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Gender is new battleground in culture wars

With a wave of films, television series and art shows championing "gender fluidity" -- and catwalks awash with "gender neutral" models and clothes -- the old dividing line between the sexes is being increasingly called into question.


Taiwan's battle with betel nut addiction

For years Huang Sheng-yi helped feed Taiwan's addiction to the betel nut, planting thousands of the trees on his mountainous farm.


Tanning camp keeps Canada's indigenous heritage alive

Smoked caribou and bison skins are strewn over old pine logs among the teepees at a tanning camp in Yellowknife, northern Canada, where indigenous youth are preserving their heritage by learning ancestral skills.


Time out: Dangers of disrupting your body clock

Messing with your body's clock is dangerous business, in fact it could make you sick -- or worse.


Skipping breakfast may double risk of hard arteries

People who skip breakfast or eat poorly to start the day are twice as likely to develop hardened arteries, which can lead to deadly heart disease, researchers said Monday.


The making of Hong Kong's famous 'fire dragon'

Thousands of festival-goers packed a historic neighbourhood of Hong Kong to watch a "fire dragon" lit with incense sticks dance through the streets in a century-old ritual.


Vietnamese brides say 'I do' to South Korea

When baby-faced Huynh Thi Thai Muoi left her home in rural Vietnam to begin a life in South Korea with a man she barely knew, she feared it was a gamble.


Iran's blooming art scene: a bubble of hope

A gallery opening in northern Tehran, and a typical scene: silk scarves barely clinging to the backs of women's heads, young hipsters, gentlemen in that most unrevolutionary of items -- the tie.


North Korean rockettes serve up Coca-Cola in Dubai

On any night of the week, residents of cosmopolitan Dubai can get a taste of reclusive North Korea's culture at Okryu-gwan, a satellite of Pyongyang's massive national canteen.


Need a kindergarten spot in Mongolia? Play the lottery

Mongolia's baby boom is pushing its schools to breaking point, with desperate parents facing the stark choice of relying on a lottery system or paying for pricey private classes in capital Ulaanbaatar.


 

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