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Lava-loving tourists flock to active Nicaragua volcano

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(Nicaragua, Masaya-AFP) -- Centuries ago, a native Central American people terrified of a witch believed to live deep in the earth used to sacrifice children and young women to Nicaragua's Masaya volcano. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS/ AFPTV), 2016.


Pyramid at Louvre Museum covered by "trompe-l'oeil" art

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(France, Paris-AFP) -- The pyramid of the Louvre Museum in Paris was covered by a "trompe-l'oeil" art installation created by French photographer JR. Using the principle of anamorphic distortion, the artwork makes the pyramid seemingly "disappear." The installation will be open to the public until June 27. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS/ AFPTV), 2016.


New 'Alice' cast hits the red carpet for movie premiere in LA

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(United States, Los Angeles-AFP) -- Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and the cast of "Alice Through the Looking Glass" attend the film premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS/ AFPTV), 2016.


Madagascar designers innovate, recycle and hustle for fashion

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(Madagascar, Antananarivo-AFP) -- There's no design school in Madagascar, but that hasn't held back these up-and-coming designers who draw on their own style and use local materials, recycled textiles and a bit of 'hustle' to create colourful and innovative designs. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS/ AFPTV), 2016.


Cast of Singapore thriller 'Apprentice' hit Cannes red carpet

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(France, CANNES-AFP) -- The cast of Singaporean thriller ‘Apprentice' walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday. The film tells the tale of a correctional officer who has to overcome his past to become the prison executioner's apprentice. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS/ AFPTV), 2016.


'Unique' pink diamond expected to fetch up to US$38m at auction

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Switzerland, GENEVA (AFP) -- "The unique Pink", a 15.38-carat gem that is the largest fancy vivid pink pear-shaped diamond ever offered at auction, will go under the hammer at Sotheby's in Geneva on May 17, with an asking price of $28-38 million. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS/ AFPTV), 2016.


Confiscated art collection of mafia boss on show in Italy

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REGGIO DI CALABRIA (AFP) -- The prized art collection of a mafia boss, confiscated by Italian police, has gone on show in Calabria in an exhibition billed as a "victory of the state" over organised crime. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS/ AFPTV), 2016.


Chilean surfing star on quest to save hometown coast

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(Chile, PICHILEMU-AFP) -- Ramon Navarro is one of the world's top big-wave surfers, but this fisherman's son still has a place in his heart for the spot where he learned his trade -- a stretch of Chilean coastline he is now fighting to save. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS/ AFPTV), 2016.


Developers zero-in on Bangkok's historic Chinatown

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Thailand (AFP) -- Chinatown is one of the few areas in Bangkok to have resisted rapid development, and its tree-lined avenues and narrow alleyways stand in stark contrast to the tower-blocks which dominate most of the Thai capital. But now the area is in the throes of gentrification, and some fear the neighbourhood is at risk of losing its identity. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS/ AFPTV), 2016.


Chanel brings Cuban glamour to the streets of Havana

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Cuba, HAVANA (AFP) -- French fashion house Chanel stages its first Latin American catwalk show in newly trendy Havana, but ordinary Cubans were left watching the glitz from afar. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS/ AFPTV), 2016.


 

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