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Despite many disasters, climbers return to Everest
When the earthquake struck last year and thousands of tons of snow and ice and earth came crashing down the mountain, some feared the climbers might never return to Mount Everest.
 
Makeshift gym gains popularity in Burkina Faso
Scrap metal, tin cans, auto parts! At a rough and ready gym in Ouagadougou's rundown Dapoya district, young bodybuilders using homemade weights know powerful muscles can lead to a job.
 
Thousands expected in Boston for gaming festival
Gamers from far and wide are flooding into Boston for one of the world's premier gaming festivals this weekend.
 
Shakespeare's town celebrates 400th anniversary
William Shakespeare's hometown is bracing for a surge in visitors from around the world this month as it marks 400 years since the death of the foremost playwright in the English language.
 
Passover vacation grows to include dozens of destinations around the world
Most Jews around the world say the traditional "Next year in Jerusalem" at the end of the annual Passover Seder feast. Last year, St. Louis native David Benkof said to himself, "Next year in Disney World."
 
Wearing a stack of bronze neck coils -- a sign of beauty for her Kayan tribe -- Mu Par dreams of a time when all "long-necked" women can return to Myanmar from Thailand where they are a tourist attraction.
 
Swiss pre-nursery brings together mothers, kids
Lemlem speaks with her eyes, which say more than she would like. Her name has a soft sound: in her fathers' language, she explains, it means "green." It is hard to say if this color means hope to her as well. Eritrean, she escaped almost three years ago from Ethiopia and from war. At the pre-nursery in Chiasso she is a mom like many others -- a mother who tries to speak some words of Italian and to pass a bit of serenity onto her kids. But she is still a woman split in two parts: One is here with her baby who was born during her diaspora. The other part is in a camp for displaced people in Ethiopia, with her other child is now being looked after by an aunt.
 
Oops. The idea lasted about as long as a Snapchat text: the head of AMC Theatres mulled openly about creating texting-friendly movie theaters to appeal to smartphone-addicted youngsters. Two days later, after a backlash on social media, the company says it's leaving the idea on "the cutting room floor."
 
Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster pastafarians first to legally tie noodly knot
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster held the world's first legally recognized marriage in New Zealand on Saturday, with the offbeat movement hailing it as a milestone toward acceptance as a real religion.
 
Dutch bulb garden shows flower Golden Age
Millions of bulbs have blossomed in a riot of colour from Delft blues to reds and porcelain whites, drawing huge crowds to an annual Dutch springtime rite at the renowned Keukenhof gardens.
 
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