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Shrinking Sea of Galilee has some hoping for a miracle

It was not so long ago when swimmers at Ein Gev would lay out their towels in the grass at the edge of the Sea of Galilee.


Longest

The world's longest 87.3-meter dragon boat carrying 179 rowers sailing along the Mekong River during a ceremony in Prey Veng province, Cambodia.


In China's Himalayas, a wine 'flying above the clouds'

A $300 bottle of wine sold in the United States and Europe is made in the unlikeliest of places: at the foot of the Himalayas in China, where farmers sing traditional songs while picking grapes.


Crazy in love? The Japanese man 'married' to a hologram

Akihiko Kondo's mother refused an invitation to her only son's wedding in Tokyo this month, but perhaps that isn't such a surprise: he was marrying a hologram.


Migratory

Flamingos seen at a reservoir near Gan Shmuel north of Tel Aviv, Israel. Flamingos pass through Israel on their way to Africa and again when they return to Europe in the summer.


Great for writers, terrible for citizens: The world according to Irvine Welsh

Twenty-five years ago Irvine Welsh's debut novel "Trainspotting" burst out of the housing schemes and back alleys of post-industrial Scotland in a whirlwind of drugs, sex and violence that horrified and delighted critics alike.


Mandarin duck

A Mandarin Duck swimming in New York's Central Park The Mandarin Duck is commonly seen in China, Japan and some parts of Europe, but not in North America.


Buddha and bronzer: The Japanese monk who loves make-up

As make-up artist Kodo Nishimura sashays into a room in Tokyo balanced on pin-thin heels, he could hardly look less like a practising Buddhist monk.


Journey to the afterlife: Indonesia's Toraja live among the dead

Martha Kande's family lived with her greying, shrivelled corpse at their home in Indonesia for seven months, as they prepared an elaborate funeral that is central to the Toraja people's centuries-old death rituals.


40,000-year-old cave paintings world's earliest figurative art

A painting of an animal in an Indonesian cave dates from at least 40,000 years ago, making it the world's oldest piece of figurative art, new research has shown.


 

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