struggle for a way between superstition and poverty

Abidjan - Cutely clad in matching white robes and skullcaps, five-year-old twins Salim and Mahamadou Cisse step carefully through blocked traffic and pedestrians in Abidjan's teeming Abobo district, holding up a begging bowl.

Village in the city tries to save Zimbabwe traditions

Harare - Children entering a hut in a suburb of Zimbabwe's capital gaze in wonder at objects foreign to them -- ancient farm tools, pottery, even the grass roof and reed mats on which they are asked to sit.

Tightrope tradition teeters on verge of extinction in Russia's Dagestan

Russia - Dressed in a red and silver sequined jacket and trousers, 13-year-old Muhamed Balikhanov holds a long pole as he slowly rides an old red bicycle along a tightrope suspended several metres off the ground.

In Nigeria, thousands celebrate Osun, goddess of fertility and water

Osogbo - "I'm dressed like a river," says priestess Osundele Okugbesan as she shows off her flowing white strapless dress and long beaded necklaces cascading down her chest.

Yemeni blacksmiths transform shrapnel into heirlooms

Hajjah - In his war-torn city, a Yemeni artisan is transforming shrapnel which litters the streets into the country's celebrated traditional daggers.For 45 years, blacksmith Mohammed Haradhi has crafted swords for his clients' loved ones and built custom locks....

Henna losing its allure as Tunisia's 'red gold'

Qabis - In and around the Tunisian coastal city of Gabes, henna has long been a key driver of the economy -- so much so that the plant is known as "red gold".

One gored, four hurt on day one of famed Spanish bull run

Pamplona - One person was gored and four others injured on Saturday at the first running of the bulls in this year's San Fermin festival at Pamplona, one of Spain's best-loved traditions.

Spanish bull running kicks off in shadow of sex assault

Pamplona - Pamplona's famed San Fermin bull-running festival, one of Spain's best-loved traditions, got off to a typically raucous start Friday -- although a sexual abuse case from a previous edition is still casting a long shadow.

Beija Flor crowned Rio carnival winners with dig at corruption

Rio De Janeiro - Traditional samba school Beija Flor was crowned winner of the Rio carnival Wednesday after a performance that portrayed politicians as rats with money-stuffed briefcases in sharply political parades.

Worsening Ethiopian drought threatens to end nomadic lifestyle

Addis Ababa - Down a sandy track past a desiccated animal carcass lies a cluster of half-built huts that Ethiopia's government and aid agencies hope will blunt the worsening toll of repeated droughts.

Camels left pouting as Saudis ban botox at beauty pageant

- Huddled together on a dusty racetrack, Saudi judges scrutinise pouty lips and shapely humps in a high-stakes camel beauty pageant mired in scandal after botox and cosmetic fillers were detected.

Ethiopians throng streets for Christian Orthodox festival

Addis Ababa - Under a blazing sun, a procession carrying a replica of the Ark of the Covenant marched on a path of red carpets through the streets of Ethiopia's capital, sending believers to their knees in reverence.

In Oman, an ancient mediation method gets a makeover

Ghala - Omani Mahmoud bin Yousef Temtemi found himself in a pastoral predicament this autumn -- his neighbour's flock of sheep had overrun his farm and gobbled up his crops, threatening his income.

Rio counting down to carnival under party-pooper mayor

Rio De Janeiro - Rio's annual carnival is seen as a money-making extravaganza for the city. But evangelical Mayor Marcelo Crivella isn't a fan and slashed funding for next month's parade, forcing samba schools to cut their cloth accordingly.

British panto brings a contemporary twist to fairytales

London - A figure styled as Donald Trump is booed off stage by a rowdy audience enjoying the thrills of British pantomime, bringing a contemporary twist to traditional fairytales.

'Christ Child', Austria's Christmas village

Christkindl - Traditionally in Austria, and elsewhere in Europe, it's not Santa who gives out the gifts but the "Christkindl" ("Christ Child"). And in the village actually called Christkindl, it's busy right now.

In Finnish Lapland, tourists fill Santa's sack with cash

Rovaniemi - In the run up to Christmas tourists from around the world flock to the Santa Claus Village, an amusement park in Finnish Lapland, where temperatures can hit nearly -15 degrees Celsius (5 Fahrenheit).
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