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Cacao production on remote island finally yields Japan its own chocolate
Chocolates made from cacao cultivated in a village on Hahajima island of the Ogasawara island chain, a remote part of Tokyo, were unveiled earlier this month after difficulties were overcome in growing the crops. A launch party was held on Feb. 9 in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.
 
Love in the time of militias: Valentine's Day in Iraq
Baghdad is plastered with Valentine hearts and roses, and newly engaged Nour and Ahmed are out and about, enjoying a rare lull in violence in the Iraqi capital but wondering how long it will last.
 
50 Latvian couples wed in midair on Valentine's
Latvian couples have tied the knot in the air on Valentine's Day hoping to set a world record in the number of simultaneous weddings in hot air balloons.
 
Your Valentine's Day flowers might be from Kenya
This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance your flowers came from Kenya.
 
Gay imam helps young Muslims balance their religion, sexuality
Growing up in Algeria, Shaira had almost everything a young man could wish for. But he also had a big secret.
 
Alligators have been used as shoes, briefcases, university mascots, lunch and now, authorities say, a deadly weapon.
 
President Vladimir Putin's former bodyguard, who recently has been appointed regional governor, said he once confronted a bear outside of Putin's residence.
 
Australia's former prime minister and two other politicians were gifted designer watches by a Chinese businessman -- but initially kept them only because they thought the 40,000 Australian dollar (US$28,000) timepieces were fake, a newspaper reported Wednesday.
 
Mystery meat: Was it really mammoth meat on the menu?
When members of the Explorers Club gathered for their lavish annual dinner in New York City in 1951, one account said they feasted on meat from a prehistoric wooly mammoth that had been preserved in a glacier.
 
Sun Wukong: renowned monkey in Chinese culture
Since his appearance in the classic novel "Journey to the West" (西遊記) by Wu Cheng-en in the 16th century, Sun Wukong (孫悟空) has become undoubtedly the most famous monkey in China.
 
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