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Japan sewers clean up their act with manhole art

Japan's sewerage industry has found a way to clean up its dirty and smelly image: elaborately designed and colourful manhole covers with 12,000 local varieties nationwide -- including, of course, a Hello Kitty design.


Red lanterns

A worker holding red lanterns for the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations at a factory in the village of Tuntou in Hebei province of China.


Beyond the car: how tech firms are exploring the future of transport

Carless commuting is cruising in the fast lane at the Consumer Electronics Show, with companies showing off electric bicycles, scooters, skateboards and more aimed at making the internal combustion engine a thing of the past.


Website? Century-old French newspaper seeks new Linotype instead

Jenny Braconnier sits at a hulking grey machine, amid the fumes of molten lead, swiftly typing out the news from northeast France on a strange-looking keyboard that produces lines of metal type.


When humans wage war, animals suffer too

When humans wage war, they harm more than just one another. Wild animals suffer too, and some have verged on annihilation in Africa's many anti-colonial and civil conflicts, researchers said Wednesday.


Ice festival

Ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at Qipanshan Ice and Snow World during the opening of the Shenyang Ice Festival in China's northeastern Liaoning province. Over 400 ice sculptures are displayed during the festival.


Lantern festival

A total of 36 scenes and nearly 500 monumental silk sculptures are on display until January 31 during the Lantern Festival at the Foucaud Park in Gaillac in southwestern France.


Alpine air at work? Delhi eyes novel ways to battle smog

Political apathy over the poisonous smog choking India's capital has led many like businessman Kamal Meattle to take matters into their own hands, with an office building he says pumps air as fresh as from the Swiss Alps.


Forget Milan, Florence is cradle of Italian fashion

Think Italian fashion and you are likely to think of chic central, Milan. But "Made in Italy" actually has its roots in Florence, where the hotly anticipated Pitti Uomo trade fair opens this week.


Show rescues photo comics from dustbin of history

What have Sophia Loren, John Cleese and Woody Allen got in common? They all began their careers in the oft-derided world of photo comics or photonovels.


 

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