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Belgian builds musical bridge across the Bosphorus

Belgian musician Tristan Driessens found his inspiration and his calling east of the Bosphorus, becoming one of the West's few masters of the oud and of Ottoman classical music.


India's singing village

Curious whistles and chirrups echo through the jungle around Kongthong, a remote Indian village, but this is no birdsong. It's people calling out to each other in music -- an extraordinary tradition that may even be unique.


Parade

Annual parade showcasing the local culture and products of the southern Thai province of Narathiwat.


White wine and bubbles: a Hungarian passion returns

In a Budapest workshop, a shelf lined with antique glass bottles emblazoned with pre-World War II-era producer labels and topped with metal and porcelain siphon heads testifies to the long history of Hungary's soda-making trade.


Nuns get hands dirty, and wet, to save Mexico salamander

Rolling up the sleeves of her immaculate white habit, Sister Ofelia Morales Francisco plunges her hands into an aquarium, grabs a large, slimy salamander and lifts it dripping into the air.


Pygmies, masters of the forest, tackle tough lifestyle changes

Just back from the hunt with a choice selection of plants, Ebona feels at home in the endless forest where many Gabonese fear to tread.


Operation Tsukiji: Tokyo battles rats as iconic market shuts

The operation must be ruthless, thorough and silent. Without alerting the watchful enemy, a unit of highly trained Japanese agents will throw up a ring of steel to block any escape from the vast battleground.


The Indian artist drawing portraits with a typewriter

Clickety-clack, clickety-clack, ding rings out from a home in India's Mumbai where Chandrakant Bhide is creating his latest artwork -- on a typewriter.


Wasteland makeovers bring creative cool to Paris suburb

Music throbs from a bar set up on a patch of scrubland and artists toil in what was once a tyre factory. This is the Paris suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis, but not as the locals know it.


Face painting

Kosovar woman Sheqerie Buqaj lying on her back for a traditional face painting by 70-year-old Aziza Sefitagic, while presenting the traditional wedding of Bosnian women from Zhupa region during the "Etno Fest" festival in the village of Kukaj.


 

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