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Cuba’s Capitol reopens after years of restoration

Cuba's Capitol reopens after years of restoration   Capitol, an imposing neoclassical gem previously shunned as a symbol of US imperialism now to become the seat of Cuba's national assembly in the capital Havana. People visit the...

Japanese ‘baby factory’ man wins custody of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates

Japanese 'baby factory' man wins custody of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates   Mitsutoki Shigeta, 28, became the centre of a "baby factory" scandal in 2014 after Thai police said DNA samples linked him to...

Cleaning snails proves lucrative for Cameroon woman

Cleaning snails proves lucrative for Cameroon woman   A female entrepreneur in Cameroon ventures into cleaning and cooking snails and ends up making a fortune out of it.   Snails are mostly sold alive in West African markets...

Landmarks around the world light up for Chinese Lunar New Year

Landmarks around the world light up for Chinese Lunar New Year   Thousands across the world have celebrated the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year by lighting incense sticks and praying at temples to wish...

Haitians shrug off daily struggles and get into the Carnival groove

Haitians shrug off daily struggles and get into the Carnival groove   Carnival in Haiti goes back to 1804 and not even the country's devastating 2010 earthquake was enough to eliminate celebrations.   A dancer performs as she...

Lady and the Unicorn: Mona Lisa of the middle ages weaves a new spell

Lady and the Unicorn: Mona Lisa of the middle ages weaves a new spell Brigid Delaney   The tapestries on display at the Art Gallery of NSW have appeared in everything from the writings of George Sand...

In Pictures: Millions celebrate Lunar New Year

In Pictures: Millions celebrate Lunar New Year   People around the world usher in the Year of the Dog with dancing, feasting, prayers and ceremony. Incense sticks of various sizes were placed into an urn at a...

Friends, Romans, naked wolf-men … why an ancient festival is still controversial

Friends, Romans, naked wolf-men ... why an ancient festival is still controversial Krešimir Vuković   The annual Lupercalia festival turned society upside down – and the location of its starting point is still hotly debated. ...

Director Guillermo del Toro wins best feature DGA award

Director Guillermo del Toro wins best feature DGA award   The Mexican director was crowned best director for his fantasy romance 'The Shape of Water,' at the Directors Guild of America honours. Director Guillermo del Toro holds...

Scientists discover ancient Mayan city hidden under Guatemalan jungle

Scientists discover ancient Mayan city hidden under Guatemalan jungle   Aerial laser mapping detects thousands of hidden structures in Peten region, suggesting its population was millions more than previously thought. Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique...

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