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Sunday, February 15, 2015
Rio Carnival kicks off; city gears up for 5 days of fun
The five days of over-the-top parades and raucous, alcohol-soaked street parties that make up Rio de Janeiro's world-famous Carnival celebrations kicked off Friday amid a recent avalanche of bad news, including more evidence of Brazil's stalling economy, an ongoing drought and a snowballing corruption scandal at state-run oil giant Petrobras.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
After 45 years, souvenirs from Apollo 11 come to light
More than four decades after the Apollo 11 moon landing, a cloth bag full of souvenirs brought back by astronaut Neil Armstrong has come to light.
Monday, February 9, 2015
As a country that emerged from years of racial segregation, South Africa is often lauded for its reconciliation efforts, but cracks in the foundation of Nelson Mandela's "Rainbow Nation" are starting to show.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Light up your wishes with sky lanterns in Pingxi
The mesmerizing view of illuminated sky lanterns blanketing the dark sky as they float into the heavens has become synonymous with Pingxi, a district of New Taipei City that is just one hour east of Taipei.
The 2015 Yangmingshan Flower Festival opened in Taipei on Saturday and paid homage to those who died in the crash of a TransAsia Airways turboprop plane on Feb. 4.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Snoopy and Charlie Brown are getting a new corporate buddy.
Monday, February 2, 2015
Spain works to lure tourists from beach to shops
Sun, sea, sand ... but what about the shopping? Spain draws 65 million tourists a year thanks largely to its beaches. Now it wants them spending on the high street.
Myanmar coffee scene fueled by middle classes
Behind a wooden counter in downtown Yangon's Coffee Club, the unmistakable hiss of a barista steaming milk briefly drowns out a funky soundtrack piped through a store filled with students glued to their smartphones.
By Jacques Klopp, AFP
A wine bar in place of a sex shop, luxury apartments where a cabaret once stood -- fans of London's once glorious, seedy Soho district fear that it will soon be regenerated beyond recognition.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul
When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas.
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