Where the world's perfumes come to rest "Here it is, the little wonder, our 'Chypre' from 1917," whispers the cellar-master as he plunges a paper strip into a vial, one of the many treasures at a one-of-its-kind library of world perfume.
China's proud new luxury brands on the rise For many years designer Guo Pei drew inspiration for her luxury clothes collections from travelling abroad, but recently she decided to focus solely on China's culture.
Iraq faces painful legacy of mass graves Iraq wants to put the legacy of murderous dictator Saddam Hussein behind it, but faces a huge need for specialists to excavate mass graves thought to contain at least half a million unidentified victims.
After Islamists, first clinic brings hope to Somali town Amino Mahamoud has been waiting to see a doctor for the past 10 years -- ever since a stray bullet got lodged in her left buttock. It has been there ever since.
A new lease on life for Italy's last cowboys A few dozen horsemen roam the hills and plains of central Italy as the last of the "butteri" cow herders, proudly holding onto a tradition that has survived for 500 years.
Fears as Latin America's largest trash dump closes On a mountain of trash, a man takes a quick break in a sliver of shade before resuming his sorting work in Latin America's largest garbage dump hugging Rio's famed Guanabara Bay.
Finding God -- or maybe just comfort -- in candy Can a lollipop wrapped in a Bible verse help people come to Jesus? Can a piece of chocolate bring a moment of bliss? Or how about just a bit of comfort after a bad day?
Afghan swimmer dreams of London Paralympics Afghan teenager Malek Mohammad balances on his hands, readies his stumps, then dives perilously into the water.
Turkish beauty mag ties Muslim veil to glamour Turkey's first fashion magazine for conservative Islamic women looks set to win the challenge.
Bollywood uses comedy to break fertility taboos A romantic comedy that opens at Indian cinemas this week tackles taboos about sperm donation and infertility, in the latest Bollywood film to experiment with traditionally off-limits content.
Cockfighting in Iraq: a different kind of battle Iraq is no stranger to battles, but this is not one fought with rifles and rockets: when the bell sounds, trainers release cocks Daqduqa and Sammam into the ring.
The arduous art of the chocolate taster First study the colour, then the nose, the structure and taste: as for any good wine, tasting chocolate is both a treat and a serious art, requiring regular practice to fine-tune the senses.
Man vs. Shark: Australia's battle for the deep Rolling from his surfboard, blood gushing from the wound where a shark had just ripped a big chunk of flesh from his thigh, Australian Glen Folkard had just one thought: "I'm alive."
Communist mega-monuments put Bulgaria in quandary The crumbling oval skeleton of the House of the Bulgarian Communist Party perches like a deserted flying saucer atop Mount Buzludzha in central Bulgaria, visible from miles around.
Floating bookshop sails on amid electronic storm Despite fierce storms, a deadly bomb attack and growing competition from electronic media, a Christian charity still sails the seas on a mission to offer cheap books while promoting family values.
Seychelles' idyllic habitat at risk from climate change Bursts of torrential rain lash the idyllic white beaches of the Seychelles, where conservationists fear that rare species such as the giant tortoise are at severe risk from climate change.
Polish seniors help peers to stay forever young A dozen seniors in the western Polish city of Poznan do gymnastics every Monday, guided by a sexagenarian in a class run by an international group focused on helping the elderly stay young.
Indian college turns rural women into engineers It gives no degrees and the teachers and pupils often do not share a common language, but India's Barefoot College has been transforming the lives of rural women for four decades.
Nepal shamans spread message to Westerners Her body begins shaking as she mumbles an ancient shaman mantra to the beat of a double-sided drum, coaxing snake spirits out of a young Nepali man who has "lost his soul".
Iraq town seeks shift from 'terrorism' to tourism Suspected of being a biological weapons site under Saddam Hussein and later an Al-Qaeda stronghold, an Iraqi town wants to return to its previous status as a centre for archaeology and tourism.

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