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All shook up: How Elvis keeps Aussie outback town alive

Once a year Parkes, a sleepy mining town in rural Australia, explodes into colour and song -- a veritable Graceland in the outback hosting a five-day extravaganza to celebrate 'the King'.


Construction without coordination: how ants build megaprojects

Leaf-cutter ants build super highways to transfer food and building materials hundreds of metres without communicating with each other, scientists claimed Wednesday, in findings that could prompt a rethink about how some insect communities organise themselves.


China's ageing elite live golden years in style

At a gated community for Chinese senior citizens, retired military personnel, film-makers and top university professors settle into a new routine: ballet lessons, weightlifting and catered dining.


Endangered in Ivory Coast: traditional priestesses

A dozen women, their bodies coated with clay, sway to beating drums as if in a trance, ankle bells jingling as they stamp their feet, in the eastern Ivorian town of Aniansue.


Pig lanterns

A pig lantern displayed at Yu Yuan Garden in Shanghai to mark the Year of the Pig which will start on February 5.


Refugee tents

An informal tent settlement housing Syrian refugees in the central Bekaa Valley of Lebanon.


Chinese elderly jump on live streaming bandwagon

In public squares across China, it is not unusual to see retirees practicing dance, tai chi, or even singing.


After 600 years, night watchman still keeps vigil over Lausanne

Every evening, the night watchman clambers to the top of the Lausanne cathedral bell tower and gets to work: he shouts out the time each hour, keeping a six-century-old tradition alive.


Circus festival

The Royal Circus Ballet from Russia led by Gia Eradze performing during the opening of 43rd Monte Carlo International Circus Festival in Monaco. The festival will run until Jan 27.


One stitch at a time: weaving rehab for Vietnam trafficking victims

Thao Thi Van was just two when her mother disappeared during a trip to the market, likely taken by traffickers preying on women from the Hmong hill tribes of northern Vietnam to sell as brides or into brothels in China.


 

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