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Once upon a time... preserving folk tales in Benin

Dusk settled on Sainte-Cecile square and the oil lanterns cast a soft yellow light as a storyteller took to the stage and bound the audience with a magic spell of words.


Laziness

People taking part in a parade to celebrate the World Day of Laziness in Itagui near Medellin, Colombia. Photo courtesy: AFP


Robot wars: China shows off automated doctors, teachers and combat stars

Robots that can diagnose diseases, play badminton and wow audiences with their musical skills are among the machines China hopes could revolutionise its economy, with visitors to a Beijing exhibition offered a glimpse of an automated future.


Drill music deaths reveal hard truths of London streets

The sparse beats and raw lyrics of drill music have served as the soundtrack to an unprecedented surge in knife crime on the streets of London this year -- and police are accusing the genre of fuelling the violence.


China's new online cosmetics stars: men

When Jiang Cheng first tried a bit of concealer during his first year of university in China it gave him self-confidence and he was instantly hooked.


Ice cafe

Customers inside the ICE cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam. Opened in June, the igloo-themed cafe draws crowds to sip warm latte while sitting on blocks of ice as industrial air-conditioners blast overhead.


Bulgaria's famed all-female folk choir back with a modern twist

Thirty years ago an all-female folk choir set up in Bulgaria became the darling of Western audiences with its tradition-steeped a cappella singing, before the fall of communism threatened its survival.


Skin bleaching in Africa: An 'addiction' with risks

Dr. Isima Sobande was in medical school when she first heard of mothers who bleached the skin of their babies.


In Venezuela's hospitals, eat at your own risk

Hardly anybody likes hospital food but in Venezuela, it's so awful -- monotonous, starchy diets cooked in filthy conditions, and newborns fed intravenous solution for lack of baby formula -- that experts call it an actual health risk.


Cat snap: Tokyo 'lucky cat' temple draws Instagrammers

Tokyo's Gotokuji temple has long attracted spiritual visitors with its thousands of figurines of beckoning white cats, thought to bring good luck. But of late it has brought in another breed: Instagrammers.


 

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