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Myanmar's 'smiling' Irrawaddy dolphins on brink of extinction

Tears fill Maung Lay's eyes as he describes losing the dolphin he knew since his childhood, the latest casualty of a battle against pollution and electrofishing that may see the species disappear in Myanmar.


The global chain that produces your fish

That smoked salmon you bought for the New Year's festivities has a story to tell.


No country for old men: Japan's elderly inmates prefer jail

Every day is the same. He wakes at 6:45 am, eats breakfast 20 minutes later and reports for work at eight o'clock sharp. But this isn't your typical Japanese salaryman.


Vienna's homeless show tourists life on the street

On a wintry afternoon, tourists huddle around their guide outside Vienna's central train station. But instead of exploring glitzy palaces, Barbara will take them around night shelters and soup kitchens as part of a new initiative aimed at helping homeless people like herself get back on their feet.


Holy bath

Folk dancers performing the "Chhou" dance for devotees taking a holy bath and performing rituals at the Gangasagar island about 150km south of Kolkata, India. More than 700,000 pilgrims and sadhus (holy men) are expected to gather at the confluence of River Ganges and the Bay of Bengal during the Gangasagar Mela to take a holy dip in the sea on the holy occasion of Makar Sankranti.


Descendants of slaves on a voodoo pilgrimage in Benin

Every January, thousands of voodoo worshippers joined by crowds of tourists and descendants of slaves trudge down the long sand track leading to the beach at Ouidah in Benin.


In Angola, 'word of God preached in a store'

The change of function is an example how Angola's reversal in economic fortunes has seen empty and underused properties rented out to fulfill booming demand from churches.


Lessons in respect at China's Confucius kindergartens

Children in scholars hats bow before a statue of Confucius, the Chinese sage once reviled by Communist authorities but now enjoying a revival as parents look to instill his values in their offspring.


Weekend exercise may be as good as daily workouts

People who exercise mainly on the weekends may reap significant health and survival benefits, on par with people who work out more regularly, researchers said Monday.


The hidden artist of the Soviet space programme

When Galina Balashova designed her first space habitation module for Soviet cosmonauts, she drew a landscape on its interior wall, something that could remind them of home.


 

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