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Afghanistan's 'hill of widows' live in a world apart

The first women settled on this stony slope outside Kabul in the 1990s hoping to escape the stigma those like them are forced to endure.


Staying active in her 80s

"We must move our bodies while we're still alive. I will only stop when I can't move any more."


'City that never sleeps' wants to dial down the volume

Car horns, sirens, drilling, jet overflights and restaurants where diners have to yell to be heard -- New York is one of the loudest cities in the world.


Building a childhood dream

"When I started to lay my hands on it, the idea of a treehouse popped into my head."


Inflight internet ready to take off

Inflight internet access, a nascent market still hobbled by slow speeds, is set to take off as dedicated satellites make surfing in the skies a reality, experts say.


Need to train more specialist doctors

There are not enough specialist doctors in the country.


Communist era comes alive for seniors at German care home

The white-haired German woman in the easy chair has vivid memories of hardline communist leader Erich Honecker and even Adolf Hitler, but isn't always sure who Angela Merkel is.


Ramadan earns prime spot on Gulf fashion calendar

From Dolce & Gabbana to Michael Kors, major brands are catering to lucrative Gulf markets during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is earning its own slot on the global fashion calendar.


In the Red Sea, coral reefs can take the heat of climate change

In the azure waters of the Red Sea, Maoz Fine and his team dive to study what may be the planet's most unique coral: one that can survive global warming, at least for now.


Risky gold rush: Indonesia tackles illegal mining boom

Hulking excavators claw at riverbanks on Indonesia's Sumatra island in the hunt for gold, transforming what was once a rural idyll into a scarred, pitted moonscape.


 

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