Japan's rice farmers mull TPP future Osamu Tamaki is one of the few rice farmers in Japan who see an Asia-Pacific free trade deal as a window of opportunity rather than the death knell for a highly cosseted industry.
'Skysisters' fall for skydiving Heather Swan admits skydiving used to terrify her -- it took her about 50 jumps before she stopped feeling sick to the stomach.
How ready is Europe to bail out Italy if needed? With Italy on the brink of financial disaster, the eurozone is being put to the test to erect defences to keep Italy from sinking.
Banana trees in coffee fields to combat climate change In a remote corner of eastern Rwanda, farmer Louis Ntiricakeza hacked at the trunk of one of his banana trees with a small, rusty machete.
Arab Spring inspires repression alongside freedom: report Arab Spring uprisings have inspired repression in many countries as well as protests.
Crisis exposes Europe's cracks The eurozone debt crisis, the worst economic disaster in Europe's history, threatens to drive a rift between non-euro and euro nations.
Through the looking glass: Rio's favela photo school A dozen children holding tin cans rush out of school in a shantytown in Rio. In a moment, they are screaming as a dog lunges after them.
How much is a Nobel worth? A lot more than the prize money The prestigious Nobel science awards are worth far more than the $1.5 million prize money: they can pad a company's coffers with $24 million and even add two years to a laureate's life, experts say.
Some squids do it in the dark, male-on-male The sex life of Octopoteuthis deletron is a cruelly hit-or-miss affair, according to footage of the deep-sea squid in its element.
Bhutan: The costly 'Shangri La' The kingdom of Bhutan is one of the most expensive holiday destinations in the world and a haven for celebrities and the well-heeled.
Ten years later, Asia's 'war on terror' still rages Indonesia captured most of the militants responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings, but it now faces threats from second-generation jihadists.
North Korea seeks adventurous tourists for cruise Authorities in the impoverished nation have decided to launch a cruise tour from the port city of Rajin to the resort of Mount Kumgang.
Hong Kong's century-old trams roll into the future Hong Kong's retro-look trams are as much part of life in the glitzy city as they were a century ago.
Possible successors to Japan PM Kan Japan's centre-left Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced he would resign as head of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan.
Predators and MRAPS: the military's post-9/11 era The September 11 attacks ushered in a new era of warfare, with the United States relying on a new fleet of robotic aircraft and elite special forces with high-tech gear.
'Sugar Babies': Internet 'dating' for money Pretty young women and older men of means -- 'sugar babies' and 'sugar daddies' -- are pairing up thanks to a US website.
Religious violence, abuse growing: world study Religious-linked violence and abuse rose around the world between 2006 and 2009, with Christians and Muslims the most common targets.
US financial power hides deep economic problems US financial power, which gives the dollar nearly untouchable status, hides structural problems in the world's biggest economy: debt, de-industrialization, inequality and a loss of competitiveness.
Hamstrung NGOs strive to help drought-hit Somalis Somalia's hardline rebels may have spared a handful of NGOs from their ban on foreign relief workers.
Key dates of the euro crisis The key dates in the debt crisis besetting the 17-nation eurozone.

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