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Street art revives divided Spanish village

Fanzara is a small Spanish country village whose handful of mostly elderly residents were once so bitterly divided that their allegiance to one camp or the other determined which bar they frequented.


Art for art's sake: Calls for Hong Kong to get more creative

Hong Kong will see a creative surge as Art Basel comes to town, but there's a push for a more permanent change to the visual landscape of the city better known for its business hustle than its art scene.


China's demand for medicine fuels African donkey slaughter

Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine.


Jakarta community goes green to fight eviction

Brightly coloured wooden and brick houses line a clean riverside path amid trees and vegetable gardens, a tranquil scene in the normally chaotic Indonesian capital Jakarta.


Distraught Hong Kong villagers battle to save their homes

Ko Oi-sum's simple village home on the northwestern edge of Hong Kong is surrounded by trees planted by her mother -- she dries the leaves to make tea, espousing their health benefits.


Rags, not riches, defining Africa's urban explosion

Anarchic architecture, unchecked pollution and high costs of living are the lot of African city dwellers, experts warn, as living standards fail to keep pace with rapid urban growth on the continent.


Cloaked in rags and dust, Somalis flee looming famine

Mariam Ibrahim, her seven children and two neighbouring families were the last to leave their village in southwestern Somalia.


Buffalo soldiers help Thai kids combat autism

They may not be the most advanced pieces of kit in Thailand's military arsenal, but "buffalo soldiers" are being deployed to help autistic children come out of their shells.


From Syria to Paris, music provides haven for 'Refugees of Rap'

Staccato lyrics may be no match for Bashar al-Assad's military firepower, but two brothers, who fled to Paris from Syria and perform as "Refugees of Rap", find sniping with words a liberating experience.


Cutting edge: K-pop band praise plastic surgery beauty

Rounder eyes, narrower faces, bigger breasts: a South Korean girlband is celebrating the country's obsession with surgically-enhanced beauty by going under the knife to praise the virtues of "Becoming Pretty".


 

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