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Jakarta community goes green to fight eviction

Brightly coloured wooden and brick houses line a clean riverside path amid trees and vegetable gardens, a tranquil scene in the normally chaotic Indonesian capital Jakarta.


Distraught Hong Kong villagers battle to save their homes

Ko Oi-sum's simple village home on the northwestern edge of Hong Kong is surrounded by trees planted by her mother -- she dries the leaves to make tea, espousing their health benefits.


Rags, not riches, defining Africa's urban explosion

Anarchic architecture, unchecked pollution and high costs of living are the lot of African city dwellers, experts warn, as living standards fail to keep pace with rapid urban growth on the continent.


Cloaked in rags and dust, Somalis flee looming famine

Mariam Ibrahim, her seven children and two neighbouring families were the last to leave their village in southwestern Somalia.


Buffalo soldiers help Thai kids combat autism

They may not be the most advanced pieces of kit in Thailand's military arsenal, but "buffalo soldiers" are being deployed to help autistic children come out of their shells.


From Syria to Paris, music provides haven for 'Refugees of Rap'

Staccato lyrics may be no match for Bashar al-Assad's military firepower, but two brothers, who fled to Paris from Syria and perform as "Refugees of Rap", find sniping with words a liberating experience.


Cutting edge: K-pop band praise plastic surgery beauty

Rounder eyes, narrower faces, bigger breasts: a South Korean girlband is celebrating the country's obsession with surgically-enhanced beauty by going under the knife to praise the virtues of "Becoming Pretty".


China re-brands Cold War nuclear bunker as tourist draw

It was a top-secret Chinese nuclear facility with a deadly Cold War mission -- to make plutonium for an atomic bomb -- but these days its doors are wide open as a tourist attraction.


Cherry blossoms

Visitors walking among cherry blossoms in Wuhan University in central China's Hubei province.


Muslim Indonesia joins global craft beer revolution

Defying an escalating anti-alcohol movement and conservative bureaucrats in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, Indonesia’s only craft brewer is tapping into demand for better quality booze among the country's small number of drinkers.


 

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