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Iran's blooming art scene: a bubble of hope

A gallery opening in northern Tehran, and a typical scene: silk scarves barely clinging to the backs of women's heads, young hipsters, gentlemen in that most unrevolutionary of items -- the tie.


North Korean rockettes serve up Coca-Cola in Dubai

On any night of the week, residents of cosmopolitan Dubai can get a taste of reclusive North Korea's culture at Okryu-gwan, a satellite of Pyongyang's massive national canteen.


Need a kindergarten spot in Mongolia? Play the lottery

Mongolia's baby boom is pushing its schools to breaking point, with desperate parents facing the stark choice of relying on a lottery system or paying for pricey private classes in capital Ulaanbaatar.


Underground air-raid shelter feeding London restaurants

Under an anonymous back street in south London lies a vast underground air-raid shelter that has been turned into a pioneering urban farm supplying supermarkets and restaurants in the capital.


Picture-perfect

More than 300 million years old, the rainforest here is a pristine habitat for an incredible range of tropical flora and fauna.


Bulgarian village goes Chinese in yoghurt craze

The Bulgarian villagers hunker over their books, struggling with their Mandarin words and characters. But they are not going to China -- the Middle Kingdom is coming to them. Because of yoghurt.


New blood and old masters keep qipao dressmaking alive

In a quiet workshop in Taipei, three young women meticulously sew and iron under the watchful eye of a master dressmaker with decades of experience in creating the classic "qipao".


Robotic fashion: Wear your heartbeat on your sleeve

Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht has a vision for a world in which people stop telling themselves little lies about their emotions -- and she believes high-tech fashion is the key.


Old and deadly: Japan's drive to beat elderly road menace

A series of fatal crashes caused by elderly drivers in Japan has left authorities desperately grappling for ways to clamp down on a problem that experts warn is only going to get worse as the population ages.


Going under the knife in China's plastic surgery stampede

Chen Yan is 35 and fears middle age is upon her, so like all of her friends she sees cosmetic surgery as the solution: time to get a new nose.


 

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