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New city of the dead takes shape underneath Jerusalem

Under the serene and silent hills of Jerusalem's largest Jewish cemetery, a team drills into stone to create a vast underground burial site, melding modern technologies with ancient concepts.


Christmas

Christmas market at Berlin's Breitscheidplatz Square.


Dying alone in the world's most populous city

The stench of flesh rotting on a sultry day fills the air as cleaner Hidemitsu Ohshima steps into a tiny Tokyo apartment where a dead man lay decomposing for three weeks.


Cirque

Artistes of Canadian entertainment company Cirque Du Soleil rehearsing the show "Soda Stereo Septimo Dia" in Mexico City.


Istanbul anglers keep up tradition despite stocks alarm

After half a century of fishing, 65-year-old Fuat, a retired Turkish civil servant, is nostalgic for the good old days when the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul teemed with fish.


Beyond adolescence

My sister's daughter went off to college at 18 and immediately went a little crazy. She had always been a good kid, but when she was on her own, she drank like a fish, was sexually promiscuous, and failed three of her classes.


St.Helena: the island that time forgot

Coin-operated telephone boxes, a capital without a cash machine and a local shop with a wooden floor: St. Helena is Britain of yesteryear, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.


Slum mum woes as Philippines birth control plans fail

At age 33 and raising six children in a slum named "Paradise Village", Myrna Albos is Exhibit A for the Philippines' serial family planning failures.


New life for Malaysian Indian folk music

Malaysian Indian musicians bang drums on a stage shrouded in smoke, singing in Tamil, as dancers wearing shimmering gold outfits adorned with peacock feathers gyrate to the pounding rhythm.


Polar bears crowd on Russian island in sign of Arctic change

A boatload of tourists in the far eastern Russian Arctic thought they were seeing clumps of ice on the shore, before the jaw-dropping realisation that some 200 polar bears were roaming on the mountain slope.


 

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