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The man who lives in a sandcastle
Life's a beach for Marcio Matolias, a sandcastle sculptor in Rio de Janeiro who has lived 22 years inside one of his creations a few steps from the ocean. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES
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Poland's homeless go underground to survive deep freeze
As bone-chilling temperatures strike across Europe, the homeless of Poland's capital Warsaw have a solution to the sometimes deadly freeze. Thanks to a network of municipal heating ducts, they are able to stay warm underground.Duration: 02:04
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Migingo Island: a rocky marriage between Uganda and Kenya
The densely populated island of Migingo, on Lake Victoria, is barely a quarter of a hectare large, its residents crammed into a hodge-podge of corrugated-iron homes. There's little else but a few bars, brothels and a tiny port. Nevertheless for over a decade Migingo has been a source of tension between Uganda and Kenya, who have been unable to decide to whom it really belongs.
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Artificial hearts
Keep up-to-date with the latest news, subscribe here: http://bit.ly/AFP-subscribe Artificial hearts operate like a natural human heart. They are made of soft "biomaterials" intended to lessen the risk of blood clots or rejection by the immune system and are powered by a belt of lithium batteries.VIDEOGRAPHIC Follow AFP English on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AFPnewsenglish Latest news on AFP English Twitter: https://twitter.com/AFP Share your top stories on Google+ http://bit.ly/AFP-Gplus
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This place is the pits: China opens hotel in quarry
A hotel development sunk into a disused quarry in China has overcome tough engineering challenges to open its doors and welcome its well-heeled clientele.
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Kenyan farmer delivers water for drought-hit elephants
In a wildlife sanctuary in southern Kenya the relentless sun has bleached savannah grasses and dried up rivers, turning water-holes first into muddy pits and now, dust bowls. Herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra have concentrated near one water-hole where for six months pea farmer Patrick Mwalua has been delivering water to them in a blue truck.
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Philippine firm brings old WWII jeeps back to life
The rugged Willys Jeep has been given a new lease of life by a small factory in Manila reproducing the iconic World War II vehicle for a growing international market nostalgic for the past.
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Driven to distraction: Pyongyang's 'traffic ladies'
Snapping their heads from side to side, marching into the roads in close-fitting blue uniforms and black heels, the "traffic ladies" who marshal vehicles at the intersections of Pyongyang are an emblematic image of the North Korean capital.
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Westerners choose a monk's life in Thailand
Thailand is famous for its beach tourism but some western visitors choose to shave their heads, don a saffron robe and enter monkhood -- even if they don't all manage to do it for life. Duration: 01:54.
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Sicilian hilltop homes on sale for one euro
It's an offer you can't refuse: rustic abodes in a picturesque hilltop village on the island of Sicily, are up for sale for just one euro, helping to breathe new life into the area, Gangi, Italy on August 19, 2014. Duration: 02:16
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In hard times, poor Americans struggle to feed their families
It's known as the land of jumbo-sized portions and massive waist lines. But at some point over the last year, one in six people in the United States -- about 46 million -- didn't have enough money to put meals on the table. Food insecurity is at its highest level in the United States since 1995, and local officials report significant increases in the number of families seeking help. Duration: 02:05.
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Malaysia wins the World Pastry Cup where
Malaysia wins this year's World Pastry Cup held in Lyon, which included a challenge previously unthinkable in France's rich dessert history -- no animal products at all: it's got to be vegan to take the cake.
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US daredevil completes Grand Canyon tightrope walk
US daredevil Nik Wallenda becomes the first man to cross a Grand Canyon-area gorge on a tightrope, completing his latest record-breaking feat in under 23 minutes. Duration: 01:18
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US-Canada border tensions over the road
On Canusa Avenue, houses on one side of the street are in the USA, but on the other side they are in Canada. Its a spot favored by illegal immigrants, and authorities are taking notice. The US is planning to build a wall on the street, and they've already installed a customs post. Duration: 01:50
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New super-slim skyscrapers are changing New York's skyline
A new generation of super-slender residential skyscrapers for the super-rich is changing New York’s iconic skyline, and sparking debate in a city where the price of housing is a hot topic. By William Edwards. Keep up-to-date with the latest news, subscribe here: http://bit.ly/AFP-subscribe Follow AFP English on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AFPnewsenglish Latest news on AFP English Twitter: https://twitter.com/AFP Share your top stories on Google+ http://bit.ly/AFP-Gplus
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When the House becomes a home
Life as a US Congressman isn't all perks. Some lawmakers are now sleeping in their offices in Washington, bunking down to save money -- and to set an example of cost-cutting as Congress debates the debt crisis.Duration: 02:00
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'Millennium' girl tells all, ahead of Cannes
Noomi Rapace, the star of Sweden's smash hit "Millennium", is being propelled to international fame in her role as the post-punk anti-heroine Lisbeth Salander. In an interview with AFPTV, Rapace talks about her affinity with Salander, the making of the film and her own dreams prompted by the success of "Millenium", which screens at the Cannes film festival.
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Chinese farmer finds new life in an orange submarine
In the village where he was born, a Chinese chicken breeder emerged from a lake of green to tell of his life beneath the waves in a homemade orange submarine. Duration: 02:08
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How vaccination works
Vaccines work by exploiting the immune system’s memory. Vaccination simulates an infection, training the immune system and enabling it to develop weapons to fight back. Videographic explaining how the body fights infection and how vaccination works.
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Indian Sikhs seize onto culture in remote Argentina
Sikhs worldwide are celebrating the 300th anniversary of their holy book -- not only in their native India, but also in Britain and North America, to where many emigrated over the past 150 years. One of the forgotten destinations is South America, specifically Argentina, where a tiny Indian Sikh community is fighting to hold on to its customs and culture.
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Ferry disasters
Twenty years ago 852 people lost their lives in the Baltic's worst peacetime disaster. The ferry Estonia sank in bad weather and heavy seas on the night of September 28, 1994, as it sailed from the Estonian capital Tallinn to Stockholm. The accident is just one of numerous recent ferry or cruise liner disasters.VIDEOGRAPHIC
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France's Elysee Palace
Home to the president of the French Republic, the Elysee Palace comprises more than 350 rooms over 15,000 square metres, from the famous Cour d’Honneur in the north end and 2 hectares of garden in the south. It is a powerful symbol of the republic, but that wasn’t always its destiny. VIDEOGRAPHIC
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In Antarctica, a town that thrives despite the shivers
Antarctica is home to a few hardy souls who endure -40 degree Celsius winters. In Las Estrellas town, the snow and glacial wind doesn't keep its 64 inhabitants from having a bank, a school and occasional visitors. Duration: 02:09
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Lost kingdom: Myanmar's forgotten royals
In a modest Yangon apartment, the granddaughter of Myanmar's last king, Princess Hteik Su Phaya Gyi, lives poor and unrecognised by her neighbours -- a far cry from the power and riches of her ancestors. Duration: 02:28
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Dogs ease Namibia's cheetah-farmer conflicts
Bred by cheetah conservationists to stop farmers from killing the big cats, Anatolian shepherd dogs are transforming farming techniques in Namibia by reducing conflicts between carnivores and humans. Duration: 01:53
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Guns cheaper than smartphones in Pakistani tribal town
Gunfire echoes through a dusty northwest tribal town, the soundtrack to Pakistan's biggest arms black market, where Kalashnikovs welded from scrap metal are cheaper than smartphones and sold on an industrial scale.
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Home cheap home: Vietnam architect's quest for low-cost housing
Vo Van Duong's bamboo and coconut leaf house is designed to withstand typhoons, flooding and earthquakes -- and at a cost of less than $4,000 could herald a new wave of cheap, sustainable housing. Duration: 02:26
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Autistic artist draws Mexico City using photographic memory
Autistic British artist Stephen Wiltshire is drawing Mexico City from memory, after seeing it for 30 minutes from the air.
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Norway's Svalbard, a haven at world's end
With its harsh and frozen landscape, the Svalbard archipelago, the last outpost before the North Pole, is a surprising haven for people from all walks of life, some as far away as Thailand and Iran. Although it officially belongs to Norway, Svalbard has a special status which means that anyone can go there without a visa. Duration: 02:21.
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Obesity, a global epidemic
Obesity is now a global epidemic, affecting even developing nations. In 2010, 1.5 billion people were classed as obese, with the largest developed nations having the most obese people, notably the United States, where 34 percent of the population are affected.
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US World Bank nominee doubles as rapping spaceman
He's a man of many talents. US nominee to the World Bank Jim Yong Kim took a starring turn as a rapping spaceman in a student talent show during his tenure as Dartmouth College president. Duration: 01:32
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US company creates tsunami 'survival capsule'
Almost 20,000 people were killed when an earthquake triggered a tsunami that engulfed the northeast coast of Japan in 2011. Engineers in the US believe they have refined a way to protect lives during such events: survival capsules. Duration: 02:06
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Chilean architecture stands test of earthquakes
There is no such thing as zero risk in an earthquake, but Chilean architects have become masters at getting as close as possible thanks to anti-quake measures like base isolation and energy dissipation.
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Dutch retirement home breaks boundaries and age divide
An innovative retirement home in The Netherlands has opened its doors to students who live on site and help elderly residents in return for free lodgings while they carry out their studies. Duration: 02:36
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African Buddhists come together in Kenya
More than 300 religious and spiritual leaders from around the world, Kenyan musicians, dancers and tribal elders gather for Africa's first Buddhist 'Fire and Water' ritual which is supposed to nurture spiritual awakening.Duration: 02:05
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A history of climate change negotiations
The 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro laid the foundations of ‘green diplomacy’. It resulted in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.Every year since 1995, the Conference of Parties to the Convention – known as COP – brings together signatory states - to try to combat climate change by reducing emissions. VIDEOGRAPHIC
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Sleepy Uruguay village makes tourism comeback
A sleepy village in Uruguay of some 200 inhabitants has transformed itself into a chic tourist destination over the past few years. Visitors are flocking to Garzon -- located about 180 kilometres northeast of the capital Montevideo -- for its peace and tranquility as well as its good food.Duration: 02:16
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Japanese 'rent men' who are paid just to listen
From lonely pensioners to Japanese schoolgirls with shattered dreams, Takanobu Nishimoto and his crew of middle-aged men will lend an ear to clients who would never dream of spilling their guts to a therapist or worse, their families.
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Cassava carrier bags: Indonesian tackles plastic scourge
An entrepreneur from Bali, disgusted at the rubbish littering the famous holiday island Bali, is trying to tackle the problem with alternatives to conventional plastic.
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Hong Kong: home of world's cheapest Michelin restaurants
After queuing on the street, diners are sat next to strangers in the cramped Hong Kong restaurant before rinsing their own cutlery. Welcome to the world's cheapest Michelin-starred experience. Duration: 01:54
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Largest ever thermal solar plant set to open in California
The largest solar thermal plant in the world, a Google-backed project in the California desert, is set to go online at the end of the year. Duration: 02:09
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Kenya's pimped up matatus are the kings of the road
In Nairobi, Kenya, 'pimped-up' buses known as 'matatus' are kings of the road -- attracting passengers with their graffiti and pop music.
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The future of education
Videogames, digital pens, holograms and tactile learning platforms could all become the norm as education looks set to change dramatically over the next 30 years. With technology dominating in and outside the classroom, interconnectivity is likely to play a key role in helping students adapt to the changing world around them.VIDEOGRAPHIC
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How earthquakes happen
A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck northern Italy, rattling the cities of Bologna, Ferrara, Verona and Mantua. Six people were killed, thousands were forced into temporary shelters and many historic buildings, including churches, were reduced to rubble.
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Underground nuclear tests
North Korea said Tuesday it would restart a nuclear reactor to feed its atomic weapons programme, in its clearest rebuff yet to UN sanctions at the heart of soaring tensions on the Korean peninsula. Videographic explaining how underground nuclear tests are carried out.VIDEOGRAPIC
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The causes of flooding
Several people have died as torrential rains lashed central Europe on Sunday, forcing hundreds to leave their homes after floods and landslides. Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic sent in army units to help with rescue efforts after rains reached record levels in some areas.VIDEOGRAPHIC
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Bamiyan's ancient cave dwellings shelter homeless Afghans
Keep up-to-date with the latest news, subscribe here: http://bit.ly/AFP-subscribe On the same sandstone cliffs that once sheltered the giant Buddhas blown up by the Taliban in 2001, hundreds of man-made caves have become makeshift homes for poor families who have nowhere else to go. Duration: 02:26 Follow AFP English on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AFPnewsenglish Latest news on AFP English Twitter: https://twitter.com/AFP Share your top stories on Google+ http://bit.ly/AFP-Gplus
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Global drugs trafficking
An estimated 230 million people around the world are drug-users. Of those, some 27 million are considered to be dependent or drug addicts, making trafficking the most lucrative trade for organized crime networks. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction publishes its annual report on November 15, 2012.VIDEOGRAPHIC
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India bets on solar power for bright future
India is giving its solar energy sector a major boost to try to satisfy growing electricity demands from its 1.2 billion strong population and tackle climate change. Duration: 02:16
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Hardy Zimbabwean farmers take on Nigeria's challenges
Farming in Nigeria is not for the fainthearted. Intermittent electricity means generators are needed half the time. Chronically potholed roads make transport slow and expensive. Fake fertiliser has previously devastated crops, while toxic feed ruined one dairy farm. But for a group of 13 hardy farmers from Zimbabwe, the opportunity was too good to pass up.
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