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Blind singers break through Bangkok's sound barrier

Strumming his guitar with ease and backed by a drummer, Singhkum Boonriang belts out covers of Thai ballads as strangers pass by on a busy Bangkok afternoon.


Portugal leases empty monasteries, forts to boost tourism

The star-shaped walls of the hilltop town of Elvas dominate the plains of Portugal's southern Alentejo region near the border with Spain.


Women

A McDonald's sign is turned upside down on the International Women's Day in Lynwood, California.


Women blazing a trail in 'men's jobs'

In the ring, battling flames or lifting off into space, women have entered professions generally considered to be men's jobs.


Hotel hunting: mission impossible in tribal Iraq

In Iraq's Anbar province, visitors can be hard pressed to find a hotel room as tribal tradition makes housing guests a point of honour.


Cuban cigars: a treasure from Havana to Beijing

When they rip the big green leaves from the tobacco plant, Cuban farmers know they're touching gold.


Learning how to fight in a healthy marriage

Healthy conflict, by contrast, is focused on the issues that cause disagreement.


Indonesia scrubbing the world's dirtiest river

The scabies on Indonesian rice farmer Yusuf Supriyadi's limbs are a daily reminder of the costs of living next to the "world's dirtiest river".


Beret-mania as fashion ditches beanie for French classic

What do Rihanna, Che Guevara nostalgics, and the Kardashian clan all have in common? They are all bonkers about berets.


Mandatory exercise at the office, Sweden's latest craze

Workers spending their lunch break at the gym may be commonplace in most Western countries, but in Sweden some employers are pushing the idea even further, making on-the-job exercise compulsory.


 

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