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China's new online cosmetics stars: men

When Jiang Cheng first tried a bit of concealer during his first year of university in China it gave him self-confidence and he was instantly hooked.


Ice cafe

Customers inside the ICE cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam. Opened in June, the igloo-themed cafe draws crowds to sip warm latte while sitting on blocks of ice as industrial air-conditioners blast overhead.


Bulgaria's famed all-female folk choir back with a modern twist

Thirty years ago an all-female folk choir set up in Bulgaria became the darling of Western audiences with its tradition-steeped a cappella singing, before the fall of communism threatened its survival.


Skin bleaching in Africa: An 'addiction' with risks

Dr. Isima Sobande was in medical school when she first heard of mothers who bleached the skin of their babies.


In Venezuela's hospitals, eat at your own risk

Hardly anybody likes hospital food but in Venezuela, it's so awful -- monotonous, starchy diets cooked in filthy conditions, and newborns fed intravenous solution for lack of baby formula -- that experts call it an actual health risk.


Cat snap: Tokyo 'lucky cat' temple draws Instagrammers

Tokyo's Gotokuji temple has long attracted spiritual visitors with its thousands of figurines of beckoning white cats, thought to bring good luck. But of late it has brought in another breed: Instagrammers.


Installation

An art installation by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama inside an old hurricane-damaged train garage on New York's Rockaway Peninsula. Featuring 1,500 mirrored balls to reflect and contrast the rundown interiors, the installation is part of a bi-annual art program "Rockaway!" established since 2014 to encourage redevelopment of the area following Hurricane Sandy.


Rennes revives forgotten heritage: Italian mosaics

Italian mosaics, once all the rage in France, fell into neglect and ruin by the 1970s, when homeowners began covering them up with parquet floors or even linoleum.


Morocco's ancient city rises again

Situated in a fertile plain at the foot of Mount Zerhoun, the sprawling remains of Morocco's oldest Roman site -- Volubilis -- have survived pillage and long periods of neglect.


Working mother, what quality time with children

You may have more time than you realize. If not, it's crucial that you put out an effort to find or make some.


 

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