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Paris Franz

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Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Italy off the beaten path Special

Trieste - Friuli-Venezia Giulia in north-eastern Italy is a beguiling yet modest sort of place. Content to let its pushier neighbour Venice hog the limelight, Friuli rewards the traveller willing to look beyond the obvious.

Walking Wounded: Return to the front lines Special

London - Photographer Giles Duley spoke to a packed audience of his return to Afghanistan, the country where he lost both legs and an arm, to document the lives of the many civilians who have suffered the same fate.

The Big Egg Hunt tours the UK Special

London - With 101 giant Easter eggs, designed by a range of contemporary artists, the UK's biggest Easter egg hunt tours the country in the run-up to Easter.

Astronauts headed to Mars face psychological challenges

Astronauts on a mission to Mars will have to deal with sleep deprivation, lethargy and an inability to focus on tasks, according to the scientists behind the Mars500 experiment.

'Oliver Twist' to be re-imagined for the big screen

Los Angeles - Film studio Sony have announced a re-make of Charles Dickens' classic novel 'Oliver Twist', focusing on its central characters twenty years on.

Israel admits jailing mystery foreigner known as Prisoner X

Israel has confirmed it imprisoned the Australian-Israeli man known as Prisoner X in the maximum security Ayalon prison and that he died in custody.

Contemporary art market buoyant at Sotheby's auction

London - Sotheby's February Contemporary Art Evening Auction achieved its second-highest ever total at £74.4 million ($116.4 million) on Tuesday night.

Italy arrests defence boss in bribery investigation

Milano - Giuseppe Orsi, the chief executive of Italy's largest defence company Finmeccanica, was arrested on Tuesday, along with the top executive at the company's helicopter division, AgustaWestland.

Luxury brand Hermes reports recession-busting profits

Paris - French luxury brand Hermes International SCA has reported strong profits for 2012, with sales rising by 23 percent, driven by a surge in demand in Asia.

Macao's casinos see record growth in 2012

Macao - After a record-breaking 2012, Macao's winning streak looks set to continue as the city's burgeoning casino resorts fill up for the Chinese New Year holiday.

Russian jets accused of breaching Japanese airspace

Tokyo - Japan's Foreign Ministry said two Russian Su-27s violated Japanese airspace near the northern island of Hokkaido on Thursday, and that Japan scrambled four F-2 fighter jets in response.

Record number of crocodiles found in Australian waters

Darwin - Wildlife rangers caught a record 314 saltwater crocodiles in the waterways of Australia's "Top End" in 2012. One of them was 4.85 metres long.

North Korea's Kim Jong-un makes rare New Year's speech

Pyongyang - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has made a rare televised New Year's speech, the first such broadcast for nineteen years.

UK publisher Pearson to invest in Nook media

London - Global media company Pearson, owner of the Financial Times, has announced an investment of $89.5 million in the Nook series of e-readers and tablets.

UK on course to hit 2020 green energy targets

London - A report from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) confirms that the UK is on track to meet its 2020 renewable energy targets, thanks principally to new solar and offshore wind projects.

Old Vic Theatre ends unpaid intern programme

London - The Old Vic Theatre has been forced to suspend its unpaid intern programme following criticism from unions and Arts Council England.

Mystery illness kills 61 children in Cambodia

Cambodia's Ministry of Health has notified the World Health Organization of an outbreak of an undiagnosed illness, which has so far killed 61 children since April 2012.

Serpentine Gallery summer pavilion opens to the public

London - This year's summer pavilion at London's Serpentine Gallery, designed by Herzog and de Meuron and Ai Weiwei, has opened to the public.

Iconic painting The Scream sells for nearly $120 million

New York - Edvard Munch's iconic portrayal of modern anxiety in his painting called "The Scream" has sold at auction for a record-breaking $119,922,500.

Akrotiri, the 'Minoan Pompeii', reopens to the public

Greek authorities have reopened the Bronze Age site of Akrotiri to the public, seven years after a roof collapse killed a British tourist.
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