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Dalit, out and proud: Indian singers rising above caste

For young Indians from disadvantaged, low-caste backgrounds, singer Ginni Mahi was an inspiration, one of their own defying ancient prejudices through her infectious brand of "Dalit-pride" pop anthems.


What's in a Chinese name? Ancient rites and growing business

In a one-room shop tucked inside a Beijing alley, a bearded 74-year-old fortune-teller in crimson tunic offers what Chinese parents have sought for centuries: an auspicious name for their newborn.


'Political' song puts Nigerian musician in dock

Sadiq Zazzabi is a talented R&B singer in northern Nigeria, popular among Hausa speakers across the country and beyond for his songs about love, social issues and politics.


80 years on, Picasso's anti-war Guernica still resonates

Close to 80 years ago, Picasso painted Guernica in a Paris attic, a haunting work of art that has become a universal howl against the ravages of war, from 1937 Spain to 2017 Syria.


Birds hit by cars are, well, bird-brained

What's the difference between birds that get killed by cars, and those that don't? The dead ones tend to have smaller brains, scientists who performed 3,521 avian autopsies said.


French 'human hen' artist has a crack at hatching eggs

The French artist who spent a week entombed inside a rock began an even more bizarre feat Wednesday -- sitting on a dozen eggs until they hatch.


Breaking trans barriers one barbell at a time in Vietnam

It feels strange, but a few times each year Vietnamese bodybuilder Kendy Nguyen must strap a bikini top over his rock-hard pecs and pretend for a day he is once again a woman.


Rooftop shanties top once iconic Casablanca buildings

Shanties have mushroomed on the rooftops of historic apartment buildings in Casablanca, as the Moroccan city's once-prestigious centre crumbles below.


With art and sport, young refugees build new lives in Greece

Jawad Ahmadi, an 18-year-old Afghan, reached the island of Lesbos a year ago with his older brother and cousin, believing Greece would be just a temporary stop on his way to Germany.


Taiwan director's courageous tale of family strife

Huang felt bound by labels she grew up with: impoverished, a school dropout and daughter of a lesbian Taoist priestess.


 

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