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Notes handwritten by Russian author Boris Pasternak for two chapters of his masterpiece "Doctor Zhivago," along with a poem to his muse, sold at auction in New York on Monday for US$77,500.
 
Ever felt like calling up a complete stranger in Sweden?
 
Hogwarts goes to Hollywood as theme parks mushroom
Fifteen years after Harry Potter's first big screen adventure, Universal is enchanting a new generation of Muggles with its most spectacular conjuring trick yet -- a theme park in the heart of Hollywood.
 
Exiled Napoleon's island home recreated in Paris exhibition for first time
France's national army museum has recreated the home where Napoleon lived his final years, bringing furniture and belongings from the remote Atlantic Island of St. Helena to Paris for the first time since he was exiled there 200 years ago.
 
Surfing soothes asylum seeker sea fear
They gather under the blazing sun and blue skies of an Australian beach, looking out at the water that once symbolized so much misery: Terrifying boat trips marked by sickness and death and the constant dread that their own lives might be nearing the end. But today, the sea will become their unlikely savior.
 
Chiayi's Thousand Man Cave, a hidden adventure
Taiwan is known for its magnificent mountain ranges and peaks such as Yushan, Xueshan and Yangmingshan. Much of the hiking trails for these scenic areas are well marked and many also include manmade steps that make climbing hillsides easier and more accessible.
 
Joe Franklin memorabilia collection sold
A baseball glove belonging to hard-swinging Babe Ruth fetched US$118,000 at auction Saturday, the top item from a collection of memorabilia that included Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse ears and John Wayne's cowboy hat, boots and spurs.
 
The 2015 vintage has proved exceptional for Bordeaux's often overlooked white wines, and offers a great chance to investigate the "other" Bordeaux.
 
Royal Brexit gag, Google blunder lead April Fools' pranks
An unlikely royal intervention into Britain's European referendum debate was among the April Fools' stories foxing the world's newspaper readers Friday -- but for U.S. Internet giant Google, the joke was on them.
 
Video Game Hall of Fame reveals list of finalists
"Sonic the Hedgehog," "Space Invaders" and "John Madden Football" are among 15 games named Tuesday as finalists for the World Video Game Hall of Fame.
 
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